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“Real Spanish Food available in a menu at very good price” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Rey de la Gamba 1

El Rey de la Gamba 1
Passeig de Joan de Borbon, 53, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (Barceloneta)
932256401
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Ranked #2,681 of 6,675 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $29 - $57
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian, Tapas
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Description: Flagship restaurant in Barceloneta. Considered one of the most popular restaurants worldwide. Varied menu of seafood and meats. Large selection of tapas and wines from all corners of Spain. Jorges all are not equal, nor are all Davids same. All REY DE LA GAMBA are not. EL REY DE LA GAMBA 1, authentic, lifelong ...
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“Real Spanish Food available in a menu at very good price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Although there are several places around, this one is potentially the best. There are all kind of paellas (seafood, chicken, vegetarian, mixed) and many other rice based options at very good price. One of the most flexible thing is to order a MENU that is compose by an entree (from five options), a main course (from five options, including whatever kind of paella), a dessert and also a drink (even a "glass" of wine that really are two!!). Its price really convenient ...., nothing wrong with the service or the environment ...., a place really recommended!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Quantity overshadows quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

we ordered 2ppl seafood platter and it was really "Huge".

The big platter is full of crabs, prawns, squid, clams, fish, etc. Howeve,r the prawns are not fresh. The rest seafood are OK. But they all basically is cooked in water or grilled so not that tasty.

Tapas portion is really mini, esp compared to the seafood platter. but there's fried small fish really delicious.

Almost every table ordered seafood platter. And we 3 ppl shared the platter and 2 tapas but too full to order paella further.

The waiter is not good in attitude and a bit pushy, maybe due to language issue (he understood limited English.).

The restaurant is just opposite the paradise and you can hear the screaming from the paradise all the time.

Visited September 2012
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“Overpriced,touristic and well served food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Nice paella but nothing could justify it's price ,well presented and served.Large portions and polite service..I think you can find equivalent or even better and cheaper food if you search..

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We enjoyed food very much, especially the sea food Paella.
The staff were very friendly, attentive etc
Meals were good value.
Would definitely go back.
We ate there 3 nights out of seven.

Visited September 2012
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“2 different nights 2 different standards”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

visited 2 nights in a week. our first visit was great
i had seafood paella and my partner had baked sea bass the were both very good indeed and the service great with a nice crowd
we went back the next night, the restaurant was as busy as first night and we were greeted and shown a table straight away, however a different waiter who we had to constantly search for to order food and drink.
i ordered the mussels and my partner the pollo paella
my mussels still had the beards attached and a lot of them were unopen and the ones that were, were empty totally off-putting
the paella was totally lacking on any flavour at all as was the chicken
Such a shame they could not keep the food consistant

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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