Tablao Flamenco Cordobés Barcelona

Is Tablao Flamenco Cordobés Worth it?

The legendary Tablao Cordobés is one of the oldest and most emblematic flamenco venues in Barcelona. This intimate tablao has long attracted some of the best flamenco artists from all of the country.

As Spain experts and flamenco enthusiasts, we have been visiting tablaos (venues) from Seville to Barcelona and everywhere in between and sharing which ones we think are the best.

So how does Tablao Cordobés rank on our list of the best flamenco shows in Barcelona? Continue reading to find out what we really think.

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PATRICIA PALACIOS
España Guide Co-Founder
Patricia is an engineer turned content creator who for over a decade has been helping travelers navigate her native Spain. In addition to her own website, her tips and recommendations have been featured on BBC Travel, CNN, El País & Lonely Planet, just to name a few.

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Cordobés, an authentic Tablao Flamenco

Female dancer on the stage of Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Female dancer on the stage of Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

Sure, you can see and enjoy flamenco on any stage, but nothing compares to an authentic tablao flamenco. And Cordobés is one of them.

Located on the bustling Ramblas street in the center of Barcelona, Tablao Cordobés has been hosting some of the greatest flamenco artists since 1970. The show is constantly evolving as its star-studded cast changes every few weeks.

Tablao Flamenco Cordobés Icon - Miguel Poveda started in Tablao Flamenco Cordobés    Did you know? The famous local flamenco singer Miguel Poveda (5 times nominated to Grammy Latino) started his career at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés.
Intimate venue of the Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Intimate venue of the Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

Tablaos, such as Cordobés, are characterized by their intimate atmosphere. They are usually small venues where everyone in the audience is very close to the stage.

Another key characteristic of traditional tablaos is that no amplification is used. As a result, the experience is more much raw and unadulterated. You can really feel the music.

Flamenco purists will tell you that you haven’t experienced a real flamenco show until you see one at a tablao. We wouldn’t go that far, but it’s definitely the most authentic and traditional way to experience flamenco.

Food options at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

Buffet dinner at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Buffet dinner at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

In all honesty, we haven’t tried the food at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés. Online, it gets quite mixed reviews. There are many 5 star reviews and there are many 1 star reviews. Some say it’s amazing, others say it’s inedible. Make of that what you will.

A ticket with dinner included will cost you 82€. Dinner is buffet style and it’s served before the show in a separate adjacent dinning room.

Tablao Flamenco Cordobes Pro Tip Icon - Tickets with dinner get the best seats    A great perk of the show+dinner ticket at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés is that you will be among the first seated for the show and get the best seats.
Dancer with a shawl at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Dancer with a shawl at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

The food at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés pays homage to traditional Spanish and Catalan cuisines, with special emphasis on paellas and rice dishes. However, the list of food options is very long. You will be able to choose between more than 40 local specialities from all over Spain: from salmorejo from Córdoba to the south to octopus from Galicia to the north.

Sometimes, it’s also possible to get a ticket with tapas for 62€, but this option is not always available.

Vegan, vegetarian, halal and gluten-free options are available.

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Our thoughts on the Tablao Flamenco Cordobés Show

Gorgeous Moorish entrance at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Gorgeous Moorish entrance at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

Unfortunately, the experience leading up to the show was a little hectic for us. We arrived 15 minutes before the show and were told by a staff member to wait until our name was called to be allowed to enter.

Instead of having an orderly line, we were stuck in a large crowd of people on a skinny sidewalk of Las Ramblas, the busiest street in Barcelona – not the smoothest of beginnings.

It was never apparently clear why we couldn’t enter as we arrived, especially considering that everyone outside had the same general admission show ticket.

Crowd ready for the show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Crowd ready for the show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés
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If you want to have the best seats next to the stage, then you need to book show+dinner tickets, since these seats are reserved especially for them. There is no option to pay extra just to have better seats without also booking dinner. That is somewhat of a disappointment from our viewpoint.

Traditional tablaos such as Cordobés are intimate which means they are small and space is tight. With that said, the seating in Tablao Cordobés is especially tight.

It would be a good idea to make sure you go to the restroom before the show starts. Because depending on your seat location, you might not be able to move without making 10 other people get up first.

Passion & energy during the show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Passion & energy during the show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

Once seated in the room, you quickly forget about the buzzing streets of Barcelona and are transported to an old world of flamenco. The ambience is intimate and charming, the room is very atmospheric and well decorated with Moorish designs. Typical of traditional tablaos, wooden chairs are set around a wooden stage a few feet off the ground.

Tablao Flamenco Cordobés Icon - photos not allowed    Note that photos are not allowed during the show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés. They are only permitted during the last couple of minutes, when the artists signal to the audience.

At Cordobés, all tickets include a drink with the show. In theory, you can choose between wine, beer, sangría, cava (the Spanish version of champagne and a personal favorite) or a soft drink.

In reality, however, a waiter goes around with a huge tray full of sangría glasses and tries to push them on people – they don’t ask you what you would like to drink. You have to go out of your way not to accept the sangría glass and order something else to drink.

Live Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

The experience at Cordobés improved once the lights dimmed. There is no arguing that Cordobés puts on an amazing show. In fact, it’s probably the best in all of Barcelona. The intimacy of the tablao sets the perfect stage for a real authentic show. And the fact that no speakers are used makes for a much more pure experience.

There was quite a large cast that participated in the show. When we visited, there were a total of nine artists: three dancers, two guitar players and four singers.

The artists were all great – they definitely gave their all – and the dresses were gorgeous. The highlight of the show during our visit was the dancer in a long-tail gown (“bata de cola” dress) at the very end. Simply mesmerizing and a real crowd pleaser!

Tablao Flamenco Cordobés – The Final Verdict

Passionate male dancer at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Male dancer at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

If you want to experience an authentic flamenco show, then Cordobés is probably your best bet in Barcelona. After all, it’s counted among the most important flamenco venues in the city for a reason. Even though we loved the show itself, we think there is room for improvement in the arrival experience and the service.

As we mentioned, we have not personally eaten at Tablao Cordobés. However, based on our research of looking through online reviews, it seems that Tablao de Carmen might be a better option if you are looking to have dinner with a show. Price-wise they are also similar. But Tablao de Carmen is in the Poble Espanyol and you will probably need to take a taxi to get there.

Colorful dress at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés in Barcelona
Colorful dress at Tablao Flamenco Cordobés
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If you give more importance to your personal comfort and to service then you could opt for a more modern and spacious venue such as City Hall Theater. City Hall Theater also offers tickets starting at 25€, almost half the price as Cordobés. So if you are on a budget, that might be a better option for you.

Palau Dalmases is another great option. The setting there is intimate but not overly crowded. It’s also a very beautiful venue.

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