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.
The restaurant has a unique interior, it seems like as if it's a very old petit-restaurant, with big wine-casks along the walls. It has two floors and cosy little tables to eat on. The service is freindly, and the restaurant is not too crowded.
As a curiosity, the walls are covered with photos of celebrities, politicans, and other personalities who have dined there. Rumor has it there's a picture of John Wayne somewhere there. I didn't have a week to look at them all, so I'll take the rumor at face value.
Favorite Dish: 'Los Caracoles' is recommended in most major travel guidebooks. That's probably why we avoided it the first few days. We dont like touristic restaurants! But since the girl from the studenthouse we stayed convinced us, we put our prejudices aside and we discovered that it was just great!
when yiuy are a bit tall you almost will have to to duck to get into the hallway at the back of the cramped bar that doubles as entrance to the dining area. We walked past the open grill area and the aging kegs of wine to our table.
We ordered roast suckling pig and (just in case) roast chicken. The suckling pig was amazing, although it's not the type of dish you can eat very often -- it's quite greasy. But don't miss it! And for the timid, the roast chicken was the best I've ever had.
This place was written up everywhere and it was the most crowded, most expensive and least tasty meal we ate during our 10 days iun Barcelona
Walk in, walk down and through the kitchen, steer through the HUGE crowd and then leave and go find better food at a fraction of the price. None of the 4 of us liked what we had particularly, nothing wrong with any of it, but the prices were huge compared to the food.
The entrancer to the resaurant is very different, through the main kitchen area. There are very impressive rooms which are full pf character, and the restaurant is very much bigger than it looks.
Unfortunately the service was surly and my mushrooms were full of grit. I did nto have to pay for this dish, but it was unimpressive
Favorite Dish: We did not rate any of the dishes highly, and we certainly had much better meals and service everywhere else we ate in Barcelona.
It turned out to be a very disappointing evening. We weren't able to book the restuarant and when we arrived we were told we would have to wait 30 minutes. We ended up waiting 1 hour and 15 minutes.
When we were finally served the food was very mediocre and certainly not worth the wait. In future I wouldn't waste my time at Los Caracoles when there are so many other places to eat in Barcelona.
Favorite Dish: NONE
We were lucky to get in. I tried to book as soon as I got to Barcelona but was told that they were fully booked all weekend (and that's in March). It was late on a Saturday and we thought we'd try to get in before finding somewhere else and luckily they had a table free. It was obvious why it's so popular, the history (spot the celebrity photos on the wall) good service and the food was superb.
Favorite Dish: Well I had to try the snails didn't I. They were very nice and I thought the spit roast chicken was excellent.
Tucked away in a cobbled side street off les Ramblas this restaurant makes a great night out. Looks small but goes on for miles.
Excellent authentic Spanish decor, good food and a great ambience.
Favorite Dish: Fish Fish Fish
Though very busy and crowded, the atmosphere is electric and yet warm, and the food is excellent (don't miss the snails which the restaurant is named for). A little more expensive but worth it-even the wine was superb.
Very friendly place and very busy, which is always a good sign.
We turned up on a friday night and wanted a table for nine. It looked jam packed at the time but twenty minutes later we were all seated.
The place is enormous with plenty of space. It has the added attraction of being able to walk through the very hot kitchen on the way to the table.
Favorite Dish: Typical Catalan restaurant. Plenty of fish, chicken and steaks.
Famous in it's own lunchtime. A tourist restaurant but probably the best you'll find. You reach your table by dodging flying pots and pans in the kitchen. Which is a bit of a novelty.
Favorite Dish: Sea food is good. Paella obviously. Good wines. Can't remember what it's called but there's one with gold wire around the bottle that is particularly toothsome.
There is two entrance to it. The first time we went there we walked into a hallway at the back of a very cramped bar, and then you sort of pass an open kitchen, where they cook paellas etc.
There are lots of celebities picture everywhere....and they must have been there!!!
Favorite Dish: Roast suckling pig and roast chicken.
Suckling pig delicious but very oily and rich.
Roast chicken is above average - but not the best I have had. The paella is pretty good.
The bread served in the shape of snails (as the name of the restaurant), nice and crusty, and we had snails for entrees which was very fresh.
For dessert, go for their catalan cream...which is cream caramel. It comes in an earthern dish, and has very thin sugar crust. Yum!!!
Authentic Catalan cuisine. This one is recommended in lots of guide books.
Favorite Dish: Everything is good according to the locals.