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“Great Time and Great Food”

The Barcelona Taste
Ranked #9 of 171 Food & Drink in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The city's first gastronomical tapas tour, The Barcelona Taste is about food. And lots of it! On this 2-3 hour food tour we stop in 3-4 small food establishments in either the famous Gothic or the lovely Gracia neighborhoods of Barcelona. Our venues range from high-quality specialty shops to home-style tapas restaurants, each one with its own scrumptious specialties for you to taste. A knowledgeable and very friendly guide will safely lead you through this labyrinth of a neighborhood, all the while sharing stories about Barcelona life, food, and history. You will enjoy all the cuisine, and, due to the small size of the group, you will also enjoy a more personal, relaxed experience.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Great Time and Great Food”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We went together with another couple we knew and four other people, maximum group size being eight plus Joe and Jo. After a round of introductions with both our guides and fellow tourists, we set off on a tour of tapas in the old quarter. We started off with a shop specialising in cheese along with some wine. We were all given a sample of three cheeses and a glass of local wine. The cheeses were all sourced in Catalan and they were superb. We then made our way to stop number two, a tiny tapas place, four tables and a bar, where the tapas was superb and we also enjoyed local vermouth. We had baby squids which were wrapped arround rice and cooked, bombeta, stuffed and baked mussels, peppericinos and green peppers fried in olive oil topped with sea salt. This stuff was all local and quite delicious. Next stop, they seated us up in a room overlooking the main bar area. Another nice local place. We had baby potatoes which had been soaked in brine before being boiled, then sliced and topped with romesco. Later some pa amb tomaquet,bread smeared with tomato and olive oil was passed around, all of which well with the vino tinto being served. The last place was another short walk away where we had dessert tapas accompanied by glasses of cava. Both Jo and Joe were knowledgeable about the food and culture as well as being easy conversationalists. It was a fine night. The variety and amount of food was perfect and considering the insights and additional restaurant tips later given, good value. Even my native Spanish speaking friend thought it was an excellent night out.

Visited April 2012
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good, personable guide”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

Jo really took the tie to put together a well thought out tour. The places do give you a flavor of Catalan.

Visited April 2012
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London
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32 reviews
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“Too expensive”
Reviewed 20 April 2012

The only reason for the overall rating for this tour is due to the price of EUR 75 per person. This is actually a lot of money in Barcelona where almost everything is quite cheap. The guides were nice and entertaining and the places they took us to were nice as well. I agree with a previous review that if it was say about EUR 35 per person, then this would be a good and reasonable price for this tour. However for this high price, perhaps our expectations were too high for the 4 places we visited. The first one is a great cheese shop run by a Scottish lady and the cheese samples we were given with a small glass of wine was excellent. The second family run place was where we had the most food, with vermuth and if we had known that we would be getting most of our food in this place, then we would have eaten more and asked for more food. The third place was probably the worst value for money, with a glass of wine and bread and some potatos with a paste on them. Fourth place was dessert which was shared between everyone who took a few bites each and a glass of cava each. I think if we did ask for more food and drinks then the guides would have provided them but we weren't sure what each place would be like, so perhaps there was a miscommunication. Also it is not a walking tour with historical facts but the guides were friendly and nice so this rating is not a reflection on their part.
Overall it was an ok tour but the price is just too much, even for a touristy city and perhaps more so because contrary to expectations Barcelona is such an affordable place to visit. We did meet some nice ppl on the tour so that was a big plus. Also compared to other things like a cooking class we did few days later where we had a 5 course meal as well as cooking class and wine and cava which was all EUR 60 per person.

Visited April 2012
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Walnut Creek, California
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13 reviews
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“A great experience”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

This was a fun and delicious tour. Jo and Joe obviously enjoy what they do. They are both personable and knowledgeable and took us to small specialty and tapas restaurants that we never would have found on our own. It was a nice contrast and change from the larger tapas places like Cal Pep and Cervesaria Catalana. I highly recommend them. Unfortunately, we took the tour at the end of our trip so we couldn't take advantage of their recommendations. The pacing was comfortable, and the whole experience was casual and friendly.

Visited April 2012
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“Pricey”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

Really nice people that run it - fun and cool to hang out with - very funny and entertaining. Value for money was not great....felt like it was too expensive for the caliber and quantity of food and drink. I wish they had shared a bit more about Barcelona history/culture as well. Met some cool people on the tour with me.

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