In my opinion this is a rare example of successful high end Mediterrean cusine in Barcelona. A good blend of new flavours, exclusive ingredients and of course a touch of that latino creativity, aided by a robust wine list help constructing a very pleasant dining experience.
The decor and ambiance is definitively structurally attractive. Tragaluz literally translates from spanish as skylight, and a large one is the main decoration of the dining room. During summer, when the good weather allows it, the skylight is opened to add a touch of magic to your dining experience.
The only small stain on their record is that at the end of the meal I was charged for a different bottle of wine than the one we had ordered. Although when brought the maitre's attention the mistake was quickly rectified.
Open for lunch, when the atmosphere is more casual and popular with businessmen
Favorite Dish: The entrees are especially tantalizing and creative. I personally loved the carpaccio, which was followed by a very satisfactory sesame tuna streak. Desserts were up to the task as well.
This is one to get dressed up for. The restaurant is very smart and modern with a glass covered dining room. There are lots of drawings and signatures pinned to the wall, presumably by famous guests.
For such a smart place it didn’t seem particularly expensive. Very busy so it’s best to reserve a table.
Favorite Dish: Everything looked and smelled good.
Not a great place for kids, so find a babysitter and enjoy a special night out.
They have a family of about 5 restaurants all very different, and good and chic. Surf their excelent website and pick anyone.
Favorite Dish: Fried Artichokes....unbelievable!
Tragaluz gets great recommendations and it's in a fancy alley, so we were optimistic. The roof opens in good weather, but that's hardly a reason to go there. Firstly, we were seated upstairs in what felt like a tourist balcony. There were no locals on our floor. The waitress was new and inexperienced, so the service was unprofessional.
The food is nicely presented but it's tasteless or, in the case of my husband's entree, overly seasoned and overbearing. I started with what sounded promising - an assortment that included pureed beans and pureed potatoes with bacon. I expected it to be assembled in some interesting way, but, no, I got tasteless potatoes and equally tasted green beans with a stick of bacon.
My main course was a flattened piece of veal that had no flavor whatsoever.
After this experience, we went back to eating where the locals eat - at delicious, reasonably priced, wonderful tapas places and returned twice to Cal Pep.
Favorite Dish: Nothing was good.
The restaurant is in an old building which is done up all modern on the inside. The groundfloor is the bar and meeting point and upstairs is the restaurant.
We reached for dinner at 8 but the place was mostly empty. Started to really rock after 9:30pm.
My age old worry "will-i-get-anything-vegetarian" was unfounded - at least here!
Favorite Dish: The food was simply superb. I had a tapas (fried artichokes) as starter and wildrice with herbs as the main course.
The portions left a little bit to be desired but my food was amazing!
Make sure you reserve a table before hand, as its a very popular spot!
The have a glasss roof and in summer they can open it so that you sit under open sky. Lovely! Watch out: Airconditioned! So when you go there in a hot summer night, remember to bring your wollen cardigan with your shoulder-free dress ;)
Not a cheap place to dine, but worth it, I promise. Plus if you are out for celebreties: My boyfriend saw Michael Douglas and his wife there in April. Apparently celebs come there often. I never saw anyone I knew though... :)
Waiter are sometimes clumsy and throw the dishes about, but that just adds to the very relaxed atmosphere. Students go there as well as high society Barcelonians...
Favorite Dish: The menu changed while I was there but whatever I chose it was always delicious. Check out their deserts -to die for. Especially the very special 'Tarta Tragaluz' -a chocolate tart. Fantastic.
Hip atmosphere and great food
Found this restaurant in the Frommer's guide. It's a great restaurant but it's far from being the 'budget choice' it's made out to be. Reservations are definitely required (unless you get lucky like I did, arriving towards the later part of the evening).
Portions tend to be small. I would recommend going there if you're interested in a great experience rather than to fill an appetite.
The only 'real' restaurant (others were tapas bars) I tried is Tragaluz, not so far away from La Pedrera, ask local people for the correct address (should be along Passeig De Gracia).
It is a 2 floors elegant and (a little bit) trendy (but not too much), you can have a very good dinner spending 40 euros only ;-) per person; keep room for desserts, they are impressive !!!
Another one: Can Ramonet in the Barceloneta neighborhood: mid price & good.
Tragaluz: sophisticated but friendly atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Can Ramonet: paella & octopus.
Tragalux or Tragaluz.
A range of restaurants througout Barcelona and in Madrid. Trendy bars with good food.
It's trendy, but not too special.
Favorite Dish: They have tapas. You just order 3 or more things and you will get plates with little on them, but when you have finished you will see that there was enough and that it was delicious. And if not, just order some more! Spanish people eat late and they like to sit and talk for a while, so do not think you have to finish the meal in half an hour.
There are more:
We went to a japanese restaurant somewhere near Passeo de Gracia and that was delicious! Just a menu with all in it for 1500 Pesetas.
Then, you have Tragalux, a very fine and expensive restaurant, also in a street at the Passeo de gracia. But there are more of them, so perhaps you will find one somewhere else. The foos is very good, mosly Tapas but prepare to eat really late, about 22.00 hours.
Tragalux is exquisite, beautifoul design in a really old builing.
Favorite Dish: As I said earlier, eat Tapas, tha's the only good food in Spain, but never eat them at the Rambla!!