Fàbrica Moritz: creative tapas in a historical and trendy bar
Article updated 10 May, 2017.
Abundant beer and high end tapas are key to the success of Fàbrica Moritz! Discover with us a highly unusual restaurant.
metro: Sant Antoni (L2)
Ronda Sant Antoni 41
every day from 6am to 3am
from 3 euros
for its original design
+34 934 26 00 50
Opened in 2011, Fàbrica Moritz has quickly won over the population of Barcelona. It’s fashionable without being overdone, making this tapas bar unusual and very appealing.
Fàbrica Moritz, a unique place
An honoured history
Fàbrica Moritz is a historical site belonging to the Moritz family since the 19th Century, and it also where the beer was once brewed.
This is no longer the case but the place has kept its soul as well as its name, as “fabrica” means factory in Catalan. You can still visit some of the old brewing machines displayed underground.
Transformation and renovation
Although the Moritz family were keen to preserve the spirit of the place, the brand has spent 10s of millions of euros in renovating and remodeling the space to completely transform it. It now houses a tapas bar, a bakery and the Moritz store.
Architect Français Jean Nouvel (responsible for the Agbar tower) was in charge of this project and the result is very special!
Cool and trendy atmosphere
People of all ages meet in this mixture of bright colours and stark materials.
The atmosphere is at the same time cool, trendy and edgy: the servers’ uniforms are directly inspired by the Moritz factory workers’ uniforms, for example, which is nice touch!
Fàbrica Moritz is perfect for nights out with friends, and there are many long tables arranged around the place with benches.
- Our advice: victim of its own success, Fábrica Moritz is often full to bursting so try to get there around 8pm to get a space, and avoid going on Fridays or Saturdays.
Eating at Fàbrica Moritz
At Fàbrica Moritz, all the tapas are made to order: no reheating here! And you can see for yourself as all of the kitchen walls are transparent.
A very varied menu
The menu offers a number of mixed salads, fresh seafood, grilled fish, gourmet sandwiches, and egg-based dishes… and Fàbrica Moritz even serves breakfast for around 6 euros.
The restaurant offers a variety of breads made on-site. There is of course a beer bread, but there are also many more. My favourite is the slightly sweet dried fruit loaf.
Expect to pay between 3 and 10 euros per tapa and between 10 and 20 euros for a main course. It might seem expensive but the quality is good and the tapas are served well, except for the Moritz montaditos as these are just a mouthful.
Classic and original tapas
The tapas classics are available: Ibérico ham, tortilla, calamari…
But the kitchen also offers innovations such as a refined, lighter version of montaditos, which are served on an endive leaf rather than a slice of bread.
The chicken with coriander and mustard mayonnaise was a little too citrus for my tastes, but I absolutely loved the salmon, nuts, yoghurt and apple.
Catalonia vs Alsace
However, in honour of the founder’s origins in Alsace, the menu also offers dishes and tapas from that region, such as Catalan sauerkraut and patatas bravas with bechamel and morsels of ham (a treat!).
Admittedly they’re not the lightest offerings but they do go perfectly with beer!
Drinking at Fàbrica Moritz
The kingdom of beer
Moritz traditional, unpasteurised, bottled, draught, glass, or pitcher…
Fàbrica Moritz has also created a number of beer-based cocktails. You can try beer sangria, beer kir and even beer Campari.
If you don’t like beer, don’t worry! You can choose from juices, wines, cavas, vermouths, wine or cava sangrias, cocktails and other spirits; you’re unlikely to go thirsty…
Remember to raise a glass to us while you’re there!
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