WANT: Traditional Catalan tapas in a lively atmosphere
Occasion: Casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner
Location: 269 Carrer de la Diputació, 08007
Phone: +34 934 880 977
Reservations: Not accepted
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9:00am – 12:00am, Sun: closed
Prices: Reasonable (around 20-30€)
Menu: Tapas 24 Menu
I went to Tapas 24 on one of my first nights in Barcelona because my sister said it was her favorite tapas restaurants when she travelled here this summer. It’s a small tapas bar in the basement just off the shopping street Passeig de Gracia. I recognized the area because I had gone to Zara Home earlier that day – which happened to be across the street from it. It was busy, and apparently always is, which is no surprise because it’s Carles Abellan’s affordable sister restaurant of his michelin starred Commerc 24. The line to get a table shouldn’t be too long and it’s worth the wait. I would suggest going early (around 8:00pm) to avoid the line. When I went with three of my friends around 10:00pm there was a 20 minute wait to sit inside and we were starving. We decided to sit at one of the tables outside instead to get seated right away. I would actually suggest sitting outside if you want a quieter dining experience because the interior of the restaurant is small and energetic. The restaurant is open all day and I definitely plan on going back for breakfast or lunch to sit outside and people watch.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that despite the restaurant being busy, there was still great service. It was a cold night so the waiter brought us blankets and turned on heat lamps. We enjoyed the cozy atmosphere while sharing pitchers of red wine sangria. Our waiter was extremely attentive and sociable. He warned us of pickpockets because being naiive North Americans, we kept leaving our phones out on the table and our bags around the backs of our chairs. The only issue I had with sitting outside was that homeless men came up to our table asking for money or selling flowers.
We ordered about five tapas to share family style between four people and loved all of them. The two biggest hits for us were lettuce cups and the carnitas tacos filled with tender pork. My sister suggested the bikinis with truffle oil and Iberian ham – basically a luxurious grilled cheese sandwich. Some people swear by how delicious these bikinis are but I found them to be a little overrated. This may have been because they got a little cold by the time I ate them outside. My friend Camille is a picky eater and the only Catalan food she eats is pan con tomate, which she said was the best here. It’s a simple, traditional dish consisting of slices of baguette rubbed with fresh tomatoes, along with olive oil and salt, to soften and add flavor to the bread.