As transplants from the good-food-packed city of San Francisco, we are ever on the hunt for delicious food with a friendly atmosphere. You can find several restaurants like this in every SF neighborhood but they are much harder to come by in the East Bay.
We were, consequently, thrilled to stumble across Barceluna. It's a tiny little spot in downtown Alameda with a few tables lined up across from the bar. We ordered from their tapas menu and pronounce everything we had an unqualified success especially the duck tostadas which were delightful.
We ordered a house specialty called a "Scarlet Harlot" and several glasses of the night's special white sangria. The sangria was excellent and the drinker of the "harlot" pronounced it "the best drink i've ever had in my life."
We topped it all off with chocolate creme pie the deliciousness of which we spent the rest of the weekend reminiscing about.
All this great food coupled with a friendly and efficient staff guarantees that we will go back to this place again and again. It's a gem.