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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, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 71
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  • 53
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  • 50
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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
Our return visit was disappointing

We revisited El Gran Café when we returned to Barcelona in January 2015. The restaurant is a fabulous setting in true Barcelona style but the food was not up to the expected standard. Steaks and fish were so below standard. As tourist fare it was just about ok. Service was good but the whole... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
rockville41
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We revisited El Gran Café when we returned to Barcelona in January 2015. The restaurant is a fabulous setting in true Barcelona style but the food was not up to the expected standard. Steaks and fish were so below standard. As tourist fare it was just about ok. Service was good but the whole experience was a bit tired. What... More 

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Leicester, Uk
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15 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Reviewed El Gran Café before with glowing comments, and been a fair few times over the years. This time something was missing, mainly down to a (more limited?) menu which over-reached itself so far as descriptions were concerned. All four of us agreed the food was somewhat bland, although well presented with good service.... but El Gran Café has always... More 

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario y sentimos lo ocurrido y será comentado al local, Saludos cordiales More 

Derbyshire, UK
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113 reviews 113 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Given the stunning building and higher prices we had high expectations for this restaurant. I would class it as a safe choice for fairly good food and wine, but indifferent service and continual piano music.

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario y mejoraremos en la medida de lo posible Saludos cordiales More 

bristol
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were lucky enough to go on piano night took the set meal which included wine and coffee. The piano player was very good as was the food, the service was also excellent ... Loved it

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario positivo y esperamos volver a verle por el local si regresa a Barcelona, Saludos... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I happen to go to this restaurant pretty often for the food is really good. Try to go in the evening for they have a guy who plays the piano really nice and makes the ambiance very beautiful! I totally recommend it.

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario positivo y esperamos que regrese por el local en su próxima visita a Barcelona.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Nice sangria, nice olives and bread. But that is all as far as food goes. We liked the setting and atmosphere.

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario e intentaremos mejorar en la medida de lo posible. Saludos cordiales More 

London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We read that this place was one of the best places to eat in Barcelona so we had to give it a try. We were greeted by an unfriendly waitress who took us to our table and provided the menu's. After 20+ minutes no one had taken our drinks order or food order and the staff were standing around having... 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 

Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Very nice atmosphere with piano. Dark and formal waiters. Party of 3. 5 appetizers...all very good. In and out quickly..

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

Top Contributor
246 reviews 246 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We ate here as it was one of the less busy restaurants with outdoor seating on Las Ramblas. On reflection we can see why. The service was a little slow, and whilst there was quite a bit of choice of the menu, the food wasn't great. I had a margarita pizza which was literally a £1.50 supermarket pizza. My husband's... More 

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos el comentario y trabajaremos en la medida de lo posible para que no vuelva a suceder More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Found this restaurant strolling through the gothic quarter. Beautifully decorated in an old traditional style. We went back for a second time for the paella which was just beautiful. Service was great and the live pianist in the background added to the ambiance.

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Estimado cliente, Le agradecemos su comentario y esperamos volver a verle pronto por el local, Saludos cordiales. 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 33 - 56
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Barbecue

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?

Staying in Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)

Neighborhood Profile
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
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