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“You'll be Barking for Joy”

La Barca Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar
Ranked #4 of 64 Restaurants in Helensburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $28
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: La Barca Spanish Tapas And Wine Bar is officially Scotland's Best Mediterranean Restaurant three years running. You can find three tapas from £9.95 daily till 6pm. This multi award winning restaurant offers vibrant, authentic taste of Spain in luxurious, colourful and cosy surroundings. La Barca boasts a boat shaped bar, beautiful harbour scene mural and a generously stocked feature wine cellar. Relax in the luxurious surroundings and enjoy delicious tapas and paellas prepared by Spanish chefs and served by friendly, attentive staff. Check out the board for their list of local suppliers including eggs and sausages from their local farm and butcher. Not just a place to eat, La Barca is perfect for a glass of wine, cocktail or coffee. Tapas served daily from 12noon to 10pm with 3 tapas from £9.95. Hasta Luego x
Reviewed February 8, 2013

OK, I know that's a stupid title, but I wanted something catchy!! Especially since there's no way I could have come up with a title as good as the food at La Barca's. I happened to be in Helensburgh for a week or so and dinners on night 1 and night 2 at other, traditional, places had the makings of a long week. Mostly traditional UK meals at those places. Night 3 changed all of that. La Barca brought a world class quality to an otherwise mundane week. We had 4 dishes - the Vegetable Paella, the Meat Paella, Pork, and Fish. All were great. And 4 dishes were more than enough for the two of us. I feel bad we didn't order 5 items to split between us so this way we could have sampled even more dishes!!

La Barca is well deserving of all of the other kudos that folks have bestowed upon them. We didn't have a reservation but they had space and they had some time before the next scheduled party so they were able to accomodate us, which shows thet they're there to please, not just walk around with their noses in the air.

Don't do what we did and go elsewhere when you get to Helensburgh. Go to La barca and then wonder why everybody else isn't as good.

The Sangria was good. The prices are very reasonable.

You won't be disappointed.

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Thank Mike S
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Twice within the last week we had occasion to visit this restaurant, the first time we went on spec, they managed to fit us in but we only had the table for 90 minutes.

That immediately showed just how popular and heavily booked they are.

The food was superb, well, except a couple of the items that looked as if they were bought in frozen foods, bit of a shame really.

The staff, although totally rushed off their feet, were attentive and very efficient.

The second occasion we pre booked and had an equally enjoyable experience, although the owner/manager needs to tone down the strutting Tony Soprano act a wee bit.

Overall the food and service are really, very good - especially the lamb casserole, oh and the mussels...

I would recommend this place without hesitation.

PS it's very reasonably priced too, well done La barca.

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Thank BikerBuster
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

A great addition to helensburgh a really nice restaurant good food with great taste. A real taste of Spain

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

great to see a half decent restaurant in Helensburgh at last. We had 6 dishes between us, 3 meat and 3 fish and all were delicious and the house rioja is very drinkable. No need to travel to glasgow now for tapas. A lovely restaurant and cant wait to go back!!

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1  Thank lanzarote040
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Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic! Food was amazing, wine list was great and service was brilliant! Would definitely recommend and can't wait until our next visit already!

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Thank Scottish26
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