Can anyone recommend a fantastic restaurant in Barcelona

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23 Aug 2010 00:00 by NickG75 Star rating in London. 4 posts Send private message

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Going to Barcelona soon for the weekend. Am looking for a real authentic spanish restaurant for my foodie girl friend. Can anyone help? Fantastic view too would be perfect but not obligatory.

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23 Aug 2010 18:55 by mikelord Star rating in Roda. 148 posts Send private message


We had a great meal in Los Caracoles just off Las Ramblas a few years ago. Pictures of hollywood greats taken with the owner hanging everywhere, well worth a visit.



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23 Aug 2010 22:22 by DoubleJ Star rating in Las Alpujarras and L.... 143 posts Send private message

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Hi Nick,

Just got back from Barcelona.

Three great restaurants I would recommend:

Taller de Tapas: Placa de Sant (5 mins walk from Las Ramblas) - In a really pretty square with a church and often has musicians playing - Get there early if you want to sit outside. Good range of well prepared tapas with an English menu - Friendly staff - Reasonable price ~ Less than 50 Euros  for two of us inc a bottle of wine.

Els Quatre Gats (The  Four Cats): Montsio (only 3-4 mins walk from the top end of Las Ramblas) - This is a really famous restaurant visited by the great and the good for over 100 years - Picasso was a regular visitor - If there are only the two of you, try and get up on the very small balcony, where you can look down into the rest of the restaurant where there is usually someone playing the piano. The waiters are all very attentive and all dressed in very smart traditional waiter gear. We paid around 100 Euros for a full 3 courses each with wine and liqueurs. Not cheap, but some of the best food I've tasted. If you are in to it, try the pigs cheeks, they're excellent.

La Bodega De Palma: Carrer Palma de Sant Just - A real quirky one, again, only 5 mins from Las Ramblas (but it took us about an hour to find it, because it's down a small winding street). This is a traditional tapas bar that is really popular with the locals, we didn't see anything but Spanish people in there. This is basically a bar setting that serves excellent, low priced food. The waitresses are very friendly, but be prepared to do plenty of menu pointing if you dont speak Spanish or Catalan as their English is limited. We had seven or eight tapas dishes with wine for around 40 Euros. You won't get any more authentic than this, but be prepared, it's very rustic and not "dressed up " to look pretty for the tourists.

Have a great time



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24 Aug 2010 11:03 by NickG75 Star rating in London. 4 posts Send private message

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Hi Double J,

Many thanks. they all sound great. Who knows we may get to do all 3 if we get to find La Bodega 

Really apprreciate the info.


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24 Aug 2010 17:49 by fultond Star rating in Haywards Heath & Tor.... 242 posts Send private message

Look out for a small chain called Origen (May be Origen 99 or similar). This is a modern Tapas restaurant chain which sells its own organic wine, etc. Really excellent food and good value. We ended up going back every other night because we could find nothing else to compare. There are at least 2 of them in the El Borne area. Yummie, my favourite tapa was beef in figs. 


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25 Aug 2010 10:39 by acer Star rating. 1424 posts Send private message


For food and ambience I agree with DoubleJ's recommendations - Els Quatre Gats - I tried to post a weblink for you, but not allowed apparently, but it's easily googled.  Considering it is in the tourist area it is amazingly authentic Spanish.

But if you want a restaurant with a view there are several at the bottom end of the rambla on the pier/marina development.

Enjoy !


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15 Nov 2010 08:26 by Valenciaboy Star rating in Turis, Valencia. 7 posts Send private message

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Hi guys, We went to Els Quatre Gats (The  Four Cats) last week! It was fantastic, really great food, interesting decor, and a vibrant pianist! The restaurant is based on the old Paris Restaurant Le Chat Noir, and created by one of it's former employees. Le Chat Noir was very bohemian, and if you liked Moulin Rouge, the movie, you could really imagine all the characters eating at Els Quatre Gats, I am going back, just wish I lived nearer. Steve

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27 Nov 2010 07:45 by kethrinelopez Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

I think the Ramblas, and choose a restaurant that you think is suitable. The Ramblas is the main eating area, and you will find restaurants to cater for any taste and wallet, but I would recommend a Tapas bar about half-way down on the right hand side.


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28 Nov 2010 15:32 by suemac Star rating in Jumilla, Murcia. 1001 posts Send private message

If you are on a budget, take care when you see reasonably priced menú del días on the Ramblas.  We saw a restaurant that we liked the look of, and the mdd was pretty cheap, however we noticed that it didn't mention wine so asked the waiter whether wine was included.  He said no, so we then asked to see the wine list and the cheapest bottle of wine was twice the cost of the mdd!



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28 Nov 2010 20:54 by Benicarlo Star rating. 17 posts Send private message

The Ramblas are overpriced and waiting for tourists.

The Quatre Gatsis good

also try La Rita in Calle Arago

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29 Nov 2010 00:25 by chaircolt Star rating. 8 posts Send private message

There are many authentic and quality restaurants in the El Born district of Barcelona, just don't be put off by the fact it does not look anything special from the outside.

If you want something cheap and cheerful but real authentic go to the Cava Bar in Barcelonetta, the name of the road is Reina Christina. Real Spain and Barcelona.

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29 Nov 2010 12:03 by ttarrab Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

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The Cava bar on the Reina Christina is called Can Paixano and is well worth a vist.

Sorry cant post links - canpaixano DOT com.

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