We found Celler de Tapas just a couple of minutes’ walk from our hotel, the H10, near Place de la Universitat. It was open late, looked fantastic, was busy and the staff’s grasp of English was significantly better than our grasp of Spanish, which made it much easier for us to ask questions about the fairly comprehensive menu.
This was our first experience of Tapas and, to be honest, still rates as one of our best. The food was excellent and, as you’d expect from Tapas, served quickly; we re-ordered a number of times and only stopped due to the risk of not being able to get out of the door at the end of the night.
The place being obscenely busy, but not crowded and service didn’t suffer; our wine was kept topped up throughout and empty plates whizzed away without us noticing.
The atmosphere was excellent and in keeping with a vibrant city; there was a good mix of locals and tourists in there. The restaurant was clean and mixed both traditional and contemporary styles quite nicely. We were pleased to find the wine list not only comprehensive, but reasonably priced and the staff were again happy to talk through recommendations with us and we were again pleased that the recommendations weren’t the most expensive bottles on the wine list.
We just about managed to pack in a pudding before paying the (very reasonable) tab and having a short stroll around the city in an attempt to walk off some of the calories.
It’s a long way to go for Tapas, but we wouldn’t hesitate to go back during our next visit to Barcelona, nor to recommend it to anyone who’s planning on heading that way.
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