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BCN: How far in advance do I need reservations?

anotherjennifer | May 18, 2012 12:19 PM

We arrive in Barcelona next Thursday for a week's vacation. We are traveling with our 10 year old, so dinners will be on the relatively early to geezer-ish side. I've done my research, so I understand that tapas bars generally don't take reservations, but that they are often important for eating in restaurants if we don't want to end up eating Chinese.

Our general approach to vacations is to go with a list of restaurants we're interested in, but the whole idea of having planned exactly where we will eat lunch and dinner exactly which day way in advance just isn't us. Who knows what we'll feel like when?

But I've gotten this far. . . we'll be there for 7 dinners. I'm thinking 2 eaten in the apartment from food bought in the markets, 2 tapas crawls to be designated later and 3 restaurants, most likely Allium, the back room of Berri Taktika for Basque food and Manairo. How far in advance do I need to reserve for these restaurants or places like them? Should I be panicking and just committing and making reservations now for dinners a week to a week and a half from now? Is the day before ok? Can we look up at 3 PM and decide what we're in the mood for and call for a reservation for 8:30 or 9 that night?

I think we want Sunday lunch at Kaiku on May 27. How far in advance do we need to call for that?

Any truth to the notion that La Boqueria is such a zoo on Saturdays that it's better left for another day and if we want to pick up food at a market on Saturday for dinner on Saturday or Sunday, we'd be better off at a different market? Our apartment is on Carrer de la Diputacio, a couple of blocks north of Gelonch. Am I correct that if we're not going to La Boqueria, we'd probably head to Santa Caterina?

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