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Botafumeiro

#217 of 7,357 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Gracia
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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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307 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This very nice shellfish and more dining establishment is a Catalan tradition, very busy with all kinds of weird shellfish greeting you on your way in these beautifully decorated rooms. Try paella with lobster or hake, sole or monkfish or spider crab, all finished perfectly. Start with Iberian ham or lobster cocktail. Full bar. Good wine list heavy on Spanish... More 

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Melbourne
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love seafood. From the days when my parents took me to the beach to fish for abalone - I have loved seafood. This restaurant is something else. Its fresh seafood and silver service. The locals know its the best. Looking at the wall of "whos Who" you know they are good. Its a regular haunt for FC Barcelona players... More 

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Thank Senspirational
Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Where to begin? We were looking for seafood in Barcelona in August when the restaurants that had been recommended by friends were closed. Our concierge sent us to Botafumeiro. The street entrance is discreet, the lovely restaurant with several rooms is unexpected. For our lunch, we were three. One of us inquired if there was a lobster bisque. The reply... More 

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Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my 5th time dining at Botafumeiro, and each time, I/we have had a wonderful experience. First of all, the service is warm and inviting. As soon as you walk in the door, you are welcomed by everyone; it's as if you're the most important guest in the place. (And they've had REALLY important people eat there: presidents, prime... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not sure about the most recent reviews negatively describing experiences at Botafumeiro. Ours was outstanding... a few things: ham and calamari to start was perfect. We then order dinner- waiter was very helpful- as he suggested to order just the half parrillada and the black rice for one... he was helpful in pointing out it would have been... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant off the back of a friends recommendation, saying it was one of the best seafood restaurants in the area. Ultimately we were disappointed as it did not live up to our expectations. The starter was the best part, with both my partner and I enjoying thoroughly. I was also impressed with the amount of complimentary... More 

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Owings Mills, MD
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was average but nothing memorable at all. The prices, however, were. The worst part of the experience was our pretentious waiter who tried to talk us into the spiny lobster and then had no interest in us when we didn't want it. We asked about available fish and he said there was none even though there was fresh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great experience to dine at this restaurant, people say it is the best fish restaurant in Barcelona , I haven't been to all but for sure this is one of the best I have been !!!

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is the best place to eat in Barcelona! Excellent service, delicious food, chic crowd, the sweet that i tasted in Botafumeiro is the best i 've ever tasted. It is necessary to book before you visit it.

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Corbera de Llobregat, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most of the times I have visited the "Bota" have been in business environment and it never deceived an invited.Top quality and professional service are sure bets to get a good result, but also the wide choice of dishes and wines available makes it suitable for a great meal, be it formal or with family. Just make sure you get... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$68 - $113
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
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
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.

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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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