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December 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


December 17
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Our History

This story starts in Paris at the end of the 19th century. Pere Romeu worked as an entertainments presenter and waiter in the cabaret Le Chat Noir. Seduced by this environment, he decided to create a similar restaurant in Barcelona. It had to be like a tavern: cheap food and piano music. Some friends backed him up financially, among other, Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol.

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This story starts in Paris at the end of the 19th century. Pere Romeu worked as an entertainments presenter and waiter in the cabaret Le Chat Noir. Seduced by this environment, he decided to create a similar restaurant in Barcelona. It had to be like a tavern: cheap food and piano music. Some friends backed him up financially, among other, Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol.

Els Quatre Gats opened on June 12th 1897 in the Montsió Street in a building designed by the architect Puig i Cadafalch. It drew attention because it was unusual, refined and artistic details combined with objects could be seen as characteristic of a traditional hostel. It was a little more than an «imitation of Le Chat noir» as Rubén Darío, one of the first distinguished visitors, said; otherwise it would not have become a legendary place. Everyone that came to Barcelona visited the place; the long list would be endless. They expected a different thing, not just a good food. As Rusiñol said, what was essential was «the food of the spirit». This was also the intention of Pere Romeu, who sat with his customers and presided over social gatherings in which «the world was fixed». Shows of Chinese shadows and of marionettes were also made and, to announce them, Ramon Casas painted posters following the fashion of the time.

Els 4 Gats, al 1901 Casa Martí

In 1899, at age 17, Picasso started to frequent the place and carried out his first exhibition in the big room. Also he made the poster that was used as a title page of the menu of the house. Musicians like Isaac Albéniz and his friends Enric Granados and Lluís Millet also visited the 4 Gats, as well as architects like  Gaudí and draughtsmen like Ricard Opisso. The streets of Barcelona came off impregnated with the Bohemia that they left and the aroma of those that changed impressions about the future of their time can still be breathed today. Those first years, the most luminous and expressive, have come off retained on the tables and are now hanged on the walls. They are all there: Picasso, Casas, Opisso, Nonell, Rusiñol…; they certify what happened during those years in which the artistic feeling of Barcelona and that of a place full of inspiration vibrated.

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4 gats_ Ricard Opisso
4 gats_ 1897

But Pere Romeu was an idealist and not a businessman. It seems that if anybody did not have money to pay, Pere Romeu did not take the charge into account nor should the guest wash the dishes. Moreover, those that paid did it at a much reduced price. Keeping this every day there was less income and more debts accumulated. In June 1903, he closed the brewery that he had opened with so much enthusiasm in 1897. The closing left everyone from Barcelona surprised. Pere Romeu dedicated himself to other activities like motoring, but he continued being poor until his death in 1908, from tuberculosis.

4 gats_ Santiago Rusiñol,Ramon Cases i el mític Pablo Picasso

His friend, Santiago Rusiñol wrote: «that picturesque place, full of dreams, which frightened the artisan; those pictures on the walls that the girls of the house could not go to see because they liked them too much; that smoke of pipes that made the parishioners of the house drunk of ideas; friend, who you deserve you it, sleep in peace. You had only made the good, and you do not have sorrow of leaving! Yes, we will miss you, and in you we will miss a period in the one that the fantasy made us live».

Afterwards, the premises became the headquarters of the house of the artistic circle of Sant Lluc, until 1936, when the Spanish Civil War changed everything. Many years had to pass before Els Quatre Gats went out of its lethargy and its path started again. At the end of the 70s, three gastronomic businessmen: Pere Moto, Ricard Alsina and Ana Verdaguer, got associated, with new proposals for the cultural environment of Barcelona, for opening its doors again.

4 Gats l’any 1897
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In 1989 the employer Josep Mª Ferré, with renewed enthusiasm, started to manage the restaurant and the «Casa Martí», where it is placed, was restored in 1991 within the framework of the campaign «Barcelona posa’t guapa». At present, personalities of all areas.




Dear customer:
On 18 May, the restaurant offers a special dinner created by our Executive Chef Oscar Alba renowned chef Carles Gaig one Michelin star. From the union of two creative chefs get the finest cuisine in a unique event. Call to book a table on 93 302 41 40


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Dress code

 Gentlemen –  Long pants, shirt with sleeves and closed shoes.

  Ladies –  Elegant.

Gastrobar is not allowed to enter with swimwear.

Group Bookings

If you want to make a group reservation you can call 93 630 97 24, Monday to Friday from 9 to 18pm.

Documentary: Discover Restaurant 4 Gats
Production of  GrupFerré
Duration: 4″06
Restaurant 4gats
Mercat de la boqueria
Vinyes Ferre Catasus

Christmas 4 Gats 2015

Christmas menus at the famous 4 Gats restaurant in Barcelona

This Christmas we offer you high quality cuisine in a magical setting


Imagine you want to have a company lunch or dinner, or a meal with friends or simply with family at a restaurant in the centre of Barcelona. What if the 4 Gats restaurant were to prepare you a set menu for such celebrations? All you need to do is contact us. Shall we talk?


This Christmas Day and Boxing Day we will be open to offer you the best cuisine in Barcelona. Our establishment has been the epicentre of Catalan culture since 1897 and, thanks to the goodwill of all our staff, we will decorate these special days with the best products, a warm and friendly atmosphere, and an excellent service.


The famous 4 Gats restaurant offers you this very special menu to welcome in the New Year in the best of ways. The unique space will be decorated elegantly and live music will accompany this unforgettable evening. Call and book a table for our New Year’s Eve dinner! (0034)  93 317 41 40


We can customise any Christmas events you might have, we can customise the menu, we can adapt to meet your needs … We are at your service!

Gastrobar 4 Gats
Produced by GrupFerré
Duration: 4″10
Restaurant 4gats



4 Gats was founded with the clear idea of becoming a good restaurant, a reference point in Catalan culture, a place to conduct discussions and a place that would give the opportunity to exhibit the works of young artists.
For this reason, we wanted to return this activity to our restaurant for its 120th anniversary.
Thus, during the 12 months that the events of 120 years of the 4 Gats, the dining room of the premises will be transformed during the first three weeks of every month in an exhibition of painting, drawing and photography show a taste of arts designed and produced in our country.