Els Quatre Gats

Address: C/Montsió 3, Barcelona, 08002, Spain
Telephone: 93 302 41 40

- Mid-range

4

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
3.5
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
3.5
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4.7
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Relaxation

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