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rated 73%
12 reviews

address: C/Montsio 3

tel: +34 (93) 3024140

fax: +34 (93) 3174033

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The Four Cats restaurant is a famous piece of Barcelona's folklore. Operating as a cafe, cabaret and all-round artistic space between 1897 and 1903, Els Quatre Gats was a centre of Modernista thought, and even hosted Pablo Picasso's first art exhibition - the legendary brush wielder was also partial to a tipple here. Reestablished in 1978, following the death of Franco, the Four Cats has since established itself as something of a tourist mecca, and certainly its vibrant decor and ambiance make the restaurant a deserving point of pilgrimmage. Tasty portions of Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine satisfactorily stave off the belly rumbles, whilst the coffee is some of the best in the city.

Els Quatre Gats

Elegance under minimums.
With the idea of entertaining to part of our family visiting the city, we went dinner to "Els 4 gats", one of the classic restaurants of the old Barcelona. After trying some very correct “tapas” for which we paid €200 (for seven persons) the personnel of the establishment 'invited' us to leave a review on internet, giving each of us a card with some instructions. Surprised for what it looked to us a slightly elegant attitude of the establishment, one of us suggested with irony that since they were asking us to write a (positive) review for the establishment they could have at least the detail of inviting ourselves to a glass of wine-cellar or something like that.
The waiter, with all education, said to us that the director would not allow him such a thing, but that in a moment he would bring us a “chupito de orujo” (a local drink shot), a practice more than usual in all kinds of bars and restaurants after a dinner. Within a few minutes the waiter returns and comments to us that, unfortunately, the direction of the establishment does not allow him to have attentions of this type with the clients. We look at him incredulous. I think it is the first time that I see something like that in Spain. Knowing that, as much, the cost of a “chupito” does not exceed them €0,15, or what is the same thing €1,05 for seven “chupitos”, that is to say 0,005 % of paid by the dinner, one comes to the conclusion of which it is not a matter of costs, but of a total lack of empathy and interest for the customer. A very sad fact when we’re talking about an establishment that years ago was a Barcelona’s classic. Now you know, things have changed: if you want to see for yourselves how far decadence and speculation is arriving to some once emblematic Barcelona’s establishments, we invite you to visit 'Els 4 Gats', they will not disappoint you.

reviewed by Ariel B. from United States on May.17.2016

Over rated and over-hyped. Poor -average food..-tasteless fish. Nice dining room and history..staff disinterested in our disappointment despite the price we paid. They want you in and out with little pleasantry. We will not return and nor should anyone else other than for a beer to look at the room.

reviewed by Bill from United Kingdom on Dec.29.2015

I just finished reading "the shadow of the wind" and then I went to Els 4 Gats to take a look at the place where the characters of the book used to go. I enjoyed it a lot!!! You really can feel the atmosphere of the past.

reviewed by Chloé Lifestyle Barcelona from Spain on Nov.11.2010

This place was absolutely horrific. DO NOT EAT HERE. I had the flu of the black plague for seventeen months.

reviewed by Robert Williamton from Chad on Nov.08.2010

I forgot to add that if you like this place, you must also see Cafe Jama Michalika in my home city of Krakow in Poland! It is smaller, but it also has a lot of history and great character like 4 Gats.

reviewed by Marysia from Poland on Oct.30.2010

I have been here twice and always found the service to be very friendly. There are quite a lot of tourists, but the staff kept a smile on their faces (for me, anyway!). Amazing place.

reviewed by Marysia from Poland on Oct.30.2010

A must-visit if you go to Barcelona. Full of character and totally agree about the coffee - tastes incredible!

reviewed by Geoff from United Kingdom on Oct.30.2010

The Four Cats also feature in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona movie. And Picasso had his first exhibition here!

reviewed by Jocelyn from United States on Jun.10.2010

There are many tourists here, but many locals as well. Els Quatre Gats is part of Barcelona's history and some of the dishes are very good. The service can differ.

reviewed by Yves from France on Apr.21.2010

The place looks nice, and the food is ok, but felt like a bit of a tourist trap when I was there... maybe because of the big group of Germans. We found better places in Barcelona

reviewed by Kirk Calderwood from United Kingdom on Nov.13.2009

Yes, I agree fantastic coffee. Which is not always easy to find in Europe in my experience. There's a wonderful atmosphere to the Four Cats

reviewed by Mark from United States on Jul.07.2009

This is great restaurant, with superb food and atmosphere. I highly recommend it to all tourists coming to Barcelona

reviewed by Sarah from United States on Jun.21.2009

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