Jun 6th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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We are spending 4 days in Barcelona and staying at the Arts Hotel. We want some good restaurants which serve regional food. We would spend about $50 pp for dinner...maybe more???
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Jun 7th, 2010, 08:21 AM
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Dinner for $50/person is pretty light, but possible if the restaurant offers a less expensive tasting menu that includes wine, water, bread and desert. Dinner for us when visiting Barcelona is a rarity except on special occasions. Lunch is generally the main meal of the day, followed by tapas in the evening.

For dinner at an upscale Catalan restaurant (Windsor) expect to pay 60€ to 90€/ person, or more for the ala carte menu.

For a nice Catalan restaurant then expect to pay 30€ to 60€/ person.

If you want to spurge a little and dine at someplace like the Drolma then you can expect to pay 135€/ person and up.

You might be interested in reviewing Maribel's Guide to Barcelona for her take on dining in Barcelona (
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Jun 7th, 2010, 08:56 AM
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or you can visit some of the great tapas bars and spend
40 euros (for two) on a splendid meal.
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Jun 7th, 2010, 12:52 PM
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Get it! So is tapas the general rule for the evening and heavier lunch? I have not been to Spain in many years.
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It's not a heavier, heartier or larger lunch, simply the main meal of the day for a lot of people, and for some of us, a nice way to relax when not much else is going on. It also tends to be a bit less expensive then going out to dinner because of the abundance of the prefix menu, or a menu del día, offered by most restaurants.

A lot of shops still close from 1:30 to 4:30 so that their employees can go to lunch, and you may find it better to be relaxing in a comfortable restaurant instead of beating the streets during the warmer summer months. It also helps put you into the rhythm of life in Spain.

Tapas and pintxos, in the Basque country, can make a great, and often very inexpensive, dining experience. It also allows you to sample a wide variety of tastes and specialties without overdoing it.
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Jun 7th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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hi wordsmith,

we were in Barcelona last September for 3 days, [and nights] and we mainly ate tapas. we woudl stop for a drink about 12noon, have a drink and a tapas or two, then wander round a bit more, and repeat the experience.

then in the evening, we'd go out for a drink [and tapas] [or 3 or 4] or a tapas first followed by a meal later.

dinner can be as planned or informal as you like!
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Jun 7th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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We were in Barcelona and Madrid in April ( not the first time),
had tapas and pintxos ( available in Barcelona as well) any time of the day. The only problem - some of the places we love are always mobbed.
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I agree tapas or pintoxs r the way to go...really great variety and delicious. One place we did have dinner mainly selected because it was right across from our apt was Senor Parelleda in the ElBorn and it was very good. Probably paid about 70€ for 2 people with winewine.
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Have great regional food at for example Restaurante 7 Portes going back to 1836 or at Can Culleretes, the oldest in town (1783). No problem to have lunch within your budget on neither of these Barcelona classics, 7 Portes being the more expensive. Reservations needed.
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Jun 8th, 2010, 03:57 PM
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For a very special meal, Cinc Sentits.

For a casual meal with a great selection of tapas, Cerveceria Catalana, Carrer de Mallorca 236, off the Rambla de Catalunya in the Eixample.
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I love, love Cerveceria Catalana... 7 Portes not so much.
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