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5.0 /6 Excellent 59 Reviews

Tapas Barcelona

City Centre Spanish, Tapas £££ +100
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About Tapas Barcelona

Bringing serious Spanish vibes to Southampton’s centre and Cultural Quarter, Tapas Barcelona is a stylish tapas bar on Above Bar Street, reminiscent of one you would find tucked away on the backstreets of Barcelona. Whether it's for afterwork drinks paired with tapas, an intimate dinner date or a lunchtime catch up with friends, Tapas Barcelona is the the perfect spot. It draws in diners from all over the city with authentic Spanish cuisine and wines so, to be sure of a seat at Tapas Barcelona, booking a table in advance is recommended.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 11:00 - 23:00
Tapas Barcelona, 140 - 166 Above Bar Street, SO14 7DU Southampton

Further Information

Experience the buzz of an authentic Spanish tapas bar right in the centre of Southampton at Tapas Barcelona. With stylish decor that combines trendy details like raw concrete walls with traditional Spanish touches, Tapas Barcelona channels the chicness of a Barcelona restaurant. It’s the perfect backdrop for a romantic date, a night out, or a big family meal. The menu draws inspiration from Spanish kitchens all over the world, featuring everything from mouthwatering meats to seafood and an abundance of vegetarian dishes.

Just some of our favourites include the black pudding with chorizo and butterbeans, the salt cod croquettes, pork belly with fresh pear, pan-fried hake with a fresh herb and anchovy dressing, the patatas bravas and the selection of Spanish cheeses. For a larger meal, we recommend going for the chargrilled baby lamb chops with garlic and olive oil, or the lemon and thyme roast chicken, followed by some classic Catalan custard tart. For a Spanish dining experience in Southampton’s City Centre, book a table at Tapas Barcelona on Above Bar Street in the Cultural Quarter now!


59 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 59 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
10.07.2017 21:57

Had another fabulous dinner at Barcelona Tapas, great food and drinks, and fantastic service. Will come back again and again. Well done and many more happy customers

1 review so far 6
03.07.2017 19:09

The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere throughout, with polite and friendly waiting staff, great food and excellent value for money. Orders were taken with good time, and reached the table within a more than reasonable timeframe. Everything was well cooked and tasted delicious, whilst staff popped by to check that everything was okay every so often. Really great meal, and would more than happily visit again!

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 08:16

We had a very nice evening. Our waitess was sooo nice and she had smile on her face all the time and the other members of Staff were nice too.We didn't wait for anything - drinks, olives and main meal arrived quickly. And everything was tasty. Will come back!

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 15:46

service was excellent, very friendly and attentive, good selection of drinks, food was fantastic portion sizes good too, overall a very very enjoyable experience, I would thoroughly recommend it

1 review so far 4
22.04.2017 01:40

Was a surprise birthday meal and table had not been set up, despite me coming down earlier in the day to drop off banner and confetti (with assurances it would be carried out). Put me in a difficult position as I then had to subtlety say to the waiter and he then came out with the banner only. I did not receive the table confetti back and couldn't ask for it as I didn't want my partner (whose birthday is was) to know that anything was amiss. Food was very good and waitresses nice. Waited ages to pay. All had our purses/cards out on the table ready. Numerous staff (including our waiter) casually walked past but seemed more interested in laughing and joking with the staff who had finished their shift and were hanging around at the bar. Not very satisfied which was a shame as previously we had a great time here.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 09:52

First visit to Tapas Barcelona and I would definitely go back. Food was delicious and portion sizes were about perfect for Tapas dishes. I'd say you want 3/4 dishes per person if you like to eat. Lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and the staff were friendly and helpful. If you're in Southampton and want some Tapas give here a go.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 09:57

I always have a great experience at Tapas Barcelona, the food and cocktails are always superb and the staff are all lovely. It was my sister's birthday and they brought out some churro's and a candle, sang happy birthday to her and really made it a wonderful evening.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 03:24

Great food, great atmosphere, great service, as always Tapas Barcelona and Team deliver the best. You can't beat it for a special event or just a casual night out.

1 review so far 3
14.07.2017 17:02

When we arrived at the restaurant it was very quiet. Our drinks order was taken quickly. We then ordered our food. We asked how long the paella would be and were told 30mins, which we accepted. We requested that our tapas and the paella were all provided at the same time. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The tapas came a lot earlier than the paella and also not all together. Whilst you would normally wait until everyone had their food that was not possible, otherwise the tapas would have been cold. The waitress was very polite and apologetic explaining that they were short staffed...not really our problem!!

1 review so far 6
08.05.2017 22:32

Fantastic place to eat and drink. I would highly recommend to anyone who is after good food and drinks. Go to Tapas Barcelona. Great service too!

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 05:41

Overall excellent experience - lead waiter / host was fantastic and food scrummy. Only issue was the waiter who delivered the food was a little rude and one order was incorrect but this was rectified immediately with meal not charged for as there was no time to swap it as we were on a deadline for the theatre.

1 review so far 3
20.06.2017 17:04

The food was nice however on entry we stood at the bar for 15 minutes without service, we decided to order from a table which took another 10 minutes. It then took around 15 minutes for those drinks to arrive. This set the scene for the evening - order drinks, wait ages feeling disgruntled and thirsty. The venue was not packed by any stretch of the imagination. The price of food when added up with the awful service was in no way worth it and we wont be returning.

1 review so far 5
05.06.2017 08:48

Super staff who were really helpful and engaging with our group. Great food and atmosphere. We were a group of 9 and the restaurant works really well for a social gathering with great food to share. Equally so if you were a couple though as plenty of smaller tables. Many thanks

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 09:42

Great cocktails - good variety. The waiter was happy to adjust drinks for my friend who was driving so not drinking. Good variety of lovely tapas brought out as ready :-) Great atmosphere - felt like we were actually in Barcelona!!

2 reviews so far 1
14.07.2017 12:42

I went with a friend who is a celiac as they do a really good gluten free menu. When we ordered we ordered everything to be Gluten free. When one dish came that looked different to what we had before, my friend double checked that it was definitely the GF option and we were informed that it was. We ate the food which was really delicious and then we had a second dish arrive of the one we questioned. When we enquired we were told that that was the GF dish and that the other one was not GF. At no point were they aware that it wasn't both of us that required GF and so it is unexplainable why the first dish was not GF. What makes it worse is that we specifically checked and were told that it was. We had to cut the night short as my friend was then very ill. She has not been able to go to work today and the nature of celiac disease is that it will now take her gut months to repair itself. For the average person, you will likely have a lovely meal however if you do have any dietary requirements, be wary as they obviously do not take them particularly seriously and need to train staff in the importance of making sure they are giving people the right food as a matter of urgency.

2 reviews so far 6
01.05.2017 16:27

Service & food was excellent. Would highly recommend. Two of us had soft drinks as driving, shared a massive plate of olives, bread & dipping oil then had seven plates for £20 drinks & puddings... pre theatre.. lovely.

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 13:47

Brought a friend for her birthday, we had great food, fantastic service and amazing cocktails, thoroughly enjoyed our evening, we weren't rushed and were able to spend the whole evening at our table chatting, drinking and eating.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2017 16:08

Great location, great venue, lovely staff. On the whole, the food was good and plentiful (we shared tapas between us). Only reason that it did not get top marks is that some of the tapas tasted quite bland. However, would gladly go back again.

1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 19:08

Very nice tapas, lovely flamenco night, thank you. Enjoyable time, good value for money, highly recommended. This was on Thursday night and that is the only reason the place was not entirely full.

1 review so far 2
19.03.2017 18:56

Service was terrible, put in the corner and ignored. We waited half an hour for a bottle of wine and had eaten all our food before it had arrived. We asked 3 times for it to be brought over and got told it was on the way. 3 of our dishes were forgotten and one was a completely didn't dish we did not order but we decided to have it because we were so hungry and just wanted to leave. We have been tapas Barcelona quite a few times and at the moment it's getting worse and worse.

1 review so far 4
09.04.2017 09:07

Service was very bad. We had to wait very long time for a food and then somebody to clear our table and nobody even ask if we would like a desert menu, and I wanted a desert but didn't bother at the end as it's was quite late

1 review so far 5
18.07.2017 07:25

The staff were excellent - efficient and friendly. The food was nice, mostly tasty but the chicken skewers were a little dry and some tapas dishes were very oily. The chips were great! All in all I'd recommend!

1 review so far 5
16.05.2017 21:40

Very good service and staff is friendly. The place is clean and comfortable. Food is great. Big open space makes it feel like you are outside. Had a birthday party there and definately would come back.

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 08:08

No occasion, just a lovely catch up meal with friends, perfect venue for that, lovely & relaxed atmosphere, staff really helpful & friendly, food & cocktails excellent & loved the decor! Will definitely be going back!

1 review so far 5
14.07.2017 20:59

Nice restaurant and food . Timings not great as we had out mains delivered at different times .10 mins gap. In fairness they realised this and 10% was deducted. Service charge on 6 was 10%

3 reviews so far 6
03.05.2017 20:36

Very loud and very busy - good food and service, but if you are after a quiet night out maybe not for you! Great for cocktails and small plates

1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 06:07

Excellent good & attentive staff. Will dine again there. The decor and ambience of the place is 1st class. Very good value for money. Hope to be back soon

1 review so far 5
02.05.2017 08:18

Lovely food lovely atmosphere had a really good time and everyone enjoyed themselves. Only issue was speed of clearing the tables, lots of glasses and empty bowls left for a long time. Would return.

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 00:54

Great service. Our reservation was registered and we were shown to our seats immediately. Fantastic food, great cocktails! Highly recommend this place for a warm and inviting atmosphere!

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 10:36

Absolutely amazing...love everything about it service, food, drink and atmosphere are fantastic. Cannot recommend it enough. There's nothing else like it in Southampton x well done everyone there

1 review so far 5
23.05.2017 08:44

The food was amazing with a lot of choice for vegetarians, the 2-4-1 cocktails were also great value with again a good variety and the service you couldn't fault. We're definitely be back!

1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 22:07

The food was Lovely, freshly cooked, good choice of dishes and r ceived promptly , great atmosphere and good service. God for a couple or group meal

1 review so far 6
12.05.2017 09:31

Great food and service ! Enjoyed a range of tapas all of which were delicious. Had a a cocktail each, which were also well made and presented.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 07:55

Amazing food, had the tapas tree, definitely going again! Yum yum yum 😁 Spacious restaurant, spotless loos, great service. The squid and chilli jam was delicious 😁😁😁😁

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 17:11

Delicious food, nice atmosphere and delightful servers. The prawns were absolutely delicious. All of the party enjoyed the themselves in the relaxed ambience of the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 10:34

Great tapas, great service and very freindly staff. Overall fantastic evening i will definitely recommend and be going again. Thank you to all who work there.

2 reviews so far 6
29.03.2017 10:09

Great food, and good atmosphere. Definitely worthwhile booking on a Saturday evening, as it gets busy. But good service, and friendly staff. The tapas were fantastic.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 13:23

Great food and great cocktails, a very enjoyable date night. Would highly recommend to everyone. The Chilli Squid is definitely the favourite part of the menu.

1 review so far 5
23.05.2017 11:33

We recommend the lemonade, the chorizo and the padron peppers. However, the sticky chicken was only average, but overall the experience was delightful. Me and my date had a lovely evening.

1 review so far 5
06.06.2017 07:48

Good decor. Good service. Good food, although a little pricey. I imagine atmosphere is great on a busy Saturday night (it was a rainy Monday when we visited and very quiet!)

1 review so far 3
05.07.2017 19:38

Lovely place and atmosphere good. Shame the food and service wasn't. Waited 45mins for paella which is fine, but the rice was stodgy and whole thing was tasteless. My friends had the chicken kebab. Presented nice, but basically glorified chicken and chips! Shame as it has the potential to be amazing!

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 12:49

Great food at a great price with a great atmosphere made for a great afternoon before continuing on for the gin festival at the guildhall

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 08:18

Amazing restaurant, the food was lovely and very tasty. Even better we had a voucher so it was free! We will certainly be returning there.

1 review so far 4
09.07.2017 09:01

It was a very nice dining experience. Very nice place. The house red wine was really good. The food was nice enough, but not spectacular. Slightly pricey. Nice evening but not in a hurry to rush back.

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 05:01

First time at a tapas place and nicely surprised! Great food and wine selection. You get a lot on each plate for your money and service was great too

1 review so far 5
07.06.2017 08:18

Great cocktails lovely food would of been a 6 apart from the length of time it took out drinks to come waited at least 20 minutes after ordering

1 review so far 5
15.07.2017 22:54

Lovely atmosphere great food and friendly staff 👍🏼 We had the tapas and paella and the portions are the best size-wise that we've ever had l, fully recommend!

1 review so far 5
08.07.2017 09:39

Food was excellent. 2 for 1 cocktails were absolutely yummy! Great service and nice and quick considering it was a Friday night and they were busy!

1 review so far 5
02.07.2017 07:47

Great staff, lovely ambience and wide selection of quality food. Went for a birthday party and everyone enjoyed the whole evening. Online booking process was straightforward

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 09:29

Lovely food and atmosphere and an enjoyable evening with friends. The Service was a little slow but it was very busy there on a Saturday night.