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El Gran Cafe

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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9 Carrer d'Avinyo, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933187986
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 1:00 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Founded in 1920 and still with the original modernist decoration, "El Gran...
Founded in 1920 and still with the original modernist decoration, "El Gran Cafe" is truly, the most impressive and attractive location of Barcelona. Placed in the historic center of "Barri Gotic", and known for its comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, with live piano in the integrated with a selection of traditional Catalan cuisine.
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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 122
    Excellent
  • 158
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 49
    Poor
  • 50
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Poor service

I visited El Gran Cafe in January 2015, and was very much disappointed. The food was average- but nothing special. However, the service was so poor, which ruined my lunch. The staff who served our table was very rude and unprofessional. I don't think I will visit this place again in future.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
sh1016
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Seoul, South Korea
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Seoul, South Korea
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I visited El Gran Cafe in January 2015, and was very much disappointed. The food was average- but nothing special. However, the service was so poor, which ruined my lunch. The staff who served our table was very rude and unprofessional. I don't think I will visit this place again in future.

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Estimado cliente, Lamentamos que su experiencia no haya sido satisfactoria. Le agradecemos su comentario, son estos detalles los que nos... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We were out searching the night for a place to have dinner. We found this place and though the old feeling of the place was cosy. After beeing seated we received complimentary sangria and some sort of potato salad (apparently complimentary means pay 1,75 in "service charge"). We orderd the food, medium rare entrecôte for me and lamb for my... More 

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Estimado cliente, Lamentamos que su experiencia no haya sido satisfactoria. Le agradecemos su comentario, son estos detalles los que nos... More 

Barcelona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We had a wonderfull dinner and evening at El Gran Cafe, in Barcelona, 5 minutes from the Rambla, the food was good, and the staff was real observant, whenever something was missing. and the price was very affordable like 70 € for two

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario positivo y esperamos volver a verle pronto por nuestro restaurante. Esperamos que cunado vuelva... More 

Walnut, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had lunch here around 1:30 pm on a Wednesday. The tables were 80% filled. A waiter seated us right away. The welcoming feel ended there. They had only 2 waitresses and 1 waiter who were overwhelmed. The waitress dropped off a bag of breads for us and walked away immediately without even knowing that it knocked over an empty... More 

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Estimado cliente, Lamentamos que su experiencia no haya sido satisfactoria. Le agradecemos su comentario, son estos detalles los que nos... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We stumbled on Le Gran Cafe when strolling through the historic district. It looked so inviting we decided to give it a try. Most evenings they offer their piano menu until 7:30 which consists of several shared tapas, a choice of entrees, dessert and a bottle of wine for 29E per person. The food is very good, but not great... More 

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario positivo y esperamos volver a verle pronto por nuestro restaurante. Esperamos que cunado vuelva... More 

Paris
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Having been to El Gran Cafe a few years ago and being a regular traveler to Barcelona to visit my relatives, this place has lost his cuisine and focus on the look. When you know what a industrial paella tastes (el paellador), you are surprised to find food of lower taste and quality. We tried all 3 paellas and both... More 

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Estimado cliente, Lamentamos que su experiencia no haya sido satisfactoria. Le agradecemos su comentario, son estos detalles los que nos... More 

Limassol
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had lunch there today. The place is nice and the staff is competent. Regarding food, choose tapas and meat main courses. The tapas were good but the starter: Spaghettis carbonara were overcooked and desperatly missing ham! Regarding desserts we don't know as we had ice creams and it was good (but of course, it was not homemade). The prices... More 

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Estimado cliente, Lamentamos que su experiencia no haya sido satisfactoria. Le agradecemos su comentario, son estos detalles los que nos... More 

Barcelona, Spain
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The location is downtown Barcelona, the name of the street was used by Picasso in his renowned "Demoiselles d'Avignon" painting. The restaurant used to be a classic in Barcelona but now the quality has decreased substantially and the prices are not at the level of the quality of service and meal. Perhaps a place to explore since the ambiance of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The tapas here are several times better than anything you will find on the Las Ramblas strip. They have a fried cheese tapas that is to die for. I would recommend the beef sirloin main course, but others in our party of 8 equally enjoyed their main dish too. The atmosphere is excellent and accommodates large groups on 3 different... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We visited here last night and had an amazing dinner. We did not book but were quickly taken to a table. We both had starter and main with a bottle of cava and it came to €70. A good price for fantastic food, service and surroundings. I had the onion soup and duck whilst my husband has the lobster bisque... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Carrer d'Avinyo, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Phone Number: +34 933187986

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 34 - 57
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Mediterranean

Description

Founded in 1920 and still with the original modernist decoration, "El Gran Cafe" is truly, the most impressive and attractive location of Barcelona. Placed in the historic center of "Barri Gotic", and known for its comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, with live piano in the integrated with a selection of traditional Catalan cuisine.
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:00 pm - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?