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Tickets in Barcelona: reservation time

ttoommyy Aug 22, 2013 04:28 PM

This will be our first trip to Spain. If I can get reservations for Tickets at 10pm, is this a reasonable time for dinner? Here in NYC that is a bit late to eat but I have done some searches online and it seems like 10pm is a reasonable time for Spain. The other choices were 7pm and 7:30 pm, which I suspect is very early for Barcelona. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  1. PBSF Aug 22, 2013 04:57 PM


    1. c oliver Aug 22, 2013 05:14 PM

      I'm hoping you already grabbed that res or it is certainly gone by now. I could only get 7 and it mattered not at all. We ate a light lunch and the place was full.

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      1. re: c oliver
        ttoommyy Aug 22, 2013 05:30 PM

        Thanks. I was just doing a test run today. Tomorrow starts for real.

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          c oliver Aug 22, 2013 07:50 PM

          Oh good. Grab what you can. I just fell into a res and love every bite.

      2. PBSF Aug 22, 2013 06:24 PM

        It is true that locals eat late and 10pm is prime time. But for Tickets, it wouldn't matter as it is fully booked no matter what time, 7 or 10.

        1. ttoommyy Aug 23, 2013 03:28 PM

          Just scored a 9:30 reservation for 10/23. Can't wait! Thanks to all.

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            c oliver Aug 23, 2013 04:09 PM

            You are SO going to love it! IMneverHO of course :)

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              ttoommyy Aug 23, 2013 04:49 PM


              I'm hip (and just by saying that you know I really am not), but what is " IMneverHO"?

              1. re: ttoommyy
                c oliver Aug 23, 2013 04:58 PM

                In My Never Humble Opinion as in IMHO.

                But are you a hipster?!?

                1. re: c oliver
                  ttoommyy Aug 23, 2013 05:29 PM

                  If I were more on the ball tonight I could have figured that out.

                  In about 10 years or so I'll have the potential to be a broken hip-ster!

          2. ttoommyy Oct 23, 2013 03:17 PM

            Will report more when I have time, but just got back to our hotel after dining at Tickets. All I can say is ... Wow! Much better than I ever anticipated! Thanks again for everyone's help.

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              c oliver Oct 23, 2013 04:32 PM

              Ooh, goody! I just yesterday sent a chef friend my writeup with pix. I hope you loved it as much as we did. Can't wait to hear all about it!

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                ttoommyy Oct 23, 2013 10:32 PM

                We'll be back home Sunday, so after we settle in, I will report in. Luckily the receipt has a list of all 16 courses we had!
                On a side note, what is the tipping situation here in Barcelona? Having just come from 11 nights in Italy where we hardly tipped, is it the same here? What should I have left last night? The bill was 182 euro for 2 people and of course the service was excellent. Just curious.

                1. re: ttoommyy
                  c oliver Oct 24, 2013 09:32 AM

                  It's been a year and I just couldn't remember but found this on an older Frommer's site:

                  "Tipping always confuses visitors as some restaurants list the 7% IVA (sales tax) separately on the bill. This is not a service charge; in fact, it is illegal for restaurants in Barcelona to charge for service. As a general rule, tips (in cash) of about 5% should be left in cheap to moderate places and 10% in expensive ones. In bars, leave a few coins or round your bill up to the nearest euro.

                  1. re: c oliver
                    SnackHappy Oct 24, 2013 01:44 PM

                    I don't know where this 5% 10% rule comes from. Nobody tips in Spain.

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              sockster Oct 25, 2013 10:04 AM

              In Spain, it's the perfect time to eat!! We'll be there next Friday night at 10...can't wait!

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                Jaetee 1 day ago

                Question about the surprise menu. I have been reading some information about them bringing food until you can't eat anymore, and the bill comes up to be about 90euro per person? Some saying it's all you can handle?

                Does that mean it's a set price for as much as you can handle, or still counted per plate that they brought you?

                Couldn't get a reservation, but hope to get a seat by showing up early.

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                  SnackHappy 1 day ago

                  It's not AYCE. You're basically just letting the waiter order for you.

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                    ttoommyy 1 day ago

                    Exactly, but it's a lot of food. Ours wound up being 16 courses!

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                      Jaetee about 20 hours ago

                      Still a fixed price or calculated by all the plates the waiter ordered?

                      Thanks for your help!

                      I'm just trying to figure out, if it hovers around the 90-100euro, that's fine, but if calculated by dish and it goes closer to 150 euro, I might just consider 41degrees at 200euros.

                      1. re: Jaetee
                        SnackHappy about 15 hours ago

                        I think you're a bit confused. There's a menu from which you can order by yourself like a big boy or you can ask your waiter to order for you. This can be done in practically every restaurant in the world. Usually you just get the most expensive dishes or the ones with the biggest profit margin.

                        You will pay for the dishes you were brought just like in any other fine dining establishment. There are no set menus or AYCE options.

                        Also, 150€ to 180€ for two people versus 200€ per person isn't even in the same ballpark, and the restaurants are completely different.

                        1. re: SnackHappy
                          ttoommyy about 12 hours ago

                          Having the server order for you has nothing to do with being "a big boy" or not. For us, we were indulging ourselves for the evening. Instead of sitting there going back and forth with one another, my husband and I told the server what kinds of food we like and the few items we do not care for. Then we sat back and relaxed and enjoyed a meal of surprises. It was wonderful.
                          To the OP, I don't remember the exact total, but I do remember being happy and somewhat surprised. If I can find the bill, I will post the total.
                          Edit: just found the bill. It was €182.40 for 16 courses, 1 bottle of wine and 2 cafe. Most of the courses were 1 item, with the exception of 4 courses which were 2 items each. This was for 2 people.

                2. c oliver about 19 hours ago

                  Continuing to have problems replying to most replies so this is for Jaetee.

                  I told them that I wanted to spend no more than 150Euros including wine. We had 11 course and a bottle of cava and came in a little under budget. They seem quite good at that. I did specify the "olives," and the "mini-airbags."

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                    Jaetee about 14 hours ago

                    Thanks for clarifying SnackHappy and C Oliver.

                    SnackHappy, looks like you live in Montreal? Seems like your everywhere too! ; )

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