Los Caracoles

4.4
73 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Mediterranean
In 1835, the Bofarull family founded one of the most charismatic restaurants in the city, Can Bofarull, in the most emblematic part of the Gothic District, near Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Over time, the restaurant was renamed in honour of one of its most famous dishes, Los Caracoles (Snails). Since then, four more generations of the Bofarull family have managed to maintain the excellent standard of it's high quality traditional cooking.The restaurant's well-earned fame has spread all over the world and is now an absolute must for all those visiting our city. It stands out for always having been a place frequented by famous personalities from the world of art, show business, politics and finance, attracted not only by the choice of culinary pleasures served there but also the charm of its numerous little corners so full of h
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un poco más de limpieza en general

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall ambience wins you over. It’s such a hidden gem! No complaints about the food, it just didn’t blow me away.

S
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of those places you must experience at least once! We first stumbled upon Los Caracoles 28 years ago, and were excited to return. It’s a classic with good reason - the food is good, excellent service, and an amazing, historic space.

YS
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fine. However, the menu claimed that all prices include tax, but in the bill they added tax on top of that.

OT
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice to eat at a restaurant I ate at 42 years ago, and find it essentially unchanged. Quirky decor, local charm, good food and service. I was not disappointed

JG
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten at Los Caracoles several times in the distant past (20+ years ago), and didn't know what to expect. I couldn't have been happier. Everything about it exceeded both my expectations and my memories. Worth going to just for the amazing snails, but don't stop there...every dish was superb!!!

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and good service, lively place but you can have a normal conversation without shouting, all dishes were fab and didn’t have to wait too long

MG
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious gazpacho, snails, and bouillabaisse. Flan and crema Catalan for dessert were fabulous. Service was exceptional , and musical entertainment topped off a lovely evening.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant in the gothic quarter of Barcelona. We had the snails as an appetizer and the roast chicken for our entrees. Both were exquisite and highly recommended. Seriously, probably the best roast chicken I’ve ever had. Great food with a fine dining ambiance.

RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good... especially the ham, clams/artichokes and fried squid for appetizers. Best entree at table was the black paella.

Servers were friendly, informative and shared a good sense of humor with our party.

BG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant with authentic food in old part of city!

PG
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente paella. Un lugar clasico en Barcelona al que vale la pena ir. Super recomendado

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We visited Barcelona for a week and ate at numerous restaurants in the evening for dinner. Since this was a once in a lifetime trip, we tried to eat at “upscale” restaurants that would offer traditional Spanish food, even if it was pricier than other options. After some research and looking at ratings we decided on Los Caracoles (which got 4+ stars online). We arrived 25 minutes before our reservation at 7:30 and were seated immediately but had to wait about 15minutes for bread and water, and about 20+ for a very hurried and rushed waiter to take our order. The waiter was very good and knowledgeable about food allergies! The food came promptly. We ordered the 1kg steak, lobster paella, fried calamari/squid, and other seafood dishes. After eating at several other restaurants in Barcelona that week, this was by far the WORST. The lobster shell in the paella was soft and mushy (I could break open the shell with bare hands) and the meat was brown, mushy, and soggy. The shrimp were similarly soggy and mushy. The fried calamari were similar to fried frozen calamari you could get from the grocery store. The steak was a grease pit and came out medium rare when it was ordered medium well. During dinner we noticed that the diners were primarily American/tourists. We felt bad that they had been trapped into a similar dining experience.

KE
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Did not honor open table reservation. Was a complete waste and ended up sitting at the bar for an hour until they sat us. There were plenty of available tables. I think they just didn’t like Americans. It was really frustrating that they were sitting people without reservations before us even though they had arrived after us. They should not be on open table as they do not honor reservations.

OT
Nuremberg
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sehr authentisches, spanisches Restaurant in super Ambiente und lebhaftem auftreten

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating staff.

OT
Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gerne wieder

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IF
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We would have loved this place rather than like if the wait staff didn't hit us up for a tip then complained at the amount. The food was very good. The service professional (exception mentioned), the food delicious. The prices were fair for the quality and quantity. The decor is homey and comfortable. A plus is that they're open all day if you're not into eating a later dinner. I'd recommend, just ignore the cash call.

AG
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They made us pay 3 pieces of bread,that we didn’t even eat
They seated us near the toilets

SW
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a private room which was probably as good as any dining experience could get. Great atmosphere, very friendly staff, fantastic service. The Sangria was also a highlight.

H
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was bad, food subpar and expensive for nothing

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Los Caracoles on the 31st of December with a group of friends and left the place extremely happy!
Excellent service, good traditional food, decent wines and lovely decor.
Definitely recommended!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Non abbiamo potuto mangiare.
Abbiamo riservato un posto per le 21:45, una volta arrivati al ristorante ci hanno detto che c’era da aspettare almeno ancora circa 30 minuti (si capiva che non sapevano quanto) e che dovevamo metterci in coda.
Inoltre appena entrati nel ristornate ci e voluto almeno 10 minuti prima che qualcuno ci considerasse e ci accogliesse.
A quel punto ho detto che andavamo a cercare un’altra ristorante.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Típico restaurante para turistas,comida mediocre y fría,servicio muy lento.
Te cobran hasta el pan,no quiero decir que no te lo cobren pero que por lo menos te pregunten si lo quieres,no que te lo dejen en la mesa sin más.
Es una lastima que locales con la solera de los caracoles estén en manos de gente que no le pone cariño a lo que hace.

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CH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It's touristy and overpriced but the food is good.

CN
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The last time I visited Los Caracoles was 34 years ago. This December, I visited again and had a wonderful experience.
I have changed a lot in 34 years but Los Caracoles hasn't. Walking in was like walking in to a memory. My husband and I shared a lovely meal and the service was outstanding. Thank you, Los Caracoles!

AT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot for a quiet meal in an atmospheric setting.

RR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very much a tourist destination thanks to the guide books. Photos of celebrities who dined there throughout. Portions are plentiful. Service is friendly but not terribly helpful. Location is excellent and easy to find.

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere! Lots of cozy spaces - feels very Old world , very Barcelona

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here while visiting from Los Angeles and were so pleasantly surprised by how wonderful the food, service and overall experience we had. The house paella is a must and of course, all the tapas were amazing. Don’t forget to try their chicken which they have cooking at the front of the restaurant!

D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned after 42 year absence with friends- such a favorite of ours back then and we were not disappointed. Excellent roast chicken and snails, good Sangria and wine but what we came for was the Paella. Interestingly all 4 of us remembered it differently- more of a yellow color and saffron taste. Now it is a darker color without the saffron color/ taste but still delicious. Loaded with seafood and meat- overall really really good and service , just like we remembered was excellent. Hope it doesn’t take us another 42 years to go back.

SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been there years earlier when I was in Barcelona, and it was just as great as I remembered!

M
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were looking so forward to dining there I had been there for dinner 9 years Ago it was fantastic then .
We went the other night for an early reservation and were so disappointed with were they sat us it was awful . Super depressing for our anniversary dinner. We moved to another table. Restaurant was empty. Still awful. So we deceived to leave. Sorry 😐

GS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Highly recommended!

O
Tokyo
13 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of six, every single one of us enjoyed the evening tremendously. Food and wine were good as always and we were very lucky to be waited on by a professional yet funny and jolly waiter. We will keep going back.

PE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, you must have the chicken they cook outside rotisserie style and the Black rice

MC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

After seeing good reviews we were excited to go, but a bit wary when we first arrived as service at reception and by the guy that showed us to our table (who didn't even talk to us!) was pretty standoffish and poor. We were then sat down very close to another couple (it was obviously a table for four that had been split apart a bit) in a very quiet part of the restaurant and I started to think we'd come to the wrong place and was apologising to my spouse as it wasn't looking good.

However, our waiter was brilliant, very friendly and good service and the food was delicious! As we sat there longer it filled up and a band came in and brought things to life a bit. Very tasty wine, good food and eventually good service after the initial people.

CA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

During our week in Barcelona we needed a change from the tapas and fish, so we reserved a spot at Los Caracoles. The signature snails were excellent, and the waiter assured us that there would be plenty to share. On the way in we walked through the kitchen, and we noticed the fine cuts of meat on the grill. The T Bone was prepared perfectly, more than enough for two people along with a side of assorted vegetables.

GC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant surpassed my expectations. The food is a 10 out of 5!

j
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

good food very nice environment. very ideal for group gathering and dinner

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