Popped in here for lunch on a day trip and had a thoroughly pleasant hour or so. The waiter was polite, friendly, efficient and recommended a very nice bottle of Penedes (Catalan produced) red wine. We ate a mixed platter of meats, Manchego cheese, patatas bravas, meatballs & tomato garlic bread. I have to say the food was not outstanding but certainly a good standard and what we had was perfect for the time of day.
As for the comments about locals not eating there, on the evidence I have to disagree; the only tourists in there were us two and a Swedish couple who came in for coffee and ice cream. The other patrons (of various ages) were all locals, eating their lunch. I do get the feeling though from the last time I was in Barcelona that the evenings and late afternoons are when tourists tend to visit.
The venue itself is a real delight and you can readily understand that it has barely changed since 1929. There's some great photos on their website from years past that show how little it has changed.
I'm certainly going there for lunch next time I'm in Barcelona!
(Oh and if you do visit, have a go at trying to order in Spanish or Catalan; trust me a little effort goes a long way)
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