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“Rude and unwelcoming”
Review of Arenal Restaurant

Arenal Restaurant
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Ranked #1,773 of 9,594 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $33 - $56
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Description: El Arenal occupies an exclusive location on Barceloneta beach. Its large terrace and dining room, which is light and airy, are a wonderful setting to enjoy the restaurant's Mediterranean cuisine based on traditional recipes inspired by the sea and the mountains. The menu focuses on rice dishes, fish and carefully selected meat combined with an extensive wine list offering the perfect match for every dish.
London
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Rude and unwelcoming”
Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant was empty, but when we asked for a table for four (two couples) we were told very rudely that they were full and nothing was available. At 9.30pm the outside seating area, which seats approx 80, had no more than 6-8 people eating and the attitude of the staff was disgusting. I would like to make it clear that we did not eat here, but this was due to the shocking customer service by the staff who I can only presume wanted to finish early. There are plenty of other restaurants close by that are more friendly and welcoming.

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Aalst, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“One of the better ones in the area”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

It's an expensive area so this was one of the better restaurants with a nice view of the beach/sea. Service was normal, prices too but don't except a full plate. You need to take a starter of have a dessert!! Also be careful with the people that hang around over there, they want to sell you beer, cocaine, heroin, ...

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Barcelona, Spain
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good housewine, bad service, expensive food.you cannot just drink, you have to eat!”
Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

Was several time at arenal restaurant because I lived in barcelonetta.it's quits nice to sit and dine directly at the beach (and there are much more restaurants who are worst) but the waiter...haven't any words for this.just so unfriendly!!! But there is also a nicer waiter with rasta hairs ^^ :) so we could come back :)

I recommend toys location if you are I'm barcelonetta, cause it is the best at the beach but retool it is pricy and bad service (but they is in any other restaurant at the beach the same)...

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Ferrara
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Restaurant with a view”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

I ve been here with my collegues and we stayed outside for dinner. It was a great evening both because of the location (on the beach) and the food.
The servers were always present but a little smile on their face could help

  • Visited June 2012
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London
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4 restaurant reviews
“We'll come back for sentimal reasons”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

We have eaten here evert time we're in Barcelona and would come back for the view & location. On a hot evening it's a treat dining on the beach.

  • Visited June 2012
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