The emblematic Cheriff Restaurant situated in la Barceloneta, opened its doors in the late 50´s and has continued its philosophy and tradition right up to the present day, the fame for its Paellas, Fresh Fish and Seafood, delivered daily, still from local fisherman that harbour their boats at Barcelona’s dock the “Moll de la Planxeta”.
Pedro Ruipérez originative from the Murcia region, and his family, set up a small fishmongers specialising in seafood, in the old fishermen’s area of Barceloneta, the same site that later became the famous Cheriff Restaurant. This curious name given to the restaurant was in fact the nickname given to Pedro by the local people, owing to his jovial manor and somewhat eccentric personality, fan of the American westerns films of the day. It was not uncommon to see Pedro dressed up in his sombrero and gun belt... pure sheriff from the Far West style! In the 1980’s Pedro’s son Simón, also decided to open an establishment directly in front, over the road, it was the also renown Restaurante Lobito, whilst his daughter María de los Angeles or “Nini”, as she became affectionately named by the locals, continued as the chef in the Cheriff with its popularity continuing to increase.
In 2016, Nini retired and Cheriff was acquired by the group Iborra Restaurants, their flagship Restaurant Elche has run in parallel over the years with endless similarities in history between the two restaurants that are now merged. The reputation for the best paellas in both establishments, each with their own secrets of elaboration, remain faithful to their traditional recipes and style competing for the best paellas in town.
In 2019 the restaurant has been completely renovated and refurbished by the award winning Mesura Architecture Studio, in order to improve on functionality after forty years of endearing but tired interior design.