Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 17, 2015

Barcelona's Amuse Greek salad with tomato and corn. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona’s Amuse Greek salad with tomato and corn. Photo: Steve Stover

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.

The patio at Barcelona in German Village

The patio at Barcelona in German Village

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.

Pan-seared sea scallops at Barcelona. Photo: Steve Stover

Pan-seared sea scallops at Barcelona. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona's paella with braised beef short ribs and scallops. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona’s paella with braised beef short ribs and scallops. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona's legendary jamon Iberico and Serrano, chorizo, and lomo, dry cured pork loin. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona’s legendary jamon Iberico and Serrano, chorizo, and lomo, dry cured pork loin. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona's croquetas, which are Spanish fritters studded with ham and Manchego cheese. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona’s croquetas, which are Spanish fritters studded with ham and Manchego cheese. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona's Pan Roasted Cod. Photo: Steve Stover

Barcelona’s Pan Roasted Cod. Photo: Steve Stover

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.

Barcelona's piquillos peppers stuffed with smoked salmon mousse. Photo Steve Stover

Barcelona’s piquillos peppers stuffed with smoked salmon mousse. Photo Steve Stover

Pan roasted walleye at Barcelona. Photo: Steve Stover

Pan roasted walleye at Barcelona. Photo: Steve Stover

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
614-443-3699
barcelonacolumbus.com
Lunch
Monday-Friday 11m-2:30pm

Dinner
Sunday – Thursday 5-10pm
Friday – Saturday 5-11pm


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.