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Los Caracoles: Character and Atmosphere
Arrived late afternoon, and asked to reserve a table for 3 for that evening: we were told that they were full, but come at 8 o'clock and be prepared to wait. We did this, and were called through after only 10 minutes. Amazing, labyrinthine interior with oil paintings and cured hams hanging on every wall and ceiling. There's even a well in there somewhere. Eventually we reached our table and enjoyed good service and well prepared food at a reasonable cost considering the popularity and character of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The snails, after which the place is named, were delicious, in a sauce not unlike lentil soup. With the snail-shaped bread, one portion made a hearty starter for two people. Roast chicken excellent. Lamb rib cutlets were plentiful and tasty. The manchego cheese was salty and delicious, and the local speciality dessert "creme catalan" was smooth, rich and sweet, with a not unpleasant hint of fireworks in the taste!
Wine (Torres) was good value at EUR11.50 per bottle (as usual I ordered the second-cheapest bottle on the list!)
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Los Caracoles: Paella forever
This is a very famous restaurant situated in las Ramblas.The most important think is that they can serve for muslims too .Paella without porc !!! I suggest to all muslim people to try it.
All you have to do is to warn the waiter ...easy
Musicians included to the program in my last visit
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Los Caracoles: Pleasant atmosphere
This is, without doubt, the most charismatic restaurant in Barcelona.
It is located in a lane next to the Ramblas and to the Plaza Real, and was inaugurated in 1835, being one of the oldest restaurants in Spain (the oldest restaurant in the world, without interruption, according the Guinness Book of Records, is Sobrinos de Botin, in Madrid, where they will give you a certificate for having had dinner). It has two floors and the main speciality is escargots (caracoles means in Spanish escargots). Prices are not too expensive compared with Botafumeiro restaurant (the most expensive restaurant in Barcelona, serving seafood from Galicia) but meats and fish are delicious (try the Bouillabaisse soup as first dish and Crema Catalana as dessert).
In all the rooms of the two floors you will see all popular personages that have had lunch or dinner there, such as the Prince Felipe from Spain, Hollywood actors such as John Wayne and Charlton Heston, among many others, toreros, football players, the unavoidable inauspicious politics, etc.
It is an unforgettable experience.
Favorite Dish: Caracoles!!!
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Los Caracoles: Not as good as it's cracked up to be?
Although this restaurant has obviously been there years and is undeniably atmospheric, there is an air of arrogance about the place.
Don't let your guard down, this is a tourist trap. This was a special celebration for us, so we wanted to have what we wanted.
However, I do advise you to check the menu and unless you're multi-millionaires, carefully select the more reasonable things on there. We made the mistake of asking for a recommendation from the waitor, and was recommended the most expensive starters, clams and prawns pil pil, you only get about 6 for 14 euros each - ridiculously expensive. I then had paella which was by no means that nice, and it was gritty. My husband had a tasteless seafood stew.
We also nibbled on the bread, and were then brought more without asking, which we didn't eat and were still charged for.
As another review mentioned, we were also very firmly asked how much more tip we were going to leave - very rude!
Our total bill came to 120 euros, for 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 bottle of the cheapest wine. All in all, very disappointing!
We had another meal at a restaurant les quinze nuits, in plaza real, much nicer, much more reasonable, advise you to go there or Agua at Port Olympic!
Favorite Dish: the clams in green sauce were nice, but 14 euros for 6 clams ????
Caracoles is a tourist trap, watch out!
Watch out for this particular restaurant, it is greatly overrated here.
We were disappointed with the wine, food and the service. Since they serve the meat dishes with french fries, this alone should be a warning flag for all who read this. They even charged us for the cutlery, can you beleive that? And the waitors are to busy to give a smile to the same customers who pay for their wages.
I sincerely recommend Montiel Restaurant for those of you who want to experience a culinary experience in Barcelona, for the same money you spend in this tourist trap, Los Caracoles. You will be able to see and taste the difference.
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