MARTINEZ Barcelona, Spain

Tell us about your first impressions when you arrived.

Seafood and paella are typically eaten on the beach, but turns out they taste just as good halfway up a mountain. At Martínez, you can delight on steaming dishes of seafood rice and tapas on a giant wooden deck that overlooks Barcelona, the port, and the sea.

What was the crowd like?

Barcelonans come here in large, lively groups for long lunches with Sangria in the sunshine, or with the family on weekends.

What should we be drinking?

Make like a local and order beer or white wine with your meal—or one of the giant gin and tonics served in a fishbowl, if you’re really thirsty.

Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss.

Kick things off with some tapas of tomato bread, Iberian ham, fried fresh anchovies (boquerones), and cod fritters before letting loose with a lobster paella.

And how did the folks treat you?

Our Server was extremely friendly but you’ll enjoy Spain a lot more if you just accept that the service will be less efficient than what you’re used to. But what does it matter if you have to wait for the bill when you’re sitting out in the sunshine drinking sangria?

What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here?

A perfect spot for a big, social lunch on a sunny day or an intimate, romantic date in the evening.

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