Botafumeiro

Price guide: Expensive

C/Gran de Gràcia 81, Barcelona, 08012

Price guide: Expensive

Botafumeiro

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#36 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Relaxation

Expert review of Botafumeiro

Cavernous Galician restaurant specialising in seafood.

The venerable Botafumeiro has been around for 30 years, and its popularity shows no sign of waning. Part of its attraction is that the kitchen is open from 1pm-1am, so though it’s packed at peak times, it’s possible to eat there in relative tranquillity.

Food and drink: 

While the speciality is shellfish and fish cooked in a hundred ways, there are also typical Galician dishes such as lacón con grelos (gammon with turnip tops) and tarta de Santiago (the Iberian answer to Bakewell tart).

Ambience: 

Loud, chaotic and fun, it still manages to maintain an elegant edge, and is much loved by large groups of well-heeled Catalans and the odd celeb (Barça players and the like).

Service: 

Many of the waiters appear to have been around as long as the restaurant itself, and remain completely unfazed by the multitude of orders going into, and plates coming out of, the kitchen.

Location: 

C/Gran de Gràcia is the continuation of Passeig de Gràcia, all the way up beyond Avda Diagonal.

Price advice: 

There is no menú del dia, and it’s not a cheap night out, with mains hovering around 25 euros, but you will eat reasonably well.

More information on Botafumeiro:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Seafood, Spanish
Address:
C/Gran de Gràcia 81, Barcelona, 08012
Telephone:
93 218 42 30
Website:
http://www.botafumeiro.es
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 1pm-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Botafumeiro? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Thought the food here was good - it had a real buzz about it and like you say a real feel of an old established restaurant. Service was excellent. We got a reservation on Saturday afternoon for that evening so perhaps not always as busy as claim. A tad on the expensive side for what it was but an enjoyable night out with two teenagers.