Good Dining in Barcelona with Child
My wife and I are going to Barcelona next week with our 2 1/2 year old son, and we're really hoping to be able to go to some of the better restaurants there. However, in my searches on CH and other places, I haven't been able to find anyone talking about which 'better' restaurants may be kid-friendly enough, at least for lunch. For example, is Comerç 24 'kid-friendly', or at least 'kid-accepting'? Our son is well-behaved and we take him out to many pretty-good restaurants in NYC...
I agree that children are welcoming in most restaurants. My personal experience is that I rarely see small children in most of the modern Catalan restaurants in Barcelona. It doesn't mean that children are not welcome or that the service is overly formal but most are very small, the ambience fairly low key and most diners tend to take the long tasting menu. An evening meal might take as long as 3 hours. The three times that I had dinner at Comerc24, I don't remember seeing any small children. The restaurant is larger, livelier and a little more of a 'scene' than places such as Cinc Sentits, Aklimia, Hisop. Sometimes, it is not if a restaurant is 'kid friendly' but if the restaurant is a right fit for a small child. My friends in Barcelona who raised two children never thought of taking them to any of the of the above not because they feel that they will not be welcome but because they consider them 'adult' places. Like most families, they prefer more traditional places. Since you've had plenty of experience in NYC, my advice is make a reservation at Comerc24 or others and enjoy yourselves. If you don't, you'll look back and wonder what you've miss. You're not in Barcelona everyday.
You won't have any problems. The Catalan love kids and all restaurants are family friendly. Of course, European children are much better behaved in restaurant situations than North-Amercan children so it partly explains why children there are more easily accepted in grown-up settings.