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Reviewed April 14, 2020

This restaurant was on our list to try if we were in the Gracia neighborhood....unfortunately we were there at lunchtime and they weren't open. We happen to be there another day around 9:30 and the place was packed. At first we were told there may...not be room, but then Pilar the owner came out, talked to us, learned our names and the rest of the night we were treated like family. Pilar and her staff were amazing and the tapas were delicious. This was probably the most fun we had at dinner the entire trip, we talked about Pilar and Gata Mala the rest of the trip. I would highly recommend this hidden spot, it was well worth finding!! Bonus, you get a free tapas with the purchase of a drink!! I'm definitely recommending this restaurant to any of my friends that are heading to Barcleona!! Pilar-T raci, Rashida and Ricki say Hi and we love you!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

I have to say that out of all the restaurants we visited during our vacation in Barcelona “Gata Mala” is the most memorable place we had been too from a restaurant standpoint. Pilar and her staff are the absolute treasure that you must encounter while...in Barcelona because the love and passion that she provided with an exceptional dinner experience does not come close to any place you will eat during your stay. Go enjoy a home cooked meal in such a great environment and the love for traditional authentic dishes. We love you Pilar from Juan & Sabrina...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

What a gem! This place is worth the distance to travel if you’re staying closer to town. Tiny little bar/restaurant ran by some lovely people. As previous reviews say, you receive a free tapas when you order a drink, which edge delicious! No English menu...however the hosts were great in translating to us even though their English wasn’t fluent. We had the grilled vegetable plate, beef/spinach fried balls and ham/cheese/tomato tortilla. All fabulous. The best part about this experience is the authentic experience and friendly staff. Not touristy at all which is why I like it. Many locals came in for 1 small beer and free tapas then off they went. It was fully packed with people when we left. Definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

Stepping into Gata Mala was like being welcomed home by family. My husband, son and I have been traveling around Spain for two weeks so far. Gata Mala is, hands down, the favorite place we have been! Pilar is one of the kindest humans I've...ever met. Her warmth was enveloping and the tapas she brought us were delicious!! Each tapa had a story of her family and their love attached to it. (Tapas are free with each drink order...which was a lovely surprise here in Barcelona!) If you are ever in Barcelona, do not miss out on Gata Mala's (and Pilar's) brilliant hospitality and delightful tapas! We will be back!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Love this place! Been coming here since I moved to Barcelona. There's a great atmosphere, typical tapas, bravas is amazing and the staff and owners are super friendly. Also you get a free tapa with a drink which in Barcelona is rare! Well worth going...but beware it's busy with tourists and locals alike so try and get there fairly early :)More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

Bar like and local restaurant with delicious tapas. With every drink you get extra tapas and we really enjoyed our evening

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 28, 2019

This is an authentic Tapas restaurant. Pilar is the best host of anyplace in Barca and her sister Rosie works the counter like no one else. There is space for about 20 so make a reservation and don't miss it. The food is very good...and the company just as good. There are many great choices for vegetarians, too.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

Needed somewhere to make up for a very poor meal on the la rambla last night and this hit the spot!!! They were full when we tried to get in with no booking (a good sign) we came back 15 minutes later and true to...their word they had a table for us. The chef helped us with our choices and he was not wrong with any. If we ever come back to Barcelona this will be our first choice!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 31, 2019

The restaurant may look like a dive bar to the US tourist eye but it has some of the best tapas style food in the city, and very kind and attentive service. We sat at the bar because the tables were full and had a...blast. The best patatas bravas we ate during our 10 days in Barcelona. The eggplant dish and the chorizo tapas were also delicious. We went on the weekend and clearly you'd need reservations to get a table.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 22, 2019 via mobile

We really like this place. Authentic little place in beautiful and calm Garcia quarter of Barcelona. Very nice staff, quick to approach and order, lovely food - local tapas for decent prices. We tried ‘combinada’ which is a little bit of everything (€12) and 2...bambolas (local delicious sort of dumpling (€2,5 each), loved it and we have been full. Awesome place and experience. Recommend!!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 21, 2019 via mobile

What a great find by my husband thanks to Google! Visited this cozy place after a long day exploring Gaudí’s creations. Can’t recommend this place enough. Free tapas for every drink ordered and the food is simple yet flavorful. Probably the best steak I’ve ever...eaten in my life - melts in your mouth and the smoky taste is just right. Every dish is great. Wished we could visit again during our stay but it’s a little ways from the city centre. What a pity. The place sits 20-30 max. Small but cozy!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

Loved this cute little tapas restaurant/bar. The staff is super friendly and the vibe is fantastic. You’ll do yourself a favor if you go there for dinner of drinks!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

The restaurant is tiny but really cute! So I suggest you arrive early (what we did... around 7) or call to make a reservation. The food is really good! PLUS they give you free tapas for every drink ordered which is pretty rare in Barcelona!...Also the staff is really nice :)More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

Not only do you find the best tapas ever at Gata Mala, but you will find the kindest, funniest, most gracious owner, Pilar welcome you with open arms and a huge smile. She truly has a heart of gold. The moment we sat down they...put tapas in front of us and they didn't stop coming! The food was amazing. The beer was cold and tasty. The place is small and worth every single moment!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 27, 2019 via mobile

Amazing neighborhood, easy to get to on subway. Amazing assortment of food. Very friendly. Great prices. Wonderful staff. Free tapa with each drink! 4 drinks and 3 dishes for under 40 euros of high quality tapas. Everyone should go! Make a reservation if possible or...be okay waiting a little bit if you get there for peak hours (small cozy establishment).More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Fanchon L
August 18, 2019|
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Response from IamJeffM | Reviewed this property |
It appears that Gata Mala is about 2,5km from Hotel El Palace.
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MatsHT
July 9, 2017|
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Response from mabinho | Reviewed this property |
Yes, booking recommended. It's a small place. Outsideand inside space limited - I don't recall a terrace.
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April 7, 2017|
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Response from Lucy T | Reviewed this property |
Oops - just say this. It would be difficult as it's a really small bar. Sadly, I think you can only call.
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