Agua

Price guide: Mid-range

Passeig Marítim 30, Barcelona, 08003

Price guide: Mid-range

Agua terrace

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#12 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Great views / scenery, Relaxation

Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of Agua

A longtime favourite with beachgoers and seagazers.

Probably my favourite from the Tragaluz restaurant stable, Agua sits right on the edge of the beach and manages to combine a seaside feel with stylish design and expert cooking.

Food and drink: 

Plates of shellfish, anchovies and cured ham are on offer if you need something to nibble at while you decide what to order, after which the dishes are mostly Catalan-influenced, with an emphasis on local takes on paella – such as rice with artichokes, prawns and squid – and plenty of fresh fish. The heartier meat options include a really juicy sirloin, or duck confit with grappa sauce and creamed potatoes. The crumble and tarte tatin are not for purists, though still tasty, but my favourite is the marron glacé mousse.

Ambience: 

This place buzzes year-round (you may need to book, or wait a while for a table) with local families out for a treat or passing tourist trade from the beach. It’s large and airy, with huge, bold prints on the walls, and a terrace overlooking the sea.

Service: 

Agua’s weak point used to be a slightly surly front-of-house team and snail’s-pace service, but on a recent visit we were seated in no time and the waiters were nothing but charming. Bravo.

Location: 

It’s on the seafront. What more could you ask for?

Price advice: 

There is no menú del dia, but prices for a main course run from as low as 9 euros up to around 20 euros.

More information on Agua:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Catalan, Mediterranean, Seafood
Address:
Passeig Marítim 30, Barcelona, 08003
Telephone:
93 225 12 72
Website:
http://www.aguadeltragaluz.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur, Sun 1-3.45pm, 8-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 1-4.30pm, 8pm-12.30am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

Have you been to Agua? Would you recommended it?