Els Quatre Gats

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Montsió 3, Barcelona, 08002

Price guide: Mid-range

Els Quatre Gats

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#35 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.5
3.5
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
3.9
3.9
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Relaxation

Expert review of Els Quatre Gats

A splendid Modernista building, once a hangout for Picasso and friends.

Unabashedly touristy, and with food that rarely dazzles, Els Quatre Gats is nevertheless an essential stop on a tour of Barcelona’s exuberant Modernista architecture. It was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch at the turn of the last century, and was frequented by Picasso and other artists of his time.

Food and drink: 

In truth the food is not a big selling point, though there is a decent value set lunch. Order conservatively and you won’t go far wrong. Roast lamb with rosemary or duck confit with apple sauce are reasonably good. Alternatively you can just stick to the bar area, which is a good spot for a morning coffee or a cold afternoon beer.

Ambience: 

The large and handsome dining room, with further tables on an upper gallery that runs around the walls, is noisy and animated. Diners are mostly foreign, though you will see the occasional group of Catalans on a business lunch.

Service: 

Can be a little confused (some waiters will understand English better than Spanish and Catalan), but is generally adequate.

Location: 

On a sidestreet running off the pedestrianised Portal de l’Angel, which runs from Plaça Catalunya to the cathedral.

Price advice: 

The set lunch is very much the sensible option, and will only set you back 14 euros.

More information on Els Quatre Gats:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Catalan, Spanish
Address:
C/Montsió 3, Barcelona, 08002
Telephone:
93 302 41 40
Website:
http://www.4gats.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 1pm-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Els Quatre Gats? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (2)

Lovely place to eat, not the cheapest but has a really nice atmosphere

As a tourist I would/and have recommended this restaurant to friends. That said, although we enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere, as Sally implies in her expert review above, I can imagine that locals can usually find somewhere better to eat.