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“Tourist trap - huge waste of money - $5 + for butter we didn't order, really???”
Review of Can Costa

Can Costa
Ranked #7,601 of 9,761 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $29 - $59
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Description: Can Costa history dates back to the end of the 20s. Now, almost 100 years later, still owned by the same family run by the fourth generation. Our cooking is, at present, like the one made in the "merendero": Our cooking is plain, tasty and of great quality, with fresh products that we daily select. The restaurant, of Mediterranean atmosphere, full of light and cosy, has in the centre a big window facing the kitchen to watch us work the food for the dishes on the menu. The restaurant is divided in two floors, which allows to hold private meals, business meals or family events, always keeping enough privacy.
columbia SC
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Tourist trap - huge waste of money - $5 + for butter we didn't order, really???”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We went to this restaurant near the beach on the advice of a Frommer's guide (08).   Boy, do we wish we hadn't.  With so many great restaurants in Barcelona, the opportunity cost was huge, in addition to wasting $80 at lunch.  The Frommer's recommended seafood paella ... It was dried out, with very little seafood of any type.  Despite the already high price for a prix fixe lunch, which didn't by the way, include dessert ... We asked for bread and they brought two rolls, charged us an extra dollar a piece - ok, but then, there was a four euro additional charge on our bill for something called "various".  We asked about it, and they had charged us for butter!!!   This wasn't at breakfast and we didn't order it.  Rip-off artists.  Talk about leaving a bad taste in our mouths!!

  • Visited December 2011
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Bilbao, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Skip it!”
Reviewed September 19, 2011

I was by myself, quite hungry and with not much time to go for a great restaurant so I opted for a set weekday menu: Fried little fish, mussels marinière and paella. The fried fish was ok, the mussels were plain steamed mussels (not very well cleaned) and the paella... good taste but undercooked rice. Not nice. My parents have a summer house in Valencia so I've had many good paellas before to compare.

The waiters looked very stressed and not willing to spend much time with the customers. I witnessed a couple from India ordering their food and the waiter took no time to explain or suggest their best dishes. Then they ordered chili flakes to add to their vegetarian paella and they got a bottle of Tabasco. Ouch! I thought the waiter was going to lose it when they ordered a bottle of ketchup!
My suggestion is cross the road and go to the pricier "Barceloneta" with better food and service.
Bon profit!

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Worst dining experience ever!!”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

I'm not well versed in Spanish cuisine but I certainly know when I am getting cheap, pre-cooked, and poorly prepared food and service. We had the worst Paella ever, and mussels that tasted like they were cooked in campbells tomato soup. The seafood and chicken had not been cooked with the Paella either and was extremely dry. Service was terrible, and the waiter could not be bothered to say more that 2 word sentences to us. Also they serve sangria from a tetra pack, and charge 19 euro for it! Our bill ende up costing the same as our fine dining and delicious experience the previous night, and we were so disgusted we refused to even have desert there. Save yourself the money and don't bother.

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Espoo, Finland
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“Bad overpriced food”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

Location is probably the only good thing to say about this restaurant. Our 10 dishes ranged from bad to mediocre, and all were extremely overpriced. We were left with a bad feeling after eating at Can Costa. Wouldn't go again, and wouldn't recommend this to anybody. Too bad their location will inevitably keep attracting tourists in Barceloneta.

  • Visited July 2011
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“very good Paella”
Reviewed April 22, 2011

We sat outside. Courteous and smiling service . We ate paella and we left the restaurant full and Satisfied.

  • Visited April 2011
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