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“Avoid”
Review of Santa Monica

Santa Monica
Ranked #7,416 of 10,108 Restaurants in Barcelona
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Reviewed March 25, 2013

The food has medium quality, portions are small and prices are high.
Sangria is very expensive and has poor quality (contains lot of water).

Be awere of this trick, not only in this restaurant: after me and my friends having prepared the ammount to pay the bill, a guy pretending having hearing and speaking disability pushed a paper with a begging message in front of us, just above the collected money and insisted by gestures to read the paper, he pulled a note of 20 euros and then he ran away.
The waiter seemed to be part of the theft with his reaction.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We came as a large dinner party. We got served lots of different dishes. Firstly the menu wasn't descriptive of what we wound up getting at all. The soup was off, and tasted ever so slightly of someones sick. The waiters had no clue about who ordered what, and when they had to ask around - they used names that were not in the menu, so nobody really knew if they got what they ordered.

Most of the meat was chewy and overcooked. Even "safe" dishes such as steaks and entrecote were bad. Of our party it seemed the only people moderately happy with their meal were the four that ordered tapas.

For some reason the beer here is served in litre pitchers, but every other drink you can order is 2 dl only. And the 2 dl soft drinks are expensive - at 3 € a pop.

Even the worst hamburger chain or kebab-place is better than this. Happily there is a good selection of restaurants around Placa Reial, so you don't have to go far to have a proper meal, with waiters and chefs that know what they're doing. For the same money, the legendary Caracoles is just a couple of minutes walk away. Whatever you do - stay away from Santa Monica.

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1  Thank Finn Jarle K
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Looks very smart and clean and tidy. We had a very reasonable meal, arroz negro and a fillet steak and enjoyed both, but horrified by a 10€ chupito (shot) of brandy and 2.50€ for a 25cl bottle of still water. Even the coffee was overpriced.....tourist trap...you have been warned.

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Thank Hilary W
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We normally steer clear of restaurants on the main strip or in touristy squares, but made an exception for this one as it looked lovely inside and we were keen for paella which was on their dinner menu.

Firstly, the staff were lovely, our waitress was very polite. However the food was average. We shared a couple of tapas for starters, one was grilled peppers, which were okay, not great, but had obviously been fried as a random potato chip was in amongst them. We had nicer ones a couple of days before at Bar Lobo.

The Paella was very oily/greasy, so much so that it had started to congeal around the outside of the pan. It also didn't have that authentic taste or texture about it. Although it wasn't bad, it certainly wasn't the quality we had hoped for.

We had sangria, which again wasn't bad, but not great. The whole meal was over in 35 mins, both courses!

Overall, nice staff, but not a great food experience.

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Thank Dinks93
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

Average quality food at good prices - good house wine. Environment is more like a bar, but still the quality is good. Waiters were not speaking English, we had to use hand language

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