Judging New Restaurants – Barcelona

1622 14th Street, NW

Barcelona opened up on 14th Street in Oct. 2013 with their sweet sweet patio in Logan Circle. Their website says:

“At the heart of Logan Circle, along 14th Street, is the busiest arts and dining scene in the nation’s capital. Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant, at the heart of it all, between Q and R streets, brings a mix of old and new-world elegance to the rowhouses and Victorians that line this historic neighborhood. Start the evening with a glass of wine at the bar or enjoy tapas in our open dining space or beautiful private room. For those who enjoy dining under the setting sun or a canopy of stars, our expansive and lush courtyard has an outdoor fireplace and offers a glimpse of 14th Street’s vibrant street traffic.”

You can see their Menus here. Any fans? Any must order items?


28 Comment

  • I’ve wanted to go here for a while now, any suggestions on what day/time is least crowded to get a seat on the patio?

    • I went here with a large group on a Sunday afternoon shortly after it opened for the day, maybe 15-30 minutes after it opened. There were several seats available on the patio at the time, but you really do have to get there pretty soon after it opens. It filled up quickly while we were there, especially on the patio. I loved the place. I agree with a comment below – the food didn’t blow me away, but I thought all the food and wine we had was solid and reasonably priced. Great atmosphere and service as well.

  • great atmosphere and service, but totally forgettable food.

  • favorite “go to” place for me…food, drinks, environment!! I like a lot…

    • Also- if I remember correctly I think they are planning on opening another location- for some reason Bethesda rings a bell but not 100%.

      • They are a chain so that is probably happening! I really like it here…good vibe and I like the food and the staff.

  • Haven’t had food, but nice space. Cocktails and food are cheaper than other spots on the strip, so it’ll continue to busy.

  • leftcoastsouthpaw

    I think it is a great space with a very lively scene and pretty good food. If I’m going strictly out for the food, I’m leaning toward Estadio.

    • justinbc

      +1 It’s hard not to compare the two, and Estadio always wins for me. That’s not necessarily a huge knock on Barcelona though, as Estadio is one of my favorite restaurants in the area regardless of type. I’m definitely pleased with how Barcelona turned out.

  • Went there once. Sat at a table in the bar. Server gave us our menus and some water and then never returned (it wasn’t that busy). We left after 15 minutes.

    • I had a similar experience. I went with a small group and sat out on the patio. It wasn’t overly crowded the entire time we were there. The service started out decently then quickly got worse. We ordered quite a bit (so we weren’t a table that was simply sipping on one cocktail the whole time) and had to wait 30 minutes for drinks we ordered. It was very disappointing. The food was only ok. A bit over hyped in my opinion.

  • My husband and I love this place as a date spot when we can get a seat at the bar. Lively atmosphere and great service. We really enjoy the food as well. The brussel sprouts are my favorite.

  • Quincy St Neighbor

    Monday nights are 1/2 price bottle nights – ON ALL BOTTLES – a great $aving$!
    I love their lechon (suckling pig) – you can definitely get your pork on with it – no need to order extra tapas. The order for one person is enough to feed two people. Comes with two grilled sides.
    Tables in the bar area are first come, first served. Even the host does not intercede.

    • Wait, did you just write “savings” with two dollar signs and tell me that I could definitely got my pork on? Come on, man.

  • Meh….I went a couple of times when it first opened, but haven’t been back since. I walk by it every day though and it’s always completely packed. It’s a very “see-and-be-seen” place….women all dolled up in dresses and heels, men in suits, etc…

  • lovefifteen

    For me, the food here has always been mediocre, and with Estadio, one of my favorite restaurants in DC, right down the street, it’s pretty hard to want to come back to Barcelona, though it is cheaper than Estadio.

  • I went a few months ago, we had a table of six The food was decent – not amazing. Some items came out instantly and others we nearly had to beg to have them delivered to our table. Our service was poor at best, we had to ask three times for another glass of wine. At one point someone who identified themselves as the manager (he looked about 21 years old) began also serving our table, but the service didn’t improve.

    The atmosphere is great, but the overall experience is forgettable.

  • LOVE THIS PLACE! The Grilled Hanger Steak with Black Truffle Vinaigrette is AMAZE!

  • This place has great food – the fig and chorizo dish is DELICIOUS. But I will say, if you sit at the bar, the service is deplorable, ESPECIALLY on the weekend. It’s incredibly slow, and for the cost for the drinks, one would except better service. At one point this weekend (Sunday) a few friends and I were there, and we had to ask for our $15 drinks three times, and got passed off to three different people. And when we asked, the main bartender acted as if we did something wrong.

    While the patio is great, and the seated service is tolerable, the bar service is unacceptable. Especially for what you’re getting.

    • Each of the three times Ive been there I sat the bar, ordered food and drinks, and was served in a timely manner.
      Maybe just ask nicely once next time, instead of repeating yourself like a broken record.

  • Service was really great – almost pinch yourself am I really in DC good. The food was good, especially the chorizo dates and the brussels sprouts.
    Can’t wait for patio weather – will go back.

  • I’ve been to the one in West Hartford, CT a few times while visiting family and friends. Barcelona is actually a chain of tapas places, with most of them in New England (if I remember correctly).
    Food is fine, but nothing outstanding. Estadio is still better in terms of quality, but I felt like Barcelona’s prices were slightly lower. If Barcelona were in a suburban chain-food wasteland, it would probably be more impressive.

    • Interesting! So this is just a fancy tapas chain like La Tasca?
      Personally, I am over tapas. But the half off bottles sound pretty good.

  • Buzzing scene with nice mix of prople. After about 8 visits, service was always good, enjoyable food, and excellent atmosphere. Waits for a table can be lengthy. Agree that Estadio has higher quality food – also a more low key ambiance which may be a preference depending on the occasion.

  • As someone who once spent 6hrs in the Barcelona airport waiting for a connecting flight I feel like I can provide the most authoritative review of this restaurant. The food while echoing the flavors of the Eixample neighborhood of the city, clearly owes more to the streets where El Born and Gotic collide in a cacophony of urban artisanry. Service is best described using the Catalan term “espera senzilla,” while the decor is a pastiche homage to the “nova urbana” movement sweeping north east spain.

  • I sat on the patio for brunch on Saturday — arrived when they opened at 11am and had no problem. The ambience is lovely but the service was truly terrible — it took 20 minutes just to be offered water, and it was downhill from there. But the lemon ricotta pancakes were AMAZING. Best (sweet) brunch dish i’ve had in D.C.

  • Churros = Must Have!!!

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