Dining in Barcelona with Teens
I would appreciate some guidance on our brief time in Barcelona.
Our hotel is in the La Rambla area.
Saturday, pre-cruise, we plan on hitting Boqueria first thing after dropping our luggage at the hotel.
Would love some recommendations for dinner close to our hotel or near the Magic Fountain. We plan to see the fountain after dinner. It is the weekend of Sonar--I assume this will this effect the crowd levels? We will be 12 for dinner, on Saturday, so maybe somewhere that accepts reservations.
On the Sunday after our cruise, I would love to have lunch at a fun, traditional family restaurant. Then, maybe tapas for dinner. We will be 6 for dining this day.
Our children are 11 and up and used to eating at nice places, but I don't want to eat expensive for every meal. I am more concerned that they get a true taste of the local flavor.
Sonar will be mid-June and at that time, the Magic Fountain is operational from 9-11:30 pm.
There are some restaurants in the Montjuic/Avinguda Para.Lel area but none that I would take a group of 12 to. Since you are in the Rambla area and need the certainty of a reservation, I would go to one of the Glops. El Glop is a traditional Catalan restaurant with several locations and online reservations. An acquaintance in Barcelona eats there regularly with her husband's Catalan family and visitors. Apart from accepting reservations, they are also open all day, so you can circumvent the problem of having dinner and missing the Magic Fountain.
Here are links to both El Glop's website and a blog about dinner there. If you are near La Rambla, there are 2 Glops:
Rambla de Catalunya 65 (nr Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
Carrer Casp 21 (nr the Palau de la Musica Catalana
I am not sure what time one has to be at the Magic Fountain show in the evening. Spring is earlier than the summer. Sit down restaurants in Barcelona rarely start serving before 8:30pm, therefore, the option might be tapas places. I can't think of any good places in Barri Gotic or El Ravel that fit. The best choice might be Cerverseria Catalana just past the Placa Catalunya in the Eixample. It is large and lively and should be able to reserve for 12. One can easily take the metro to Placa de Espanya. The area around the Placa Espanya is lively and probably have some informal places to eat, but I am not familiar with that area. Maybe other posters might.
As for Sunday lunch, the best place for a family is in Barceloneta for seafood and arroz. Most other sit down places are closed Sundays. This area is bustling on Sundays with local families out for their midday get together. There are many good places to eat: 7 Porte is historic, Can Majo, both a little more expensive than some others such as Kaiku, Can Ros, Cherif. Just stay away from the places that line the Pg Joan de Borbo. Tapas/pintxo for the Sunday evenings: reserve at Paco Meralgo or go down to El Born/Ribera as there will be many places open. In Born, Bar de Pla has sit down dinner and tapas or their more upscale sit down PLA in the Barri Gotic. Senyor Parallada in Born is moderate, comfortable with a large menu that has something for everyone. The food is decent to good but the nice ambience on the ground floor (not the bland alcove) and always open makes it a good choice.