Strongly Avoid restaurants in Barcelona

Restaurants to strongly avoid in Barcelona.

Barcelona does not escape the rule. Many restaurants, overestimated, benefit from their notoriety to level down the quality of their services.
Catalonian long time cooking tradition deserves better than this.
Believe us and don’t go to these "so called" restaurants...

  • Can Majo - Barcelona

    Can Majó

    On the seafront in the Barceloneta area, Can Majó was for years one the greatest fish restaurant of Barcelona...Not anymore...

    Ciutat Vella - L' Almirall Aixada, 23
  • Céleri - Barcelona


    High gastronomy vegetables!

    Celeri completely changed its organization in 2018. This restaurant is now called Hetta. It is no longer directed by Xavier Pellicer who will open a new location in 2018.

    Sarriá / San Gervasio - Passatge de Marimon, 5
  • Els Quatre Gats

    Els Quatre Gats

    Els Quatre Gat: If you think a waiting queue to enter a restaurant is an undeniable sign of quality, be prepared to loose your faith in humanity in front of this disaster...

    Barrio Gótico - Montsió, 3
  • Salamanca - Barcelona


    Salamanca is a too touristic place...

    Barceloneta - l'Almirall Cervera , 34

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  1. 4 Cats - Lovegolf (18 Nov 2015 - 08:32)

    Six of us from the States went and had a wonderful meal, excellent service, and very friendly staff. We had a great time and were offered a tour of the kitchen, in which, we met the rest of the staff including the Cheft. Very friendly and enjoyable evening thank you 4 Cats.

  2. La Vietnamita, Torrent de l'Olla, Gracia, Barcelona - Nguyen (30 Sep 2013 - 09:00)

    There are fake restaurants everywhere. Having said that, asian food in Spain, particularly in Barcelona, is generally "toned down", "softened", probably because spanish food is rarely spicy, not to mention "hot" - as in chilly. Ok, that's understandable and adaptations are, I guess, fair enough. But to call "La Vietnamita" a vietnamese restaurant is like calling fish and chips a moroccan dish!! Please! let us not be so gullible! Their food is not only mediocre but it is not at all vietnamese. Before writing reviews, we'd be very careful and know what we are talking about. (There is a nearby place in Plaça Revolució, - a mix of Viet/Thai, which is a million types better: try it and compare.)

  3. Et deux victime de plus pour AMATXU sur la Rambla!!! - Sébastien (5 Feb 2013 - 09:00)

    Pour avoir un peu voyager, j'ai jamais vu jusqu'à ce restaurant un niveau d'escroquerie aussi élevé. C'en est presque criminel!
    A l'entrée un type charmant nous aceuille en nous présentant leur Mix 6 tapas pour 18,50e avec boissons, pourquoi pas.
    A l'interieur, le serveur, fait style qui comprend pas et ne veut pas nous donner la carte, en disans que leur mix tapas pour 2 (du tableau dehors) c'est super. Il nous sert 8 tapas au lieu de 6, avec 2 sangria sans nous laissé le choix des tapas, et lorsque on l'interroge sur le nombre, il nous dit que c'est compris dans le prix et que c'est normal, c'est cadeau.
    Arrive l'addition, la surprise non pas 18,50e mais 74,80E!!!!!!!!!

    On proteste en demandant des explication et LA, ILS SORTENT LA FAMEUSE CARTE OU C'EST MARQUER: MIX 8 TAPAS POUR 2: 37,4E!!!!!!!!!

    Pris sur le dans le piège et limite menaçant après avoir tenté de négocié, nous avons du payé toute la note et pourri notre soirée.


  4. RESTAURANTE NEICHEL - ALBERT (27 Jan 2013 - 10:45)

    Tuve la desgraciada experiencia de regresar a este restaurante, que me decepcionó de una manera abismal, local obsoleto, servicio pésimo, oferta gastronómica de precios elevadísimos y de una calidad mediocre. Una lástima
    ver como uno de los grandes degenera de una manera tan abismal. A evitar!!!!!!

  5. SAGARDI ASADOR barcelona - Maria. (23 Jan 2013 - 09:30)


  6. Jules Verne Rambla - Inga (17 Sep 2012 - 08:00)

    Had lunch today and enjoyed our meal. Service was friendly and prompt. We'd go back.

  7. Restaurante Neichel - Jose Maria (8 Aug 2012 - 09:45)

    Un restaurante venido a menos con una cocina obsoleta, precios abusivos y un mediocre servicio.

  8. Pizzeria Casa Joan, La Rambla 12-14. Not recommended - Turist (24 Jul 2012 - 09:45)

    Es el peor restaurant que hemos visitado mi familia y yo. Comimos un menú de 12 euros en el que conseguimos cabellos en 2 platos, y ni pidieron disculpas. Servían comida quemada y la tapaban con salsas. La atención era pésima, tardaban muchísimo en traer los platos de comida aun cuando el restaurant no tenía casi clientes. Una decepción total.

    This is the worst restaurant I've ever been with my family. We ate a 12 euros menu and we found 2 hair strands in different dishes and they didnt even say sorry. Some food was burned and covered it with sauce. The attention was pretty bad, they took a long time to bring the dishes even when the restaurant had 2 or 3 clients. A total disapointment.

  9. Strongly avoid - Marie-odile Marceau (28 May 2012 - 08:30)

    Strongly avoid Bar Mut in Eixample. They are thieves. They have complete disregard for people. Under the pretense of helping us with our lunch, they charged us 165euro for a lunch!

  10. Jules verne - rambla - david (27 May 2012 - 09:15)


  11. Els Porxos, Mallorca, 410 - Barcelona (near Sagrada Familia) - Antonio (29 Apr 2012 - 10:45)

    The food and the service are terrible, the owner is unpolite.

  12. Amatxu à la Rambla : de vrais voleurs - Joe (23 Apr 2012 - 09:45)

    Mauvais accueil, mauvaises assiettes, une note démesurée : du vol pur et simple.
    9€ la Sangria
    15€ la soit disant Paella
    15,50€ les soit disant brochettes avec les soit disantes frites ->chips périmés.
    Soit un total de 48,50€ à deux pour se faire arnaquer.
    FAITES PASSER LE MESSAGE AU MAXIMUM pour que d'autres pigeons de touristes comme nous ne se fassent pas arnaquer.
    Bien à vous, Patrick.

  13. restaurant à éviter absolument sur la Rambla - anne vg (16 Apr 2012 - 20:30)

    A éviter absolument, le restaurant (!) AMATXU, Rambla 100, à Barcelone. Cuisine de surgelés graisseux, salle quelconque, 55€ le plat de calmars et seiches frites, 10€ la bière! ce qu'on appelle un attrape-touriste! bref, des voleurs...

  14. Pizzeria Garden. Passeig Pujades, 33. Frente al Parc de la Ciutadella. - Albert (26 Mar 2012 - 19:00)

    Servicio lento y malo. Precio muy excesivo.
    Pedimos el menú Degustación en terraza. Nos cobraron 28 euros por dos trozos de queso, jamón, y fuet con una rebanada de pan en tres trozos. Una cazuelita de champiñones, 4 gambas, y una ensalada de risa.

    No lo recomiendo.

    Si estaís en la zona hay un buen menú en el Ciudadela Park (Passeig Pujades - Passeis Lluís Companys).

  15. da evitare - AP (25 Feb 2012 - 10:45)

    evitate il PISCOLABIS tapa e restaurant, lentissimi e servizio pessimo.

  16. Da evitare!!!! - reanna (22 Jan 2012 - 20:00)

    Il Ristorante O2 Cima in Passeig de Manuel Girona!! Ho dovuto pranzare lì per causa di forza maggiore...menù a 15 euro che secondo me ne vale non più di tre!!!Ben presentato ma senza sapore, le verdure crude.......Da evitare!!!!

  17. Cafe Catalunya, Placa Catalunya 7 - A. Gasteratos (12 Nov 2011 - 19:30)

    I went to this restaurant today and I wish to strongly recoment NOT to visit it ever.
    The soup was oversalted, the paella was tasteless and more important, the prices are other that what they advertize, as they do not include the tax.
    I consider the last a big fraud, as the customer does not care how much the owner charges and what is for the state, but he DOES care about how much it goes out of his pocket and whan he sees a price, autamatically he considers that this is what he is going to pay. The sneaking restaurant-keeper, though, does not inform the customer about that in advance.

  18. Bacaro' - Mattew (30 Oct 2011 - 11:30)

    Bacaro' situaeted right out Boqueria......hugly service and very expensive plates....they pretend us to sell a normal Mozarela's for a Bufala's instead.....clear just a little difference.....believe don't go to this place......

  19. la fonda una traversa della rambla - angela sardegna 23 10 2011 (23 Oct 2011 - 15:45)

    sono stata in vacanza a barcellona con la mia famiglia pochi gioni fa, uno dei ristoranti che ho molto gradito è stato la fonda, centralissimo e vicino al nostro appartamento, quindi ci ho mangiato più volte , ogni volta bene, patate bravas, che sarebbero patate arrosto con salsa piccante, paella di pesce molto buona, crema catalana............. locale carino luci soffuse............ prezzo 15 euro a testa... per il trattamento sicuramente poco. l unico probl la fila, andate presto. io ci tornerò

  20. salamanca - angela (23 Oct 2011 - 15:45)

    sono stata con la mia famiglia pochi giorni fà a barcellona, ho mangiato in vari posti ma mi sono innamorata del ristorante salamanca,per cosa vi chiederete, in primis per le cose mangiate, apna arrivati ci hanno portato pane tipo bruschetta , noi abbiam ordinato antipasti di fritto mare, paella e crema catalana............. mai mangiata una cosi buona. che dire dell ambiente............. ottimo , personale molto carini, gentili e presenti . a fine pasto ci hanno invitato digestivo e dolci della casa, nn è in tutti i posti che lo fanno.chiediamo il conto consapevoli che sarebbe stato alto.... ma invece a sorpresa 40 euro a testa e per il trattamento ricevuto vi dirò valeva tutto............ ci tornerò apna vado a barcellona

  21. El OVISO - Richard (16 Oct 2011 - 16:30)

    Restaurant à éviter.
    Les serveurs et serveuses crades et peu aimables.
    La cuisine dans un état pitoyable et le cuisinier qui sort fumer sa clope sur le peron dans un état de saleté, une horreur. Un tablier constélé de saletés et de taches dégueulasses. Les mains sales a couper l'appetit.
    A éviter par mesure d'hygiene

  22. Amatxu la rambla de catalunya, restaurant à fuir, pas bon en plus - sandra, france, aout 2011 (19 Aug 2011 - 01:45)

    restaurant a fuir, infecte et hors de prix, swindle, bad, infecta, ladro, scadente...

  23. Le Jerusalem - Des touriste Français (18 Aug 2011 - 00:45)

    Malgrés une carte alléchante, attention à l'arnaque. Accueil détestable par le serveur. Une paella très médiocre et peu copieuse. Dessert de chez Tricatel, facture salée. Piège à touriste

  24. Cometacinc - A éviter - Cerbere35 (14 Aug 2011 - 09:30)

    Restaurant : Cometacinc
    Quartier : Barrio Gotico

    Style : Moderne

    Arnaque : Vends un menu dégustation pour 2 personnes avec des portions pour 1 personne. Au total, le menu pour 2 personnes revient plus cher que de prendre séparément chacun des tapas.

    Goût : Commun, voire mauvais car les fruits de mer sont du surgelé

    Conclusion : A éviter autant que possible

  25. Can Majo - Christoph (8 Aug 2011 - 21:00)

    I do not agree with the to avoid warning about Can Majo. I go there frequently and always get great food and service. I bring both friends and family there when they visit me in Barcelona.

  26. bravo - sisi (4 Aug 2011 - 10:15)

    merci beaucoup pour cette aide précieuse!! j'ai pris note.

  27. bravo - sisi (4 Aug 2011 - 10:15)

    merci beaucoup pour cette aide précieuse!! j'ai pris note.

  28. Restaurant "MIKEL ETXEA" Carrer de Ferran BARCELONE = 77 euros - marylene goupil (18 Jul 2011 - 08:45)

    une arnaque, service tres lent, un prix exagéré comparé aux tapas à 1 euros dans l'avenue para llel

  29. génial de faire une rubrique comme cela - wanda (13 Jul 2011 - 23:30)

    Oui.. il y a souvent des endroits où on se fout de la tête des clients dans beaucoup de ville dont Barcelone. C'est très bien de le dire. Bravo!

  30. Restaurante Can Solé - stefano (19 Jun 2011 - 11:30)

    Trovo questo ristorante assolutamente molto buono ,abbiamo pranzato tre volte negli ultmi anni trovando sempre un ottima cucina di pesce ad un prezzo accettabile vista la qualità.Consiglio in particolare la paella ...veramente ottima!

  31. RESTAURANTE SALAMANCA - SANDRA (17 Jun 2011 - 09:15)


  32. restaurant "le tobogan" - Yves et Nadia le 04/06/2011 (6 Jun 2011 - 09:00)

    Un erzatz de restaurant, malgré le cadre de la place avec ses arcades lumineuses, ce restaurant n'en a que le nom et encore. Un acceuil de placement à la chaine, un vieux serveur qui vous fait la messe devant les tables, ils vous amenent des menus avec des codes (comme les restaurants chinois). les menus comportent des photos très allechantes mais quand les plats arrivent, surprise..que du congelé réchauffé au micro onde, les crevettes pas cuites, les poulpes: du chewing gum, la paella: rechauffée dans une cuisine qui donne sur les toilettes, les plats tombent au sol....! j'ai fais une esclandre parceque j'estime qu'il ne faut pas se moquer du client, même si nous sommes des touristes et nous devons en avoir pour notre argent. total des courses, j'ai payé que le vin consomé et nous sommes partis.
    A éviter absolument!!!

  33. Restaurante Can Solé - Jordi (17 May 2011 - 10:15)

    Comida familiar en domingo, cuatro adultos y dos niños. Buñuelos de bacalao quemados, chipirones, navajas y calamares romana frios, arroz negro solo sabia a tomate, arroz "todo pelado" incomible. Dos butifarras con patatas para los niños absolutamente quemadas. Tres rebanadas de pan, 12 euros. Restaurante nada recomendable. Lo siento pero, "Can Solé, quien te ha visto y quien te ve"

  34. Terraza Sweet en Puerto deportivo cerca de IMAX - Sebastian (12 Apr 2011 - 18:30)

    Estuve en este bar/restaurante este fin de semana. Tuvimos que esperar 40 minutos para comida, que llego fria y ademas pudimos ver como estan preparando todo. Nuestra mesa estab en frente de la cocina. Todos los cocineros y ayudantes no usaban guantes. He visto uno de ellos cojiendo carne de la hamburgesa con sus manos (directamente desde la parilla con manos? Vaja manera de prepara comda).
    entiendo que los camareros estaban ocupados y aque tiene 20 mil mesas para una cocina tan pequena, pero esto ne espliqua que sean desagradables y pasan de ti.
    Cuando pides una cerveca o refresco preparate que se van olvidar de ti y tu pedido o lo van ponertelo en la mesa despues de 30 min.
    Os recomiendo evitar comer en este establecimiento. Una verguenza!

  35. Terraza Sweet Barcelona / close to IMAX - Sebastian D (12 Apr 2011 - 18:30)

    I've been there last weekend. It's absolutely unexceptionable how they are treating customers. We had to wait for our food 40 min. We order some starters, 1 pizza, 2 burgers and Spaghetti. Pizza arrived first, then after 25 min we got the rest of the food, including starters. We've been sitting in from of the kitchen and to be honest after seeing them preparing the food you are loosing all appetite. Most of the kitchen staff is not wearing gloves when they preparing your food. I saw the guy putting burger meet from the grill to the plate with his bare hands.
    Staff working there is unpleasant (specially the the head of the floor). Prepare yourself to wait ages if you order a drink. they will simply forget or delivery after 30 min. It was real nightmare having our lunch there. I normally don't leave my comments on the internet but this bar should be close or have some serious inspection. First of all they do have to many tables for such a small kitchen. Safety and cleaning rules do not exist there.
    I would avoid eating there if I were you.

  36. Aros - Albi Fagu (10 Apr 2011 - 11:30)

    The paella was probably cooked some months ago

  37. La Gavina - Ulrika (1 Apr 2011 - 11:30)

    La Gavina, Placa Pau Vila 1
    Almost inedible food at very high prices. Service extremely sloppy.
    Be sure to avoid this rip-off restaurant.

  38. Pizzeria Taller (Fabian Martin) - Pat et Pau (28 Mar 2011 - 09:15)

    Le 27 mars 2011, nous sommes rentrés dans cette pizzeria parce qu'on avait lu sur la vitrine que c'était le restaurant du champion du monde 2007 et 2009.

    Accueil :
    Détestable, froid et désagréable.

    Rien d'extraordinaire.

    Prix: Une arnaque. Presque 50€ pour 2 pizzas qui sont froides et pas bonnes.

    Pizzas: arrivées froide à table.

    J'ai pris la Messi à 28€, Elle est petite, sans gout, la pâte est quelconque et surtout la pizza est froide dès la première bouchée.
    Ma femme a pris la calzone (napoletana à 20€?) ... et là, surprise, la pizza est aussi froide, la pate est molle, la garniture est désagréable au gout ... n dirait une pizza surgelée réchauffée de supermarché !!!

    Conseil: Nous avons eu l'impression de nous faire arnaquer dans "tourist trap" ... c'est cher et pas bon alors passez votre chemin et gardez votre argent pour un vrai restaurant !!!

  39. Euskal restaurant La rambla Barcelona - Piotr (17 Mar 2011 - 09:00)

    Muy caro, comida muy mala, servicio fatal.

  40. Restaurant "MIKEL ETXEA" Carrer de Ferran BARCELONE - véro et Jean-phy (17 Mar 2011 - 09:00)

    à vos porte-monnaie, Sangria hors de prix, whisky à 10 euros, tapas de poulpe à 20 euros, bref aucun prix marqués à part celui de la paëlla en promo, qui ne l'est plue quand la quenta vrais voleurs (venez vous assoir que j't'embrouille);

  41. EUSKAL RESTAURANT - bellini1b (10 Mar 2011 - 18:45)

    EUSKAL RESTAURANT da evitare.
    Vabbè che è sulla Rambla, ma Tapas, 4 acqua, 1 birra media (7 euro), il tutto a € 105.
    Mi sembra un po esagerato anche perchè non era un posto di lusso.
    Fregati dal fatto che non avevano i prezzi esposti fuori e che nei menù non ci fosse l'italiano.
    Ci sono posti su passe de gràzia che in quattro con 60 euro mangiavamo bene e soprattutto specialità del posto (es. Pincios)

  42. estrella de plata: good experience - MM (8 Mar 2011 - 10:15)

    I have been to this place when visiting Barcelona sth as 5 years ago and it had excellent tapas and a good choice of wine. Prices were certainly higher than a tapas bar 'next door', but worth the quality. I am wondering if it really went down so much

  43. restaurant - trsll007 (1 Mar 2011 - 09:45)

    El Pi Antic
    restaurant Barcelone
    Prix : indécent
    nourriture : horrible

  44. SALAMANCA - gEPPE MARISO (13 Feb 2011 - 09:45)

    Evita assolutamente questo ristorante per due motivi: prezzo da capogiro e pulizia deficitaria...

  45. 4 Gats- Barcelona - Sharona (27 Jan 2011 - 19:00)

    Well I strongly disagree with the review. As will many of the locals who also queue & feel its worth it!
    I have been going since 1999 & in my opinion the food, wine, service & atmosphere are amazing!
    I can highly recomend the balcony tables for 2, which offer a wonderful view of the restaurant, & combined with the atmosphere/ music from the violinist & pianist, it makes for a charming evening & I am looking forward to going back in April 2011.

    Enjoy- Rgds Sharon from England.

  46. Els quatre gats - Hanne (3 Jan 2011 - 23:00)

    Leaving for Barcelona with my teenage daughter soon, I am keen to find out what to do and where to go, for instance where to eat. From a longer stay in Barcelona som 20 years ago, I remember Els quatre gats as a beautiful restaurant, well known for its good quality catalan food: ham, pates, cheese etc. I was therefore shocked to read that this was a restaurant to avoid. Whatever happened?

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