Last night one of the South End’s most eagerly anticipated restaurants had a soft opening. Upon entering Barcelona South End, patrons will see a large (26-seat) horseshoe shaped white marble bar that opens to the kitchen behind it. The sterile modern decor of its predecessor is gone – replaced by dark wood ceilings and floors that contrast with the white marble bar and subway tile along the back wall.
The tapas menu will offer plenty of temptations at an affordable price with most items ranging $6-$10. If you want more than tapas their menu has Paella, Meat & Fish and Mixed Grilled options ranging from $19 – $25. The cocktail menu and wine list are equally inviting, which makes me think this will become a favorite watering hole for locals looking for a place where they can catch up with friends and nibble on a few bites during the week.
The bar staff was knowledgeable and clearly excited to be open for business, reinforcing an already friendly atmosphere. The food we tried was quite good but sadly our photos didn’t do the food justice enough so I promise to go back for a more thorough sampling. Look for Barcelona to open in the coming days.
Barcelona – 525 Tremont Street – (617) 266 2600
Everyone’s been waiting for this for a year and yet no one will venture to the one in brookline that is far more rustic than modern. There’s not a dish on the menu that you won’t like. I probably wouldnt venture into the south end locatuon due to lack of parking and becoming a tourist/d.i.n.k. trap, while brookline offers ample street parking (free after 6pm) and a wider mix of people.