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  • 5.0 star rating
    7/9/2014
    1 check-in

    This place was everything we needed on our last night in Barcelona. And by that I mean AUTHENTIC. When you have to order using sign language, you know you're not in a touristy place.

    Reasonable prices, very quick service, delicious flavours and a buzzing, local atmosphere.

    The room is an awkward long thin shape which adds to the local café feel but do go early so you get space at the counter - it filled up very quickly after we arrived. You'll be sitting on tall stools or standing, not as uncomfortable as you may think.

    Definitely recommend the cheese. Oh and the and chillies! They're not too hot but rather charred to perfection. Vermouth is of course mandatory.

    Don't go here if: you're looking for something super creative or particularly different.

    Do go here if: you want something simple, affordable, typical and tasty.

    Enjoy!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/9/2014

    Hidden gem.

    This place serves some of the best food that I had the pleasure of enjoying in Barcelona.  The guys working behind the counter are all characters, yelling orders to each other, laughing, and simply enjoying themselves - it is quite the sight.

    Despite how crowded it was, we were lucky enough to score a couple seats at the counter.  

    We ordered:
    - Smoked Salmon
    - Croquetas (croquettes)
    - Padron Peppers
    - Spicy Tuna
    - Steak with peppers

    Every single bite was out of this world, including the complimentary bread given to us at the beginning of our meal.  Even though everything was great, what really blew me away was the Smoked Salmon and the Steak with Peppers.  The cuts of salmon were thick and flavorful and the steak was better than some of the steakhouses in San Francisco.

    I recommend going out of your way to stop and have a bite at this heavenly place!

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/7/2014
    1 check-in

    From the outside, this looks like the perfect place for a nice glass of beer. But there is more. Open the door to one of the best Tapas places I've visited in Barcelona.

    Inside you will see a typical but beautifully looking brown bar. The staff is neatly dressed and takes your order in a jiffy.

    We went for the spicy chorizo balls, manchego cheese platter, patatas bravas and the best of all: steak and peppers. Everything was lovely but I really gotta recommend this one to you. No hablo Ingles very well. No wifi. Oh yeah, Tax is not included in the prices mentioned on the menu card. But hey, you want the real thing, right? Then you have to go here.

    It can be very crowded in here so visit them early. It's a hidden treasure. Glad we found it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/6/2014

    Great beer and great tapas.

    Got the Clara which is a pretty light beer (which honestly is just the type of beer I love).

    In terms of Tapas, you have to order the Steak and Foie Gras.... was probably the best steak I had throughout my trip in Europe and the Foie Gras was cooked perfectly.

    The chorizo was also a must have, absolutely amazing. Wish I was able to come here more often, my favorite meal in barcelona! and it's pretty close to the beach so you can come out here after a nice swim and tan.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/5/2014

    Great beer, amazing tapas, and friendly service.

    The atmosphere is intimate and genuine as are the three or so men that staff the place and tend to you promptly as to not want you to go thirsty or hungry.

    We had the the following:

    Patatas Bravas: A generous portion of oven roasted potatoes with the very hot brava sauce poured over the center of the plate for you to dip your potatoes so you can determine how much heat you would like. This method also keeps the potatoes from getting soggy. I was blown away at first bite. An excellent accompaniment to their in-house beer.

    Manchego cheese: Nothing special to add. Quality manchego sliced to order.

    Pinchitos de chorizo: Deep fried to order and oh so soft and succulent.  Great beer food as well. My wife and I ordered four pinchitos to share and then had to order a second round as I needed some more of that hot pork goodness in my mouth.

    Beer: Beer was very good and refreshing. Crisp with body without being too heavy. I wish I took tasting notes to share but I think it was quite similar to the ubiquitous Estrella Damn.

    It was absolutely one of my favorite experiences in Barcelona, food or otherwise, and was trying to make time to revisit but couldn't unfortunately. If I ever find myself in Barcelona again this will be my first stop for sure.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/2/2014
    3 check-ins

    Great beer and the best tapas, what more could you want?
    Well...how about an awesome staff in Captain uniforms who break into song every so often? Just another reason why Vaso de Oro is the best tapas bar in Barcelona.

    Like most good tapas bars make sure to push your way in and get yourself a spot at the bar anyway possible. Its all part of the adventure and it seems to make the food a bit more satisfying after all the jockeying. This is a very long bar with multiple entrances. When walking by once I saw someone literally fall out the door since the space is so narrow between the bar and the door. They rolled past the sidewalk almost into the street. Make sure to get an anchored spot at the bar!

    Once you make it in order their beer, only two options, light or dark, so this should be an easy selection.  Their wine is also good, although most drank beer and it seemed more appropriate with all the servers dressed in boat captain outfits. Next you must get a steak, sounds weird for a tapas bar but it is amazingly simple and so good.  It is quickly seared with quality olive oil, some onions, salt and little pepper. Yummmm...Perfection...Oh wait, and don't forget to top it off with some Foie Gras! Making it somehow better than perfect!

    If still hungry try their fried chorizo.  Salty and big with flavor, they are perfect with the beer. The croquettes are also a solid choice. You really can't go wrong with much on the menu.

    All you need to know is, with so little time on our vacation, with food being one of top priorities, we went there TWICE. Don't miss it!

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/12/2013
    1 check-in

    I was really disappointed after trying this place out.  Based on the reviews I was really pumped about this place.  Even after walking in and having a seat, I even felt better thinking that this was a good find.  However, to be honest, this was my least favorite dining experience while in Barcelona.

    We had the croquettes, bravas, smoked salmon, fois gras, and the Granjero sandwich.  Croquettes were okay.. nothing stood out, but nothing is ever really wrong with deep fried meat.  The Bravas weren't seasoned but instead had a mayo-like and spicy sauce smothered on top- the sauce made the dish.  The smoked salmon was good quality but again, nothing special, just doused in some olive oil and salk/pepper.  The fois gras was probably the best thing here, with a nice touch of sauteed onions.  And the sandwich- well forget about it! I had high hopes for this, as it was ham, lettuce, mayo, and an egg grilled on some buttery bread.  But it was like eating mush.. no flavor at all! And you would think with ham, it would at least taste like salt.. but no, not in this case...

    Overall, bland tapas that didn't stand out.  The shocker was the fact that for all this, plus 3 cokes, the bill came out to 44€.  Do yourself a favor, and find a less expensive place that will have better flavor than this place

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/10/2013

    Neighborhood bar where it seems the locals like to hang. We stopped by for a quick bite and a drink of course!

    The men behind the counter are very straight forward but courteous and it was nice to see them wearing captain of the ship-type shirts. It was kind of old school and respectable.

    The tripe was off the charts incredible. It was so tender it  melts in your mouth. Cooked with garbanzo beans, it's super hearty so have it with a piece of bread, or two.

    Olives are incredibly good, the best to date, until I found it was stuffed with anchovies. In my mind I don't like anchovies. Yes I am mental, but I un knowingly ate half the plate.  

    We went a little early but it seemed to get full pretty fast.   Great prices!

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/1/2014
    1 check-in

    Nice atmosphere, nice bar, but overpriced and the food is a too greasy for my taste, and not worth the money. Get a beer and a little snack instead a lot of food.

    The room and the waiters are probably the most unique part of this bar,restaurant: It is a quite long room in which the bar goes from one end to the other. Especially when considering the width which is so narrow that one can only pass the people sitting at this bar if one squeezes - which is kinda cool.

    Food: stay away from the bravas: very small portion, expensive and not that great. Be aware that the chorizo is cut into pieces and deep fried - an unnecessary thing.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/9/2013

    Came here on the Tuesday after they got back from vacation and it was crazy busy. Luckily, we found a table in the back and ordered the following:

    1) Foie Gras with Steak
    2) Russian Salad
    3) Tuna Salad
    4) Chorizo
    5) Calamari
    6) Serrano peppers

    Everything was great but my favorites were the foie gras with steak, russian salad and chorizo. I would recommend getting their beer as well.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/5/2011
    Listed in ¡Yo amo España!

    I had to yelp about this place as soon as I found out the existence of Yelp España. This is one of the best tapas bars I've ever been!!! Excelentes tapas!! Me molan muchoooooo!!!! Located in the less touristy area of Barceloneta district, this noisy, small, and bustling tapas bar is one of my favorite places in Barcelona.  My favorites are foie a la plancha and diced steak!! Ay que ricoooooo!!!!! It's slightly more expensive than average tapas bar but so worth it. 5 estrellas!!!!

    P.S.- There are no tables, and the bar is packed! Chances are you will be elbowing your neighbor.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/5/2013
    1 check-in

    Great tapas, great vibe, fun neighborhood.
    Beers were too small!  So I drank more of them.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/5/2012
    1 check-in

    We stopped by Vaso de Oro for a  "snack" of sorts, if you can call Steak and Foie Gras a snack I guess.

    A slab of steak hot off the grill topped with a huge lobe of melt in your mouth Foie Gras. I have never tasted anything so earthy and decadent at the same time. It was sincerely unforgettable.

    Have a glass of the house beer to wash down all that meaty goodness. You'll need something to cut the fat.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/12/2013
    1 check-in

    The best Tapas in the world. Period. And did I mention they have their own beer too? Which is excellent as well! Alwasy visit this place when in Barcelona.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/5/2007
    First to Review

    This is an authentic locals bar in Barceloneta, close to the Metro station. The bar is long and incredibly narrow - so be prepared to squeeze past other customers to get a seat. (Everyone else does).

    As well as the relative scarcity of tourists (perhaps not now it's on Qype...), they do authentic, filling Catalan tapas and serve their own beer: that's right, this is a brew-pub, (or should that be 'brew-bar'?) and they do a lovely 7% amber coloured lager, Vaso de Oro Rubia (just ask for 'rubia').

    The staff were friendly and efficient, as you'd expect, and the prices are a joy compared with some of the inflated tourist haunts around. Recommended.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/5/2013

    Really enjoyed the food and beer here.  We had Pimientos, Bravas, Manchego and the Solomillo.  If you order the steak (Solomillo), you can ask for it in a bun rather than cut up.  It's perfectly cooked (medium rare) and so delicious.  The atmosphere was great, lots of people, very loud, but nice people and good service.  Enjoy!

    • Qype User Blondz…
    • Leeds, West Yorkshire
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    • 61 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/6/2010

    For those looking for authentic tapas, venture away from the over-priced trappings of the Ramblas to El Vaso de Oro.

    It's small, noisy and packed with locals, who come for the home-brewed German style beer but also a great selction of tapas at very reasonable prices.

    There is a great atmosphere and the long, thin bar means everyone is sat facing the kitchen, the place positively hums on a evening and the staff are a friendly, cheery bunch.

    We happily wolfed down a selection from sherry-braised chorizo, savoury padron peppers, grilled prawns and crisp, golden patatas bravas.

    Mediocre tapas are everywhere in Barcelona, but this place is a little gem worth seeking out!

  • 1.0 star rating
    21/6/2012
    1 check-in

    Um, who washes glasses by rinsing them in a stream of water?  No soap, no sanitize, just a rinse.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/3/2013

    I don't think I've ever gone to the same restaurant twice while on vacation until now.  I fell in love with Barcelona when I visited and Vaso de Oro played no small part in that.  The restaurant has a hectic, local feel.  Food-wise, highlights for me were the steak and foie gras (excellently seared foie gras on a slices of medium rare steak), pimientos de Padrón (crisped and salted to perfection), and the Manchego cheese (staple when in Spain).  Very much looking forward to visiting again when I go back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/7/2011

    When you find yourself wandering over for some sun and sand in Barceloneta, you need to eat here.  This place is crowded, small, and that is part of the charm of Vaso de Oro.  You will be rubbing elbows with plenty of locals and you will experience some amazing tapas.  My wife and I stumbled in here and spent some time just enjoying some amazing food.  The thing that blew us away was the foie gras a la plancha.  This was an amazing chunk of fattened liver put on the stovetop with a bunch of onions.  It sounds simple (and it was) but it was also amazing on top of a piece of bread.  It was actually so good we got seconds.  A visit to Vaso de Oro will feed your afternoon food cravings and create some great memories as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/4/2012

    From the street it is unassuming, we walked right past before checking the street number and doubling back. Inside is a different story: it's loud and crowded. But once you have fought for some elbow room at the bar the food is great and the service snappy. Contrary to some reports there are menus, in Spanish and English (though some of the translations are wacky - "snuff" or "spawns" anyone?).  A great experience!

    • Qype User ricard…
    • London
    • 25 friends
    • 109 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    22/12/2008

    Vaso de Oro (The Golden Glass or Glass of Gold, more accurately) is a venerable, narrow, immensely popular bar in the Barceloneta district which is always full, and for a simple reason: it serves first-rate tapas, good chilled beer, and is invariably animated and enjoyable. You'll get the reliable classics such as pimientos de Padrón, patatas bravas and croquetas, and more adventurous dishes as well, with fresh seafood and molluscs. Generally a very good option if you're near the port and fancy a quick bite.

    • Qype User supers…
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • 3 friends
    • 15 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/3/2008

    this is a tapas bar recommended in the five star grand luxe hotels... that should just say everything, right?.... it does,...food is amazing good, ambience is fine, and you will find a mix of local people, passers by, and tourists,....
    non smokers place (it is narrow)
    It is worth the price........

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/8/2012

    This is the real deal, a true cerveseria with simple and tasty tapas. Don't even try speaking English however, point and be friendly as necessary. Good local beer, I'm not even sure but I think it's made on the premises (the dark is really nice). Food , simple but perfect with beer really (lots of choices you really can't go wrong). Considering the price (this is not a "high brow" place) highly recommended.

    • Qype User Busine…
    • Farnborough, Hampshire
    • 5 friends
    • 43 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/10/2011

    Great bar but you do need a little patience. The middle doors open straight on to the bar. The end doors open in to the slightly more roomy corners. You will get served eventually. If you ask for Rubia you will finally receive it after it has been poured, settled, poured again and the froth levelled off the top. You have to either have seats at one of the limited tables or be at the bar to be served tapas dishes. Beer glass breakages are frequent due to the use of tall fluted glasses. Be careful where you put yours. Visit and enjoy the experience.

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