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RAÓ Restaurant

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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About
Raó Restaurant "where fine meets casual". Modern Barcelona cuisine with locally-sourced products. Our dishes respect the traditional local cuisine with our own modern and creative twist. The restaurant is situated on one of the most emblematic streets of Barcelona, very close to Plaza Catalunya. The beautiful ambience, flawless service and creative cuisine makes for the perfect evening out in Barcelona.
PRICE RANGE
$26 - $42
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Catalan, Fusion
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A few dishes were pretty good. The ceviche was excellent, but the tuna tartare was pretty bland. We didn't find the scallops to be that special either. It's a popular, pretty cramped space. It has a bit of a rushed experience, from waiting in line...with everyone else who has reservations to ordering. Above average, but above average price too (150 euros for dinner with wine for 2).More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic!! Everything a restaurant should be!! Delicious food, friendly staff and a great location. Highly recommend !!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much Amy!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is special. Such great food and amazing service. Have a reservation, the small restraunt does everything right!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Jay! We hope to see you again soon at Raó!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing staff, cool vibe, great food and just one of the best tapas restaurants we visited. Definitely worth booking as it’s always busy. A brilliant evening

Date of visit: November 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! We are glad to know that you liked everything :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant with our 5 year old and it was one of the best experiences ever. The tapas was on another level beautifully presented & very tasty. I would absolutely definitely be back here again.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Sugary25! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just go! Great ambience. Bustling place even early in the evening. Food was simply amazing. Every dish was exceptional. Service was terrific with the owner serving us towards the end. Could not have asked for more. Tip….make a reservation.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Matthew!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the good fortune of eating at RAO on our visit to Barcelona in July, and made it a point to eat there again upon our return in October. It was fabulous...again...and we dined there two days in a row! Incredible food and service!...Great staff and delicious tapas!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It is a fortune for us to have good clients like you! We are waiting for you soon for the 4th time!!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect welcome Perfect menu Delicious food Perfect location ♥️ Try this duck with strawberries 🍓 amazing !!!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had such a great dining experience at Rao! I sat at the bar where Chris took great care of me. His sangria is incredible! I had 3 plates and a dessert and it was just incredible. I had the tuna tartare, the scallops and...the pork iberico (which is honestly to die for) Would 100% go back.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a faultless meal here as a family, food & service was of the highest standard. Highly recommend this restaurant and on our return to barcelona, it will be our 1st stop. 5☆

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 28, 2022 via mobile

Visited on a Thursday night having booked online in advance for out long week end in Barcelona for my birthday.. So pleased we booked in advance, the place soon filled. Staff very attentive and knowledgeable on the food and wines they offer. Full explanations of...both. Recommend a local wine that was superb. Good well presented and delicious. They gave us complimentary drinks between courses plus Carva at end of meal to celebrate my birthday. My dessert came with a candle to mark my birthday It is a small and intimate tapas restaurant where the owners make you feel like their most important customer of the night. They deliver excellence on a plate. Make sure you visit.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting us Stuart. We are glad to know you had a blast on your birthday at Raó!

Reviewed October 27, 2022

One of our best meals in Spain. Service, food and ambience all excellent. Enjoyed the evening here and would go back.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much Blacktusk! :)

Reviewed October 26, 2022 via mobile

We were blown away by the food here,we had an octopus dish,scallops,fish ceviche,patatas bravas,so amazing that I’m afraid going for tapas in Scotland now is rather disappointing! The restaurant is lovely,staff were so helpful and pleasant.Wine good,cocktails also A1. This was the best experience we...had in our 4 days in Barcelona,so much so that if we go back we would make sure to book before we arrive because it is very popular,so that we don’t miss out.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much Hazwil! We hope to see you again soon at Raó!

Reviewed October 17, 2022

Cozy, friendly restaurant, and above all superlative tapas : refined, creative, beautifully presented. Desserts from heaven, excellent cocktails. The owner and the whole team are very efficient and visibly enjoying their work. We went twice within a week, and both times we were utterly charmed....Bravo !More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2022

Thanks a lot! We hope to see you again soon for the third time!

Reviewed October 15, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful Tapas style food, friendly staff and a cozy vibe. The best Tapas we have ever eaten - went twice, once to Rao and once to their sister restaurant Xero, next door. Every item on the menu delicious and visually great

Date of visit: October 2022
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Rao_BCN, Propietario at RAO Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2022

Thank you so much for visiting Raó! We hope to see you again soon.

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Cav_Seattle
September 13, 2018|
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Response from Rao_BCN | Property representative |
Hello Cav_Seattle, For large groups we have options of a private event in our restaurant with dinner, cocktails or open bar. If you are interested please send us an email. Kind regards, Maryana.
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Susan B
August 20, 2018|
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Response from Rao_BCN | Property representative |
Dear All, Thank you very much for your answers. We actually do not have a strict dress code, casual or smart casual should be fine. Of course some of our gusts like to dress up for a night out in Barcelona. See you in... More
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RAÓ Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5