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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats)! A fondest memory of Barcelona! It's a restaurant where Picasso had his first exhibition in 1900. 'Quatre gats', or four cats, is a Catalan colloquialism meaning 'only a few people'. A veeery pleasant place! And the food is really delicious. It is rather expensive, however. But we live only once!
Favorite Dish: I love seafood, so i always ordered it. Try salad 'Four cats'. I do not remeber the names of other dishes, though. And wine was perfect, too.
This is the most famous restaurant in Barcelona, because It maintains the same traditional interior as the time Picasso and other artists hang out.