My friends and I were incredibly fortunate to be previously introduced to one of the waiters in this small, trendy tapas restaurant. This place gets PACKED, but we were lucky that we were seated quickly on a Saturday night around 9pm. The waiter served us a ton of drinks - me with the wine glass that was never left unfilled - and the food was outstanding. We didn't have to order anything, the waiter chose our whole meal for us and it was excellent.
The bikini sandwich IS as outstanding as all the other reviews say. We had croquetas, tacos, calimari, potatoes with runny egg cracked over them, and also some chocolate mousse with sea salt.
Their menus are awesome too - I really wanted to steal one, unfortunately our favorite waiter couldn't find one for us to steal :(
Upside: Extensive menu, delicious food, friendly servers
Downside: Closes at midnight, small space
I'll be back the next time I'm in Barcelona!
16€ for 8 small prawns on a plate!!!
Similar price for 10 small squids...
A small and tasty Bikini sandwich for 8€.
To summarize - some dishes were outrageously expensive while others were simply highly priced...
All in all, Food was in good quality - but one can expect much more for these prices in a tapas place.
Packed with Japanese tourists holding their Japanese city guide. My local friend insists we should visit this lovely place.
The tomato toast is richly buttered. And the beer with soda! who said I don't drink beer...They no longer serve paella so we had the Valencia rice, very interesting! The sweet and chili source for fries are just right.
Tourist or local, you should try!
We really enjoyed Tapas 24. We had heard from yelpers and other sites that this was the trendy place to try tapas and we were definitely pleased with the recommendation.
My suggestion is to go early for lunch, we had no problem being seated but by the time we left, there was a line out the door.
Highlights of are meal include the Bikini Comerc sandwich. It was simple and absolutely delicious. The McFoie Burger was good, but didn't blow us away most likely since we had gone to Paris before where the Foie is plentiful and delicious. We really loved the the tapa d'or - essentially smashed tomatoes and olive oil with bread for dipping. Again, simple but delicious. My absolute favorite was the Oust Estrellast al Gust. We had one with chorizo and one with iberico ham. It's pretty difficult to go wrong with fries, eggs, and meat.
This is definitely a must in Barcelona, inventive but simple and all delicious.
have been there 3 times and loved it every single time. definitely will go back again. the place does get packed later into the night so plan accordingly
Other reviews seem to be from folks who have never had tapas before. I found this place good and have been there twice in the past few months. Prices are too high for the amount of food. Service is mediocre but it is fun to sit downstairs and watch the action in the kitchen.
Keep exploring for a few blocks around this place and you will discover that most of the joints have great food.
Small and busy basement level tapas bar. We definitely liked the quality of the food more than the fancier Cerveceria Catalunya. More innovative and chef-inspired rather than traditional tapas. Highlights included the mixed olives and amazing, thyme-scented Arroz Valenciana. Staff worked hard to keep us comfortable by offering us drinks while we waited in line. Nice touch.
Definitely a global destination. Met folks from France in line and sat with a nice couple from Sweden.
NOTE: If you're not comfortable sitting with strangers in communal seating, this may not be the place for you. Also, try to avoid peak times by getting there before 9:00 or after 10:00.
One of the trendier places we went to in Barcelona - which explains the higher prices. We didn't know better because it was the first place we hit when we arrived. We were worried about the crowds, so came a little "earlier" at 6:15 to miss the late dinner crowd (even when we left at 7:30, it wasn't too bad).
On to the food, in order of yummiess, BOLD are MUSTS:
BIKINI COMERC - truffle, ham, mozarella - This was pretty amazing. Just a fancy ham and cheese sandwich (with the crusts cut off), but so yummy!
MCFOIE BURGER - A foie gras burger?! Coming from California where foie gras is now banned, HAD to get this. It was decadent and good but I prefer the bikini!
Braves - thick cut fries with spicy sauce and aioli - good but not amazing after the bikini
Ous Estrellast al Gust with chorizo - similar to bravas - thick cut fries with scrambled eggs with your choice of bacon, ham or chorizo, we chose chorizo - would have loved this with the Bravas sauces (!)
Baby grilled squid - in ink sauce
Salted chocolate on olive oil - Super rich, great flavor with the oil but to rich to finish (2
scoops may have been perfect). We edned up picking out the salt.
All in all, a good dining experience. Would we come back...? Seriously, maybe just for the bikini (if ever in Barcelona again), but honestly for the price, there are a few other local tapas places I would rather revisit.
Worth the wait; yes it is a trendy, touristier place, but the food was out of this world good.
They servers came by and made sure we had drinks (try the Moritz beer, a local BCN brew) while we waited. They are extremely busy all the time, so don't expect them to be the friendliest or the most accommodating. Get ready to get close with your neighbors. People will ask you how your food is and what you ordered.
If you order one thing, it must be the Bikini sandwich. It is a masterful pressed sandwich with mozzarella, truffle and ham (the good Spanish stuff). It is a blend of toasty, creamy, earthy, salty goodness. It is one of my all time favorite sandwiches!! The Pardon Peppers, Huevos Rotos and Patas Bravas are great here if you want traditional Spanish fare. The ceviche was dynamite (we got the last serving at 8ish). We finished with a plate of biscotti like cookies and chocolate chunks.
Tapas here are totally amazeballs. Get there on time because there's a line waiting. Staff works really quickly though so tables are juggled and food arrives fast. Most dishes mentioning 'potatoes' contain big fries so don't overdo it on the potato dishes, you'll be buried in fries.
The bikini sandwich with truffles is really good, great fresh juices, and the chocolate-olive oil-fleur de sel dessert is to die for.
I sure hate European portion sizes the fat American I am but the flavor was spectacular in every dish.
1. Lamb skewer: so... Juicy... The herbs on this made it unique and balanced the inherit greasy goodness.
2. Croquettes: try them both! The chicken one was kind of like a chicken stew, very delightful and different. Altho other croquette is better if u had to only pick one.
3. Rice and meatball clay pot thing: I only wish there was more... So delicious
4. Beef stew: so salty but god so good- how is this so good?????? Went especially well with some rice. It was so flavorful we may as well have licked the plate.
5. Damn I wish I remember what this was called but it's their famous meatball and I think potato dish, Delish
7. Probably my favorite: the grilled ham and cheese sandwich. By GOD that flavor... AMAZING..
6. Chocolate and oil with wafer cookie: super dense and heavy chocolate. It was fluffy and a overall delightful texture. Interesting to try but I can't say amazing...
Now. I am serious when I say these portions are small. like super small. I would share a plate between 2 hungry people or 3 semi hungry people. Order a lot and share everything so u can try as many as possible! We ended up paying about 17 euros for an amazing lunch. We can't say we were super full but just satisfied given limited timing for lunch (shopping time!!)
YUM! This place is awesome. But do try to get there before it starts getting busy after 9 (when all the locals come out to eat). We got there just before 9pm and had to wait in line for about 15 mins. The line did eventually get bigger down the street.
We were seated outside and had fun people watching. Ordered a few things to share including the patatas bravas, McFoie burgers, a couple croquettes, and sangria. Everything was good but we were not fans of the McFoie...maybe we just don't have refined palates, but it was a bit "livery" for us. MUST try their seafood special if it's available. We had the octopus with ink and the grilled shrimps, they're to DIE for! The octopus was my favorite dish in Barcelona.
Really good place to eat outside, located in a near perfect spot.
Bikini Comerç 24 was absolutely awesome and Patats Braves were really "braves" indeed (which is to say very spicy).
Two years later...we returned for lunch during our day in Barcelona and we were not disappointed. Between the tomato bread, the bikini sandwich, and so many other things that they do right, we were equally impressed this time around. We, again, enjoyed the rabbit ribs, and really enjoyed the calimari over a romesco sauce that had a nice kick to it. Overall, another really enjoyable meal. We'll be back again for sure (I hope!).
We love all the Carles Abellan places in Barcelona from Tapas 24 to Bravo 24 (at W Barcelona) We have been so many times to Tapas 24 and it is actually one of my favorite places to eat in Barcelona,
From the gazpacho soup to Mc. Foie-Burger, to fried anchovies with lemon, to roasted chicken croquets. This is the typical tapas bar without reservation, so sometime you have to be patient with the que. However... It is a must do experience.
Best tapas in Barcelona! Go early if you're going for dinner. There is always a line and a wait. Well worth it though! My fav dish was the ox tail stew - yummmmm!
Tapas 24 was recommended by Lonely Planet as well as several friends who had visited Barcelona. I will in turn pass on the recommendation to friends who visit Barcelona.
* Olives stuffed with anchovies - 6EUR
I didn't think the anchovies worked that well inside the olives. I enjoy regular olives or olives stuffed with tomatoes or peppers more. The only thing I tried that I would not recommend.
* Croquetas stuffed with jamon - 2.2EUR each
Super delicious! I burned the roof of my mouth on one. Be careful.
* Bikini Comerç 24 (sandwich with black truffles, mozzarella, jamon) - 8.9EUR
Hard to go wrong with that combination of ingredients!
* Fideuà - 9.8EUR
The best fideuà I had on the trip. The noodles used reminded me of Kraft macaroni and were different from the thinner vermicelli noodles used everywhere else I saw this dish.
This might sound random, but the gin + tonic (12.5EUR) here was a very legit gin + tonic. The waiter brought out a large tumbler that contained several strips of cucumber and large ice cubes, poured it half full of Hendrick's, and filled the rest with tonic. He left us the bottle of tonic and a cocktail stirring spoon.
Our first time out to Barcelona, we were trying to look for an authentic Catalonian tapas Bar! Luckily, we found it here at Tapas 24! All the items on the menu looked great! A must try is the Ceviche! I'm from Los Angeles and always hit up El 7 Mares and seafood restaurants, but this ceviche here puts all to shame!
Also, the vibe is good-times, prices are reasonable, busy, but quite small inside! Be prepared to wait a bit especially on the weekends. It is definitely worth the wait! Enjoy!
Quick tip: we found this spot on Lonely Planet Travel Book, Barcelona! So far all their recommendations to restaurants have been spot on!
Best tapas I've had here in Barcelona yet. I strongly advise venturing to tapas 24 if you can!
Amazing food! Line was a bit long, but definitely worth the wait. They estimated 90 min, we waited about half an hour, and sat down. Lots of delicious food, bombas are excellent, and the Bikini Commerç was out of this world, black truffles, ham, and mozzarella...it did t last long. Great staff, plenty of cold Moritz beer...you can't go wrong!!
Probably the best meal I had in Europe. Relatively simple things made exceptionally well. We (party of 2) walked in around 7 pm and were seated immediately at the bar and after we arrived a line formed.
Agree with the majority of the reviewers as the Bikini sandwich was phenomenal. Bravas were on point, as were the croquettes. Omelette was very flavorful. The choco pillows with olive oil and sea salt were a perfect ending.
Wish I could give 4.5 stars...although I doubt the authenticity of its tapas (based on the overwhelming amount of English speakers in the establishment) the tapas have been the best so far. And all I've been doing the whole week is eating...best patatas, good lamb, tasty spice bomb, and cheap beer. Cute and helpful wait staff.
Edit: Returned for breakfast. Verrrry slow meal because the waitors all seem to be active in the kitchen as they prepared for the day, but worth it. The Spanish omlette and fois gras burger were to die for. Also, I am rethinking my suggestion that its not authentic.
Tapas 24 is just northwest of Las Ramblas, located at the NW-corner of Passeig de Gracias & Carrer de la Diputacio. Look for the Adolfo Domingues clothing store and this tapas heaven is just to the right with the yellow umbrellas for outdoor seating with steps to the basement where the mother-restaurant is located.
My husband and I loved this spot. It was the perfect place to get some cervezas y tapas around mid day. The staff is very friendly, and you just have to be forward about asking for what you want......we sat for about 15 minutes and realized that waiters will make fun conversation with you, but won't be too forward about taking your order until you simply start making requests. They speak English, but are really receptive to you trying to speak Spanish if you want to try your hand at fluency.
We sat at the bar with our 9 month in tow (she sat ON the bar) and ordered the "Bombs of Barcelona". This particular plate of two tapas consisted of fried potato balls with minced meat in the center. The balls were topped off with some fancy red spicy sauce and white mayo concoction to cut the heat. Holy mole, I need to find this recipe and try to recreate it now that we're home.
One other recommendation is to get their fresh juice. We requested the apple juice for our baby girl, and I drank half of it. Who knew juice could taste like a milk shake, hold the milk?
Great energy, cold beer, awesome tapas, nice air-conditioning, and just touristy enough.
A definite must for those fellow yelpers who are addicted to tapas. While in Barcelona, Spain, I had the opportunity to eat at a true, Catalan tapas bar....and I was definitely anxious to get there from our hotel. However, expect a wait of 30-40 minutes, but once in, ur in absolute bliss. There's only a few tables and a pretty lengthy bar in which to sample all the appetizers and snacks. The place was small and it was absolutely crowded which didn't really bother me, since the food was so damn good. The service was acceptable, but not amazing. The atmosphere is quite congested, it's in a basement or cellar which doesn't give you a whole lot of wiggle room.
By far, me favourite of the tapas I ate was the grilled cheese wiv buffalo mozzarella and truffles...holy hell that's some good eatin. Another amazing item was the mcfoie hamburger, it was definitely a classic. It consists of duck liver on top of a ground beef patty, yummy. The meat and potato balls, called Bombes were excellent and me and my friend polished them right off, she actually had the nerve to ask the people sitting next to us, if it was ok to have some of their Bombes ;) she has some bigger cajones than me :) The ham croquettes was another really delicious appetizer. There's soo many tapas to choose from, you get almost "tapas drunk". The wines were truly one of the bright stars of the bar. We sampled three different wines and all were phenominal, great wine selection.
For dessert we both had the chocolate wiv sea salt, which comes wiv olive oil and bread; but the chocolate & sea salt alone was truly outstanding. This was truly an incredible experience that I hope more people have the opportunity to encouter. No comparision to several other tapas bars that me frequent. For our 5 tapas and our several glasses of wine, the damage was 80 euros, not bad at all.
Mediocre. Came here from yelp reviews and was extremely disappointed. Tapas are nothing more than what you can get at any other place, and are in no way worth the 45 min wait in the line outside (from 8.30/9pm onwards)
They offer drink service in the line which is a plus, but the tapas really disappointed me, especially based on the reviews. This is a shame because the decoration and atmosphere is great, but the food..meh. I have eaten at better places in Barcelona
Hardly any locals either. I think this is one of those hype places that the tourists boost up.
If there is no line, why not, go for it. But it is in no way worth a wait.
The place is quite busy. I came here at 7pm and had to wait for 10 minutes before I got a table however when I left the place at around 8:30 there was allready a very long line.
When it comes to food, everything I had was really of excellent quality. The portions are quite small which was good for me because like that I was able to try more varieties of those great meals.
Dont let the long line discourage you! We got there early in Barcelona time, around 1900. There were already people waiting and as I found this place on Yelp, I felt I had to wait and see it for myself. We made friends with the waiter's as they did their hustle and bustle of food and drinks up and down the stairs to the people eating outside.
We were given glasses of wine to drink while we waited and eventually we were seated at the bar. The waiter's behind the bar were ever busy and constantly running around. We had a nice guy who translated everything for us and was calm when taking our order.
We had the special of the night which was lettuce cups... so amazing. Grilled for a few seconds with ponzo sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and scallions. I had 2 orders of that!
Next was the asparagus, but it isnt the normal kind we are use to, its a wild white fat asparagus. Cut in half with a miso sauce inside and orchid flowers on top.
Then there was the bread man! He looked like he had the easiest job!! Cutting up slices of bread, smearing the tomato and garlic on it and serving it! Everyone else was running around trying to function and we had the pefect view of him just making bread.
We ordered drinks and more food and then there was dessert.
Little bro ordered the Ice Cream sandwich, it was nothing special.
But the chocolate with olive oil, salt and crackers was the most creamy, rich, delicious dessert I have ever had. I ate that and dipped it into the Peach whipped cream ice cream thing.
By the time we finished, It was a pricy but incredible meal. The line was out the door and people were easily frustrated. I told them all it was well worth it.
Next time ill just bring a book while I wait in line!
This place was hopping on a Friday night. Kudos to Yelp & Lonely Planet for the recommendation. My hotel was located down the street, so this was a convenient meal my first evening during a short visit to Barcelona.
There was a short wait as we got there before the late-dining locals. Arriving around 8:30, we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table for 4, and we were lucky enough to score an outside table. Even on a March evening, it was comfortable, in part due to the heating lamps above the table.
I ended up ordering a nice glass of white wine, once I learned that my first choice (the sangria) was not served by the glass, but by the liter. Unfortunately, none of my dining companions were interested in sangria. Oh well, the white wine was just fine.
None of us were super hungry, so the smaller plates turned out to be perfect. I ordered the Bikini Comerç 24. A ham and cheese panino, crust removed, with black truffles. It was rich and decadent tasting, I enjoyed immensely. One of my fellow diners ordered the chicken croquettes (you can choose how many you would like). I sampled a bite and despite being fried it didn't have an oily taste to it. Another solid choice. Another dining companion allowed me to sample the paella he ordered. The broth was quite flavorful and didn't have a fishy taste to it. Another diner ordered the rabbit, which I didn't sample, but seemed to have a lot of bones to it. Nonetheless, the diner enjoyed it.
Service was a bit brusque. Our server, who yes was busy with many tables, seemed to always be rushing around. I ordered a small bottle of sparkling water which he forgot to bring, until I kindly reminded him. In summary, a good choice with an interesting array of choices on the menu.
Awful food. Doesn't taste good but have a good presentation, poor patatas bravas (taste like old oil), termera sandwich sucks!. Worst place I have eaten in bcn. I don't understand why this place have good reviews.
It seemed a bit overpriced for what it is. Only quail with lentils was worth mentioning among others that we tried, including mcfoie and bikini... We tried another close by restaurant next day, on a late hour Sunday, half price double the taste... But as hungry first nighters, I think we did a ok.
Recommended by the hotel we were staying at. She said everyone goes there...frankly, nothing was memorable. Heard a local question when the tourists would clear out...the enticement looked like the full bar and the tapas are meh...I don't drink so the food has to be my draw. I had much better in Malaga. But everyone was there cuz it must be the place to be cuz it's small and cramped.
Burger #253: A Spanish Delight
Although it wasn't the best meal in Spain, Tapas 24 had some of the best bites.
I feel if we have had a better guide as to what to order, we may have had a more enjoyable experience overall. Based off other reviews, we at least knew where to start.
The Bikini Sandwich - Stupid name for an amazing and tiny sandwich. Ham and cheese with truffles was all it was, but executed with a deft hand, it was marvelous. The bread was crunchy perfect and the truffle added just the right amount of earthiness.
It was quite the cheesy funtime.
Next was a pretty bad salad. So over-seasoned with salt and garlic, it was almost inedible.
Then was one of the best micro-burgers I've ever had. I dare not call this a slider, but McFoie wasn't much better. The tiny burger alone was fantastic; perfectly cooked, huge beefy flavor, well-seasoned, and great bread all made for a sublime eat. But add to that a scoop of foie "butter" or mousse, whatever it was it took this lil' guy to the next level. Rich, cream, indulgent, sinful all come to mind. Had they a full sized offering of the same make and model, I would have been in heaven.
Then was some over-dressed and not that special ceviche.
And lastly was dessert; a unique combination of rich chocolate gelato, olive oil, black sea salt, and bread chips. Surprise surprise, it worked! Chocolate and salt is a no brainer, but olive oil? Yes it worked and I still need to try this at home.
Overall, great sandwiches, and not so great almost everything else, except dessert.
This place is small and not fancy, but possibly some of the best food I have ever had. Ordered from the "Daily Menu", rather than regular menu. Shared eight different items with five others. Every bite was fantastic. Worth the wait.
We came here twice during our short stay. We came for a quiet late lunch and then again at 11:45PM on another evening. There was a wait at 11:45PM and the restaurant closes at midnight, that should speak for its popularity with locals as well as tourists.
This tiny tapas bar is pricey and definitely not the best, but they have an interesting take on many typical tapas. The food here is salty, great if you've been drinking, and in general, more flavorful than most food we had in Barcelona. The most notable items were the baby octopus, zucchini slices, and the dried, salted cod tapas. The others were all just okay. They have my favorite Catalan tomato bread in Barcelona.
My least favorite dish was definitely their version of tacos filled with cochinita pibil. This was flavorless and disappointing.
This is a popular Tapas spot where the eats are luxurious, modern, and a bit whimsical. It gets very crowded and there is typically a long line of people anticipating some good food. To avoid the crowds, I'd suggest going early or eating at odd times if you don't mind that sort of thing. Service is hurried and not particularly attentive but that's not what you're here for, you're here for the food.
Our favorites were the Pan Amb Tomaquet, the Bikini Sandwich (Buffalo Mozzarella with Truffle and Iberico Ham), and the McFgoie Burger (the chef's playful take on an American fast food style hamburger that is simply anything but) which is filled with Foie Gras sandwiched between soft sink-your-teeth-in bun that plays with your emotions like no other. We also had the Gambas and they were delicious. Small but perfectly seasoned and cooked till just the right amount, you're able to eat the whole thing, just be careful and chew thoroughly.
The Chocolate Dessert with Olive Oil and Salt is creamy, rich, and wonderfully nuanced. The dish is a perfect way to end a fun and tasty meal, one I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.
Went for lunch on a rainy day and had a few different tapas. I ordered from the "tapas of the day" menu and my wife ordered from the regular "daily" menu. All of our dishes were delicious. She had the potatoes bravas and bikini and I had the tuna and fried sardines. The place was packed, so that was a hint that it was good. Recommended if your in the area but don't necessarily need to go out of your way. Most servers spoke English, however ours spoke very little - this didn't affect me because I spoke decent Spanish and I was willing to try anything.
This is a great restaurant that makes up for its high prices with excellent food. The only setback is that this restaurant has been taken over by tourists in recent years. Consequently, wait times are very long and they don't take reservations to make up for that. The menu is short, allowing them to control the quality on the few dishes that they do offer. The oxtail dish is scrumptious, and the bravas and croquettes are also excellent. I don't think you can go wrong with any dish on their menu -- it wouldn't be there if they weren't good at it.
Came in for brunch on a Tuesday in September and it was already busy. We were sat at the bar and the waiter chatted us up and gave us recommendations.
We ordered the oxtail stew and french fries with broken eggs with jamon. The Oxtail was divine, very tender and the wine sauce was great! The eggs and fries would have been ok, had it not cost me $18. YIKES! But honestly, my favorite thing, out of all the restaurants in Spain, was the pan con tomate. It was the best! I know they are available at every restaurant. But none as good as it was here. A few orders of the bread and the oxtail, with my refreshing gin and tonics... I'm a happy girl! I'd definitely go back for more pan con tomate.
Everything you need to know about Tapas 24 can be summed up simply: McFoie Burguer.
I could go on - I could try to explain its goodness to you - but really what's the point? Just get your ass to Barça and order your own.
We were hoping to enjoy their tapas but came too early at 11:15am (tapas starts at 12.15pm or so). Anyhow, since we were hungry, so what the heck. Sit outside, ordered 2 cafes, churros, oxtail stew(not sure why it's on breakfast menu), and fried potato with eggs/bacon.
Cafes - very good, i enjoy coffees here than those in Starbucks!
Churros - small but was 2.5euros, topped with sugar which i shaked off, it was good though
Oxtail soup - tasty and flavorful, but for the cost 16 euros, and it was warm not hot, i guess they could have done better. And is it weird that they offer oxtail stew for breakfast?
Fried potato w/ eggs/bacon - terrible, it was so greasy i couldn't eat much. This is the only dish we didnt even attempt to eat it.
Overall, there are mix of good/bad dishes..Total cost was 42euros for breakfast, REALLY?
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