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“Tapas” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Barca Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar

La Barca Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar
Ranked #2 of 57 Restaurants in Helensburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $25
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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. La Barca is the sister restaurant to the town's highly reputable Riverbank Bar and Restaurant nearby and is run by the same husband and wife team. It serves a traditional Scottish breakfast menu 9-11.45a.m during the week and from 10am sunday.Check out the board for their list of local suppliers including eggs and sausages from their local farm and butccher. 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
Accrington, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is a nice Tapas bar on the front at Helensburgh. Good choice of dishes, highlights were the pigs cheeks and lamb casserole. The only dish we didn't enjoy was the meatballs, too high fat content. Worth spending a little extra on the wine. The Salentein Malbec 2010 was excellent and a perfect accompaniment to the meal (£20). Service was good and the restaurant was quite busy for a Sunday night. Recommended

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not even slightly authentic”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Looks lovely inside, however waited about ten minutes to even order a drink. The food itself was very average. Felt like something you could buy from farm foods and stick in the oven. Also is the worst cooked calamari I have ever tasted.... Apart from that the prices were good.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice change of pace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

La Barca was not our intended destination. They serve dinner later than anyone else on the street which is a huge plus. The Tapas was a great variety. We enjoyed the spice beef and pork meatballs the best. I also liked the goat cheesed fried with a chutney. It was a Friday night so they were busy so I'll give our server a pass on not being "cheerful" Overall a satisfactory experience.

Visited August 2013
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great time in helensburgh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

Arrived just before the early eaters menu was about to end with three children all with their own likes and dislikes.
Quality of food fantastic and value very good.Drinks very enjoyable and reasonably priced also.
Service was very good and staff attentive to requests which were carried out very quickly.
would recommend eating here and would come back if staying in Helensburgh again as we all have a very nice family memory of being here.Thankfully the building work had moved on down the road and was coming to an end for the day.
Thanks to all the staff

  • Visited August 2013
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Dumbarton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Never fails to impress!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Although I have eaten here a couple of times, this was the first time we have used the lunch/early evening menu, 3 tapas dishes for £9.95! This is superb value, and just the same quality food. The staff are efficient and friendly and the whole restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere. It's only a matter of time till we are back again. Keep up the good work.

Visited August 2013
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