Les Quatre Gats, Barcelona

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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: 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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    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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    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

    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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  • Les Quatre Gats: An artistic place to be

    by blint Written Dec 21, 2007

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    More than the food what this place is famous for is being the hangout of many famous Catalan and Spanish artists including Picasso and Rusiñol.

    It is said that Picasso even designed the menu cover! You can see some of these famous artists work on the walls as well

    You can come here just to have a drink or sample some traditional Catalan food, though as many people just want to be here for the historical connections, it isn't that cheap.

    There are also art exhibitions and live music nights too. It's a real cultural hot spot.

    Open 8 am to 2pm

    Menu del Dia from 13.00 to 16.00h, 11.97 € + 7VA. Includes Starter, main course, dessert and something to drink.

    Favorite Dish: Crema Catalana a local dessert which is well worth trying and why not here!

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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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    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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    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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    Les Quatre Gats (The 4 Gats): Hang out with Picasso!

    by nyonnetti Written Oct 12, 2008

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    This is such a great place to eat and a must for those visiting Barcelona. This was Picasso's hang out when he was young and it is here that he would reveal his paintings and connect with other artists of his time. The sign is actually a replica of one of his paintings. The restaurant has great ambience- very "art nouveau." I think we might have been a bit underdressed for the dining area (there is a bar area in the front) so I recommend smart casual.

    Favorite Dish: I had the codfish and my brother had the Sea Bass- we both loved our dishes and highly recommend them.

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    Les Quatre Gats: An exceptional dinner!!

    by tojoh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The bar

    There are regular restaurants, and there are those that has turned into institutions. I have no clear view how and why they have gained this status, but it has something to do with history and tradition. Els Quatre Gats has achieved this status as it encapsules the rich artistic traditions in Barcelona. Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso went here and paid (i.e. before they became famous), as many other less famous artists, their dinner with paintings. Els Quatre Gats captures, in my mind the very essence of Gaudís Barcelona. And the food and service is excellent too.
    Eating at Els Quatre Gats is a feast, and the interior is an important part of the experience. As you are led through the bar you enter a large bright yellow room, with a roof covered with white tiles. Stairs lead up to a narrow gallery where you can get the most romantic tables for two overlooking the restaurant. Chairs made from dark wood and white tables creates a classic style. The walls are covered with pictures with many different motives, and quite a number of them are memories from when a celebrity visited the restaurant.
    A wonderful contribution to a great evening is the live music. A man by the piano and an old violinist played classic café style music, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
    Brilliant service from a polite and professional staff. Our English speaking waiter was of great help and a white wine that was perfect to our food. We did not wait long to be served and all that was served was steaming hot.

    Favorite Dish: The food was as close to perfection as possibly could come. I chose duck mi-cuit with apple and Cumberland sauce, and Terje ordered a "Escalivada" baked bell pepper and aubergines. The slices of semi cooked duck liver was delicious, and the sweet apple and the homemade cumberland sauce with plenty of orange zest provided the necessary acidity to cut the richness of the livers.
    We chose the same main course - salt cod with Catalan spinach and honey aioli. The combination of the ingredients used was highly unusual. The salted cod, perfectly prepared was placed on top of the spinach. On top you had a slice of apple topped with honey aioli. The saltiness of the fish was perfectly balanced by the mild sweetness from the apple and the honey aioli. The sauce on the plate was a mild tomato sauce garnished by preserved sweet fruits. This dish was most extraordinary culinary experience, I have had for years. The dry white wine was perfect to this dish. If you like fish, order this dish - you will be amazed!!
    Terje ordered the Crema Catalana and I chose a fresh fruit mousse. It was a perfect end of a great evening.

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  • 4 cats: crowded messy and not worthy to go for dinner

    by opapa Written Apr 23, 2009

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    toooooo crowded... maybe because of too many tourists, level of service is quite poor.

    they throw the dishes, fork and knife.. not polite at all!

    we ordered one rabbit, taste is so so,eatable

    .paella is poor, too much sauce. only one shrimp even...cost 14.50 Euro.

    one big fish...did't finish... fish is not fresh...I think ..sauce is fine. too big to finish...cost 24 euro/ dish, never order this!!! be aware!

    Favorite Dish: nothing all of them just quite soso .. only eatable.

    never go for dinnes to this restaurant.. if you want to feel it, better choose to have a coffee
    in the afternoon.

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    Els Quatre Gats: Expensively Bland.

    by dRgonZo279 Written Aug 13, 2010

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    I expected a lot more of this place than what we ended up getting. I imagine like most people touring about Barcelona, we were drawn here by it's back story. Picasso and his buddys used to hang out here. That's all well and good but it surely isn't the same as it once was now. With the touristy back story, the restaurant has touristy prices (expect to pay around 80euro for a 3 course meal with 1 drink..). For the money, you can definitely eat in many better places in Barcelona. Basically the only reason to come here is if your a fan of Picasso and want to check out his old haunts. Otherwise, steer clear. The food here was average at best with prices that would imply you were getting something of a much higher standard. Also, beware of the bread that's on your table when you arrive. We didnt touch ours and still got charged 4euros for it. Robbery! We went here on our last night though and at 11pm with an early start to catch a flight in the morning, I really didnt have the energy to start arguing about the bill. Keep an eye on that though and try and get a seat upstairs if you can. Our seat up there was the only highlight of a pretty bland evening. Also, if you're ordering beer, another thing to be wary of his how little beer you actually get in your glass. I ordered 2 beers and both times the head took about half the glass. Terrible..

    Favorite Dish: The meat cannelloni for starter was alright. Better than the ultra bland duck confit for the main course.

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  • Els 4 Gats, Barcelona, Spain: Memorable dinner

    by sharonsalceda Written May 27, 2010

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    My husband and I were in a rush to get to the Palau de la Musica to see a fabulous Flamenco Performance. We told the hostess that we only had 1 hr. and 15 mins. and were wondering if we had time to be served. They treated us like royalty. Great Service and delicious, so delicious I rushed through it not to leave any behind. I had Black Rice with squid which is a typical dish made with squid ink. My husband had a dish made of octipus. Both dishes were delicious and perfectly prepared. I am shocked at other reviews on this restaurant. We were sorry we could not find the time to return during our visit. The decor was very typically Spain, a must see. I felt the price was very reasonalble.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Black Rice with Squid.

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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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