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Sant Sebastia, 56, 17480 Roses, Spain
+34 972254003
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 60
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  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
One of the greatest restaurants for simply-cooked fresh fish and seafood

It's only a small, unpretentious place on a backstreet but the quality of the fish and seafood, combined with brilliant but simple cooking and an incredibly friendly welcome, make this a real treasure. A good, nicely priced list of local wines too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
hesfordj
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Perpignan
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Perpignan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's only a small, unpretentious place on a backstreet but the quality of the fish and seafood, combined with brilliant but simple cooking and an incredibly friendly welcome, make this a real treasure. A good, nicely priced list of local wines too.

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Barcelona, Spain
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

do you want fish, with no consetions? Go to Rafas, no where ells. Sundays and mondays closed. You know whuy? Fisherman d'ont fish. He only opens when he has frehs fish. He buys when the fisherman are still in their boats befor getting to the port. Only grilled.But the best.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I not only had the pleasure of eating at this iconic restaurant recently, I also had the opertunity to spend the evening with a entertaining , fascinating and knoweldgable top chef. Together with some good mutual friends we enjoyed great fresh local seafood and it was professionally served and accompanied by the perfect wine. I would recomend Rafa's to any... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of the best fish dishes my wife and I have ever eaten. Fresh, simple and finger-licking tasty! Friendly staff and worth every penny! We will come back.

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Copenhagen
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Just enjoyed the most amazing dinner last night at Rafas with my husband and little girl. We are in chok that the place doesnt have more top reviews as this is the best fish restaurant in the world, according to Adrean Ferran (El Bulli), and we agree. We enjoyed the most wonderful squid as well as sublime gambas. For mains... More 

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Kent
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is the place where the chef at nearby world famous El Bulli always went to eat fish. You can see why. First to get the full Rafa experience arrive early and ignore the outdoor tables and the right hand room as you face the restaurant. The left hand one is air conditioned and where Rafa operates a grill with... More 

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Eltville am Rhein, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were looking forward to some great grilled fish, got an overpriced and overcooked San Pedro and some mediocre gambas for 100€/kilo. As they do not have a menu, you do not know the prices in advance. We paid 118€ altogether for a dinner for two which was far too expensive for the quality of food and the experience of... More 

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cheshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Having read the reviews on here, I almost came to the conclusion that this restaurant was likely to be a very expensive rip-off living on its El Bulli connection When we arrived, and asked for a table, we were asked if we realised that they only serve fish and if we were ok with that We shared a portion of... More 

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houston
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We enjoyed the calamari starter (approx €19) that was grilled , slightly smaller than what we are accustomed to, but quite tasty. Although we were never presented a menu ( i am not sure they have one) we picked out a "fly" fish? Sp from the display and it was grilled nicely with some toasted garlic accents. Also available was... More 

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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Rafas is a small place with less than 20 seats indoor and in the summer some tables outside. At the time for El Bulli Rafas was the place where the owner of El Bulli was said to go for a meal at times. All the food is grilled in oil and salt and Rafas serve basically only seafood. A place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sant Sebastia, 56, 17480 Roses, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Girona  >  Costa Brava  >  Roses
  • Phone Number: +34 972254003

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions

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