Barcelona Tapas - Lime Street

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Tapas / Small Plates
Barcelona V is the latest addition to the group and is situated in Lime Street just a stones throw from Leadenthal Market and the world famous Lloyds of London building. Barcelona V consists of a ground level, which is a combination of bar area and traditional table and chair seating. Private parties of up to 180 people can be catered for. The interior design is of high quality. Comprising brightly colored walls and a significant amount of specially commissioned mosaic tile work by Donna Reeves.
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SG
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

As Spanish we have to say that the food was the worst ever. Never again. And sorry for the waiter because he was nice. That’s the only good thing there. And please, change the name for Pulpo a la Gallega ‘cause it doesn’t deserve that name.

S
London
25 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Decent food but strange ambience.
Atmosphere here really let's this place down. You go downstairs into what seems to be the basement of an office, but rather than a cozy, dark room the place itself feels quite bright and sparsely decorated. We partly went hoping to hear upbeat and authentic Spanish music but were disappointed that it was instead hard rock. At one point this was turned so high with shreaking guitar riffs that we could not continue our conversation. At this point we complained to a waiter, only to be told that this was their play list and they are not changing it (ok, then we won't be back!) but he did turn it down.

It is a shame that these ambience points overshadowed the overall nice food. Tortilla, padrón peppers and churros were excellent. Other dishes were good too (an aubergine stew was however a bit too salty and oily) and the menu is vast, and suitable for veggies. The house red is also decent.

ES
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Alll good, nice food and service

F
London
55 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A lovely meal with family at this hidden gem in the City. In the run up to Christmas, it was busy but the food was as tasty and authentic as always (3rd visit). In particular, the tortilla and the paella were praised by all.

SS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is great. We ate a little early so the restaurant was very quiet.

s
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal. Would recommend and return next time in area.

h
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Terrible service. Had to ask to order more than once and both times the waiter was eating food himself while I was a paying customer starving!

p
London
53 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

NV
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Upon arrival there is a full flight of stairs to get in so not suitable if you cannot climb stairs. A pretty dark ambience in the seating area with a lot of background noise. The food was good and service friendly so no complaints there. I'd recommend getting around 4 tapas dishes each and then sharing them all with the group as they are quite small.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not even open, why do opentable still take bookings??

KH
London
18 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is closed suggest you delete it from your website

n
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It’s closed down! You need to update your data - not happy as was embarrassing when I asked a client to meet me there

F
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was very quiet when we went and the table we were shown to was away from everything. Whilst this meant it wasn't very noisy it did mean that we had to wait a number of times for drinks and the bill.

c
London
28 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Empty restaurant should have been enough warning about food quality.
Less than average food. One dish was inedible as too salty. Staff were good though and didn’t quibble and offered a replacement- we opted for coffee instead.

HD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Discovered this through Open Table reviews. A five minute walk from the office. Got let down by a tapas place on Lombard St which messed up on the booking but now really glad that happened. Would definitely make a trip at the weekend from West London with the family as we’ve been looking for an authentic tapas place since the one we used to go to near home closed. Very friendly father and son team as front of house and sommelier.Great menu and some excellent wines on the list.

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas. I feel hungry every time I think of the food there!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Office Christmas lunch. Slow service, dull atmosphere, although this was late afternoon. Bill overcharged with several spurious items appearing. This is a regular issue when dining here. In fairness bill corrected without quibble. Food OK but never as good as when Barcelona's first started.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waitress was clueless, the portions very small, the beer I wanted from the menu they hadn't heard of and didn't have! the Jamon Serrano tasted and looked as if it had matured no more than a week! Croquettes tiny. Exptremely poor value for money.

SL
London
27 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Really good authentic Spanish food in the city. Ingredients felt fresh with decent wine by the glass. A couple of minor service issues ordered small glass of wine, got a large glass of wine. Over attentive in places taking plates a bit eagerly but on the whole good. Note that it's a basement restaurant not a ground floor restaurant so not suitable for disabled. I'm on crutches and found the staircase very steep and a struggle. Fantastic mosaic art reminded me of happier times in Barcelona. Would definitely recommend.

RE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always very good service, an extensive menu and the food is always extremely good.

Great for lighter lunches if you do not want anything too heavy and the service is very efficient.

Definitely recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

very enjoyable meal. quality of the food is high and service was good. value of food is good and the wine was nice. good menu with plenty of choice. will definitely recommend to friends

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Samfaina was a let down - very reminiscent of baby food but the remaining dishes were very nice.

OK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, great service. We are definitely coming back!

BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was fantastic and the price was great.

BD
Cambridge
50 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Been here before and food was excellent again. Good and friendly service

D
London
22 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good, if not outstanding Spanish restaurant. The food was fresh and generally well prepared - dishes came quickly and were reasonably good value for money but this was sort of basic tapas done quite well as opposed to anything more. That said, this was preferable to fancy tapas done badly. My main gripe was that the service made us feel like it was more of a transaction than we were being looked after. A minimal greeting on entry, rushed ordering, polite delivery of food and then no-one said goodbye afterwards. They may be small things but to have done things properly would have taken thirty seconds of a 6+ strong waiting staff, hardly something to have thrown everyone's timings out even if multiplied across 20-odd tables. Would I go back? yes. Is this a taste of Spain? Hmmm.....

G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience4

My guest and I arrived at 12.30 and we were served very efficiently. The food arrived and it was really good. However, after 1pm the restaurant filled and up the staff were overwhelmed. Drinks were forgotten and the bill took ages! Such a shame but ultimately they made me late for my meeting

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had a lovely evening here. Food and service were really good. Was just a little quiet and empty when we dined between 7:30-9:30 on a Friday, which surprised us so there wasn't much of a buzz ...but it did mean we could talk easily :) Good for a girly catch up!

e
Hertfordshire
21 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. great meatballs! Slow service. would go back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tapas & excellent service, nice ambiance & music isn't too loud so you can hear yourself speak

GB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Unhurried meal with 3 work colleagues. Service was attentive but not overly so. Food arrived quickly and was good but the squid could have done with a bit more cooking. Bill was £40 per person including tip, and included 2 or 3 drinks each and about 12 tapas dishes.

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Staff were friendly as always and food was to a good standard. They even offered to give us the paella we couldn't finish as take away, which we did.

JC
London
26 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best tapas in the City. A regular venue which never disappoints.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I think it was ok but service wasn't great and very quiet. There was one table of other people but they were so loud sometimes we couldn't hear each other speak - although appreciate that isn't restaurants fault

L
London
85 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very pleasant business lunch. The food, service and atmosphere was very pleasant.

FA
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We arrived to the smell of fresh paint which was very disappointing as there was no mention of refurbishment on the website. I queried with the Manager and he advised that they were just finishing from decorating over the weekend but the smell of paint was very noticeable and I found off putting. I know they need to decorate but please not as evening service was beginning.

However the food was good and service was OK for our party of 8. We had the standard Tapas Tasting Menu which was plentiful and tasty.

There were not many tables occupied in the restaurant on that night so not overly buzzing but overall we all enjoyed.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2016
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was ok but quite greasy. We ordered calamares but it was mostly batter and no fish. The patatas bravas were good as were the meats. The restaurant is located in financial district so don't expect a party atmosphere at the weekend

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good menu variation - excellent wines!

GS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service and on tastecard which was awesome. Booked online an hour before turning up - perfect lunch!

A
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Average tapas place, in a basement with OK furnishing. Waiters were nice but not that attentive. Food was ok, nothing special - simple tapas. So a place to go if you're not expecting an amazing experience but a decent meal.