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Botafumeiro

#387 of 6,751 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Gracia
Chowder, Seafood, Spanish
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Carrer Gran de Gracia, 81, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 184 230
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Among the three hundred diners that fill this 30-year-old restaurant every...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pricey, but attentive service!

Brought here by the recommendation of our driver on Friday, May 22. We ordered the fried calamari to start, followed by three orders of seafood paella, and different kinds of dessert. Our waiter was Filipino, which thrilled my parents, so we were at ease with his service. He was able to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
melliepont
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Van Nuys, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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84 reviews 84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

One of the best seafood in Barcelona. Very fresh and the taste are excellent. Reservation is a must. Order the sampler appetizer.. Then you can taste the freshness.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Butafumeiro is a well established seafood restaurant on Grand de Gracia. Reservations are recommended as it is always crowded. The seafood is served on huge platters with combinations of lobster, shrimp, crab and bivalves. As our eyes were not bigger than our stomachs we had the Lobster paella instead and were rewarded with a fantastic meal. Service was great and... More 

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Van Nuys, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Brought here by the recommendation of our driver on Friday, May 22. We ordered the fried calamari to start, followed by three orders of seafood paella, and different kinds of dessert. Our waiter was Filipino, which thrilled my parents, so we were at ease with his service. He was able to recommend the right amount of portions so that we... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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69 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is an old district of the city. The atmosphere is very elegant. The food is mainly seafood. Well prepared and well served. The service is very good and efficient. The waiters looked very helpful and well informed about the drinks. The prices were a bit on the high site. But still it is worthy experience and probably I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Having been in Barcelona for a long weekend, and having had Botafumeiro recommended by a family member we checked it out on Trip Advisor - it seemed that from the comments, we were going to either love it or hate it - there doesn't seem to be an in-between! We arrived rather too early so decided to explore the streets... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The food was fresh and tastes good. I gave 3 stars for: - our waiter's attitude was condescending and he kept opening water bottles till we realized that we are being charged EUR50 for water. -the food presentation is ok but nothing special -overpriced Would I go back? No

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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was our second time at the Botafumeiro after a very positive experience last year. We were not disappointed this time either. The restaurant has a vibrant atmosphere and service that gives it an 'authentic' feel. They serve good quality seafood and EUR 200 for a shellfish casserole and a bottle of Champagne is acceptable. Still recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We went at the recommendation of the hotel and when we arrived around 22:00 found it buzzing. We checked in and the host led us to the very back room of the restaurant to a sketchy table in the corner. Thanks but no thanks, we decided to eat at the bar - which turned out to be a great idea!... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Recommended by El Palace Concierge. Beautiful place. Lightly fried calamari and seafood platter were a real treat. Being from Louisiana, we are discriminating with seafood. This was an excellent mix of local seafood prepared to perfection. Wife and I enjoyed the whole night.

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Malmo, Sweden
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We went here as the main sea food event of our Barcelona trip. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype. Partly, this might be on our fault since we ordered the grilled plate, making some of the food stay on the plate for a long time before you get to it. But still, fresh out of the kitchen some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carrer Gran de Gracia, 81, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Gracia
  • Neighborhood: Gracia
  • Phone Number: +34 932 184 230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 66 - 109
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Staying in Gracia

Neighborhood Profile
Gracia
Gracia literally stands out from the pack. It used to be an independent town until late into the 19th century. Though it’s just a short commute away from the center, a visit here feels like you’re in a whole different city. The bohemian vibe has drawn many international artists to this area, resulting in a wide selection of galleries, live music and artsy boutique stores. The nightlife is centered around the vibrant Gracia’s plaças, where young and old gather to enjoy a drink outside. Carrer de Verdi, its main street, offers affordable restaurants and a movie theater that screens new as well as classic films in their original language. However Gracia's greatest treasure lies just up the hill at Guell Park, where Antoni Gaudi's vibrant and revolutionary art sculptures stand atop unequaled views of Barcelona.
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