Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 17, 2015
For nearly 20 years, Columbus has been fortunate to have Barcelona as one of its top restaurants, featuring authentic Spanish cuisine – world-famous Spanish hams and an extensive array of tapas and classic dishes, all served in a lively atmosphere, including one of the most beautiful outdoor settings in the city.
We visited recently on a Friday night during Restaurant Week, and the place was hopping, from the bar to the patio! The large interior features plenty of wood, and is spread out to allow conversation.
Our party of eight was lucky to be seated in a corner of the lovely flower- filled patio, near the fountain. Guided by excellent server Mike T, we were able to sample most of the menu. We enjoyed several bottles from the well-selected wine list, including 2011 Torres Priorat and 2008 Marques de Murietta Rioja, all fairly priced.
We shared many tapas, including the legendary jamon Iberico and Serrano, chorizo, and lomo, dry cured pork loin; croquetas: Spanish fritters studded with ham and Manchego cheese; flash fried calamari; and grilled baby octopus. Entrees included pan-roasted cod, pan-seared sea scallops, paella with braised beef short ribs and scallops,which were a little under par on this busy evening, and pan-roasted herb crusted chicken.
From the Restaurant Week menu, we loved the piquillos peppers stuffed with smoked salmon mousse and caper aioli, and the pan-roasted walleye with lentils, corn, piquillo peppers, and cilantro pesto.
Desserts included lemon curd with house made shortbread cookies; pastel de chocolate, a warm chocolate pudding cake with ice cream; and sorbetas.
The extensive menu features 33 sausages, cheeses, and tapas ($6 to $18); seven soups and salads ($6 to $8); 11 entrees and paellas ($25 to $36); and desserts ($5 to $8). You can easily make a menu from the tapas. Barcelona is also great for lunch, with well-priced specials.
We enjoyed a spectacular evening on the patio at Barcelona, with wonderful food and service in a beautiful setting. Don’t miss it!
Barcelona Restaurant & Bar
263 East Whittier Street (German Village)
Columbus, OH 43206
Sunday – Thursday 5-10pm
Friday – Saturday 5-11pm