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Casa Marti Els Quatre Gats, Barcelona

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3.3/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Casa Marti Els Quatre Gats rose to fame during Catalonia's modernist period as a meeting place for artists and intellectuals, including Pablo Picasso and Tamon Casac I Carbo. The cafe originally opened in 1897 as a bar, hostel, and cabaret, and quickly attracted the attention of prominent painters. The cafe maintains its historic flair through renovations, which have preserved its status as a popular tourist attraction. Sip on coffee as you discuss the work of Catalonia's most influential artists, who sat in the very same spot. Add Casa Marti Els Quatre Gats to your Barcelona travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Barcelona trip generator.
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  • This infamous over rated restaurant should be crossed off your list! A group of friends ate a weekend in Oct and the staff were rude, surly and really couldn't give a damn! They hadn't got most of the...  read more »
  • A veritable tourist trap. Worst restaurant I have visited in a long time. Don't believe anything you read about the place being "unmissable" for the decor or the fact that Picasso ate and exhibited he...  read more »
  • Certainly it is a restaurant with a lot of flavor in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. The very professional and very friendly service. Starters can be a little scarce and entrees are good ration but it is certainly a restaurant for very high budgets.
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  • This place has a lot of history so if you are looking for that then you got it. If your looking for friendly service...good luck. The managers should re-train their staff to be more welcoming and lovely. It's an experience to be here. So they should make it so. But I'd still go for a small bite and leave.
  • Good environment and decent food. Came here originally for the history being the hip cafe where Picasso, Gaudi and other influential artists used to come. It was busy with wait when I arrive at 3pm, however the service was good and food came at steady pace. The food was decent, better than I expected but not sure if it's worth the price considering the other amazing and cheaper options in Barcelona. I'd recommend going for their lunch menu which is a better deal (16,97 euro for 3 course meal).
  • Very dissapointed. From the moment we arrived for lunch we were treated as an inconvenience from the two (the male and female) front of house staff. We had a booking and were given a table next to a very large coach- group,despite the fact that it was quiet for lunch and the tables on the other side remained empty for the lunch service. The wine was corked, with no apology or replacement,just removed the offending glass.. On leaving there was a problem with the toilet and we were barked at , to wait and come back in 5 minutes ! They need to train their staff to be welcoming. Lunch is good value but I will not be revisiting. We ate out for a week in beautiful Barcelona and this was our only bad experience.
  • Great, great environment. Good food and service, even if on the expensive side. A good experience. Has live music sometimes.
  • Elegance under minimums. 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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