Les Quatre Gats, Barcelona

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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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  • 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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