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  • Writer's pictureWalter Ponce

Restaurant L'Olivé, Barcelona - Review

Updated: Apr 24

Overall rating ★★★★★ │Seafood - Mediterranean│Avg. 50-70 Euros pp│Eixample, Barcelona

Service: ★★★★★Food: ★★★★★Location: ★★★★★ Price: ★★★★Portions: ★★★★★

L'Olivé restaurant Barcelona is a well-established Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine classic located in the heart of Barcelona on Balmes street. My personal experience at this restaurant has been exceptional, and I highly recommend it.

I've consistently been suggesting this restaurant to all my friends visiting Barcelona, and they've always left extremely satisfied. It has been my "go to" restaurant for many years and I am a big fan of their cuisine and service.

About L'Olive Restaurant

Since 1984, LOlivé restaurant Barcelona has been serving fresh and contemporary cuisine without interpreters. They offer a wide variety of seafood and land-based dishes, focusing on good products and their correct handling. The chef, César Pastor, is in charge of the gastronomic proposal, and everything, including desserts, is homemade.

The restaurant's interior is a combination of traditional and modern touches, with large rooms and careful decoration by the study of Lázaro Rosa-Violán. It is a perfect place for any type of celebration. Upon entering, there is a small lounge area with a bar and sofas, making it an ideal place to enjoy a cocktail or drink before or after dinner.

At L'Olivé restaurant in Barcelona, you'll find an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs craft each dish right before your eyes. The dining area is split into two distinct sections. One boasts hexagonal tiled floors, shelves adorned with jugs, and a striking olive tree as the centerpiece. Meanwhile, the other area exudes a more traditional vibe, featuring well-lit walls adorned with countryside and nature paintings, complemented by rustic wooden floors.

When it comes to wine, L'Olivé offers an impressive selection with over 125 references, including both national and international varieties. From exclusive Priorats to prestigious Bordeaux or Burgundy, there's something to suit every palate.

Food review of L'Olivé 2023

During my last culinary journey at L'Olivé, I began with starters to share. The Cantabrian anchovies were fresh and tender, while the bellota ham croquettes were perfectly crispy and creamy. The Padron peppers were good but lacked uniqueness, unlike the intense duck terrine with sweet apple and strawberries.

However, the true star was the mellow deboned oxtail with mashed potatoes. The meat was incredibly tender, and the sauce displayed patience and expertise in its preparation. The comforting "grandma style" mashed potatoes complemented the dish perfectly.

The highlight of the experience was the hand-cut Ox Steak Tartar, which I saw being prepared in the open kitchen. Opting for the mild version, the combination of flavors with the egg yolk and pepper was exquisite.

Next, I savored the grilled octopus with Iberian bacon and parmentier. The dish showcased a burst of flavors, and the hidden surprise of Iberian bacon added a delightful touch.

The last hot dish was the Grilled Red Tuna Tataki with foie pôelé, a mouthwatering explosion of umami flavors, accompanied by a rich meat juice gravy.

Finally, concluded with the house's "Cheesecake," a super creamy and homemade dessert that left a lasting impression.

Food review of L'Olivé 2024

During my recent visit to L'Olivé restaurant, I kicked off with the creamy cod fritters, priced at 2.40 euros per unit. They were delightful little bites packed with flavor. Next up was the fresh burratina with tomatoes, which set me back 14.75 euros. The creamy burrata paired perfectly with the juicy tomatoes, creating a refreshing start to the meal.

For the main course, I indulged in the seafood and fish paella (sans shells), priced at 23.65 euros. The generous portion was bursting with seafood goodness and cooked to perfection. It was a true taste of the Mediterranean.

To round off the meal, I treated myself to a slice of cheesecake and a rich espresso. Both were the perfect sweet endings to an already fantastic dining experience.

Overall, my visit to L'Olivé was as wonderful as ever. The atmosphere was cozy, the service was impeccable, and the food was simply outstanding. It's no wonder this restaurant remains a favorite of mine.

Conclusion L'Olive Restaurant

All in all, L'Olivé restaurant Barcelona stands out as a must-visit dining spot in Barcelona for those who cherish top-notch Mediterranean and Catalan dishes. Situated centrally, it offers convenient access via various public transport options. Whether you're celebrating with friends, family, or colleagues, I highly recommend it. The pricing is fair, in line with other establishments in the city, neither too cheap nor excessively expensive. Moreover, the service is consistently exceptional, ensuring you always feel well taken care of.

Address L'olive: Carrer de Balmes, 47, 08007 Barcelona

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