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Eating Restrictions in Barcelona / San Sebastian


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Eating Restrictions in Barcelona / San Sebastian

adamr | | Oct 14, 2012 08:20 PM


My boyfriend and I are traveling to Barcelona and San Sebastian next month and I'm in charge of the food itinerary. First, thanks for all the great info about these two cities already on the boards here -- unbelievably helpful.

We both deal with some limited eating restrictions, and I'm trying to figure out how big a deal that will be (both in terms of patience and communication). We'll want to try one or two of the top level tasting menus (i.e. Etxebarri, Akelarre), plus some other great restos and the pinxos of course.

To be specific, he can't eat dairy (negligible amounts ok), and I can't have shellfish or pork products (will often just go vegetarian), and I guess are main questions are:
- What are the best ways to communicate this?
- When to communicate? (When making the reservation or at the restaurant?)
- Do you know of specific places that will be more accommodating than others?

I had a wonderful time at the French Laundry because I got their vegetarian menu (which is no mere consolation prize), and I got the sense that they would have made it work for me even if that hadn't been an option. But that's Northern California... I've never been to Spain, and don't want to spend one of our meals refusing half of the courses or insisting on alterations that would result in something third-rate. But, also really want to be as adventurous as possible -- we're much more likely to try and find something that works at a great restaurant rather than fall back on a vegetarian or other specialty restaurant.

Thanks in advance!!

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