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“Terrible experience. Never again.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mikel Etxea 1 - CLOSED

Mikel Etxea 1
Price range: $22 - $43
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: La Rambla
Description: The Basque restaurant Mikel Etxea 1 is located right in the heart of Barcelona. It is renowned for its extensive tapas menu with more than 50 choices, some of which change daily. Stuffed Piquillo peppers, salt cod tortilla, chorizo and chistorra are all popular choices. Passers-by that decide to pop in are transported to a little corner of the Basque Country thanks to its decoration and its food. The average price for an à la carte meal is around 30 Euros.
Prague, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Terrible experience. Never again.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was our last evening in Barcelona this year. And we stopped in that place. Food was so so. But the biggest dissapointment came when we started to pay. It was our last day, so cash was almost gone, only left some small money for Aerobus for next morning.
So we ask if we can pay with cc. We were tolled that we can.
One more problem is that we were 4 girls from different countries, so is little complicated than to give money back to each other. So always we were paying each one its part. And NEVER NOWHERE was ANY problem. So here we asked to do the same. The waiter sent us to cashier to pay. We went. At the cashier was a girl that was VERY unhappy that she had to do that extra work with separating the bill. We were 4 people and she, I have no idea WHY, devided the bill for 3 same bills.. And said that is no other possibility to change it now... That register is CLOSED. That is complitelly no sence! There is always the possibility to cancel or change it in the register program. Plus she puted there that we pay with 2 cards and one cash.... She staerted to be crazy nervous, was screaming like sick on us. Why was this behaviour, have no idea. Wanted just to pay our bill. Than came a manager and started to scream at us that we in Spain and have to speak spanish... I understand some spanish and he was really rude and disgusting to us. Than he was screaming to this girl to call police. :))) We were fighting for an hour at least. This restaurant spoiled our last evening in Barcelona. This woman need medical help, and this manager needs to be little more polite to the customers that bring money to his place. Finally we payed their way, that i really regret, just we had to pack and wake up at 4 am. So was no mood to continue with that people, that cant control themselves.. They all need profesional help their. Never had so bad experience in restaurants...

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank bijou1985
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Oregon
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80 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“A rip off and a deception--run away from this place!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

as has been repeatedly stated, avoid this place. We too were lured in on the tapas and stayed for lunch. 5 diet cokes and 1 draft beer for $45 USD. Unbelievable. To add insult to injury, when I used a credit card which has no transaction fee, they w/o asking, converted the bill to US Dollars and gave it to me as a fait accompli. The fine print on the receipt states "Includes 2. mark-up over wholesale rate provided by Comercia Global Payments...NO COMMISSION...I agree that I have been offered a choice of currencies for payment. I accept the conversion rate and final amount. I understand that the choice of the currency is final." But, I was never offered a choice. Other establishments have offered but none have been so brazen as to just do it--I would not be surprised if they get a kick back. This place is simply dishonest. Stay away

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hotelfan
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Zagreb, Croatia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just pass by…”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

My other fellow reviewer already told you everything, so I will just confirm: this is nice looking and extremely attractively positioned tourist trap where your will – maybe – even eat decent, but you will for sure be ripped off.
But, this is general rule about eating in Barcelona: closer to the La Rambla, more expensive and more possibility that quality will be bad. Those people count on one-time guests and, thanks to the position, they will always have them. If you don’t return on your second visit to Barca, who care? Locals avoid such places anyhow…

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Darin J
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Avoid!!!!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

We were unfortunate enough to be lured into this place with an offer of 3 tapas and paella for €7.95 which we ordered 1 of to share. Total bill was €40 as they massively overcharge you for everything else. €6 for bread, €6.50 for a small beer, €14 for a wine (it was a small bottle to be fair) then Vat etc so would not recommend this. The food was very average, make sure you look at the menu and prices for things that aren't part of the offer that you order additionally, if there is one of course, I think they just make them up!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sara C
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“some of the best food in barcelona”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

we decided to try this place as it was near our hostel and even though the bill was pretty big at the end it was definitely worth it, the sea bass was one of the best things ive ever eaten and the pintxos were great too, would definitely recommend.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank DavieTheme
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