This is a small café we stopped for a beer after visiting some of the museums of Tarragona. It is located on placa del Forum so you have a nice ancient stone gate for background while you enjoy your beer :)
It was very relaxing there in miday, just some people around, a nice contrast with the busy Barcelona we left behind that morning. We paid 3 euros for a beer (estrella as usual) and café con leche.
Barquet is an elegant restaurant, serving well prepared Catalan dishes. Being one of the main cities in Catalunia, Tarragona has its share of Catalan cuisine. Barquet is a favorite among many of the locals that I know.
Its menu is only available in Catalan, but the servers will be happy to explain things in Spanish. Unfortunately for those who do not speak any Spanish, the servers that I've met do not speak any English.
The rations are on the small side, but the flavors are fairly rich in Catalan styles. The setting is above casual with white linens and soft music. The problem here is that it is a little on the expensive side (~30+ EUR per person).
They are closed Sundays and Mondays. Open hours are 1pm ~ 3:30pm for lunch and 9pm ~ 10:30pm for dinner. First phone listed is the restaurant, the second is the mobile to be used to make reservations outside of restaurant hours.
Favorite Dish: They serve some good stakes here, but primarily it is a seafood restaurant being a product of local Catalan cuisine and being on the coasts.
If you like tuna and paella, may I suggest the Romesco d'Arros. It is a serving for two, but it is quite savory and the tuna has a good infused flavor and texture even for those who do not typically enjoy fish.
Update : the restaurant even recently made the New York Times:
This rather quiet restaurant is tucked in the quieter streets of the old town. Its serves excellently prepared local Catalan foods, with a modern touch. The restaurant is within reach of the main Placa de la Font, but far enough away that you don't hear all the commotion nor feel the crowds. The old stone walls are complimented by white linen tables and well mannered staff. Menus are available in Catalan and Spanish only.
Favorite Dish: Many of the dishes that we had were on the menu were repeats of typical foods found on local menus (bistec, risotto, conejo, merluza, etc.), but the sauces and flavors were much more rich and complicated than the typical restaurant.
The dishes mentioned above were all excellent, as were the desserts such as the fried truffles and the mousse.
UPDATE: This restaurant was closed for renovations. Call in advance to confirm it is open.
An excellent taste! Gastronomic flavors with restaurant style portions. The wine list is also quiet extensive.
The restaurant is situated inside the old Fortress. You have a wonderful old atmosphere that has undergone renovations recently to make the interior modern and convenient. The windows over look the sea, beach and city of Tarragona.
Favorite Dish: They do offer a few meats, but any and all seafood and fish is excellent!!
I last had the parrillada del mariscos!
I stumbled upon this restaurant by recommendation from some of my Argentine friends living in Salou. They all said it was the best Argentine restaurant in the area. And you know what?! They were right!!
I've been there several times, taking many friends and visitors with me. When they return, they always want to go back and hit the restaurant again. Its a small venue, that fills up quickly. But if you give your name, you can walk the old town for a few minutes, return and they should have a table for you.
I came back and found that name had changed, but the restaurant's reputation had only improved. They have since excavated the ancient Roman cellar so can host large parties and groups in wonderful ambiance.
Favorite Dish: Everything here is good, and I mean everything. They have leg of lamb, steak, sausages, roasts, grilled vegetables... all done Argentine style.
And like all places in Spain and Argentina, the wines are abundant and delicious!
After walking the Rambla, you can easily see the abundance of restaurants and shops. Almost all of the restaurants serve great food. But if its the afternoon or evening and you've worked up a sweat in the heat, take an ice cream or cafe at the end of the Rambla near the cliff. You'll have a good view of the sea, the Rambla and the people!
It is a little more expensive than the back street restaurants, but location and people watching is the trade off.
Favorite Dish: pizza & pasta
ice cream and cafes
In one end of Placa de la Font is the Town Hall. Around the square are many bars and restaurants and I guess it is a very lively place, especially in summer when people sit at the outdoor tables. I visited Tarragona on the 1st of March and I was happy it was warm enough to sit outside (too cold at home that time). The tables outside the café nearest the Town Hall were all occupied, and I was not sure they had food there so I walked to the other end of the plaza and had a pizza and coke at Café de la Font (it was 7.95 Euro). It took a long time until the pizza arrived and it was nothing special, but okay. There were not a lot of people sitting at those outdoor tables at that moment, but it is a good place for watching people go by.
Once we arrived at the Plaça Corsini we saw numerous of restaurants available to have a bite. For no particular reason we seaded at Fleca Flaque. I honestly don't remember, but it could be that it were the only chairs empty that made us have a seat at this particular place. It was a good choice anyway and had a great lunch with the beautiful Mercat in front of us.
We both wanted something light and there was a choice between a salad with chicken or gazpacho with tuno. The kids received French fries and our salads were topped with slices of very good ham and came with a portion of very tender and very tasty chicken breast. It was pointed out to us that the flower on top was eatible, how about that! Both our plates were cleaned! All in all, the food was very good, especially for the price we had to pay, and its presentation was simply fantastic!
After a day of hiking the Old Town of Tarragona, Relinde and I were determined to eat well for lunch, the main meal of the Spanish day. Wondering the streets in the morning, we already had spotted this little restaurant, or more specifically, we spotted the menu. We were surprised to see it open at 10 o'clock in the morning, but anyway we already saw the card and they offered a menu of the day at a very reasonable price (€11.-) that consisted of three courses with two choices for each of us.
We entered the building and climbed a set of small stairs and we saw that once it was a magnificent residence. We were led to the back, to the terrace (and it is not obvious there's a terrace when you enter the restaurant), where there were a number of tables under large umbrellas. One large glass table was placed directly over a small fountain - you have to be careful not to dip your feet in. But anyway ... the food was great, the service was amazing, just everything was right!
What to expect of the restaurant near the swimming pool of the campground? We had no idea, so we tried it. Knowing that whenever it was good, it would be a nice option for more occassions, beacuse of its location near our bungalow. The first thing we noticed was that the service. It was quite obvious that the Spanish waitresses were definately more focussed on the Spanish guest and not on tourists like us. We could ask, we could wave a hand, we could do anything, but nothing happened. It was very frustrating that it took almost 25 minutes before they attended our table, while the Spanish guest already had a drink and their food! Besided that none of the waitresses seemed to speak English. Pretty weird for such an international campground.
Unlike many other restaurants, where the menu 'del dia' changes each day, here the menu changes every week. We both ordered from the set menu and bread was brought to us. This, of course, was not included, and we were charged €1,50 for each small bun! A small quibble, but the food to follow was very good. So it's a shame that, as tourists, we were ignored and therefore we never returned. Shame on them!
Favorite Dish: It's not really a dish, but the view at the swimming pool.
When we booked our trip to Tarragona we knew that our wooden house would be situated very close to the La Savinosa Beach. This is a semi urbanized beach, 350 x 30 metres of fine golden sand with calm and slightly deep water. When we first arrived at this beach we noticed that the stretch at the east is becoming closer as it approached a few rocks that stops the winds. The La Savionosa Beach is not so crowded and to reach it we passed some small dunes and certain vegetations.
Pack a beach day worthy picnic. It doesn´t have to be a gourmet masterpiece since salty air and a good hearty appetite make every sandwich taste ten times as good as they do at the kitchen table. Be sure to pack a hearty sandwich for everyone, fresh fruit, a lot of water, a salty treat such as crackers or chips, and a dessert that won´t melt in the sun. Drink boxes and water bottles will stay colder if they are frozen before packing.
located on the placa de font tabernas lizarran is an excellent tapas bar. great selection at moderate prices. located on the beautiful placa de font they offer outdoor seating on the plaza. the placa de font is located in the center of the old quarter and is the site of the roman circus.
This is a pizzeria but quite a classy one with several options other than pizza. Like most restaurants in Tarragona, seafood featured prominently on the menu and I was very tempted by the tuna marinated in Salsa. The location was perfect, just off the Baixada Misericordia and above Placa del Sedassos where whole chunks of the Roman Circus walls are exposed. It's quite small and wasn't crowded so lunch there was relaxing and a perfect opportunity to sit back and admire the great surroundings.
Favorite Dish: I had the Pizza Romana con Jamon y Atun, which was a delicious concoction with ham and tuna. For a substantial but not over-heavy lunch it was ideal.
The Bodega is a quiet shop to sit down, sample hundreds of wines from all over, strike up a conversation with others in a laid back atmosphere. The walls are decorated with theme works of the wineries and the barrels are stacked in the back and above the bar.
Favorite Dish: Wines of all types
Okay, okay. We try not to make it a habit to eat food that isn't local but, after walking around Tarragona, we found a large number of Pizzeria/Italian-style restaurants... we decided that must mean they do it well.
Well was an understatement.
We picked the one that seemed to have the most local people in it, on Rambla Nova and ordered a pizza.
Favorite Dish: Thin crust, non-doughy pizza... it was cooked in a wooden oven. One side of the crust was rolled over itself and stuffed with pesto and cheese...
I will never be able to adequately describe how yummy it was - we went back the next day to have some more.