Grill Room | Barcelona Bus Turístic

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Grill Room

One of the city’s last Modernista restaurants

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A restaurant in the heart of the Old Town has preserved its striking Modernista facade for more than a century. Located in a building constructed in 1902, the Grill Room has maintained its official décor both on the facade and in its interior.

Why visit the Grill Room?

The Grill Room, located in a building protected as a Cultural Asset of Local Interest, has maintained its emblematic Modernista facade on Carrer d’Escudellers. The entrance to the restaurant, an original design by Ricard de Capmany, is made up of wooden panels in the form of columns and arches with curved mouldings and floral decoration. Traditional wood and glass panelling is used under the arches and around the door of the establishment, whose interior maintains its curved Modernista decoration and ceramic materials on the walls, while the top part is dominated by the name of the restaurant over a turquoise blue background.

The Grill Room was opened in 1902 under the name of Torino by an Italian entrepreneur, Flaminio Mezzalama, who called it after his home town of Turin. The restaurant’s success was such that he opened another one on Passeig de Gràcia, also called Torino, a mythical restaurant that now sadly no longer exists. The first restaurant came to be known as Petit Torino, due to its smaller size, until 1916 when the Bofarull family, who owned the neighbouring restaurant Los Caracoles, bought it and ran it under the name of Grill Room until 2009. The restaurant was then closed and abandoned for a time until in 2011 it was bought by a restaurant group, which recovered its original design.

 

How do you get to the Grill Room?

Hop off at the Colom – Museu Marítim stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic and walk up La Rambla to Carrer d’Escudellers, where in addition to the Grill Room you can also see another historic restaurant: Los Caracoles.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? Spain’s first glass of Martini was served at this restaurant. Its owner, Flaminio Mezzalama, represented the Martini & Rossi brand in Spain.
  • Local’s tip: Don’t just stare at the beautiful facade of the Grill Room, go in and have a meal. It offers a menu of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.
  • A must: To have lunch or dinner in Modernista Barcelona.