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7 Portes

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Passeig Isabel II 14 | Pla del Palau, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933193033
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1:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Opening its doors in 1836 to begin offering over 150 years of excellence...
Opening its doors in 1836 to begin offering over 150 years of excellence, Restaurant de les 7 Portes is truly the most classic of Barcelona's eating places. Here, you can enjoy the finest Catalan cooking in an intimate setting or in one of the spacious banquet halls, accompanied by Spain's best wines and "cavas" (sparkling wines) from the well-stocked cellar. The restaurant is housed in the Pòrtics d'en Xifré, a building declared a national monument and the first place in Barcelona where running water was installed. In 1942, it became the property of Paco Parellada, founder of one of the foremost dynasties of restaurateurs in all of Catalonia.
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Good for:
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Definitely a tourist trap, should have listened to the reviews

This was recommended by Grand Hotel Central (where we stayed). Bad recommendation. This is a tourist trap and the food is bad. They put us in the back room where they seated every Asian foreigner, which would have been lovely had we been dining in China, but not so fun when we are in Barcelona... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
PolarBear_333333
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This was recommended by Grand Hotel Central (where we stayed). Bad recommendation. This is a tourist trap and the food is bad. They put us in the back room where they seated every Asian foreigner, which would have been lovely had we been dining in China, but not so fun when we are in Barcelona for the first time and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

There's no doubt that this restaurant is good. There are plenty of classic Catalan dishes with a good ambiance but I couldn't say it was outstanding for the price. It is overpriced. The "rich man's paella" was not rich, it was satisfactory but skimped with little seafood, a couple of langoustines and no lobster. The service was very formulaic. Overall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

On the surface, this restaurant may seem a bit formal and old fashioned especially after having enjoyed some excellent tapas at more casual restaurants. However, 7 Portes did not disappoint. We ordered two paellas for four people (rich man's paella and squid ink); both were excellent. We also ordered some salads, starters and finished with dessert. All in all a... More 

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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67 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My GF and I thoroughly enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner at 7 Portes in Barcelona! I had the rack of lamb and we both had cava and pan de tomate. Not sure what my date had for her entree. It was a delicious experience and we did enjoy our meals and the great service!

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Ankara, Turkey
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8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It is a very nice restaurant where you can find almost every kind of food but I strongly recommend sea food. Service quality is excellent and as mentioned quality of food aswell. Please don't forget to make a reservation before you go, otherwise you can wait 1/2-1 hour at the door.

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Schweiz
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48 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I strongly recommend to not go there! Only misleaded tourists from hotels are around. You can't reserve and depend on the mercy of the place - which isn't a huge problem unless you are a party of 10. 70 year old service staff with white gloves and a piano player. Nothing I really need. The prices are hilarious (most dishes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I always make it a point to have at least 1 meal at this restaurant which reeks of Catalan tradition and history.The service is excellent and the food never disappoints. The sangria is well done and you shouldn't miss the black ink paella. Will not hesitate to recommend.

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Europe
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I have been to 7 Portes several times over the years, but now they got downhill. Indifferent service, very mediocre food, fish not fresh. The only interesting thing now is the nametags of celebrities who visited the restaurant in the past. If they went there today, they would not be returning.

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Toronto, Canada
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20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is an old-school restaurant, and no surprise since it has been open since 1836. Waiters are in white jackets and glide silently between tables with white table clothes. Banquettes line the walls, where plaques show names of famous people who have eaten there: The King of Spain, Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Sean Penn, etc. Large mirrors are angled high... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It's a well known restaurant between tourists who come in Barcelona, located in a nice zone of the city. I've been there for a small group (7 people) business dinner. The venue is very nice, but the food was quite disappointing, especially fried fish and crema catalana. Good service. A little bit expensive (above 50 € for entrée, main course,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Passeig Isabel II 14 | Pla del Palau, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barceloneta
  • Neighborhood: Barceloneta
  • Phone Number: +34 933193033

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 50
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Opening its doors in 1836 to begin offering over 150 years of excellence, Restaurant de les 7 Portes is truly the most classic of Barcelona's eating places. Here, you can enjoy the finest Catalan cooking in an intimate setting or in one of the spacious banquet halls, accompanied by Spain's best wines and "cavas" (sparkling wines) from the well-stocked cellar. The restaurant is housed in the Pòrtics d'en Xifré, a building declared a national monument and the first place in Barcelona where running water was installed. In 1942, it became the property of Paco Parellada, founder of one of the foremost dynasties of restaurateurs in all of Catalonia.
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Neighborhood Profile
Barceloneta
Originally a fisherman’s quarter, this quaint area can’t escape its small village feel: laundry hanging over the narrow streets, old ladies clamoring at each other from their balconies and elder gentlemen playing games on short wooden benches gossiping the day away, Barceloneta could double as a film set. Artists line the boardwalk displaying their magnificently detailed sand structures making this the most visited beach in the city (the shirtless men working out might help too). You’ll know by the delicious aroma that you're in the right place to try some of the best and most authentic seafood including paella, Spain’s national dish.
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