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“Fish - served classically”
Review of Botafumeiro

Botafumeiro
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Ranked #279 of 10,282 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $73 - $122
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Gracia
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.
Reviewed March 2, 2014

From the moment you walk in you know you are somewhere classy. The wiring staff are very attentive and the menu is expansive, with fish served every which way from Catalan classics to innovative twists. The shellfish extravaganzas rival the best you can get on the front at Deauville. Medium priced (60 euros pp) for a very nice dinner. You must book, but can do this online.

Thank Ollerbarrow
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Very nice seafood restaurant in Barcelona. The service was excellent, the waiters very kind. We arrived quite early (20:00) so it was quite calm, but around 21:30-22:00 it got really crowded! The restaurant is so famous in Barcelona, that you just need to tell the taxi driver its name to get there, no need to know the street.

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

I was in Barcelona last week for work. One of my colleagues choose Botafumeiro upon the recommendation of our hotel. Location, decor and energy have been covered by other reviews. We felt the food was good (not outstanding) and the service was strong.

I had to step out to take a call. While gone, my colleagues asked the waiter for some recommendations on appetizers. The waiter recommended paella with octopus (everyone felt it was good). When the bill came, we were shocked that the 1 appetizer cost $160 - yes $160. Needless to say there was a lot of back in forth on the bill - in the end we paid.

Yes I know never to order a waiter recommendation with out knowing how much it costs (I had this happen once before and had learned my lesson).

It REALLY irritates me a waiter (restaurant) intentionally did this.

I recommend you try another restaurant and pass on this one.

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

300 seats. 120 people working. The big ballet. Loud, fast, crowded.
To me it gives an impression how a high class restaurant 100 years ago must have been.
Every single waiter has a great personality. Kitchen is open. You can look at the cooks doing their great job.
It´s a high quality show for a reasonable price.
And ven god himself (aka Morgan Freeman) was there.
Also everybody else.

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Thank Volker S
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

Excellent sea food selection. Pricey, but for the quality and extra attentive service, well worth it.

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Thank dominiqli
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