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  • 4.0 star rating
    30/12/2012

    We started our night of Tapas crawling here at 5.30pm, and were able to snag a table before the hordes of tourists and locals arrived at 6pm. The concept is simple: grab a plate, help yourself to the tapas (all skewered individually on toothpicks) and savour with a delicious glass of house red or white. Then pay by the number of toothpicks left on your plate (about 1 euro/toothpick plus drinks, of course). A great way to try out tapas and make it as inexpensive or pricey as you'd like. As a confirmed veggie, I was still able to try four or five different tapas (caution: check with the servers as many often have hidden fish surprises).

    The goat cheese croquettes and the blue cheese with marmalade (all served on bread) had me going back for seconds. I had to stop at thirds so that I didn't get too full right at the start of the night!

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/5/2014

    This place was highly recommended by a couple friends, so my husband and I decided to give it a try. We were in the mood for tapas. Unfortunately, we got confused as to how the tapas (called pintxos) worked so we sat at a table. Tapas is only served at the counter. We felt committed so we just ordered dinners. I ordered duck and he ordered lamb. It took him 3 tries to order something due to confusing info from the waiter. Frustrated my husband settled on the lamb. After seeing his frustration we were given a different waiter. Our second waiter was very attentive and helpful. I really enjoyed my duck (I had also ordered potatoes in garlic but that portion of my order got lost in the waiter switch). My husband enjoyed his lamb in spite of his earlier frustrations. Overall I give this restaurant 3 stars. If we go another time while we are here I will be sure to get the pintxos.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    Pretty straightforward and simple bar, with decent, not wonderful food. Bonus points for being right next to the Picasso Museum and self service, but don't think you're going to get blown away by the best tapas that Barcelona has to offer. Price per tapa is a slight overpriced by we're talking centimos here, so it's not all that big of a deal.

    If you'd rather a proper sit-down experience, walk a bit further into the plaza and go to Origens, which also features authentic organic Catalan small plates and local beer (i.e. Euskal does not- boooooo!).

  • 2.0 star rating
    28/11/2011

    SKIP IT!  

    This is the typical tourist trap on Las Ramblas.  The food was mediocre and it was overly expensive for what you're getting!  We got two sangrias and two small plates and that came out to ~40 Euros! That's 53USD!  SMH.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/8/2011
    1 check-in here

    I loved this spot. It was packed, you grab a spot anywhere you can at the standing room only bar (there might have been a few tables, actually), and grab yourself some pintxos.  Then, when you're done, they count up your sticks and charge you for what you ate. I found it to be really inexpensive.

    And, while most of it was seafood based, we had a couple of lovely ones...some kind of cheese with I think quince, tortilla, some other stuff that to be honest, I totally don't remember.  Anyhow, I liked the idea, I liked the atmosphere, I liked the close proximity to our pad, and I liked the guy that brought us the drinks, Leo.

    Apparently, it's a pretty authentic Basque place in Barcelona, but that's something I don't know to much about. I would absolutely come back.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/8/2013

    Our first experience with tapas in Barcelona. What a great experience! We got 7 tapas each (there were two of us) and some drinks for only € 30!! And the service was nice.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/1/2013

    Ehhh it's about average.  

    Only reason it has 4 star review is because it is next to the Picasso museum so all the touristas stop in and think that these are" authentic tapas"

    The interior and presentation is nice but flavor and value fell short.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/2/2012

    How many times did i eat here over a period of 5 days? 2.

    Why? Because it is delicious.

    I wish the states had the concept of pinchos, it is so tasty and you can decide on whatever you want to and as much of it as you wanted.

    Contrary to other reviews, my lunch with a beer was less than 15 Euros.

    I love pinchos and this place gets crowded but is much better when you go at American eating times so like noon-ish.

    Nothing particular stood out, but remember Catalan etiquette when here: get a plate before taking your tooth pick foods and order a drink at the bar if you want one. Then pay at the bar.

    I want more pinchos in New York.

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/6/2013

    After going to Cav Baja in Madrid several nights, I found this place just so-so for tapas/pinchas.  Not bad, nothing really unique or memorable.  Fine if you want a quick snack.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/5/2013

    Good to have a snack and a caña. Relaxed environment.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/4/2013
    1 check-in here

    Tasty food, pleasant wait staff. I'm a big fan of tinto de verano in general, and Euskal Etxea had some of the best I had during my trip.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/11/2012

    A great find! The place is well kept, clean and comfortable. The typical basque pinchos are just fantastic. The big variation of fabulous creations on the self-serving bar makes the choices pretty difficult. So at the end I have tried so many pinchos that my belly was ready to explode. But every bite was delicious.
    I will definitely go back.

    • J K.
    • Financial District, Manhattan, United States
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/12/2013

    Have the warm tapas. So delicious. I've been here year after year and it doesn't disappoint.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/6/2011

    Really a 3.5 star.  Came here around 11 pm on a Wednesday night after watching flamenco at the Palau Dalmeses and this pintxo bar (next to the palm tree) was hopping with a lot of young people and groups.  We grabbed a spot standing near the bar and muscled our way to the pintxos.  The pintxos were very good.  I tried the blood sausage with some aioli, a chorizo and pineapple in a croissant, a red pepper and beef croquette (all excellent), the white crab meat, a reddish codfish mixture (both average) and cava.  My friends liked the goat cheese, the artichoke/sundried tomato/olive, the brie, and didn't like the baked oyster as much.  I think it's Michelin guide recommended.  Fun place (you're standing so there's not much dallying), though the fact that there was a counter for people to eat alongside the bar made it hard to beat your way through those crowds.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/11/2011

    LOVE love love this place. The waiter was fantastic, he had me try the Basque wine, which was very good so I ordered more. Then you get your plate and pick a little appie , called a "pinch-o".  They make them and keep filling dishes and you eat and pay by the number of toothpicks left in your plate. We tasted so many and all were divine, except that one anchovy one....how I missed seeing that little salty fish wrapped around the olive, I will never know!!!  Needless to say, this was by far my favorite meal in Barcelona.  My favorite was a crab one that looked like shredded crab meat...lots of seafood - another goodie was a crab something in a little tiny croissant....there are so many so make sure you arrive hungry!

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/11/2012

    Highly recommend this. The Basque pinchos were excellent, the service was great. Lovely part of town. And.... super cheap. Will be back before we leave. For sure.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/11/2011

    Rather expensive main restaurant, but the tapas (pinotxe?) bar is quite good, with a wide range of things on bread to choose from. Its all one price  1.80 euros  which is quite a bargain. Also, they were all rather tasty!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/5/2012

    A very fun tapas bar in the Las Ramblas, I've been there several times and I'm sure to go again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/6/2013

    This Basque pintxos restaurant has a lively atmosphere.  There is a large selection to choose from, but be prepared for mostly seafood dishes, though there was the typical Iberian ham, chorizo, and empanadas available.  However, they were a little slow, when we were there, to replenish these popular dishes.  In the back there is a sit down restaurant, but all the activity is around the bar and the pintxos.

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