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“Essential visit for vegetarians”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Restaurante Sesamo

Restaurante Sesamo
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Ranked #173 of 9,396 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $42
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: El Raval
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“Essential visit for vegetarians”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

If you're vegetarian, you'll notice that it's difficult to find a variety of things for you to eat in Spain. Although their cuisine is delicious, it's definitely geared towards meat, fish, and egg eaters. This is where Sesamo really steps up in creating a fine dining experience for vegetarians and vegans, but without being stuffy, bland, or too expensive.

I'd recommend trying the tasting menu. For 25 euros, they provide 5 courses as well as wine or beer. There were far more than 5 plates, with some courses having multiple components. The chef himself came to our table and was able to alter the dishes to be egg-free. I visited with two non-vegetarians, and we all agreed the food was very good by any standards and left stuffed and happy! I'm not sure how popular vegetarianism is in Spain, but it seemed like the majority of the patrons were either North American or from other parts of Europe, since we heard a lot of communication with the staff in English. Everyone was very accommodating and besides enjoying the food, we had a wonderful experience. If you're vegetarian or not, this place is tasty!

The location is small so it's easy to walk past it in the narrow streets of that area. I'd recommend taking the Sant Antoni metro stop, and it's right around the corner. For those not used to Spanish business hours, the restaurant opens much later than most North Americans are used to, and at 8 pm we were some of the first people arriving. If you're not arriving early, make a reservation to be safe. The decor was hip/minimalist with cozy touches, although my friend who used their bathroom thought it left much to be desired.

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“Lovely tapas at extremely good price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

Had the tasting menu and were suprised by the high standard. Tasty and innovative tapas. And a lot of food... Great! Nice atmosphere as well. Recommended!

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“Vegetarian Taster menu - excellent!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Ate here on the 3.11.12. 4 adults and 2 children. very accommodating team and fully enjoyed the taster menu. Felt the atmosphere was a little dark...but no other issues. Food and drink awesome!

  • Visited November 2012
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“Simply WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Come out of the local metro station and its literally round the corner. We arrived there at 6pm and the restaurant was not open for service. The owner however said "give me 15 minutes and I will open". When we came back we were sat down. as we were the only ones in the restaurant we had the chance to speak to owner and chef about what they recommend and there judgement was of course the best! The food was amazing (arguably the best I have ever had) and the service was way beyond the extra mile. No coincidence why this restaurant is so highly rated. Wonderful people. great service and unbelievable food!

  • Visited August 2012
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“Fantastic experience for vegetarians and meat eaters”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We went to this restaurant based on TA reviews. Our friends were meat eaters and unsure of this restaurant. However, we were all delighted by the diversity and innovative nature of the food. We tried the 25 euro menu and it certainly delivered. We were all talking positively and thinking how to try some of these dishes ourselves. The interior of the restaurant does not match the standards of many other places in Barcelona, but their prices were considerably higher and quality of food poorer. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves their food.

  • Visited November 2012
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