Barcelona’s Restaurant & Bar
38 Harrison Avenue
Garfield, NJ 07026
Open: Sunday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm
My review on TripAdvisor:
*Note: There is no delivery and no Credit Cards-Cash Only(Note: Since COVID the prices have gone up one or two dollars).
There is not a bad thing to say about Barcelona’s Restaurant and Bar. It is classic North Jersey restaurant that has not changed over time. I once took my mother there for dinner and she said that it not changed since she was a teenager. This type of time warp has not affected the food or the prices or the service. All are still terrific.
The waiters here are such characters. It is so casual that you feel like you have known them for years. Most of the staff has been there for many years and they always treat you nicely.
The decor of Barcelona’s is very casual
What we all come for is the food which is “red-sauce Italian American” with a emphasis on pizza and pastas. The food here is not fancy or gourmet but traditional ‘stick to your ribs’ cuisine. There is a nice selection of appetizers, pasta dishes, a selection of meat dishes and salads. What Barcelona’s is best know for is their pizza.
The sauce on their pizza is amazing
Their pizzas are thin crusted and well cooked both on the top and on the bottom. Their large cheese pizza is loaded with their delicious red sauce which is well-spiced and has a hint of garlic and topped with lots of mozzarella ($11.00). The sausage pizza is topped with lots of chopped sweet Italian sausage giving it a spicy consistency ($14.00).
The pasta dishes are rather large in portion and loaded with their red sauce which is a nice combination of tomato sauce, garlic and onions and fresh herbs.
You get a nice sized portion of spaghetti
The pastas are always perfectly cooked and topped with their delicious red sauce and served with hot fresh Italian bread. Their spaghetti ($8.50) is a nice sized portion and is even better with a side of their homemade meatballs or sausage ($10.50). Their meatballs are a nice combination of ground meats with a nice hint of garlic.
Most of the pasta dishes are priced between $8.00-$10.00 and are filled with fresh ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. The lasagnas. stuffed shells and ravioli are all well-cooked and flavorful. All the dishes are accompanied by their fresh Italian bread.
Their seafood I have found to always be fresh. The appetizer of sweet mussels in their red sauce is really good and are nicely cooked ($7.50/$11.00).
The mussels are a meal to themselves with all the delicious red sauce and some hot Italian bread.
A family can eat here are reasonably priced for under $30.00 and have a nice meal with wonderful ‘Jersey service’ by a family who has been running the restaurant since 1933. Sometimes things don’t change for a reason.
Barcelona’s prices are extremely fair.
Service with a smile at Barcelona’s.