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Nov 11, 2009 10:52 AM

Seafood recs in Barcelona

Hello all,
My husband and I are leaving for Spain in a couple of weeks and we are looking for a good place for seafood. We already have couple of other restaurants picked out, but can't seem to find a non-touristy seafood one. Any suggestions/opinoins would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. re: monchique

      Another vote for 7 Portes. It's a classy, white-table-cloth place in Barceloneta and there were tons of locals there. The food was amazing! Make a reservation.

      1. re: ineemeeny

        I was thinking about 7 Portes as well but I read all of these terrible reviews on

        It doesn't seem worth it. And the menu is in 7 different languages???

    2. For some unexplanable reason, Barcelona does not have many excellent marisquerias. The only one that I can recommend is Rais de Galicia. It is expensive but they source the best seafood. Make sure to order their simple preparations. More modest are La Paradeta, Barkiton, Mar de La Ribera. These are strict seafood places. Most other good restaurants have a good selection of seafood items on their menu

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      1. re: PBSF

        It´s a non touristy place - Rais de Galicia is good as well but less formal. I would skip 7 portes as it is famous for paella, not seafood.

      2. go to El Mercat de la Boqueria, not fancy at all, but fresher than that it can't be.

        1. I´m with GTuritto, The Boqueria is fun, fresh and........well, fun and fresh! Try the Ciosco universal. Four brothers own it and it is great. Then strole over to the fish section and whitnes europes largest seafood market.

          1. I've already started a more general thread in prep for our next trip to Spain here ->

            But this thread hits a particular issue I was hoping for some feedback on: a good seafood place in Barcelona. My list of possibilities so far includes Rias de Galicia, Botafumeiro, and Suquet de l'Almirall (I was somewhat shocked to see 7 Portes suggested here, which has every indication of a tourist trap to me).

            - any particular insights on any of these or others?
            - when people say Rias de Galicia and others are "expensive," how expensive are we talking about? I know it depends on what you order, and that specialty items like percebes have a big price tag, but what kind of general range are we talking about?

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            1. re: Frodnesor

              People say that Rias de Galicia is 'expensive' because, like most Galician marisquerias, it has no fancy decor or any fine-dining trappings. The focus is all on the quality of the seafood and it's simple preparations. Without the 'speciality items', a three course meal should not cost more than 60E before wine. If one order percebes, baby eel, Atlantic lobster, etc. more like 100E. That was based on my last visit, couple years ago. Many places in Barcelonetta, including Suquet de 'Almirall, serve good seafood but in terms of quality of the ingredients, there is no comparison.