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“Abundant but not tasty”

Restaurante La Tarantula
Ranked #7,085 of 9,530 Restaurants in Barcelona
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Central American, South American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Barcelona, Spain
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Abundant but not tasty”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

So I had seen on the internet that this place didn't get the best reviews, but many of the reviewers complained mainly about the fact that this was just some kind of texmex, not real Mexican food. So, I never went to Mexico, I wouldn't know the difference, so this did not deter me from trying the restaurant myself.
Well ... I just did not like the food. It was abundant, it wasn't expensive, but it wasn't tasty. The nopal salad was huge, four people could perfectly have shared it, but they had used only bitter varieties of salad, and it was topped with an excessice amount of dried oregano (as was my main dish). What about some fresh herbs? And isn't oregano more typical for Italian food? I don't know.
My main dish, the vegetarian "sincronizado" came with a guacamole that had an incredibly soapy taste (too much coriander?), and it was generally too salty for my taste.
My boyfriend's main dish was okay, but nothing special either - he said that apart from being served in a taco, his meet/vegetable-combo did not have anything Mexican about it.
So, this is not a place for gourmets.
But the service was friendly and the restaurants seems to be hugely popular with younger people, because from nine o'clock on this started to be really crowed. We were lucky to get a table without reservation because we went so early.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This is a locals type place and is Very loud!!”
Reviewed 11 September 2012 via mobile

Tiny place, gets hot and is packed on any night. Food was ok. It's not like Tex Mex places in US....in a good way. Big portions. However the atmosphere is more like a loud nightclub. Everyone shouting, loud music, etc... Ok if that's what you're expecting. Not an intimate setting. But overall good experience

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Markham, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing place to go with your family and friends!”
Reviewed 14 July 2012

The service was amazing! The owner is very friendly, portions of food are HUGE, the food tastes great, and the prices are very reasonable! Just make sure to ask about portion size before you order because they are HUGE !!! Nachos with cheddar cheese are amazing! There are two salsa's, spicy and mild, but both are very tasty ! I would definitely reccommend this restraint if you are looking for quality food for reasonable prices! Not touristic at all !

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Safia K
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Best place to go with friends and eat a LOT!”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

Tarantura is a cossy Mexican restaurant in Sants.
Is the perfect place to go with a group of friends. The atmosphere is relaxed, the stuf is friendly and a nice experience is garanteed.
The food is really nice, and the size of the dishes are huge. Ask the waiter for the size of your dish, if you are not very hungry, sometimes is better to order just one plate for two people.
On Fridays and Saturdays is allways full, you´d better book in advance.
It´s not expensive, it will be around 20€ earch, which is nothing taking into account how much food you eat.
I really reccomend this place. It´s the best mexican restaurant in the area.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank laurasevillana
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