Columbus >Food & Dining > Barcelona Restaurant & Bar
263 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH | Directions 4320639.944446 -82.989931
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:30 PM Sunday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South Columbus, Merion Village, German Village
I've eaten here twice and had great food at very good prices. I also had a special event here, and the service was second to none.
This should depart off your list of good restaurants with the departure of its longtime chef. They've promoted the sous chef, and he is not capable. We ate there on 11/16/12 for Dine Originals.
Let me give the new chef some pointers:
(1) As an appetizer, marinated cheese does not consist of cheese cubes in olive oil served unadorned in a soup bowl. Yes, the pimenton was good, but jeeze, go easy on the cumin. Seriously, a bowl of cheese cubes, no garnish, no bread, no nothing.
(2) Don't cook the crap out of your calamari. It only needs a minute on the grill or else it gets tough. Also, try presenting in a more appealing manner than slapping two pieces on a plate. Garnish!
(3) Taste your dishes and season them for a general audience. I like spicy food as much as the next guy, but the so-called cassoulet was inedible from too much cayenne on the bread crumbs. Also, try a garnish here, too.
(4) The tuna salad was delicious, but it seriously looked like you filled the can the tuna came in back up with the salad and dumped it on a plate. Yes, here you tried to implement a tiny bit of presentation, but undressed mesclun sprinkled around the perimeter of the plate is pretty uncreative.
(5) Everyone loves roasted potatoes, but taking Russet bakers and slicing them up is pretty lame. Seriously, sliced Russet potatoes roasted in olive oil with salt and pepper. They were really, really good, but I can whip these out at home with no thought whatsoever.
(6) What is it with the undressed mesclun? You used it again on the cod? The fish was great, but what a lousy presentation.
(7) And for the owner, do tell your wait-staff not to admit they aren't very familiar with Spanish wines. You do run a Spanish-themed restaurant, and your wine list is very good.
So, here we have the hopefully temporary downfall of a once great restaurant. Until I read that they have hired a new chef and I read some reviews of his efforts, I won't be back.
Great Patio and Food – Visiting Columbus from LA -
My wife's good friend made reservations at Barcelona and I have to say I was surprised by how good the food and ambiance is.
The scallops dish was awesome and their wine selection pretty good, especially the Argentinian wines.
If you are in Columbus, you'd enjoy this place.
THE place to go – In my opinion, Barcelona is among the best spots Columbus has to offer. The bar atmosphere is electric, the food is outstanding (try the paella or lamb shank), the patio (during the right time of year) feels like a hidden garden of Eden, the service is outstanding. Barcelona is the place to go.
Expected more – The service was a little better than average, the ambience seemed to be a little lacking. Not really a good date restaurant. The bar is adjacent to the restaurant seating area with televisions above the bar. Not what I expect from a restaurant that is supposedly of this calibre. The flavors of the food were very good but I don't think it stayed true to form. The paella was very flavorful but stood in stark contrast to the more distinct and subtle flavors of what I anticipate from a paella. In other words, it was more of a tomato base vs. a saffron and seafood experience. However, the main problem was the rice. My wife's dish and mine were both to be a Spanish rice dish. The rice was either not good rice to begin with or was not cooked properly or perhaps even both. I was very disappointed that the main ingredient to the dish was not even prepared properly, and any hint of a saffron experience was completely overpowered by tomatoes. I did not expect such poor preparation technique of the main ingredient. Nothing about Barcelona compels me to return.
Amazing Dining Experience – I brought my fiance to this restaurant on the recommendation of this website. It was awesome!!! We were seated outside in their beautiful patio, right next to the fountain. Our waiter, Dillon, was so attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We tried threof their appetizers: the calamari, grilled octopus, and the beef and rice meatballs. They were all delicious! For dinner we had the Lamb Shanks, the Grilled Salmon, the beef filet and the seafood paella. My fiance didn't like his paella but everything else was out of this world!!!
The manager, Tom, came by to check on us and saw that my fiance didn't like his food. Without any questions, he took it away and recommended another seafood dish. My fiance agreed and it came out in the next five minutes. It was the seafood noodle soup thing that started w/ "Z" but I can't remember what it was called. Not important - my fiance practically licked the bowl clean he loved it so much! It had large sea scallops, shrimp, lobster... and the broth was to die for!! When the check came, we noticed both dishes were comped!!
I can't say enough about this awesome restaurant!! Great atmosphere, great food, great service!! If anything, it is hard to get parking but they offer valet service for $4 which is totally worth it!
Not worth the time or valet parking – The experience itself wasn't absolutely terrible. Starting at the front door, the hostess was pleasant, greeted us nicely, but even though we had a reservation, still had to wait 30 minutes which wasn't too bad because my wife and I thought we could sit at the bar and have a drink while we waited. Being as it was a Friday night, the ar was very crowded as well, and the bartender a total a**. not attentive at all, condesending, and rude. Although he was very "chatty" with a group f men at the end of the bar. After finally being seated, our able was nice the atmosphere was nice, (but noisey) and our server was right on point, and did an excellent job suggesting a great bottle of wine. The menu itself is confusing, not appealing, and repaticious. The food came out in a timely fashion. The chickpea hummus and vegetables was good, but who could mess that up? The beet salad was a dissapointment. It was just a plate of beets! entrees were terrible. My wife thought the baked chicken would be safe, but it was dry, and appeared to have been cooked the day before. I thought I would try the seafood stew, too much work! and messy! everything was still in it's shell. The chocolae pudding cake for dessert was just ok. I would have been happier with a hostess cupcake. Again, our waiter was excellent, but that is about all. The food is way overpriced for what it is. By the way, upon leaving, I asked the hostess who the bartender was, she informed me that he is Tim and a manager! I was dumbfounded. I have dined all over the world, eaten at some really great restaurants, and some really bad. Barcelona is definately on the bad list. Get a six pack, and go to Taco Bell, it's cheaper, better, and they won't give you as much lip.
Consistently One of the Best Dining Experiences in Columbus!!! – Barcelona Restaurant and Bar is consistently one of the most outstanding restaurants in Columbus. It is always tops with cutting edge food service and atmosphere, and this most recent experience was among the best since I have been going to Barcelona Restaurant & Bar.
We started out with a simple Hummus appetizer that is quite possibly the best Hummus preparation I have ever had, with chili oil. Served with what appeared to be home made flat bread chips and fresh, very crisp veggies.
Barcelona always offers Items in addition to the menu, but 2 of our party of 3 ordered a sauteed scallops from the menu, with bacon, mushrooms, baby lima beans, dates, chili flake, cream (I tasted it) that was, in a word, sensational, and a symphony of flavors that were different with every single bite.
In addition to the menu (that changes regularly), Barcelona offers several items that the chef prepares special. I had the Chef?s take on Surf & Turf, which is Seared Blue fin Tuna and Braised Short Ribs. This dish was incredible, and melted in my mouth. I have not seen Blue fin Tuna offered in any area restaurants here in Columbus, let alone the coasts when I travel. It was an exquisite preparation.
It was a hot evening, so we chose to eat inside, but Barcelona has, by far, the largest, and most beautiful outdoor patio dining that I have ever seen.
Our server, Mike, who says he has been there since Barcelona has opened was very knowledgeable and gave impeccable, attentive service, without being overly hovering.
Bottom line, in terms of Food, Service and Atmosphere, Barcelona Restaurant & Bar is quite simply the best dining experience that Columbus has to offer.
WOW – I had dinner at Barcelona tonight with friends. We had a party of 6 and we had a feast. We had wine, amazing appetizers. Incredible hummos, amazing calamari, beautiful trout and outrageous desserts. The atmosphere was incredible and we were so thrilled to hear the live music. This is a true Columbus legend!!!
Memorable and Fun – We have been here twice and both times were very enjoyable. Our first trip was on New Years. We were seated at our reservation time and our request to be moved further away from the band was promptly granted. Our server was knowledgeable and seemed to have plenty of time for us, even though the place was packed. As pescatarians, we found plenty on the menu to enjoy. Our second trip was even better on a quiet Tuesday night. We tend to despise the waitstaff that snatch away your plate as soon as you set your fork down, so we appreciated the relaxed atmosphere and time to enjoy ourselves. I recommend the seafood paella and chocolate pudding cake dessert, but the romaine salad is nothing special. My only true complaint is that the hostesses are a bit snobby.
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