Fodor's Expert Review Sant Pau

$$$$ Barcelona Spanish

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

One of the best restaurants below the Pyrenees, this Sant Pol de Mar treasure is a scenic 40-minute train ride along the beach from Barcelona (take Calella-bound train from the RENFE station on the Plaça Catalunya). Chef Carme Ruscalleda is a household name in Spain, with seven Michelin stars to her credit, and this is the main stage for her talents. Inside are clean, spare lines and a garden overlooking the Mediterranean. Dishes change with the seasons, but picture vieiras (scallops) with crisped artichoke flakes on roast potato, or lubina on baby leeks and chard in garnatxa (sweet Catalan wine) sauce. If you're here for Sant Jordi, Barcelona's Lovers' Day on April 23, you might score a misiva de amor (love letter), a pastry envelope containing julienned berries and peaches. Take a Calella-bound train from the RENFE station on the Plaça Catalunya: the train stops very close to the restaurant.

Spanish Catalan Romantic Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$ Prix-Fixe

Quick Facts

Carrer Nou 10
Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia  08395, Spain


Known For:
  • Three-Michelin-starred cuisine
  • Scenic train ride along the beach
  • Perfect place to spend Sant Jordi
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., 3 wks in May, and 3 wks in Nov. No lunch Thurs.

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