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“Bad food, bad service, double billed.”
Review of 4 Gats

4 Gats
Ranked #859 of 9,689 Restaurants in Barcelona
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Description: Landmark of the city of Barcelona and Catalan modernism, it opened on June 12, 1897 in the basement of a building designed by the architect Puig i Cadafalch, on the street Montsió 3a and once was intended to bring to Barcelona the most bohemian Parisian atmosphere. Place of worship of intellectuals and artists of the time, it was the first refuge of inspiration for Pablo Picasso. In 2008, it was chosen by Woody Allen to host one of the main scenes in its film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona', dedicated to the city. All this cultural and historic experience comes with exceptional gastronomy. All the dishes are prepared with proximity products and cooked with all the care and passion by our chef. Whitout any doubt, 4 Gats is a unique experience in Barcelona.
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Bad food, bad service, double billed.”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

We were really looking forward to a meal at 'els 4 Gats' or 4 Cats. We arrived about 3 pm which is still within the accepted lunch hour in Barcelona, and told the waiter we were really hungry. He just shrugged his shoulders and handed us the menus and said 'this is what we have', sort of, 'take it or leave it'. No smile, no warmth, just a surly attitude. We ordered 2 first courses which he referred to as Tapas, but were not really, and what we got were the typical bread with tomato paste on top, and a bowl of cooked shrimp (very plain) that was so cold it had ice on it. That, plus a beer was 22 euros. It was the poorest meal we have had in Spain by far. I felt so cheated that we did not bother to order anything else. When I checked my CC bill a few days later I found that we had been billed a second time for a slightly different price. Needless to say, I am going to contest the second bill, but I would not recommend this place to anyone. The food is third rate, the service is the pits, and they tried to cheat me on top of everything.

  • Visited February 2013
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Grup F, Director General at 4 Gats, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
First, apologise about your bad experience at 4Gats restaurant.
This is not a normally way.
We working to resolve the mistakes and penalty the unable staff. And, if you have any problem about your bill, all our work is to help you.
Sincerely,


Salvador Oliva
Director Operativo GFE
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Lausanne, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
289 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Great drink”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Gotta see it....

I can't say I would go for lunch given what I saw.

This has turned into a tourist machine.

No Barcelona locals can even guide you there....which ought to tell you something....the locals understand good food and yet even the Policia 250mtrs away had no idea!!! If the food was good here, the locals would know....that much I am sure of.

So what to do if you MUST see this place? Go for a drink!

No regrets and would go again....for another drink.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank LeDude13
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Grup F, Gerente at 4 Gats, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
Dear Sir,

Firstly , I'd like to thank you for taking the time to write a review of our restaurant. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your drink, it is a shame that you didn't stay for lunch, as you would have discovered first hand that we serve both traditional and contemporary Catalan Cuisine. We have a very mixed clientel, locals and tourists alike. We look forward to your next visit when we will be pleased to invite you to sample some of our dishes.

Regards.
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England
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Expected more”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

The calamari starter was superb, everything else was just average. It seems to be a little stuck in the past - with photos on the wall of previous (& supposedly famous I guess, but mostly unrecognisable) diners. It was very brightly lit, which spoils the atmosphere. We had better service and food at the various Tapas restaurants to be found in the El Born area. It was just under 100 euros for 2 of us, for starters, mains and a bottle of wine.

  • Visited January 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Good food in quaint surrounds, pity about the "service"”
Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We had been recommended to come to this historic place so looked forward to dining here. Unfortunately it would end up being our worst experience in Barcelona. Despite the quaint dining room being quite empty at 7pm we were crammed onto a table far too close to the one next to us. When we asked to be moved to another table the Maître d' certainly did not hide his disdain for our request. Rather he shoved our table back the other way and muttered something quite rude which my friend managed to hear! This combined with a number of rude and indifferent waiters we would have walked out had we not already ordered our meals. Fortunately when our meal eventually arrived (care of a different waiter who was much nicer) it was delicious. It was so disappointing as the place had so much potential given the atmosphere created with a live pianist in such a beautiful room with so much history.

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Hythe, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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“Great find in back streets of Barcelona”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Found this on our walks around Ramblas and back streets of Barcelona. What a great place to eat, although not cheap, but then where is?
Waiters were attentive but not pushy, clearing plates and bringing next course without leaving too long between. They made a big fuss of the large table of young people who were obviously locals, laughing and joking with them, which made for great atmosphere.
Reminded us very much of upmarket Cellar Sa Premsa in Palma, Mallorca.

  • Visited June 2012
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