Les Quatre Gats, Barcelona

3.5 out of 5 stars 32 Reviews

Carrer Montsió 3-bis

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    Les Quatre Gats: Culture and nice food!

    by venteca Written Dec 20, 2007

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    This restaurant is a must if you like to combine an excelent meal and local culture. This place has over 100 years and it was here where young Pablo Picasso (with 17 years old then) has showned for the first time his work in public. It was also a place where famous catalunyan politicians had their gatherings to "conspire" against country goverment.
    The food is excelent and the environment is very cultural. I strongly recomend!
    Ask to be served by Mario! A great portuguese guy that is very friendly and very professional!

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  • Les Quatre Gats: You can do much better than this place.

    by stu822 Written Oct 19, 2007

    We have just returned from dinner at Els Quatre Gats and were very dissapointed.
    Service was poor, our starters arrived before our bead, wine, etc. and my wifes was lukewarm. I had to return my main dish (salt cod) because it was cold. We had to ask several times for an icebucket and ended up pouring our own wine. The food was OK but overpriced and the ambiance was far from that expressed by other reviewers. There are many fine restaurants in Barcelona. Skip this one!

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    Els Quatre Gats: Picasso's old haunt

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Our very first dinner in Barcelona was at Els Quatre Gats. What an introduction! The food was excellent and fresh. We learned later that Picasso used to hang out here and chew the fat with his contemporaries. When you are there, you can envision that very clearly. Lots of artwork hangs on the walls. Probably they aren't Picassos.

    While we were there, a patron walked up to the piano while the two piece band was on break. He just started in on the piano. I guess you can do that in Barcelona. He also happened to be very good. It's not like he got up there and entertained us with Chopsticks.

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    Les Quatre Gats: Artistic restaurant

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Sep 25, 2006

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    A must in your stay in Barcelona.
    Els Quatre Gats in catalan, or Los Cuatro Gatos in Spanish, means The Four Cats, and is a Spanish expression meaning “few people”.
    It was a meeting place of artists in the beginning of the XX century frequented by the Andalusia painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso when he lived for a while in Barcelona, and even designed the menu and presented his first exhibition. In this restaurant Picasso got familiarized with the work and illustrations of Toulouse-Lautrec and Theóphile Steinlen. The decoration of the restaurant is very original, inside a modernist building of Puig y Cadafalch (who worked together with Antonio Gaudi). Els Quatre Gats was the first building that Puig constructed, in 1897.
    Business lunches are cheap, at about 10 euros, including Spanish wine. Dinner is more expensive. You can also go there for a cup of coffee. It is besides the pedestrian street Puerta del Angel, close to Plaza de Cataluna.

    Favorite Dish: Menu of the day

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    Els Quatre Gats: Fixed lunch menu: good value for money!

    by mirko77 Updated Aug 27, 2006

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    This restaurant has a early 1900 decor and it used to be the meeting place for artists (among them Picasso who designed the first menu). It is quite easy to reach and the ambience is quite nice, though a little too turisty. (the management tries its best to give an upmarket feel, but some tables are in a less cozy spot than others).
    At lunch they have a fixed menu that is really good value for money: for 15 eur you can choose a starter (indicated by the nr 1), a main course (2), an excellent dessert (the waiter will list them), a bottle of water and a bottle of wine (0.75L).
    Dinner should be somewhat pricier (a la carte consider minimum 15 eur for one dish) but I haven't tried.

    Favorite Dish: I had nicoise salad, deep fried battered fish, strawberry mousse. Johanna had spaghetti carbonara, meat balls, creme brulee. The salad was a bit small, but all the rest was good. The desserts were excellent. The red wine was also surprisingly nice.
    IMPORTANT: the menu is only in spanish, so make sure you have some spanish dictionary if you don't speak the language.

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    Les Quatre Gats: Very tasty, a little bit expensive

    by Bob_Shan Written Apr 27, 2005

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    4 Gats (4 cats)

    Big restaurant, consist of 2 sections: cafeteria and restaurant. Nicely decorated, with copyies of some Picasso paintings. Service is very good.

    Favorite Dish: Baked Lamb shoulder. Very well prepared meat with wonderful sauce.

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  • Les Quatre Gats: Go somewhere else

    by heart-to-heart Written Mar 22, 2005

    The restaurant was once really great. We believe something changed and that it is only in it for the money nowadays. We guess you could be lucky with the food, but when we were there we were not. And we had to pay a lot for it.

    It is a nice place but when there are 150 guests it arrears to be an effective machine with little or no sign of soul.

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    Les Quatre Gats: Les Quatre Gats - Picasso's place

    by JanPeter74 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    The 4 Gats restaurant is located in a building where in the past Picasso and his friends were frequent guests. In the past several Picasso works were hanging on the wall, now replaced by replicas. The place stills breaths the bohemian atmosphere from Picasso's time.

    Make reservations or be prepared to wait awhile. You can choose to sit either downstairs or upstairs with often live music.

    The food is simply great, but this place is a bit pricy.

    Favorite Dish: We had one of the best starters ever here. I don't remember exactly what it was, but it consisted of dark bread, aioli (garlic mayonaise), ansjovis and some other things.

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    4 Gats: Picasso's hangout

    by tuoedisni1 Written Feb 8, 2004

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    I'd never heard of the restaurant until my friend mentioned that it was hangout of Picasso's. Good enough reason to try it out.

    It's definitely worth a night out, but make it that - a night out. It is a little expensive and reservations are recommended, but the food and live entertainment are very good.

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    Les Quatre Gats: A charming restaurant and good value

    by josalt Written Dec 9, 2003

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    The Four Gats restaurant

    The food was quite good and the atmosphere was wonderful-even had a pianist serenading us for dinner. The waiters were totally charming and helpful.

    Favorite Dish: The lamb shank was falling off the bone good! The fish was excellent also. Even the inexpensive free wine was good.

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    Els Quatre Gats

    by SirRichard Written Sep 8, 2003

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    A beautiful interior

    This moderniste cafe was founded in 1897 and is world famous for its relationship with Picasso when he lived in BCN (he designed a menu and came often to the place).
    Its name means "4 cats", which is a spanish expression meaning " a few unimportant persons".

    They serve one of the best coffees of BCN, so is a good option for breakfast, when is not as crowded as in the evenings.

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    Les Quatre Gats: Picasso's old haunt

    by yelyah99 Updated Jul 29, 2003

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    some nice tiles at the bar

    More of a cafe than a restaurant, this place is interesting because Picasso and other bohemian-types used to come here. The imitation artwork on the walls is testimony to that to give you that arty feeling. There's some cool tiling that the maitre d man was gesturing to too, so maybe it's important too! Sit with a coffee and imagine the great man sitting here too, having some ale with his artist pals.
    Oh, and be sure to visit the toilets! The tilework is stunning.

    Favorite Dish: I'm not even sure this place sells food! It's more about the history.

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    Els Quatre Gats (4 Cats): Pablo Picasso used to meet, eat, drink & debate

    by Pounder73 Updated Jan 26, 2003

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    By Pablo Picasso

    A neat historical stop for lunch where the modernist used to eat drink and talk about politics and art. You are paying for that with plates around $10 to $15, but do have different Tappas choices. I did enjoy it there.

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  • Els Quatre Gats: Els Quatre Gats

    by JenHartnett Written Aug 25, 2002

    This place was frequented by Picasso and Miro, and has fantastic artwork all over. It's got a lot of character and a great atmosphere.

    Favorite Dish: oh, anything -- I'm vegetarian so it's a little tough in Spain but I love the tapas -- olives, asparagus, manchego cheese, and of course the WINE!

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    Els quatre gats (the four...

    by QuimG Written Sep 1, 2002

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    Els quatre gats (the four cats)
    It is located in a modernist building, and was visited by Canals, Rusiñol, Darío and Picasso in 1897 when founded. The first menu was designed by Picasso.

    Favorite Dish: Catalan cuisine

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  • Nov 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    I visited the establishment, anticipating the fabled ambience. (I'm a Picasso/modernisme enthusiast, to say the least).

    But the service was utterly horrendous. And that's an understatement.

    Listen, I've worked as a waiter before. I understand how trying and taxing the job can be. But at Les Quatres Gats, the waiters were indifferent and rude. They would bark at the customer, exuding impatience and shrugged when probed for recommendations. When we're paying top-dollar for the entrées, adequate service is expected. The restaurant utterly disappoints.

    'Tis a shame, considering the place's folkloric history. I don't recommend.

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