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“Went out of our way to eat here!”
Review of Rafa's

Rafa's
Ranked #34 of 270 Restaurants in Roses
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $49 - $123
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 17, 2012

When Anthony Bourdain was brought here by Ferran Adria on one of his No Reservation adventures, I made a note that if even I found myself in Roses... flash forward and we found ourselves seated outside, surounded by a number of touristy restaurants - all that were more crowded than Rafas. No worries - we got more attention this way from the friendly staff. One explanation is that Rafas has no menus, no large blackboards shouting a pre-fixed menus, and no staff member standing outside trying to scoot you in. The waiter will tell you what is fresh that day and you decide if you want it or not. We went through nearly every type of seafood and wish we had room for more. Everything is cooked a la plancha..and is fresh beyond fresh! The gambas had a sweetness and fresh taste that will ruin you for all shrimp in the future. The baby octopus defined the word succulent! Go past Rafas kitchen to see the solitary chef in his tiny kitchen, surrounded only by his ingredients. The final bill was a bit more than other tapas dinners we had in Spain, but worth every euro!

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2  Thank SeeSleepEat
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Hidden between tourist attracting restaurants in the main walking area of Roses, this restaurant has no menu on the street. Nothing. Just a small wooden plate indicates that this is the restaurant you are looking for. That's what has happened to me. During daytime I was passing by, you also have to spend time to discover.
Rafael at the grill, and Madame at the bar (also cooking the mussels). Rafas is opening ONLY whan daily catch is nice, so it mights be closed for lunch.
Don't expect to have a menu - the waitress tells what is offered, choose from this list. Don't even expect to have a price list - also, you can get surprised, because it is not cheap. Don't expect a large wine list - but those wines that are figuring on the list are fresh and matching very well the seafood and fish dishes.
But after this, everything exceed all expectations. Perfectly well cooked dishes, refrained seasonings to maintain the main ingredient's natural flavours and aromas...
It is simply brilliant! Do NOT miss!

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2  Thank InnSi
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

Rafa is an institution among chefs. During the El Bulli years anyone wishing to meet any of the chefs could save themselves the drive out to Bulli and just come by Rafa's. Any chef visiting Catalunya makes the pilgrimage. Rafa is the epitome of ingredient-driven kitchen. Roses is the second largest port in Spain for seafood and Rafa has first pick. He has one grill, three ingredients and the best seafood in the world. I find it hysterical that he is rated only #18 in Roses. Actual chefs rank Rafa probably number two or three in SPAIN!

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3  Thank movrmike
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

If you like fish - the fish that a little moment ago still was in the Mediterranean Sea - you must go to Rafas.
May be te decoration is not fashion, may be ..., but the kitchen's result is EXTRAORDNARY.

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5  Thank pepitopetit
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

no menu just whatever is the seafood caught that morning! excellent especially the clams ! loved, loved, loved it !!!

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Thank Dianne H
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