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Seafood and rice by the beach

I will be going to Barcelona in mid-May, and for one of my lunches, I've decided to eat in Barceloneta and enjoy a walk by the beach after the meal. I am currently torn between three restaurants, where would be the best place to sample some great seafood (for my hubby) and rice dishes (interested in trying arroz negro and others) for me.

Which would be the best place to do the above: Cheriff, Kaiku, or Can Majo?

I'm especially interested in hearing from people who have been to all or more than one of these places and can compare, but all opinions are welcome.

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  1. IMHO, Can Majo's best days are unfortunatly behind them. This once great restaurant is really resting on itl's past laurels and is a shadow of it's former self...look elsewhere!

    1. I always have great arroz nero at Set Portes. Must book if you don't want to queue at the door

      1. have you considered Can Ros? http://www.canros.cat/

        Of the ones you mention, I'd hit Cheriff. Agree with sockster that Can Majo is no longer what it was.

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        1. re: shiromaguro

          Thanks for the recommendation...I'll add Can Ros to the list. $10 Menu sounds awesome!

          I was hoping that I can just walk around and decide which place to go to after I get there, or would I have to book in advance?

          1. re: arlenemae

            No reservation needed; just show up, they will all be glad to have you. Only Sunday lunch is busy.

            1. re: PBSF

              Thanks all for the tips. I was actually thinking about going to Barceloneta for Sunday lunch but maybe I need to rearrange my schedule a bit.

              1. re: arlenemae

                Actually, Sunday lunch is probably the best time to go to Barceloneta, especially if it is a nice sunny day. The whole harbor is filled with families on their weekend outing, quite festive and great people watching. Most restaurants are big enough that there will be no problem getting a table. The rest of the time (Saturday can have some activity), it is low key and one might find restaurants totally empty. I have found that to be the case during a weekday at Can Ros. If you prefer quiet, then the harbor/beach on Sunday might not be for you. Weekdays, Barceloneta is like a regular neighborhood with it's usual happenings. It is interesting for a stroll when the shops are open and people are transacting everyday business. One won't see the volleyballs on the beach, etc.

                1. re: PBSF

                  I agree with PBSF- We went to a place around 2:15 this Sunday called Le Galician in the Port Olympic. This place is huge and was packed with families. The grilled fish, plain and simple came out fileted with grilled garlic and oil.....outstanding..and very reasonable.(just don't order the paella with lobster).

                  1. re: sockster

                    Thanks again for all the advice. I do prefer lively, festive spots to quiet ones, so i'll stick to my original schedule of Sunday Lunch and maybe just try to go a little earlier to ensure a table at one of these places.

                    Due to the recent bad reports on Can Majo I will likely try to go to either Cheriff, Kaiku, or Can Ros...wherever I end up will depend on who has room and what suits our mood for the day!

                    1. re: arlenemae

                      If it was me, I would also skip Can Majo and save a few euros. It is not bad but not worth what they charge.