Lateral Restaurant: good tapas, great lighting and refined décor

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Looking for an elegant setting to enjoy some tapas? Try Lateral, the first branch of the celebrated restaurant chain outside of Madrid.

Lateral Escalivada
Where?

Consell de Cent 329
Eixample
metro: Passeig de Gràcia

When?

open every day
Sunday to Wednesday: noon-1am
Thursday to Saturday: noon-2am

How much?

€20-30

Why?

for its romantic charm

Following the runaway success of the Lateral restaurant chain in Madrid, the owners decided to branch out into cities away from the capital. First stop? Barcelona! The youngest member of the Lateral family recently opened to the public in the heart of the Eixample quarter, a stone’s throw from Rambla Catalunya.

A light, bright space with a sophisticated look

Even from outside, your eye is sure to be drawn to the pretty covered terrace with its potted palm trees. You’ll be very tempted to stop for a bite to eat, and we think you’ll like what you find!

lateral terrace

Going into the restaurant proper, one of the first things you’ll notice is the beautiful lighting which floods into the space from a variety of sources: oil lamps on the tables, illuminated inside windows and delicate sunbeam wall lamps. At the back of the room, an immense mirror reflects the elegant décor, inspired by romantic French bistro style. The whole effect is charming, relaxing and cosy.

lateral décor and inside windows

Lateral’s extensive tapas menu

Next, onto the food! Here, the tapas is the star of the show. As you’ll know, tapas comes in small portions – keep that in mind when ordering.

Choosing from the menu is no easy task, given the extensive range of original and mouthwatering tapas on offer at Lateral. The daily specials, risottos, melted cheeses, fish tartares, salads, charcuterie boards, meat-based tapas and mini-kebabs will have your mouth watering even before you’ve finished reading the menu!

lateral provolone

 

lateral duck breast and chutney

If you have a sweet tooth, we highly recommend the apple and berry crumble, served with a scoop of ice cream. It’s a culinary masterpiece!

lateral apple crumble

Useful information

Prices at Lateral

There are no fixed-price menus at Lateral, so at lunchtime, expect to pay more than in a restaurant with a classic lunchtime offer: it may be better to wait until the evening. Allow between 20 and 30 euros (depending on appetite!) and 4-5 euros for dessert.

Lateral opening times

Good news: the kitchen is open non-stop, every day of the week.

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 12 noon – 1 am
  • Thursday to Saturday: 12 noon – 2am

The Lateral pincho solidario

If you like your food to taste good, but also to do good, we have something for you! On days when it’s available, order the pincho solidario. Fifty cents from each sale of this dish are given to the Balia foundation to combat childhood poverty.

Through this initiative, Lateral has already raised over 10,000 euros for the charity. That’s one more reason to visit!

balia

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Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!