Barcelona is a city that is famous for its world-class restaurant scene. If you’re looking for a great meal, it’s hard to go wrong in this city, with its mix of cultures, styles and traditions of cooking. One traditional Spanish dish that is a staple in many restaurants and tapas bars is caracoles, snails that are cooked in various sauces or seasonings. While many might be hesitant to try this typical Spanish snack, keep in mind that there is a reason you can find caracoles in restaurants all across the country. To get a taste of Barcelona’s best caracoles, give one of these places a try.
Restaurante Los Caracoles
Founded in 1835 and originally named Can Bofarull, the name of this restaurant was changed to Los Caracoles in honor of its signature and most famous dish. This locale is known for its excellence in cuisine and for providing a dining experience that you won’t soon forget. Los Caracoles has clientele from all over the world like Robert DeNiro, Giorgio Armani, and Salvador Dalí who have come to taste the best caracoles around. For a great dining experience, you need to try this restaurant.
Address: Carrer dels Escudellers, 14
El Pebrot i El Petit Cargol
Another restaurant with rave reviews of its caracoles dishes is El Pebrot i El Petit Cargol which serves caracoles in many different ways. One of the most talked about dishes at this restaurant is the “caracoles mar i muntanya” which are caracoles served with Catalan sausage and crayfish. Any way that you order your caracoles you are sure to be pleased since this is what keeps customers coming back. This restaurant is a bit pricier but the quality can’t be beaten.
Address: Carrer d’Alcolea, 18
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Restaurant Diagonal Can Soteras
Can Soteras was founded in 1917 and nearly a century later remains a favorite for traditional Catalan cooking. Caracoles are the stars of the menu here, including “caracoles a la llauna” or preserved caracoles that have been canned. This is a great restaurant for large group meals or family gatherings since there are special group menus available, especially around the holidays. Try Can Soteras and see what has been pleasing customers for nearly 100 years!
Address: Passeig de Sant Joan, 97-99
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Dolceta 2 Restaurant
For homemade Catalan cooking at a great quality/price ratio, look no further than Dolceta 2. This restaurant is described as serving rustic dishes in a comfortable and warm atmosphere to make you feel right at home in grandma’s kitchen. Caracoles are the first thing listed on the menu since they are one of the most popular dishes. Go to Dolceta 2 for a taste of Catalan cuisine and some tasty caracoles.
Address: Carrer de Comte d’Urgell, 266
El Convent Restaurant
El Convent used to be the convent of Santa María until 1713 when the space was converted into a four-floor restaurant. Three hundred years later El Convent is known for being a great example of traditional Catalan cuisine, serving delicious grilled meats, fish, and of course, caracoles. Right off of the Las Ramblas, El Convent is sure not to be missed!
Address: Carrer de Jerusalem, 3
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