Those who visit Barcelona and want to sample some good local gastronomy usually go directly for the paellas, sausages, and seafood. And while those are great dishes, there are also other, smaller gastronomic delights that are worthy of being sampled: the famous tapas. Having tapas is a tradition in Catalonia and provides a great way of socializing, with people gathering together and ordering a number of different tapas to sample and share among them.
If you are in the mood for some tapas but don’t know how to choose among the hundreds of tapas bars and restaurants that exist all over the city, we are here to give you a nudge in the right direction.
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Located in one of the most popular areas of Barcelona – the district of Eixample – Cerveseria Catalana is considered by many as the very best tapas restaurant in all of the city. Why? Because it offers a variety of local and national dishes which are made with high-quality fresh products. They also offer a selection of premium imported beers, with great focus on Belgian beers, and mostly Spanish wines.
Emblematic dishes and lively atmosphere
Two of the most emblematic entrees you can try at Cerveseria Catalana are the montadito de cangrejo (crab montadito) and the pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus tapa). Other delicious entrees on offer are the four cheeses montadito, fried jumbo shrimp, jamón plate, and spicy eggs with fries. The restaurant also serves full meals, having a very complete menu which includes vegan options.
If you are going to Cerveseria Catalana to have a full meal, having some nice tapas and a beer will help the time pass while you wait for your dish to be cooked.
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Cerveseria Catalana is not an expensive place to eat. Their prices are moderate and fair, considering the quality of the food that they serve. A regular meal can range from 13 to 22€. As in most restaurants, you can pay with either cash or cards, including the Ticket Restaurant, a card that is offered by companies to their employees with a certain amount of money on it for meals.
Cerveseria Catalana is open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. from Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1.30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also visit the restaurant during the entire summer and every holiday except on Christmas.
How to get there
Cerveseria Catalana is located at Carrer de Mallorca, 236. To get there, you can take bus number 6 or take the metro, using the green (L3) or blue line (L5) and exiting at Diagonal, the red line (L1), exiting at Universitat, or even the yellow line (L4), exiting at Urquinaona.
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