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Los Caracoles, Barcelona, Barcelona
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Los Caracoles

4.3
4.3
141 Reviews
€31 to €50
Mediterranean
In 1835, the Bofarull family founded one of the most charismatic restaurants in the city, Can Bofarull, in the most emblematic part of the Gothic District, near Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Over time, the restaurant was renamed in honour of one of its most famous dishes, Los Caracoles (Snails). Since then, four more generations of the Bofarull family have managed to maintain the excellent standard of it's high quality traditional cooking.The restaurant's well-earned fame has spread all over the world and is now an absolute must for all those visiting our city. It stands out for always having been a place frequented by famous personalities from the world of art, show business, politics and finance, attracted not only by the choice of culinary pleasures served there but also the charm of its numerous little corners so full of history.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Catalan, Traditional Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 7:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    933 01 20 41

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    El Gòtic

  • Cross street

    Near the Ramblas and Plaça Real

  • Parking details

    Parking gratis en la rambas.

  • Public transit

    Liceo or Drassanes Stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 141 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant, lovely staff and the snails are exceptional. Lovely experience
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Locale molto particolare e tipico. Cibo ottimo. Personale molto cortese. Nella sala che affaccia sulla cucina c’è forse un po’ di rumore legato all’attività di preparazione dei piatti.
  3. l

    lalla

    Munich

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    The Service was great. But the food was not what we were expecting from the „new years Menu“ for 130€. The crab soup was far from good. It looked and tasted so bad. We could not eat it. The tables Next to us, also had to send it back. The main course barely had vegetables on the side. It was basically meat and two Mini carrots. The Dessert looked really pretty but it tasted like nothing. I‘m really disappointed. This should not happen at this Price range.
  4. l

    laurap

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cena in famiglia con bambini
  5. SA

    SergioA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait is a little long but it is well worth it!
  6. EP

    EmmaP

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    No rotisserie chicken available so as this was a favourite we had gone back for, we left
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and delicious
  8. CG

    CieloGirl

    Mexico City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We went to Los Caracoles for dinner on Christmas Eve. The restaurant is in an ancient building in the gothic district and is charming and quirky. We walked through the bar, waited to be seated then walked through the frenetic, hot kitchen to another room where we were seated. Seating is tight but comfortable and it’s fun to watch the goings on. The waiters were all very friendly and the food arrived fairly promptly considering the number of customers. My daughter-in-law and I had the baked cod with prunes which was delicious. My husband had the tender 2/4 roast suckling pig and my son had a steak which he felt was over cooked a little. There were no vegetables served with the meals but for roast potatoes with the pig. It’s a Barcelona experience I would recommend.
  9. AA

    AlejandroA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great people
  10. G

    Giorgio

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going to Los Caracoles for about 45 years! Always - great food, friendly and expert service! Can’t wait for the next visit.
  11. RI

    RobInMadisonNJ

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Overall a terrible experience. Firstly, as a couple we were seated next to a whining baby (when other room was available). The service was very, very slow and not friendly at all. The paella was not very good. The small portions of clams and mussels were “old” and dry and I’m pretty sure made me a bit ill in the stomach. The lobster was ok, if not small. While I appreciate the history of the restaurant, time has passed it by. Pass.
  12. IG

    IntoGreatDining

    San Francisco

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful busy place with tins of character. Roast suckling pig was outstanding. Escargot yummy. The server was fun and let us take our time. Just the ambiance is worth it. Careful ordering martinis. A "normal" martini is a sweet awful drink. Just be very specific or go straight for the Spanish wine.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Restaurant très typique où vous passez dans la cuisine pour accéder aux salles. Carte aux choix multiples avec notamment de nombreuses paellas. Très bruyant, à éviter pour 1 dîner intime.
  14. MH

    MargaritaH

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good but octopus appetizer came warm, cooled off quickly, some pieces were overcooked so we could not enjoy the full serving.
  15. M

    Mullers321

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really old venue with outstanding ambiance and character - Food was superb as was the service
  16. AA

    AmildaA

    Fort Lauderdale

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food
  17. S

    Sebastian

    Berlin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Tolle Atmosphäre in einem fast 200 Jahre alten Restaurant, sehr netter und witziger Service bei leckerem Essen. Absolute Empfehlung!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    The food was okay, but the waiter was gruff and inattentive; however the host was accommodating when he could not find my open table reservation, he sat us anyway. It was a very average experience.
  19. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a dinning experience. Amazing restaurant. I will recommend it to all that visit Barcelona. Thanks, Los Caracoles
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four shared multiple dishes. All were excellent. The staff was extremely helpful
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went during lunch on Sunday Oct-2-2022 and everything was perfect. Had croquettes, shrimp & garlic, egg/truffles and mixed paella. Delicious food, good value, and perhaps the best sangria we had the entire trip.
  22. TT

    TonyaT

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is an absolute gem! It was highly recommended to us and we are so glad we went. The paella is outstanding as were all the dishes we ordered. It’s an iconic restaurant that should be booked when you are next in Barcelona. And don’t let the specific block it’s on deter you. It’s so fabulous!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not very expensive but unmatchable experience and good. The mixed sea food dish for two is out of this world
  24. G

    General

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food
  25. LC

    LCSP

    Miami

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Great food and service. The “caracoles” were delicious.
  26. CW

    CraigW

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were treated a bit as if they were doing a favor waiting on us. The server, although stoically kind, was overwhelmed plating paella and very inattentive to guests. Definitely too many tables, plenty of available help, would say poor/non-aware Managment?
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Roasted pig is breathtakingly wonderful!
  28. G

    Globaleater

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I would go back! Went with f four other family members. Read reviews and it sounded good but with some comments warning of wait times. So I made a reservation for a Friday night which meant that we got in at 9:30. If you want to eat earlier on weekend nights try to get reservations a week in advance. This applies to all of the better BCN restaurants. The food is what wins you over. The process for getting seated had some ad hoc elements that made waiting customers a bit nervous. Fortunately my daughter-in-law is fluent in Spanish and was able to interject that we had reservations when the host fella overlooked us to greet another customer. Not sure what is going on here. Once we were seated, the service wait for first contact was longer than what is normal in the rest of Europe. Just as some of us were getting irritated, a waiter appeared. From that point on, we received good service and very good food. So this is a case of alls well that ends well. Be persistent, you will not be sorry!
  29. z

    zachdog

    West Palm Beach

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The first time I ate here was in 1970...nothing has changed and I have dinner here every time I am in Barcelona. While it is mostly filled with tourists, it has maintained its authenticity. Lovely service, good food
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner in Barcelona! Alfred and Ramon made our trip complete!!!!!!!!
  31. M

    Moma

    New England

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very delicious. Suckling pig was outstanding!!! The restaurant was completely full but the service was very quick. Our server JR was super efficient and attentive. He even made perfect Cosmopolitan for my wife! In addition, restrooms were super clean!
  32. TL

    TaraLF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! Amazing very special location.
  33. ST

    SteveT

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Paella in town! The half roast chicken is amazing!!
  34. EC

    EmmaC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter from Uruguay was witty and intelligent and spoke fantastic English to help us. The food and ambiance was outstanding. A lovely evening. Thank you.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I made a reservation at Los Caracoles last night on the recommendation of my brother who had dined here previously. Wow, we were not disappointed. When you enter the restaurant, you walk right past the kitchen where the charcoal fired stoves get your attention with the heat they put out. But you also get a glimpse of the amazing paella dishes that the chef is preparing. My wife ordered the lobster paella and it was fantastic while I ordered the roast chicken. The lobster paella is served with numerous clams along with a half of a lobster. The rice was excellent and complimented the dish perfectly. My chicken was so juicy and cooked perfectly with a herb seasoning on the outside. Our waiter was a delight and we were warmly greeted by the owner, who is the 5th generation of family ownership. Excellent restaurant and one you want to be certain to dine at while in Barcelona.
  36. R

    Robby

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Tourist trap.
  37. p

    peroo23

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Le resto etait fermé !
  38. BG

    BrianG

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Classic food in a historic atmosphere.
  39. BG

    BrianG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in an amazing old world atmosphere. You enter through a tiny bar and then through the kitchen to a restaurant in the basement area
  40. SS

    SamirS

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible experience- would not recommend. The wines were terrible, food was horrible, and we waited 2 hours for our first round of drinks and appetizers.

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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Los Caracoles offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 933 01 20 41.

Los Caracoles is rated 4.3 stars by 141 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Los Caracoles

Calle Escudellers 14, Barcelona, Barcelona 08002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Near the Ramblas and Plaça Real

  • Neighborhood

    El Gòtic

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 7:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Catalan, Traditional Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking gratis en la rambas.

  • Public transit

    Liceo or Drassanes Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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