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Arenal Restaurant

Passeig Maritim La Barceloneta, s/n | Playa de la Barceloneta, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 21 08 10
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“paella” (39 reviews)
“fideua” (3 reviews)
“rice” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Spanish, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Passeig Maritim La Barceloneta, s/n | Playa de la Barceloneta, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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1 - 10 of 128 reviews

Reviewed 28 November 2017

Extremely friendly, professional staff serving decilcious food in a glorious setting. One of our favourites We always come back.

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Thank janp62
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We had Sunday paella (“arroz”) in Arenal and it was delicious. I recommend the shrimps starter as well as the ham with “pa amb tomaquet” (bread with tomato and oil). The seafood paella, fideuá (pasta-based paella) and squid were all delicious as was the tiramisu.

Thank Marina L
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here sitting outside on the beachfront. Lovely setting with lovely food. We had Mussels and some other starters to share. Huge bowl of lovely large tasty Mussels accompanied by a couple of glasses of wine....Service was excellent, very friendly. Would definitely return here...More

Thank Ooney30
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Nice restaurant on the see, good food but a bit too noisy when full... Directly on the beach, nice to be outside.

Thank Pledoc
Reviewed 30 September 2017

We choose this restaurant for arrival dinner in barcelona and all participants enjoyed the delicious food and the nice atmosphere.More

Thank Andreas M
GrupArenal, Social Media Manager at Arenal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Andreas M, Thank you for taking the time to post a review for Arenal Restaurant. Also would like to thank you very much for your kind words. It's very kind of you. We look forward to see you soon in one of our restaurants (Arenal,...More

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to dine here on the first night of our holiday. The setting was lovely, right on the beach front. However, we were highly disappointed by the food. We ordered a jug of sangria, which tasted non-alcoholic, and a seafood paella to share. Where...More

Thank alg1810
GrupArenal, Social Media Manager at Arenal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Hello alg1810, I'm so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your evening with us.. I'm disappointed to hear you found sangria and paella as bad as you say. Must admit that's not a comment we have ever had, but I will, regardless, pass it on...More

Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

stand up informal dinner not bad choice. the selection and paella were good. only point the staff for serving drinks extremely slow. be prepared in advance with bottles ready is not that difficult. understaffed.More

Thank bio84
GrupArenal, Directora de Comunicación at Arenal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed our selection of paella but I am sorry, however, to read that you thought the service didn't live up to your expectations. "All right" or "OK" are both obviously far below the standards to which we hold ourselves. It...More

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We had midday lunch trying to escape the sun in the shade of this cozy place. Fabulous crispy calamari and Andalusian style baby octopus with some fried white fish. I think it's the most expensive on the menu 19.90€ but definitely worth it. You sitting...More

Thank Andy T
GrupArenal, Directora de Comunicación at Arenal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

What wonderful compliments - I'm really pleased that you and your group enjoyed your evening with us at our soft opening. It was a pleasure to have you with us and I do hope that we can see you again very soon. Best regards, Magdalena

Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Perfect for a restaurant on the beach. Good wines and good food. Not very expensive, but you pay the view. Worth every euro.

Thank Rosca C
GrupArenal, Directora de Comunicación at Arenal Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed. We look forward to see you again in one of our restaurants (Arenal, Xup Xup or Cor Caliu) Regards, Grup Arenal

Reviewed 6 June 2017

Beautiful resto right on the beach. Went for lunch and had paella! Wonderful food, great view of the water. Great value

Thank Paul C
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Barceloneta
Originally a fisherman’s quarter, this quaint area
can’t escape its small village feel: laundry hanging
over the narrow streets, old ladies clamoring at each
other from their balconies and elder gentlemen playing
games on short wooden benches gossiping the day away,
Barceloneta could double as a film set. Artists line
the boardwalk displaying their magnificently detailed
sand structures making this the most visited beach in
...More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 37 - USD 61
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Passeig Maritim La Barceloneta, s/n | Playa de la Barceloneta, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barceloneta
  • Neighbourhood: Barceloneta
  • Phone Number: +34 932 21 08 10
  • E-mail
Description
El Arenal occupies an exclusive location on Barceloneta beach. Its large terrace and dining room, which is light and airy, are a wonderful setting to enjoy the restaurant's Mediterranean cuisine based on traditional recipes inspired by the sea and the mountains. The menu focuses on rice dishes, fish and carefully selected meat combined with an extensive wine list offering the perfect match for every dish.
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