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Els Quatre Gats - Barcelona

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Els Quatre Gats

Els Quatre Gats - Barcelona

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.

The to” Avoid Strongly list’ might be renamed the “shit list” because of Els Quatre Gats. There is no single Catalan to be found in this traditional site serving highway restaurant food to busloads of bargain trippers (your concierge may be one of them).

 

All you get from the underpaid Asian staff is hate. They hate tourists, they hate their job and they hate you! Harassed servers serving can asparagus topped with can

 

Tartar sauce, then bacalao cooked a la plancha smelling what was cooked before.. Two elderly musicians playing sad tunes, so old fashioned you'll believe Franco's still alive. If Picasso really hung out here it was probably during an unknown period of his life: the black period.
 

 

Don’t go: expensive and depressing, a disgrace for Barcelona.

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Els Quatre Gats

Montsió, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Area: Barrio Gótico
Email: 4gatsSPAMFILTER@4gats.com
Website: 4 gats - Barcelona
Opening hours: Open 9am-2am daily
Prices: 20 - 35€
Phone: + 93 302 41 40
Metro/Bus: Catalunya
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Last comment
Elegance under minimums.
Ariel B (18 May 2016 - 08:02)
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.
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11 comments

  1. Elegance under minimums. - Ariel B (18 May 2016 - 08:02)

    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.

  2. Shithole - Mr Robertson (12 Nov 2013 - 09:45)

    I went there for dinner, all I got at the end of the night was 'the runs' the staff were very rude, they overcharged me - so I refused to pay the tab and walked out

  3. Great music! - Svetlana (28 Aug 2013 - 10:00)

    I was there in January 2013. Good food, good service, good wine and BEAUTiFUL music.
    I'm still trying to find other restaurants in Barcelona with that kind of live music...

  4. Wrong! - A Valencia (18 Jan 2013 - 09:00)

    Who ever wrote this review about els quatre gats is nuts!! This is one of the best places you can go in Barcelona, a place with history, quality and great environment. Expensive? perhaps, but absolutely trust-worthy.

    Shame on you for writing this terrible, untruth and wrong things about this wonderful place!

  5. 4 gats - patufet (26 Feb 2012 - 18:30)

    c'est un réel bonheur de partager à l'étage du salon principal le repas du midi, l'ambiance est incroyable et le repas d'un rapport qualité prix fabuleux

  6. 4 gats - 15 jubiladas de Tenerife (2 Nov 2011 - 20:30)

    Els 4 gats es un Restaurante emblemático de Barcelona. El trato siempre había sido correcto incluso sin reserva.
    El día 22 de Octubre y previa reserva a las 21,30h para cenar 15 personas llegamos y nos dicen que teníamos que esperar unos 10 minutos, que tenían que preparar la mesa.
    Hasta aquí todo bien, pero luego vino la Srta. que nos recibió y nos dice que teníamos que salir fuera para que pudieran entrar los SEÑORES¿?..... Suponemos que para manifestar su autoridad lo repitió dos veces. ¡Qué falta de respeto! Nuestro asombro comenzó a transformarse en enfado.
    Salió a la calle el encargado a decirnos que se retrasarían un poco más y que nos preparaban una mesa debajo del panel.
    La mesa, la montaron debajo del cuadro de Ramón Casas pues según el encargado de sala es el lugar más solicitado: No era el lugar que habíamos reservado y en cualquier caso la elección la teníamos que hacer nosotras y no él.
    Total, que empezamos a cenar una hora más tarde. La comida buena y correctamente servida.
    En desagravio nos ofrecieron una copa de cava, cosa que hicieron a todos los comensales de las mesas que nos rodeaban.

  7. Els Quatre Gats - Céline Tremblay (24 Sep 2010 - 23:00)

    Service minable. Quelle déception. Bouffe dégueulasse et serveurs antipathiques. Pire expérience a Barcelone!

  8. Els Quatre Gats - pierre (24 Jul 2010 - 14:46)

    Bien d'accord avec votre commentaire... Els Quatre Gats est une totale cata... des fous!!!

  9. Very good food and friendly service (by catalans) - João Amaral (12 Aug 2008 - 23:30)

    We had dinner there yesterday. The food was very good and the service very friendly and efficient. The price was fair.

  10. Four Dead Cats - D Naugle (13 Aug 2007 - 01:04)

    We couldn't agree with the reviewer more. Depressing atmosphere, food, waitstaff and prices combined for our worst meal in Barcelona during two holidays. How is it possible in this city? Oh and they hawk their logo encrusted bric-a-brac for outlandish amounts. Stay away.

  11. A different and really nice evening - T. Aarrestad (6 Jun 2007 - 20:06)

    I had a lovely night at 4 gats! The food was ok, not great, but ok and the dessert was really good. But the atmosphere was unique and I really think I will go there again and bring my friends the next time I visit Barcelona just because of the athmosphere and the history living in the walls so to speak!

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