In 1995, Sasa Mahr-Batuz opened his first Barcelona Wine Bar location, building it around his nostalgic memories of the years he'd previously spent living in Spain and Portugal. Today, that single wine bar has grown into a thriving chain, thanks to Mahr-Batuz's attention to detail and high-quality cooking.
Today, when you visit the Cathedral Heights location, you'll find yourself in a vibrant, modern space filled with rustic-chic touches like reclaimed wood floorboards and library-style shelving on the walls. The menu is focused on shareable small plates true to Spanish tapas origins, and regulars at this place say it's a good idea to visit with a group of friends, so you'll be able to order—and taste—as many different dishes as possible. Customer favorites include grilled shrimp and chorizo skewers and crispy calamari with smoky pepper aioli for seafood lovers, as well as crispy roasted brussels sprouts and spicy eggplant caponata for veggie aficionados. Add some spiced meatballs in rich tomato sauce and a bowl of house-made pickles, and you've got a hearty, satisfying meal.
Barcelona Wine Bar
3310 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016