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“Gigantic Disappointment”

Cerveceria Catalana
Ranked #224 of 10,287 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Eixample
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Based on the stellar Trip Advisor reviews, as well as a glowing recommendation from a friend who had recently visited Barcelona, we looked forward to Ceveceria Catalana as a potential high-point of our trip. Unfortunately, it was a dud.

The place was bustling with diners around lunch time on a weekday afternoon, but we were able to snag a table inside with no problem. The service once seated, however, was slow, inattentive, and unwelcoming (even by Barcelona standards).

The food wasn't much better. We ordered a bottle of cava, and a mix of largely disappointing items off of the standard menu (we avoided the daily specials, as that menu was only in Spanish) . We ordered an assortment of six montaditos, only half of which were particularly enjoyable (though forgettable at best). The patatas bravas were shockingly poor, slathered with a wholly unnecessary amount alioli, which was only accentuated by the bland, marinara-tasting red sauce and the soggy texture of the not-at-all-crispy potatoes. Our lunch was partly redeemed, however, by a well-balanced plate of superbly-cooked veal loin with jalapeno, as well as a fairly decent crema catalana, though neither was good enough to offset the earlier disappointments.

Hopefully we just caught them on a bad day.

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Thank JandC531
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Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Ate there a couple of times.
Best tapas we ever had!
More fish then meat tapas but for a no fish eater like me it was still perfect.
Come early to be sure for a table.

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Thank Sander v
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Do not let the hefty line up of tourists fool you. This place is worth the wait. It is definitely organized chaos, but once you pass the line up, the food and service fully deliver.

Great, reasonably priced tapas. Food quality is great - this is basic, delicious tapas, nothing too outrageous or inventive. Seafood was fresh and the sirloin was fantastic. Service is efficient and friendly. Fun place to grab a quick lunch and a drink!

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Thank rl_vancity
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

My first impressions of the Cerverceria Catalana were not good as my host & I struggled to catch anyones attention to get a table and order a beer as we waited to be seated. The place seemed to be teeming with hopeful diners, many of whom were tourists and prepared for a long wait. Somehow, however, the chaos at the front of the place seemed normal and everyone was good humoured.
The real fun started when we were finally seated. This really is a great place for tapas and we pushed the boat out with all the typical favourites which did not disappoint. Can't remember what local deep red wine we ordered but it was recommended by the house and was delicious. Here you don't need to be a wine expert - just let the guys give you a recommendation. Having a local host was a clear bonus as he joked and negotiated with the friendly waiters about the best tapas available that day. In fact what I love is going to a place where you don't really need to read the menu - just rely on the staff to bring you the best without any fear of being ripped off.
We finally, reluctantly gave up our precious seats to the next lucky diners having experienced a truly wonderful, traditional tapas evening. What I liked was the whole informality of the place whilst having the satisfaction that you have chosen something really very special.

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Thank Eyekaytoo
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Was there on recommendation of a friend...and got not disappointed. Is it crowded and chaotic? Yes! Do you need to wait for a while? Certainly. Is it worth the trouble? For sure!!!
Arrived there at around 7pm and got told that we (2 persons) can get a table in 45-60min. Around the area you'll find some street cafes so we just sat down there and had a couple of drinks before proceeding to the dinner. It was truly awesome! All of the tapas seem to be vere fresh and I recommend ordering from the daily menu (although it is only in Catalan and we didn't really had a clue what to expect). Be adventurous and enjoy the great food!

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Thank MarkusBikker
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