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Los Caracoles, Barcelona, Barcelona

Los Caracoles

4.4
4.4
107 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

19:00


Booked 4 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

  • Area

    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 107 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Barcelona

    Best Overall

  • Barcelona

    Best Food

  • Barcelona

    Best Service

  • Barcelona

    Best Ambience

  • Barcelona

    Best Value

  • Barcelona

    Most Booked

  • Ciutat Vella

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 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.
  2. R

    Robby

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Tourist trap.
  3. p

    peroo23

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Le resto etait fermé !
  4. BG

    BrianG

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

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

    BrianG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 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
  6. SS

    SamirS

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 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.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Best seafood paella in Barcelona.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Looking for an authentic Spanish meal. Seems more touristy. A lot of people from England. Fish was fresh and good but dishes seemed rushed and that they do high volume.
  9. G

    Gazzan

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What a fantastic place to spend the evening! Atmosphere fantastic, service brilliant and the food was amazing! Go.
  10. SU

    SamUrzua

    Mexico City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fuimos buscando plata y encontramos oro! La comida estuvo deliciosa. Las gambas al ajillo 100/10. Lo más destacado es el camino hacia tu mesa y pasar por la cocina dónde ves que toda la acción. 100% recomendado
  11. P

    Pdj007

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal in this traditional Spanish restaurant. From the outside it looks like an average small tapas bar, but once you walk through the narrow bar it opens up into a large quirky restaurant. The staff and food were exactly what you would expect, amazingly friendly staff and food to match. Highly recommend
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good ambiance. Food are really good but little salty.
  13. M

    Mrjackson77

    Cincinnati

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    This restaurant is a must do in Barcelona. The history and ambiance of it, are like nothing else. The chicken is amazing and we had to try the snails while we were there. Because they don’t open until 7:30, the servers were hit all at once with tables, and as a result, we were often waiting to order and get drink refills. The servers had great personalities though, which made up for them being so busy. Definitely an experience and would absolutely go back for the chicken. Los Caracoles is a true gem in Barcelona!
  14. DD

    DaveD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent and I would go back to this restaurant again. While the kitchen is a bit chaotic that is part of the ambience and our food came out hot. Our only complaint is regarding the service. The waiter never came to top up our drinks or check how meal was. This would’ve been ok however when the bill came he had added an order of bread to our bill when he made it sound like he was just putting complimentary bread on the table as most restaurants do. It was removed when questioned however it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Enjoy the food but check your bill.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excelente comida, cava de vinos y ambiente
  16. m

    marquitoscuba

    Miami

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was Ok. Nice place for a date or going in a group. Good service. We did not like the food (main plate), the appetizers were good and the dessert was ok.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic atmosphere!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I was visiting from Los Angeles, and this was my second visit to Los Caracoles and Barcelona in general. The food there is fantastic, hence the second visit. However, this time around, most of the food arrived at the table lukewarm, some even seemed to be at room temperature, and that took a lot out of the experience. We expect to be served hot plates, especially given the restaurant’s long-time reputation. The service was wonderful and still an overall good dining experience.
  19. M

    Marcom

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place: real traditional Spanish food of high quality
  20. p

    piccolo

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wew returned after 37 years for a very delightful dinner with close friends. As delicious as we remember. Of course we orders their special caricoles as well as many other dishes. Service was very friendly and delightful. A fun place for family-style shared plates
  21. AH

    AndrewH

    Barcelona

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We have been on four previous occasions and really enjoyed it but our meal was cold when it came. It was a bit disappointing
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Collectively we had snails, shrimp, rabbit and Monk fish all to rave reviews
  23. JM

    JodiM

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun atmosphere, highly recommend if you are visiting Barcelona
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    This is a great find, historic restaurant and quirky old building. Many interesting dining spaces (kitchen, balcony, upstairs), old photos and antiques everywhere. Some of the food was fantastic, like the strawberry gazpacho with shrimp, and the grilled seafood platter! Others were very good, like the burrata salad and paella. Honestly the only issue was the very slow wait staff. We had to call random waiters over to ask for bread, drink’s, coffee. Although they were polite, we were frustrated enough to leave without dessert... Worth going for the food, but plan for a long night!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Muy recomendado
  26. JW

    JedW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to experience local Catalan food. Excellent service and ambiance. They serenaded my fiancée with guitars and birthday cake which was really special. Highly recommend Los Caracoles. Which means The Snails. I gave the snails and rabbit a miss mind you.
  27. SC

    ScottC

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here several times during visits to Barcelona and love bringing friends and work colleagues for their first Caracoles experience. 100% recommended and look forward to the next visit.
  28. W

    Westcoastfoodie

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We made reservations, although it didn't seem to matter, as well ins were seated before us. The food was just ok. Our server was nice, but rushed. In all, too big to deliver a great meal.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Great experience- the pictures on the wall make an entertaining experience
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Barcelona

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing taste to combine with history This is my regular place
  31. J

    Joya

    Mexico City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Buen lugar, clásico, servicio muy bueno. Caracoles y pollo muy bien, platillos abundantes
  32. F

    Foodie

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place! Service was exceptional! Great decor with “Los Caracoles” ( The Snails ) theme throughout. Food was delicious. The caracoles were in a tasty savory sauce and were cooked perfectly. We had seafood paella that was perfectly prepared. The garlic chicken is a fabulous choice. The creme brûlée and lemon sorbet completed a delightful eating experience!
  33. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of two friends; both giving it high marks. We ordered the snails as an appetizer which was a huge plate and would highly recommend as a main course. There were easily 30 snails on the plate and they were delicious in a sort of brown gravy which sopped up with the bread (that they charge you for even if you don’t ask for it) was wonderful. The downside was the paella. Now granted this was our first time trying paella made without the shells and it definitely was not a good taste left in our mouths. It was an overly dry, fishy taste without the signature prawns that come on each pan of paella. The calamari was over cooked and the shrimp was also over cooked so we picked out the edible parts and left the rest there, not even bothering to take it to go. I’d recommend the snails and a salad to split but skip the paella without shells. Perhaps the paella cooked with shells would have been different but all I can give you is my experience.
  34. SD

    SaraD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The ambiance was very authentic and rustic but the food wasn’t very good and the waiter was pushy; even so far as telling us the tip wasn’t included at the end. I understand it is the busy tourist season but we found him annoying. The salads were good but the pollastre a l’ast was too salty and very dried out. Overall I would say it is a cool space to be in but I live in Catalonia and have had much better food so I wouldn’t suggest this to friends visiting.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Un poco más de limpieza en general
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Overall ambience wins you over. It’s such a hidden gem! No complaints about the food, it just didn’t blow me away.
  37. S

    Seaxprs

    Miami

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is one of those places you must experience at least once! We first stumbled upon Los Caracoles 28 years ago, and were excited to return. It’s a classic with good reason - the food is good, excellent service, and an amazing, historic space.
  38. YS

    YairS

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2019

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Food was fine. However, the menu claimed that all prices include tax, but in the bill they added tax on top of that.
  39. KD

    KenD

    New York Area

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice to eat at a restaurant I ate at 42 years ago, and find it essentially unchanged. Quirky decor, local charm, good food and service. I was not disappointed
  40. JG

    JimG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten at Los Caracoles several times in the distant past (20+ years ago), and didn't know what to expect. I couldn't have been happier. Everything about it exceeded both my expectations and my memories. Worth going to just for the amazing snails, but don't stop there...every dish was superb!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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

    • Waiting staff 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 4.4 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Los Caracoles

Calle Escudellers 14, Barcelona, Barcelona 08002

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Near the Ramblas and Plaça Real

  • Area

    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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