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“Excellent meal and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Barbacana

Ranked #66 of 208 Restaurants in Avila
Price range: US$13 - US$19
Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean
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Good for: Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Derby, United Kingdom
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499 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
“Excellent meal and service”
Reviewed 29 January 2014

We came here, because it seemed like more of a local restaurant than the more heavily tourist oriented ones within the walls. It was very busy the first time we tried to eat here, but on the second day, we were able to arrive rather earlier and sat upstairs in the more formal dining area.

The service was excellent. We made a slight mistake in our choice (tripe stew, rather than beef), but the waiter was able to understand my attempts to explain in Spanish and was happy to swap it. We had soup and a salad to start, both of which were lovely and good sized portions. We then had a beef steak and pork loin steaks, with chips, as our mains. There was rather a lot of meat on the plate, but we struggled through it! Both were lovely and tender and really tasty. For dessert, we had some very nice flan sponges and felt very satisfied afterwards. The menu del dia included the price of a drink.

It was very popular as the normal lunch hour began, with many families turning up. The atmosphere was great, very friendly. There wasn't a menu available in Spanish as far as we could see, but then we didn't ask for one and didn't need one. I think anyone with a reasonable grasp of Spanish should be able to understand (except when your husband forgets the Spanish for 'tripe'. Excellent place.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank madamedefarge
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Bay City, Michigan, United States
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good quick lunch in Avila”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

We were a group of nine English speakers. Waiter brought menus and an older English version of the same. Food was very good - lots of choices to suit everyone. Very quick service and good value.

Visited November 2013
Thank Andreas T
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London, United Kingdom
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656 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
“Convenient place to get together”
Reviewed 10 December 2012 via mobile

We were there a night before friends's wedding. Good selection of wine and food. Enough space to hang out inside and outside. Their calamari was especially great just coming out of the kitchen. Tapas should not be missed.

1 Thank Normadroaming
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Vancouver, B.C.
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175 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Nice location”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

We found this restaurant in a nice square just a few minutes walk from the walls. It seemed pretty popular but that might have been because there were very few places open near the old town as compared to the main street taking you back to the train station. The service was fine and the food was good but unless your Spanish is quite good it is hard to make out what is on the menu. The manager did try to assist but actually rushed us in our selections so that might have been a factor in our overall impression.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank JESVancouver_B_C_
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Singapore, Singapore
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162 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
“Best meal I've had in months”
Reviewed 14 June 2012

Gigantic portions and delicious food. 3 of us ordered 2 set meals - our main courses were grilled beef with potatoes, and calamari with salad. Aside from that, we ordered a huge sandwich €4. The sets were €16 each. The portions were so large that we had to request them to pack the leftovers for us to take back - so we had that for dinner as well. (I apologize for the lack of details as I am reviewing this restaurant about 1 month after my visit, but this restaurant left a very very favourable impression on me). I will definitely be back when I visit this city again.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank cowfart
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