Is it true that those who work at Ziryab are Deaf?

Yes! Totally true. In fact it’s part of the charm of the place, as there are very few places in the world with this peculiarity! You can practise your sign language, or even perhaps ask the waiters to tell you how to say “thank you”, “it’s very good” or “this place is awesome!”, in sign language. In the restaurant we have deaf staff among the floor and kitchen staff. Our hearing staff have weekly sign language classes. In our cocktail bar/lounge opposite, all the team is deaf! Our staff are usually Catalan local deaf persons, however we often also have deaf people from all over the world who do work placements with us, so between them usually they will be able to understand English if you want to write something down! As one of the owners of Ziryab is deaf and therefore champions deaf culture and opportunities, this is an important aspect for us, to ensure we give opportunities for deaf people to work in the sector of bars and restaurants. We want to integrate diversity in a natural way, and also we love being able to provide a service in sign language for deaf people who frequently visit us from all over the world. We hope that you enjoyed this particular aspect of Ziryab, an important part of our identity!

A video about Ziryab and Sign Language (Spanish subtitles)

Introduction to ziryab (general)