Barcelona Tapas - City EC3

4.1
590 reviews
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

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Barcelona Tapas Bar and Restaurant Established 1991 one of the first Spanish Restaurants in London is located within a large prestigious office complex with the official address of 15 St Botolph Street although the restaurant frontage and customer entrance is located at ground level on Middlesex Street. Barcelona Tapas consists of a ground level comprising a combination of bar area and traditional table and chair seating and a mezzanine level providing only traditional tables and chairs. Private parties of up to 200 people can be catered for. We are offering our own “EAT OUT TO HELP OUT’ style scheme up to 50% (max £10 per person)
Barcelona Tapas pride themselves in the quality of their food and wines but most of all, on the service thry provide their customers. This Spanish family run business was founded in 1991, starting in Bell Lane, by Martin and David Dalmau. All Barcelona Tapas Bar Restaurants offer quality food, friendly staff and an authentic Spanish ambience.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 590 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JackieW
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Due to circumstance we were outside under the marquee in heavy rain. This did ruin the evening the staff were lovely and atmosphere was perfect. We would defo go back the food was fresh tasty and good choices.

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KN123
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

We had to wait for almost 10-15 mins before a member of staff approached us to check the reservation. This is quite frustrating considering a party of two that arrived after us, got a table first.

I understand that the restaurant was busy, so perhaps employ more people. The food was great and once we got the table, the service was good - so we will definitely return, however, the toilets were dirty and customers around us were waiting for ages for their orders/ attention from the staff. Also, if possible keep the 'drinks only' crowd separate from the dining parties. Those groups were very loud and boisterous.

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Sarts
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really nice lunch here last week. A bit chilly, otherwise we would have stayed all afternoon!

AM
AlysM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This place is so good. The sangria is way overpriced for the portion you get, but do not sleep on the paella! It's amazing. So many people come here for the tapas and don't get the paella - big mistake! It's the best thing on the menu. Highly recommend the Catalana.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere! Staff is very friendly ! They even proposed us blanket! They are very cool and the sangria is amazing!

KB
KevinB
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food great service lovely evening

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Nnnagoya
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There was a man who looks like the owner of the store. He was nice and friendly and helped us to separate portions of foods for every diners.

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Margs
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

Food is not worth the money. Great drinks but wouldn’t recommend tapas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience here with excellent tapas and sangria. The staff were highly accommodating and kind and provided blankets while we sat outside. The food and drinks arrived promptly and tasted incredibly fresh. Very lovely experience here.

SH
SaphyaH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place and great food! The staff was very friendly. Will definitely go again!

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Matt
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good long lunch, great service and great food

JP
JuliaP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and all under good cover (with blankets) we had a lovely lunch and the staff were very friendly and had some great recommendations. We will be back.

FL
FoodieLondoner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

While the food was good and tasty, I do not recommend going to this place. There is very little care for customer experience, the service is very disorganised and at points not very polite. A number of items were not ordered and got there very late. When we asked for anything as simple as salt there was no priority to deliver. We even asked for a side to go with the late items and the waitress decided to sit and chat with her mates before even placing the order. We had to cancel it and leave. In terms of ambiance, it was very loud, there are no heaters for the outside area so we were freezing throughout the dinner. Knowing all the issues we had, they didn't do very much about it or care about it either. Definitely not looking to go back to this place.

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Royc
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were unlucky with the rain and cold but the covers and blankets provided made a big difference. Service good and friendly as ever. Great location now with the outside predestrianised. Could have done with heaters.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

We can’t complain about the food other than to say as tapas fans, we have had better.
Service on the other hand was poor, it’s cold and windy so people don’t want to sit around for ages but here we had to go and ask / call the restaurant for someone to serve us, the waitresses weren’t good at eye contact and couldn’t see us waving our hands when they were nearby. Neither of us have ever had to ask to be served & this was 20 minutes into the booking waiting to order a drink!
When someone finally came we asked to order both drinks and food at the same time - she didn’t have permission to take our food order that was down to two other people, she was only there to take drink orders. Again never heard of this before.
We ordered the food and the bread came out swiftly but then it was another 40 minute wait for hot food. Which is unacceptable!
Normally we would have walked out and gone to another restaurant or even home, but we didn’t want to be that rude and with COVID-19 measures getting another table in London would be impossible.
When we asked for the £10 service charge to be removed and explained why, the managers response ‘we have done our best, it is not easy managing tables outside’ sorry but it’s the exact same as managing tables inside, just with the elements and no walls!
Not happy and won’t be returning or recommending.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very wet and windy night but the marquee kept us sheltered. Food was lovely and service excellent. Heaters would’ve made it a 5 star experience

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience4

Arrived for our 7:30 reservation and there were groups with 7pm bookings still waiting for their table. We stood and waited for our table for half an hour and not one staff member approached us or communicated to us what was going on. When one of the groups in front of us asked why they had been waiting for 45 minutes for their reserved table, the staff member (I believe manager) explained that their table had been given away despite their arriving early. At about 8pm they brought out another table for us (which we only got as everyone else in front of us had given up and left by this point). By now freezing cold, we sat down. In spite of the pretty terrible service we had received until then, the wait staff still tried to upsell more expensive wines and extra starters. Absolutely nothing was offered to compensate giving away our booked table, which we were on time for, and making us stand and wait with no explanation for half an hour. Appreciate that they were extremely busy and probably quite stressed, but the whole situation was dealt with poorly.

CL
CLLT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service; lovely atmosphere

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Rachael
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food. So so beautiful and fresh. Ordered the classic tapas menu, everything was so yummy and the portion sizes were great. Had a few shots of tequila, a jug of sangria to share and a jug to take home. The sangria was so drinkable, it was dangerous! Service was great, lovely friendly staff, was even offered a blanket to combat the sudden temperature drop. All in all, would happily come back and recommend this wonderful place to all my friends. Thank you Barcelona Tapas, can't wait to book with you again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Fantastic food. Quick service. Friendly service. However no heaters or blankets.. 🥶

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AlexK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice food but a bit pricy for the size of the portions. Some heaters at the external area would be nice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It was locked and closed so we all turned up for dinner and we’re left outside hungry!

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Jennifer
London
18 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

While the food was good and the service staff were all friendly, there were several things that didn't go smoothly with our dinner.

First, they forgot to serve us several of the dishes we ordered. One we tried to ask about several times but it never came (aubergines). When we told the waitress about it when asking for our bill she said the kitchen kept insisting that it had been sent out which meant it went to another table. The other (prawns) was just never mentioned and never came. We did order a lot but it was disappointing to discover things were missing.

Second, it took forever to get any of the service staff's attention to ask for things like the bill. It took 20 minutes of trying to catch someone's attention, being ignored, then asking for the bill and waiting for them to actually bring it.

The food came out relatively quickly and everyone was attentive when at the table, but otherwise it was super difficult getting anyone to come when they weren't coming to serve something specific.

Good food but not worth the other troubles. We will likely not return.

LS
LilianeS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

We had to wait 30 min to get our booked table. They where really busy so some servers were not that great specially the manager. But food was lovely and good value. However, probably won’t be back.

NM
NatM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible, very authentic and most of all delicious. We had a lovely little outside booth, surrounded by trees and people having a great time, the vibe was great even though it was a crisp night in April.

The staff were friendly in helping us choose our food and drinks and very attentive there after and the price for a meal for two, with drinks was reasonable for central London.

Its been a trying time in lockdown and going to Barcelona Tapas Bar was such an amazing experience, I will most certainly being going back as soon as possible.

AR
AllanR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Very good food. Very slow and non-attentive service. Would probably try the place again, once they are allowed to bring diners back inside.

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Xiba
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I left a comment to have couple drinks on the table upon arrival but nothing was done. On our order they missed Pimientos de Padron and we order Chicken Croquettes and got Ham ones. Service was appalling. I am not joking that we asked at least 3 different people for just 2 shots of Tequila. Bill with the item that never came to the table. Patatas Bravas were good but rest very very disappointed - from food to service

CW
ChrisW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and really attentive service. I would highly recommend dining here for lunch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff, great food, affordable. Lovely night

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Decent food, terrible wait times on some dishes but all in all ok.

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ZoeC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Amazing food and cute location. Tried hard considering the cold April weather and have multiple blankets to us. Unfortunately the food just took way too long to come out and we ended up leaving before all the dishes were put. Would go back when had more time and it was warmer/can sit inside.

SC
SamC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely lovely place for some Spanish tapas of an evening. Provided blankets, service was brilliant, food was lovely, big portions and a great selection of wine. Will be back ASAP!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food

SU
StllU
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Started off a bit rocky as I had to call several times to try and speak to someone (2 of those times, the phone was picked up and put down and 1 I was hung up on).

But when we arrived, the service was incredible and the food was delicious!

We will 100% be visiting again.

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Emily
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Such bad food. So bad. The sangria had un dissolved sugar crystals in it. Shrimp tasted off. Pimientos had been breaded & deep fried. Even the Pattaya’s bravas were bad.

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

Food was awful and so was the service unfortunately

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SteakLover
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing tapas, great sangria (can highly recommend the cava sangria), super friendly and helpful staff.

FS
FanniS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

We waited for the food to be ready for quite some time even though the place was quiet and not busy

JB
vipJassyB63
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food great service

FAQs

Barcelona Tapas - City EC3 does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Barcelona Tapas - City EC3 also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7377 5111.

Barcelona Tapas - City EC3 is rated 4.1 stars by 590 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.