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El Born / La Ribera
0.1 km from Museu Picasso
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
European, Spanish, Catalan
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honestly the most phenomenal meal out I’ve ever had. Queue outside from 18:30 to get a table straight away (opens at 19:00) and order a bottle of their cava (it’s great). The service is friendly and fast, and the atmosphere is amazing. The padrón peppers...with grilled pork, calamari, chorizo tortilla, Catalan pasta and chocolate truffles with salt (dessert) are amazing. Honestly some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Calamari is a MUST (almost creamed myself when I ate it)… amazing value for the quality you get. You can tell how much care they put into their food. Would give 1000/10 if I could. Thank you!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You won’t be disappointed, this is a fantastic small tapas bar which we were fortunate enough to stumble across. There was a queue of about 30 people waiting for the bar to open. We joined the queue and just managed to get in. Everything we...tried was fabulous all washed down with their own light sparking wine, can’t recommend enough. The freshly made still warm Spanish Omelette was one of my favourite dishes. Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think the title of the review tells it all! We visited twice through our trip in Barcelona. The bar itself is small and very chaotic, however given the amount of people that queue to get in tells you how good the food is. We...stood outside the front with a small barrel as a table, however we were well looked after by Laura who was absolutely amazing. She recommended so many excellent dishes and none disappointed. The portions are a good size for Tapas and really good value too. Unfortunately you can't book so arrive well before the opening time of 7pm to ensure you get a spot. If there is only place you chose for Tapas in Barcelona then do visit here it is incredible.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I keep it simple and short. This is THE tapas bar in Barcelona. Of course there are many good taps bars in Barcelona but after the last time which was 15 years ago I must admit it’s still the best. I hope I don’t have...to wait another 15 years before coming back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 October 2021

My wife and I (and our friends) have been coming here for over 10 years, every time we visit we hit up Xampanyet at least a few times, and it's still our fave tapas in BCN and probably the world. It's always a fun scene,...we've had everything (except the sardines, we just don't do sardines) and it's all OTT delicious. The cava flows and flows, the bar servers are the best and it is always a good time. We were here a couple days ago and it, as is all of BCN, more subdued than in previous years but thsi place always puts a smile on our faces. Go!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 27 September 2021

I just had to write a review to say that I am still thinking about the snails and the squid that I had here. If you are walking past then join the queue - it is worth it.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 19 September 2021 via mobile

If you visit one tapas bar in Barcelona, make it this one! You may wait a while to get in, but it’s worth it. Jostle for a space at the bar and let yourself be treated to excellent food and absolutely brilliant service from friendly...and top notch professional staff. The bars very own cava is superb and cheap! Visited multiple times and loved it. Such good memories. We’ll be back, thank you!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2021 via mobile

This place is always busy and for good reason. You won’t have to queue for long but is worth it. We chose to stand at the bar so we could get in quicker and was great. Cava was so delicious and we had some amazing...dishes. The baby clams, pasta, truffle cheese and chorizo all highlights. Would definitely come back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 8 September 2021

Really enjoyed the experience at El Xampanyet. The champagne and the food was extra delicious! The staff was really polite and helpful! loved loved loved

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 19 July 2021 via mobile

Great spot to grab a bite and a drink after the Picasso museum. Cool area of the city, excellent vibe, friendly staff, and great menu.

Date of visit: July 2021
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7 July 2017|
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Response from Sena Ö | Reviewed this property |
It's really small place and really hard to find a place to sit. Most of the people are standing. However I saw couples or friend groups there. If you go early you might find a place.
11 April 2017|
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Response from Vikavei | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that they take reservations. It's more of a first come first served situation. I would strongly recommend to go earlier before they open especially if it's a larger group of people.
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El Xampanyet is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5