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“Avoid this awful experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Bar Mut

Bar Mut
Ranked #774 of 9,400 Restaurants in Barcelona
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Gracia
Vancouver
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Avoid this awful experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

For our last night in Barcelona, we decided to try Bar Mut, which a friend had recommended. The moment we sat down, there were two signs something was wrong. The first was that moments after being seated outside, since nothing inside was available, we were informed of how long we had before our table would need to be given up, and that at that point the staff would "do their best" to give us a different table but couldn't guarantee there would be anywhere to sit. Then the manager sat with us and forced us to agree to a set menu of "amazing" tapas items that he selected for us. No menu, no prices. We foolishly went along with this.

The first item to arrive was the clam dish. The server informed us that only four clams were remaining, and that the other clams of the 6 clam plate had been substituted with prawns. We started on the clams and found that they did not taste right at all - they were not fresh and had a bad aftertaste. The remaining dishes failed to impress us, and when we were handed the bill, we discovered that the clam tapas carried a price tag of 32 euros.

This is insane to begin with, but there was no way were going to pay 32 euros for 6 clams when we only received 4. We complained to the server who took the bill and went and fetched the manager. We repeated what the server had told us about there not being enough clams. The manager told us that the servers don't know what they are talking about. We complained that we were not able to see the prices, since there was no menu. He pointed into the restaurant, to a chalkboard hung above the bar. I asked him to show me the item in question on the chalkboard. He was apparently surprised that he couldn't do this. We asked him to reduce the price of our bill but he refused, and in the end simply walked away, and had a different server bring us the identical bill again, which we paid much to our chagrin.

A very bad experience. Arrogant service, seafood that was not fresh, and an extremely unwelcoming environment for first time patrons. It's difficult to know when to pay attention to negative restaurant reviews. This is one you should pay attention to. Ignore the positive reviews and don't go to Bar Mut.

  • Visited November 2012
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10 Thank Erik A
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“over priced average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

visited this place after a preference was closed as it was Sunday.There is no menu so took the waiters advice on choice.we had 4 half portions of dishes as recommended and although theyes where ok felt totally ripped off when the bill came at 121 euro with just 4 beers.Avoid this place as loads of equally good places to eat at a fraction of the price.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Tourist trap”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

This place has a terrible food and extremely high prices. They don't have a written menu and their trick is to recommend you the most expensive dishes without letting you know the prices.
We paid about 130 Euros ($170) for a 2 person tapas meal, definitely not the best we had. The entrecote steak we had smelled like gasoline, was hard and very fatty. The egg carpaccio was extremely salty and the tomato bread felt like it was yesterday's leftovers.
2 much better places to eat are "Tapas 24" and "Ciutat Comtat". Don't waste your time and money on Bar Mut.

  • Visited November 2012
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9 Thank kto190725
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cute waiters, but beware”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a very small and crowded tapas bar. The food and wine was good, not great. Do not let your waiter decide on your food unless you want to commit to eating too much and paying a small fortune for it. Our bill was about $600 for a table of 6 and they did not accept credit cards that evening due to some problem.

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Krausermom
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Tucson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Berlin 1936”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

This tiny restaurant has a secret, around the corner in an apartment building they have more tables housed I think in an apartment. You are escorted there, knock twice and ask for Isabel..just kidding but at first glance you'd think you wrere in a bordelo in Bedrlin in the 30's. red flock wall paper, sofas, a softly playing jazz band etc. But you are not. Your there for some of the best tapas in Barcelona. Just let your waiter bring them on while you sip one or two bottles of wine. A fabulous experience. Go.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank hotelmikey
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