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“They must be thinking they are some kind of gods, can we please bring them down...Terrible service and uninviting staff”
Review of Bodega Vasconia

Bodega Vasconia
Ranked #178 of 10,922 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 8 - US$ 41
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
Description: Old Cellar Bar with 112 years old, some of the oldest cellars of Barcelona, tapas bull's tail calamari, octopus entrecote tortillas starred eggs anchovies of the Cantabrian fried fish prawns grilled and much more
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Tripadvisor is great. But when popularity hits you and you cannot handle it and start to treat your clients badly...that's it. The guys working here are seriously unfriendly.
We naively popped into this "restaurant" hoping to get a table. They told us in the most unfriendly possible way they were fully booked for the evening...we then did ask if we would wait if there was the possibility to get seated. Their response was unclear, I had to ask for clarification more than once. We decided to wait on a queue, 3 tables in front of us. While we were seating at the bar, no menus were offered to us after minutes there. We had to ask for them. We asked for two glasses of sangria. I think 30" wait and we got our table. We ordered clams to start with, then 2 paellas. The clams had not been cleaned properly, and few had sand in them. The mussels in the paella had the same issue, I had to pull out of them lots of grass. The rice was far too hard for me (but this is just my personal opinion). We asked for some bread to go with the clams, but it got to us only when we were almost finished eating them -bad timing-. After we finished them, we ate the paellas. Until we left, the extra plate with the clams' shells and the empty plate from the bread were left on our table...none cared about the fact it was pretty small the space we could eat on. I then went to the toilet to wash my hands...I got a very bad surprise..I saw few black "things" on the white sink...it was insects...small black insects...I was shocked by the poor level of hygiene in this restaurant. I did report this to the waiter, who apologised and went to try to wipe them off. Apparently we had not experience enough extremely poor level of customer service...we asked for the bill, it was brought to us. Despite us showing clearly we were ready to pay, with CCs on the table, for some unknown reason the waiter was collecting the payments from anyone else, but not us. After 20 minutes wait we decided to stand up to go pay at the counter. Awful. Would never come back again.

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Jordi A, Gerente at Bodega Vasconia, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018
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lamentamos que nos haya aplicado esta puntuación : respecto as la atención al cliente , siempre intentamos atender correctamente a nuestros clientes, así lo indica la gran mayoría de nuestras votaciones , pero aún así le pedimos disculpas si no le atendimos correctamente.
indicamos casi siempre que se reserve mesa, ya que somos un restaurante muy pequeño, con mas de 113 años de antigüedad y muy conocido en Barcelona por lo que nuestros clientes españoles nos llaman y reservan mesa, por eso algunas veces aunque las mesas están vacias , están reservadas.
los clientes que vienen sin reserva intentamos que guarden cola fuera del local , debido al tamaño de este.
en este pequeño bar, siempre hay 3 personas 2 camareros y 1 cocinera , desde las 12 del mediodía a 12 de la noche , cuando esta lleno a veces no podemos atender todas nuestras mesas como querríamos, lamentamos que le tardasen en traer el pan o de recoger los platos, creo que su equivocación es que se pensaba que era un gran restaurante y no lo somos somos un pequeño bistro (bodega) y tenemos precios bajos y atención lo mejor posible , pero nunca como es el restaurante de enfrente que tiene un coste del triple que nosotros.
Respecto a los bicho que usted dice que vio en el baño, le recordamos que este barrio de Barcelona es el más viejo, tiene mas de 2000 años y estas plagas , todos los restaurantes tenemos un antiplagas mensual para cortarlas, aun así algunas veces sale por los baños.
para pagar en nuestro bar , puede esperar al camarero o levantarse y pagar en caja si tiene prisa, como hacen todos nuestros clientes habituales.
un saludo





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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Down beautiful backstreets away from the tourist traps totally authentic and delicious tapas. Loved the fish meatballs and tortilla. Service was friendly and welcoming.

Thank amanda w
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Jordi A, Gerente at Bodega Vasconia, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018
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MUCHAS GRACIAS POR SU OPINION: somos un pequeño restaurante de mas de 113 años con 5 generaciones , muy conocido en Barcelona por sus tapas comidas bebidas y su ambiente , or el rabo de toro, patatas bravas calamares pulpos paellas vinos de la tierra.
gracias por recomendarnos a sus amigos y familiares .

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Went in for lunch just prior to Easter. Immediately made welcome and offered drinks. We ordered patatas bravas (awesome), calamri (even better) chorizo (delicious) and fried white fish (a mistake on our part)
The fish was whole, about 3 inches long and not to our taste (my sons face was a picture when it arrived). The manager asked what was wrong with it and we explained we had misunderstood and ordered the wrong thing. When the bill came he told us he wouldn't charge us for the fish. He didn't have to do that as it was our fault and there was nothing wrong with it.
What was already a fantastic lunchtime meal was made even better by his gesture (to the extent I have opened an account on trip advisor to comment). The cost of the meal was excellent and the quality as well. I would absolutely recommend this place as an authentic place to eat in the old part of the city

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Thank KevG256
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Jordi A, Gerente at Bodega Vasconia, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018
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MUCHAS GRACIAS POR SU OPINION: somos un pequeño restaurante de mas de 113 años con 5 generaciones , muy conocido en Barcelona por sus tapas comidas bebidas y su ambiente , or el rabo de toro, patatas bravas calamares pulpos paellas vinos de la tierra.
gracias por recomendarnos a sus amigos y familiares .
Nuestro lema después de 5 generaciones es que los clientes se vayan contentos y vuelvan y nos recomienden, por eso aunque al pedir el pescado se equivocasen, nuestro encargado hizo muy bien en no cobrárselo, preferimos que se vayan contentos nuestros clientes.
si alguna vez vuelven , llamenos y les daremos la mejor comida que hayan comido

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

What to say! Exceptional and delicious.
I read reviews and knew that we need to try it out. Luckily, it wasn't far from our hotel.
We showed up without a reservation, only because we couldn't find where to make one. However, do make reservations or you will wait.
The staff was super friendly and let us know that it would be a long wait but we stuck it out and we are so glad that we did.
This place is small and we had the pleasure of sitting back next to the kitchen. I was able to see the cook in the back and she went thru the process of making the paella. Was nice to know that we were getting the authentic stuff and not falling for the Paellador scheme.
The tapas were delicious and the paella was lovely.
Just make sure you make a reservation. It is easier for you and for them!

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Thank victoriawhthd23
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Jordi A, Gerente at Bodega Vasconia, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018
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muchas gracias por su opinion y por recomendarnos a sus amigos y familiares cuando pasen por Barcelona
Efectivamente , es mejor hacer una reserva (si es en el mismo día por teléfono)
Somos un pequeño bar de mas de 115 años de antigüedad muy conocido en Barcelona por su ambiente vinos tapas comidas etc.
Siempre tenemos una sonrisa y una atención al cliente , nuestros precios son populares y atendemos igual al cliente de Barcelona que al turista, nuestra comida siempre es elaborada de mercado con productos frescos y nuestra paella se hace al momento por eso tardamos 20 minutos en hacerla.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We visited today and ordered paella for two (25 Euro) and sangria - very good choice! Not only food was great, but also the owner welcomed us with a smile. Authentic atmosphere and reasonable price. Highly recommend it!

Thank vaska b
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Jordi A, Gerente at Bodega Vasconia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018
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muchas gracias por su opinion, efectivamente no somos un restaurante para turistas, tenemos mas de 115 años de antigüedad con cinco generaciones de restauradores, somos un pequeño bar muy conocido den Barcelona por su ambiente tapas comida vinos y precio,
Recomendamos reservar antes de venir en horas punta las reservas se puedes hacer por Messenger Facebook TripAdvisor email , si la reserva se hace en el mismo día solo se hacen por teléfono.
Nosotros no hacemos clientes, hacemos amigos.
Aconsejamos probar Rabo de Toro, anchoas, Tortillas de patatas, huevos rotos, Patatas bravas, picantes, calamares sepia navajas paella (20 minutos) buñuelos de bacalao etc. y 27 vinos diferentes, prueba nuestros vinos catalanes.

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