Carrer Gran de GrГ cia 81
Tel. 932 184 230
Botafumeiro is decorated with countless framed photographs of celebrities вЂ“ including political leaders, actors, directors, musicians вЂ“ dining at the establishment and posing with the owner (and chef) Moncho Neira. This comes as no surprise: while La Barca del Salamanca is the greatest casual seafood experience in Barcelona, Botafumeiro wins as the most refined, expensive and famous one. Its reputation precedes it, and it nigh impossible to get in on weekends after 9 pm without a reservation or a long wait. In the direst of circumstances, you may have to settle for Taberna del Cura next door.
Botafumeiro specializes in shellfish, flown from Galicia daily and preserved in the aquariums near the entrance. Their rice-based dishes (including paellas) and desserts are excellent as well. Some meat-based items are available on the menu, but why would you bother, when you can have Galician octopus (Pulpo a la Gallego), lobster or crab plate, cooked with great mastery and served with the same level of imagination? Do not hesitate to ask the waiting staff for suggestions вЂ“ they are never wrong in recommending a dish you are sure to enjoy.
Botafumeiro portions are positively enormous; the wine list is lengthy; the price tags almost heart-stopping... but the bill is well worth it in the end.