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“Amazing food, Amazing Venue”
Review of Restaurante Arola

Restaurante Arola
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Ranked #1,245 of 9,585 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Ciutadella / Vila Olimpica
Description: Arola showcases imaginative interpretations of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, served tapas style
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Amazing food, Amazing Venue”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We visited Arola to celebrate a friend's birthday whilst visiting Barecelona. The restaurant is situated on the second floor of the Hotel Arts near the beach, in Port Olimpico. It is a very light, airy restaurant, with a very relaxed atmosphere. The staff were very helpful and friendly and not at all pretentious - they even gave us a mid-meal "break", so we could go out with our drinks onto the terrace to watch an incredible firework display, taking place in the marina. Our party of six ordered a range of tapas and none of them disappointed. Some of the best food all of us had ever tasted. The cocktails were also very good.
Furthermore, the in-house DJ was playing some great laid-back music, which just added to the whole occasion.
It is relatively expensive, but you get what you pay for - incredible food, great setting and knowledgable, friendly staff. First class.

  • Visited September 2013
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Siesta Key, Florida
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197 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Tapas at it's Finest”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Another surprise at the Hotel Arts Barcelona was this 2 Star Tapas restaurant. We enjoyed a long lunch there with beautifully arranged courses and a great wine recommendation.

Visited September 2013
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Lillestrom, Norway
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8 reviews
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“Good food but service not to expectation”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Excellent tapas but staff service was not impressing. I had expected that such an establishment had waiters who knew how to serve according to etiquette.

  • Visited August 2013
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HotelArts, Gerente at Restaurante Arola, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear evenge,

Thank you very much for taking your time to send us your opinion here on Tripadvisor, following your visit in August.

Although I am glad that you like the cuisine of our chef, I regret that the service provided was not up to your expectations. Please accept my apologies and be sure that I will follow up on your comments with my team.

I would be glad to talk to you personally in order to get some necessary details on your visit. If you would be so kind to leave me your contact data to hotel.arts[at]ritzcarlton.com or calling +34 93 221 1000 it will be my pleasure to personally return your call or message.

Thank you in advance.
Yours sincerely,

Brunella Zinato
Hotel Manager
Hotel Arts Barcelona
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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“A Unique tapas expereince”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Arola's concept gave us an eating expereince which was new to us. We opted for the tasting menu which was combined with a cocktail for each course. The food and presentation was exceptional and the cocktails which complimented each course was perfectly suited.
The staff were very attentive and friendly, the restaurant atmosphere was vibrant, cool and relaxing and the whole experience was one which no other restaurant in Barcelona could give us. If you want authentic tapas do not come here, but if you want modern tapas in cool chic surroundings then this is the place for you.

  • Visited August 2013
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molins de rei
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83 reviews
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“Arola full equip”
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

I,ve been in Arola last sunday nigt, restaurant was upset!!! Nice sensations, new prpopusals on the menu, not heap, but good good meals, tapas full equip!! Nice bocadillo de calamares, nice bravas, excellent fish, plenty of tapas to share and enjoy.
Service was ok, a little bit slow, but we can undersand, too much table to be served. Nice wines by the glass, Laurent Perrier Brut LP, and Recaredo Brut de Brut for dinner, excellent for the meat stew!!!! Bravas as a dessert too, but the fruty and sweet version...........just inform that as unusual when you visit a star restaurant , Sergi was there............congratulations and plenty of luck in your new oppenings!!! We miss Joan Arboix a lot.

Visited August 2013
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