This place has obviously been re vamped over the years but the mere though that Picasso visited here early in his career is something you can only truly appreciate once you step foot inside.
I am sap for things like this. Much like visiting the home of Salvador Dalí in Cadaqués or Shakespeare & Company in Paris I tend to have a Gil Pender moment (Midnight in Paris) being in the same place that these icons you to spend their time.
I wound up having a cappuccino and small dessert which my girlfriend and I shared. Both were enjoyable and I would definitely visit again to relax and get lost in the ambiance .
Was recommended by our concierge. Place is cute prices are reasonable and it's a good place to go to eat.
Good food, TERRIBLE service.
The food wasn't exceptional, but it was quite delicious and filling. Albeit a bit pricey, not a complete rip-off either. (We spent 60euros for two people)
The service, on the other hand, was embarrassing.
We were seated next to the podium where the waiters plated the dishes. We saw something of interest, and asked TWO waiters. The first said "lobster and calamari", even though the dish didn't look like it had either. We looked for it on the menu, and couldn't find it. So we asked another waiter to help us point it out. She didn't even turn her head and said "Something in the seafood section."
Keep in mind, we spoke fluent Spanish. So this wasn't your typical case of rudeness toward foreigners.
Seriously? For a business of this price range I expect MUCH better service. Our main waiter also did the bare minimum. Take our order and leave. No smiles, no greetings. I asked him for a recommendation for something with vegetables, wasn't too heavy, and was regional. I received a dish that had barely any vegetables, and was quite heavy. Really?
Server was equally distant and almost rude. Shoving plates in front of us and nudging glasses aside. No hello, no smile. He almost looked like he was in pain serving us. Nobody asked us if our food was okay. Nobody asked us if we would like anything else. The only thing they were eager and attentive about was hovering impatiently while we paid the bill.
They also charged for the bread with out telling us it's not complimentary. This behavior is something I expect from smaller restaurants in Barcelona, but not a place so well-known and "classy." Not to mention the bread was stale.
Terrible, terrible, terrible. We left in a horrible mood.
Who doesn't have an appreciation for Picasso? This place is full of history!
Having the privilege of dining here was like a dream.
I went with my mother when she came to visit me while I was living in Barcelona.
We didn't make reservations, and although it was quite busy, they were able to accommodate us fairly quickly. We got to sit on the upper level at a table for two with a great people-watching view over the piano and lower floor.
The atmosphere was lively and the food was delicate.
To eat: We had their tomato bread, olives, and prosciutto to start, followed by their fish and ravioli (highly recommended) for dinner. Heads up- the restaurant does leave the fish almost fully intact (if you're not a fan of bones)!
Not only is the food great, but the people were friendly and its location in the gothic quarter is perfect for spending time roaming the streets after you eat.
So I made reservations before reading the Yelp reviews (which is unlike me). When I got back to my flat and read some of the poor reviews, I damn near blew off the reservation. So glad I didn't!
Let's cut to the chase, the food was excellent, the service was outstanding and the ambiance was first rate. Was it cheap? Hell no! But this is Barcelona where everything is relatively expensive. Honestly, I've paid a lot more for a dinner for 2 in LA that this dinner for four cost.
If you think that you are going to come here and hob knob with a bunch of starving artists (a la Picaso), don't waste your time and money. However, if you want a great fine dining experience, this is the place for you.
If you're a fan of Picasso and Dali, then you must pop in here, at least for a drink or two or three or quatre.
The place has lots of history and is absolutely gorgeous inside.
Try walking those narrow cobblestone streets, late at night, after quatre drinks in this joynt, singing fun Catalan songs from a by-gone era. &-p
I almost dropped a star due to the presence of aggressive thieves nearby when we departed at 1030pm. Scary - 2 encounters while walking up Via Laietana pedestrian walkway to the road at Placa Catalunya. I didn't drop the star because I wanted to focus this review on the in-restaurant experience.
Work buddy and I had dinner here. Most of the diners appeared to be tourists. Other nights might have a higher proportion of locals; the night we went there was a soccer match between Barcelona and Madrid that attracted the Catalonians--which made it easier for us to get a reservation.
4 Gats accepts most credit cards - except American Express.
- I had lamb shoulder. Excellent.
- He had roast chicken. Excellent.
- For appetizers we had warm octopus, salted cooked peppers, foie/mushroom croquets, and manchego cheese. All good.
SERVICE: 3.5. Very efficient. A bit arrogant but prompt and courteous.
AMBIENCE: 3.5. Only downside is the volume of chatter. We sat at a table on the balcony and had a great time. A small band (sax, bass,...) started playing about 9:30 or 10.
We had an enjoyable meal here on a Saturday night. The place was jam-packed and very busy, but we were lucky enough to get a table. When the hostess led us to our table, it took me a minute to realized we were being led to a tiny little balcony level around the perimeter of the room. Barely high enough for my husband to stand up straight, and it shook whenever anyone walked. But it offered a great view of the piano player and the diners below. The place is dated from a decor sense, but still oozes with character in a kitschy kind of way.
Our meal was great. My husband had a baked fish, and an appetizer (I forget what). I had a ravioli dish and the onion soup. We both had dessert. Everything was delicious. The service was a bit touch-and-go, but it was good for a laugh. For instance - when we asked for olive oil, and he absentmindedly brought us the 1/2-drank bottle of wine from a nearby table - much to the diners' chagrin! We laughed as he corrected his mistake.
An enjoyable meal!
Cute place in the old Gothic District.
We came here around 1:00pm for lunch and had a great experience.
There is a large dining area in the back but we sat up front in the coffee shop area. It just looked more homey.
We got some toasted bread with tomatoes and olive oil, some croquettes with ham, seafood soup, and a leg of lamb.
Food was great and service was good as well.
I would recommend going there for lunch since they have a great fixed price lunch menu.
4 Stars for the decor, 2 stars for the food, 4 stars for the service.
Nothing special on the food items, the Lobster rice is a poor choice at E22, make with the smallest lobster I have ever seen, the tuna was good, others had different fish dishes that were just ok.
Have a glass of wine and a snack, see the big back room and dine elsewhere.
A classic restaurant and a bit touristy, but it's a fun atmosphere and the service is truly stellar.
We started with calamari, anchovies, and fried peppers (small and green, very mild, no heat).
I had the squid ink black rice which came with creamy aioli on the side. It was hearty and filling, and the aioli was a great touch with the rice and squid bits.
We split a creme catalan for dessert, not too sweet with a pleasing crunch.
The piano is a nice touch but sometimes the selections are a bit "elevtor-y" but that's part of the charm.
Entering this restaurant, you've the impression to enter a very small location with only some four or five tables. You'll b led through the small room into the main dining hall which is quite huge and nice. They have wonderful lamps on the ceilings and old furniture, a very nice atmosphere. The only thing we didn't like was the very loud playing piano player. Ballade pour Elise wasn't the right music for this place.
The food was pretty good, but pretty expensive. I had a quite large leg of some special race of chicken with one of the best sauces I ever had and bread for EUR 15,90!
I give 4 points due to the wine: One of our group ordered a small bottle of red wine, tasted it and gave his o.K. After about 5 minutes he realized that the wine was simply not drinkable and told this to the waiter. Reaction: It's your own fault, you did taste it and liked it. No open wines are availablem no glasses of wine. When asking for a glass of white wine, the waiter has been extremely inpolite and unfriendly. I don't like this!
Went to this place mainly for the history. We only had drinks, absinthe and Creme Catalan - they worked! I enjoyed the atmosphere.
I can't rate the food because I didn't try it. Service was quite slow.
This place is a total tourist trap and the food was awful. We did not enjoy any of the dishes we ordered and the service was less than desirable. Stay away!
It's a nicely decorated restaurant. I went based on reviews and the whole Picasso-esque experience. Me and my friend were seated in the dining room.
Everything was great at first... I ordered a glass of wine and the special of the day, which was scallops in in three different sauces/garnishes: hummus, butternut squash, and a vinegary salad. Pretty good so far, but nothing special.
I left pretty content, even though the pricing was a little steep for what I normally pay- but it was an experience at least.
When I got back to the hotel, I was overwhelmed with nausea and stayed up all night with food poisoning. Maybe it was just a single isolated case, but I would recommend going here for drinks instead of overpaying for mediocre food. No matter how historical the place is, I have to give it one star. There's no justification for food poisoning.
Grab an expensive single shot espresso and run! Beware of scam to lead you in back for expensive tourist menu. Insist on front for coffee and a biscotti. Rude wait staff! Food awful croquettes were much at minimum 10 euro a plate, wine corked. Forget it, but the pic to feel the likes of Gaudi and Picasso.
I wondered past this place, and heard it about from several people. Perhaps it was the time of day I went or it was an off day, but I was far from impressed. The food was extremely overpriced for what you received (tomato bread, 5 small sliced of cheese and a watch for 24,00 euro.
The waitstaff appeared to care less about anyone, including me. They appeared uninterested and as if I was a bother (even though I say alone in a corner.) I took notice that they treated everyone that way.
Barcelona has so many other amazing places to eat, I highly recommend you save your money and go elsewhere.
Dined here in 05/2000. It was like sharing a meal with Pablo Picasso.
COme here for the history only. The food and drinks are fine, but nothing special.
Marvailloso! The best sangria I've ever had and I've had a lot of sangria, the real kind, the cuban kind, the spanish kind, you name it. The food melted in my mouth - you have to eat it right away while it's hot or it loses something - so don't order too much at once... pace yourselves people, and enjoy!
Well, no doubts this is one of historical venues in Barcelona. This was the bas where people like Picasso and Gaudi used to hang out, and pictures all around make sure you won't forget it. The location, in the heart of the Gothic district, is very nice and the outside looks like a postcard. However, from the moment you enter you can feel they turned a cafe into a money machine, with cabinets full of gadgets for sale. Food and cafeteria are alright but slightly overpriced.
I'd say that my primary reason for visiting this place is because it's been around since 1897 and was favored by Picasso (the man himself) and other Spanish artists. It's located in a very small/quaint cobblestoned street that gives you a very Sherlock Holmes feeling. I suppose this only applies when you come here for dinner. They've got a pixe-fixe menu which is an absolutely bargain. Their menus vary depending on what's in season and you can never go wrong with dessert. Don't take my word on this because i'm pretty biased when it comes to dessert and I love allllllll kinds. I do remember having their chocolate mousse with raspberry and some Catalan custard thing and they were both amazing. If you love art, decor, great food and awesome service check out this restaurant. It's got amazing history hung all over the wall.
We arrived close to 10pm. Seemed as the dining room was Separate from where we sat, as we only wanted tapas. The room was beautiful, though I was actually hoping that it would look more authentic. With a fresh coat of paint I felt it lacked its true history. The tiles on the wall were very beautiful. The waitstaff was very help full but when we ordered martinis (a drink he suggested) he came with a bottle of pre-made martini. Disappointed. The food was really nice and would definitely go back for a full dinner.
This place is packed with history; Picasso had some of his first showings here. It has a cozy atmosphere in the Gothic area of Barcelona. Good food and good service, I would recommend this to anyone traveling to the area.
I really wish I could say this place was great, especially since it looks so good on paper. I want to say the food was fantastic, the service was helpful, and going there is a great Barcelona memory. But it wasn't, they weren't, and it isn't.
I just got back from Barcelona, Spain and I heard from people in the US and our hotel concierge that El Quatre Gats or 4 Cats was very good for Catalan cuisine. This is also supposedly where Pablo Picasso hung out when he was younger. The hotel that we stayed at highly recommended the restaurant but let me tell you it is a very touristy restaurant with overpriced and overrated food. There was not a single local in the establishment on the Saturday night that we went there. To top it off, there was a huge cockroach crawling up the wall by my wife's head. It was really gross and since we saw the cockroach at the beginning of our meal, we could not eat very much. So you might be thinking that the restaurant would do something for us but the only thing they did was kill the cockroach for us, that's it. In terms of actual food, they recommended to everyone the sea bass and the entrecote. The sea bass was flavorful but had a bunch of bones. The entrecote was ok but not when you take in the cost of 20 euros for something you could get for 10 euros somewhere else and taste the same. Suffice it to say if you like tourist restaurants, this is your place but we will not be going there again or recommending it to anyone else.
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