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Rao Restaurant, Barcelona, Barcelona

Rao Restaurant

4.8
4.8
20 Reviews
€31 to €50
Spanish

Raó Restaurant "where fine meets casual". We offer Modern Gourmet Tapas & "Platillos" perfect to share (or not!). The restaurant situated on one of the most emblematic streets of Barcelona, very close to Plaça Catalunya (Canaletas!). Our chefs can be seen through the open kitchen preparing contemporary local dishes. Raó restaurant has 3 zones: a cozy spacious salon with a comfortable sofa and marble tables; the bar and a private dining area, decorated with modern Graffiti "Girl at the Window" by Salvador Dali. The fun ambience, flawless service and very reasonable prices makes for the perfect evening out in Barcelona.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 7:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    931 19 31 69

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Dreta de l'Eixample

  • Cross street

    Tallers o Bonsuccess

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Plaza Catalunya

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Main

In RAÓ we offer Gourmet Tapas & "Platillos" - medium sized dishes, perfect to share (or not!)

  • Cristal Bread€4.00

    Catalan Coca Bread with Organic Tomato, E.V. Olive Oil. Allergen: Gluten

    • Iberian Jamón€14.00

      Jamon Ibérico Bellota cured 18 months

      • Our Croquettes€7.00

        Croquettes of Jamon Ibérico, 4 units. Allergens: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Celery

        • Bravas Raó€5.00

          Patatas bravas Raó style with salsa brava y all i oli. Allergens: Gluten, Egg, Celery

          • Tempura€11.00

            Avocado and Beet Tempura, Served with Romesco Dip. Allergens: Gluten, Nuts

            • Lazy Tortilla€10.00

              Spanish Omelette Served Runny with Black Truffle Purée. Allergen: Egg

              • Quinoa & Beluga Lentil Salad€11.00

                Quinoa, Beluga Lentils, Asparagus, Blood Orange and Mint Vinaigrette. Allergen: Gluten

                • Mix of Seasonal Mushrooms€12.00

                  Mix of Seasonal Mushrooms and Parmezan Cheese in Pasta Wrap with Almond Milk Béchamel, Walnut Shavings. Allergen: Gluten, Milk, Nuts

                  • Ceviche Raó€14.00

                    Ráo style Marinated White Sea Bass, Cilantro, Onion, Coconut, Sorbet of Celery and Lemon. Allergen: Celery

                    • Tuna Tartar€14.00

                      Mediterranean Tuna Tartar and Seaweed Bread. Allergen: Gluten

                      • Trinxat Pyrenees€13.00

                        "Red Pontiac" Potato, Cabbage, Sweet and Spicy Chorizo, Black Pudding, Sobrasada Oil and Chorizo Emulsion. Allergens: Gluten, Milk

                        • Roastbeef€14.00

                          Slow Cooked Roast Beef Served Chilled with Mustard Ice Cream, Pomegranate, Fennel, Mustard Emulsion. Allergen: Mustard

                          • Pan-Seared Scallops€15.00

                            Scallops with Toasted Cauliflower Purée, Iberian Pancetta, Black Chanterelle Mushrooms and Artichoke. Allergen: Crustacean, Milk

                            • Duck Breast€15.00

                              Local Free Range Duck Breast with Puree of Green Apples, Osmosis of Apple in Muscatel, Mini Carrots. Allergen: Milk

                              • Grilled Octopus€15.00

                                Grilled Octopus Leg, Creamy Potato with Paprika and Kalamata Olive Emulsion. Allergen: Milk

                                • Red Sea Bream & Foie Gras€16.00

                                  Sautéed Sea Bream, Foie Gras, Grilled Avocado, Romesco Sauce, Garlic Aioli Foam, Plankton Emulsion, Papadum. Allergens: Gluten, Egg, Nuts

                                  • Iberian Tenderloin€16.00

                                    Iberian Tenderloin, Onion Petals with Sauce "Mojo Canario", Padrón Peppers km 0

                                    • Oxtail Stew€14.00

                                      Traditional Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew with Celeriac Purée, Chips of Sweet and Purple Potato. Allergens: Milk, Celery

                                      • Chicken Wings€12.00

                                        Deboned Chicken Wings, Kimchi Emulsion and Kalbi Sauce. Allergens: Milk, Gluten, Egg

                                        • Paella Raó Platillo€14.00

                                          With Red Prawns, Field Peas & Marine Plankton Emulsion. Allergens: Crustacean, Celery

                                          What 20 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          4.8
                                          4.8 based on all time ratings
                                          • 4.7Food
                                          • 4.7Service
                                          • 4.7Ambience
                                          • 4.5Value

                                          NoiseModerate

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                                          1. C

                                            Cheresa

                                            San Francisco

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on August 4, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We were so impressed with Rao! The food was fantastic and beautifully presented. Everything was superb! One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. Memorable!

                                          2. AM

                                            AnitaMcG

                                            London

                                            13 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on January 25, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Visited Rao last year and just had to come back! The food is amazing, tasty and well presented. Each dish is served with an explanation from the waiter. Great wine and cocktail list to accompany the meal.

                                          3. AM

                                            AnitaMcG

                                            London

                                            13 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on January 23, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food is amazing, tasty and well presented. Each dish served with an explanation from the waiter. Great wine and cocktail list too! So good we went twice in as many days! Perfect evening, will definitely return!

                                          4. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 13, 2020

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            数種のタパスを頂きましたが、どれも香り豊かで見た目にも楽しめるお皿ばかりでした。お酒に合わせた味付けですね。

                                          5. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Miami

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on December 9, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very great experience. We were greeted by a very nice gentleman at the front and were seated promptly. The food and drinks were great! Will definitely go back again.

                                          6. TT

                                            TisaT

                                            Toronto

                                            18 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            18 reviews

                                            Dined on November 14, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Traveling from Toronto to Barcelona. This was our first meal in Barcelona and by far the best we had ! Service was 5 star, food was 5 star. Multiple workers served us and greeted us. Making sure our experience was memorable. You have to try the roast beef w mustard ice cream. Mind blowing flavors !!!! One of the dishes I’ve ever had. We happened to stumble on this resto via open table and so happy we gave it a try. We even tried to go back our last day but sadly they were closed on Sunday :( that’s how much we loved it !!

                                          7. TH

                                            TeresaH

                                            Cleveland

                                            26 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            26 reviews

                                            Dined on November 9, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The good was excellent. The host was exceptional! I highly recommend.

                                          8. GJ

                                            GerryJeeps

                                            Oxford

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on November 8, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Brilliant tapas, using some traditional staples but adding some inventive twists. Slow cooked beef and pork were excellent, as were scallops.

                                          9. R

                                            Regulardiner

                                            New England

                                            496 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            496 reviews

                                            Dined on November 2, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            What a great place! The food was excellent, and the service attentive without any pretention, which we appreciated. We had been traveling around SPain and Portugal three weeks by the time we dined here, and they still managed to wow and surprise us with the inventive combinations. There were also many healthy choices, which was wonderful. I highly recommend this place, and reserve early. We saw many people turned away.

                                          10. C

                                            Chez

                                            New York Area

                                            10 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on October 21, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            One of the best restaurants we’ve been to in a while. Food was fabulous as was the service and the ambiance. We split 4 dishes and all were outstanding. Such interesting and flavorful plates. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Barcelona.

                                          11. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Melbourne

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on August 31, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            So lovely, and great with gluten free. Went the extra mile

                                          12. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Toronto

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on August 15, 2019

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            We started off with iberico ham, croquettes and smoked mozzarella and tomato salad. The ham was delicious and very good quality. The croquettes were just perfect, it had a very pleasant and creamy filling with just the right amount iberico ham, and the crust was just the right amount off thickness with a nice crunch to it. The salad was very fresh and everything combined amazingly together. The smokeness of the cheese, the juicieness of the tomato's and the little bit of crunch from the crisp. The salad was so good that I had two. Then we got seafood paella. It was exactly what you would have expected from a properly cooked and good quality paella. After we got dessert, I had the citric textures and it was one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. It did take a little while for this order to come out but it was worth it. I would strongly recommend this restaurant for everyone, it has a little bit of everything you would want in Spanish cuisine. The dishes are very interesting because they take your classic Spanish dish and put a twist on it.

                                          13. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Denver

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on June 11, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Wonderful place!! So accommodating, excellent food and exceptional service. Made our evening extra special!

                                          14. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Richmond

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 29, 2019

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            Great service. Definitely try to octopus!

                                          15. SF

                                            SanFrann

                                            San Francisco

                                            57 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            57 reviews

                                            Dined on May 6, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent food. Friendly and informative service. Very good assortment of items to choose from. Care is taken about ingredients and preparation. Very nice vibe. We will recommend Rao to all of our traveling friends.

                                          16. KJ

                                            KarenJ

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 9, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food was amazing in RAO. The service was great, they welcome you with a smile. Highly recommend making a reservation. They were turning people away. The food was outstanding. We had a selection of gourmet tapas and loved everything! We will definitely be going back next time we’re in Barcelona!

                                          17. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            21 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            21 reviews

                                            Dined on March 5, 2019

                                            overall3food3service2ambience3

                                            Los platos estaban bien pero nada fuera de lo común. Mesas muy juntas. Mucho ruido. El servicio desbordado, tardaban mucho en atender y traer los platos

                                          18. i

                                            ilyg

                                            Tampa

                                            3 reviews

                                            1.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on September 8, 2018

                                            overall1food1service1ambience2

                                            Disappointing dining experience. With the plentiful dining options this restaurant needs to get it together if they want to make it. Service was prompt and polite. Two of us ordered a total of 5 plates hoping to be full when we left as we were hungry when we arrived. We placed our order and waited some time before our wine arrived- must have run to the store to get it. It was then some time again before the first plate arrived. Tempura beets and avocado. This was a touch salty but one of the better dishes. Next came the scallops. Perfectly cooked and beautifully plated but ice cold. About 2 bites into the scallops the next plate came - much too quickly - the duck special was a huge disappointment as the Yukon “American” potatoes were raw and the very rare (bordering on blue) duck breast was so tough it was a chore to saw through it with the butter knife provided. I think if the chef had taken his time and removed the clear connective tissue covering the breast meat when he prepped the dish it would have made a huge difference. We only ate one bite of this plate. At this point the last 2 plates came out at the same time and there wasn’t room for everything. Our octopus leg was not a beautifully charred tender meal it was a scorched rubbery mess that tasted of the gas used to get the “charred look” this happens when the technique isn’t executed properly usually done too quickly. Finally we tried the pork checks. This was by far the best dish we had. They were a tender and rich delicious bite that melted in your mouth. When we asked for the check with all the plates still piled on the table and hardly eaten the waiter asked about the food. We told him our concerns but he didn’t seem to care he gave a simple shrug of the shoulders and fetched our bill.

                                          19. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Washington DC

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on July 12, 2018

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            Innovative tapas with great waitstaff and unbelievably low prices, including a great wine list. Thanks for a great evening. Recommend avocado/beet tempura and pork cheeks. We had 7 or 8 tapas for 3 people and dessert and were pleasantly full. You won’t see many locals or hear much Catalan here: suggest going south to Rambla de Poblanou (sp?) for that. No outdoor seating, but pleasant wine cellar-type ambiance off a gothic alleyway. Suggest reservations be made before you arrive in Barcelona. I predict this will be Michelin soon, so its good they are on open table.

                                          20. L

                                            Laura

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on June 20, 2018

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            What a great dinner! Amazing platillos, especially Octopus and Roastbeef! Must try a Cocktail "Chosen Path". Highly recommend. Will come back!

                                          Safety precautions

                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                            • Contactless payment available
                                          • Physical distancing

                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                            • Extra space between tables
                                          • Protective equipment

                                            • Waitstaff wear masks

                                          FAQs

                                          Rao Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

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                                          Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                          Additional information

                                          • Cross street

                                            Tallers o Bonsuccess

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Dreta de l'Eixample

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Tue–Sat 7:30 pm–10:30 pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Smart Casual

                                          • Parking details

                                            Street Parking

                                          • Public transit

                                            Plaza Catalunya

                                          • Payment options

                                            MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Additional

                                            Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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