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5.1 /6 Excellent 82 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!


82 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 82 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
12.09.2017 15:11

Excellent food and service, staff always helpful and friendly too. great choice of tapas and food always tastes fresh. Have been here many times and would thoroughly recommend.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 08:37

Service was swift, staff were very friendly, and the food was fantastic. We had a very enjoyable evening. If you like cocktails then definitely go on a Friday - 2 for 1 night!

1 review so far 6
05.09.2017 08:52

Excellent service - very friendly and helpful. There was a large group of us and we couldn't fault the service and the set up. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
27.08.2017 21:36

Excellent food, excellent service - we will definitely be back again in the very near future. Really relaxed atmosphere, staff could not do enough for you.

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
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
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 6
30.07.2017 19:24

Great food, service and decor, it was a special meal out with our friends. We always enjoy coming to Tapas Barcelona. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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 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!!

1 review so far 5
08.08.2017 10:08

Nice atmosphere, nice interior decoration, really friendly staff, would have preferred slightly bigger portions or a bit cheaper for the tapas. We had churros for dessert which were delicious but think it would have been better with an actual chocolate sauce, we had a sort of light chocolate custard

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.