La Taverna del Clínic

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Rosselló 155, Barcelona, 08036

Price guide: Mid-range

La Taverna del Clínic

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#32 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
3
3.0
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, No fuss

Expert review of La Taverna del Clínic

Never judge a book by its cover – or a tapas kitchen by its dining room.

A baffling combination of top-class tapas and a determinedly ugly dining room make for a curious dining experience. It’s worth it, though, especially if you go during the day, and/or can get a table on the pavement.

Food and drink: 

The signature dish, loved by everyone but me, is the terribly tricksy take on patatas bravas – hollowed-out cylinders of potato filled with a Marie Rose sauce and topped with chives. Meh. Much better in my view is the duck cannelloni with foie gras; the octopus in an ‘igloo’ of fluffy potato; the creamy morels with foie gras and the ultimate hangover buster – a tiny frying pan of crispy jamón ibérico and a fried egg on a bed of shoestring fries.

Ambience: 

Let’s not beat around the bush – it’s no looker. The air-con is aggressive, the TV is intrusive, the cheap, modern décor is pretty nasty and the lighting would have you confessing to anything. Still, it’s lively, local and there are a couple of tables on the pavement if you get there early enough.

Service: 

My waitress was quite insistent that the Penedès (Catalunya’s biggest wine-producing region) was a vineyard in La Rioja, which was quite frustrating when trying to order wine. Again, a chef this good deserves better.

Location: 

Just between the Hospital Clínic and its metro station.

Price advice: 

You can spend as much or as little as you like, but to really eat well you’ll probably spend around 30 euros a head, including wine.

More information on La Taverna del Clínic:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Spanish, Tapas
Address:
C/Rosselló 155, Barcelona, 08036
Telephone:
93 453 60 83
Website:
http://www.latavernadelclinic.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 7.30am-11.30pm, Sat 1-11.30pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Quick bites

Have you been to La Taverna del Clínic? Would you recommended it?