Can Solé

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Sant Carles 4, Barcelona, 08003

Price guide: Mid-range

Can Solé

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#25 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, People watching

Expert review of Can Solé

Smart, lively seafood restaurant a short stroll from the beach.

Barceloneta is home to most of the city’s paella restaurants, but this is one of my favourites. It’s not the cheapest, but the fish is beautifully fresh and there’s a certain old-school clubbiness about the place, with half the clientele on first-name terms with the waiters, that makes it fun.

Food and drink: 

Start with seafood para picar (‘to snack on’): chipirones (baby squid), either fried plain, with onions or battered; red shrimp, or Cantabrian anchovies, say. Of the starters I can recommend the bouillabaisse, and then to follow take your pick of paellas, fresh fish (the ‘cod Can Solé’, baked with spicy romesco sauce, alioli and potato is good) or stews with fish or lobster. There’s also a good wine list with a couple of decent Albariños, such as the honeyed, fresh Mar de Frades.

Ambience: 

I’ve never seen this place without a lively buzz going on, thanks in large part to its many regulars and their extended families. The downstairs dining room has the open kitchen at one end, while the upstairs room is a little quieter.

Service: 

Portly, jovial waiters spread good cheer and give the place a homely feel.

Location: 

A couple of blocks before the beach, C/Sant Carles is an easy walk from Barceloneta metro station.

Price advice: 

Main courses are around 20 euros, and there is no set lunch.

More information on Can Solé:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Catalan, Seafood, Spanish
Address:
C/Sant Carles 4, Barcelona, 08003
Telephone:
93 221 5012
Website:
http://www.cansole.cat
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Sat 1.30-4pm, 8-11pm. Sun 1.30-4pm. Closed Mondays and for two weeks in August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Can Solé? Would you recommended it?