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Carrer Gran de Gracia, 81 08012 Barcelona, Spain, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 18 42 30
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Ranked #325 of 6,002 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $79 - $132
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Among the three hundred diners that fill this 30-year-old restaurant every day, you may spot the King of Spain, movie stars, and politicians. Botafumeiro has to be a well-oiled machine to keep all and sundry happy and coming back for more, and it does. The decor is so trad, with wood railings and banisters, white table linens, and nautically-themed art and objets. The menu focusses on the sea, try fruits de mer for two to start, followed by anglerfish fisherman's stew with white beams or one of the barbecued fish, then a dessert of Belgian chocolate volcano with chocolate sherbet. Wine list is an ambassador for Spanish wines.
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79% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was one of the best meals I've had in any city, never mind Barcelona. The service was as close to perfect as I've encountered, there was one waiter serving every 4 tables, he changed our napkins when they were dirty, topped up our drinks without having to be asked. The only thing I would warn a potential diner is,... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I have been to this special restaurant more than once and it is always a highly satisfactory visit. It is worth mentioning that it is always open, literally. Also it is big, so no problem in getting in. Inside it feels as if one is inside an old fashioned luxury passenger liner, some may like it, some may not, but... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

A meal for 2 with no alcohol can easily come to €250 if you take the shellfish but in this place the price tag is worth it - the food was very tasty and the atmosphere was great, with some live Spanish guitar performances. Would highly recommend

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Starters with crab were very good. Seafood paella was so so.. Service is very good, they are very friendly. But the place is slightly expensive, i.e. at least €75/person if you order desserts and an average priced bottle of wine. Been to better places in Barcelona with half the cost.

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Doha, Al Jahra, Kuwait
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Have been in the restaurant for the last night in Barcelona in the beginning of August . Went there according to the good reviews. We ordered for the starter oysters 6X2 And what a surprise(: have been poisoned with bad oyster. 2 from 12 came bad I do not really think that this kind of standard is acceptable there Very... More

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MonchosBcn, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Botafumeiro, responded to this review

Dear Julia L. We are very sorry that your meal wasn’t as your expectations and you hadn’t a good experience in Botafumeiro. Oysters are very delicate seafood and sometimes there may be some stodgy but this doesn’t depend on us. Our seafood & fish are always fresh, we are very careful with that. You might have an oyster allergy. Many... More

Barcelona, Spain
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

I go there from time to time even though I'm not a seafood lover, but if you one of them-you'll be impressed:) The quality is perfect, the waiters are really cool, they joke, they can give advice. Seems like they really love their job:) My favorite is bibliotheca room, really cozy with a big bookshelf and candles on the table.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

unforgettable place .. very nice food , Very nice service ... One of the best in Barcelona Little bit expensive , but worth

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A great restaurant with great Spanish food that are not just for locals but more importantly frequented by locals. i.e. genuine Spanish Food, from tapas to dessert. The restaurant will put foreigners together in a corner so that they can be served by English speaking waiters, which is good. Foreigners better go there early for dinner as locals come around... More

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Moscow, Russia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our friends familiar with this place took us there for a dinner having reserved the table same day in the morning. We were a bunch of 11 people with kids, noisy, only one of us speaking Spanish.. The waiters were all very attentive and helpful doing their best to serve us. The food was very good especially the crab and... More

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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We found the paella excellent! The service is amazing! I am grateful for the experience! We celebrated our 40th Anniversary here and the staff made it memorable!

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