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El Gran Cafe

9 Carrer d'Avinyo, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (El Barri Gòtic)
+34 933187986
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Ranked #1,773 of 6,092 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $38 - $63
Cuisines: Spanish
Neighborhood: El Barri Gòtic
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A longtime favourite of Barcelonans, from the 1920s until the next century, probably, El Gran Cafè restaurant feels every bit like a Parisian Art Nouveau brasserie. The Modernista style is glamourous, with red velvet curtains, original paintings, statuettes, grand brass chandeliers, soaring pillars, live piano in the evenings and a balcony from which to survey the scene. You'll feel as if you're on a movie set. The menu is a careful selection of traditional Catalan dishes like Paella Costa Brava and French ones like steak tartare. People tend to return again and again, not least because the prices are moderate and the service superb.
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
278 reviews 278 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
619 helpful votes 619 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was taken to this restaurant as part of a works group and must admit I enjoyed my visit. The décor of the restaurant was classy, and the piano player added to the ambience with a great selection of tunes. The service we received was good, the wine was excellent for the price, the various tapas ordered was tasty and... More

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Rochester
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The ambiance was good and the piano player was excellent. This ends the positive portion of this review. Food was not of good quality - entrecotes were way undercooked for 3 members of our party and corrective action failed miserably in the kitchen. Paella was the worst in our weeks visit to Barcelona. But the unenthusiastic, sullen, uncooperative server made... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Was attracted by the look of the restaurant and the menu seemed okay. Ordered an starter salad and seafood paella. The salad was fair but the paella came with the bare minimum of actual seafood and lots, and I mean lots, of rice. The rice itself was bland and boring, rather wet and seemed to lack any seasoning at all.... More

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Warrington
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135 reviews 135 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We eat in El Gran Cafe on Saturday night, the service was fantastic, the staff went through any questions that you had, recommended a lovely red wine which was 19 euro. Really enjoyed out starter and main course, would definately go again, it was as good as it looked

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Even we were one of the youngest, it was a very special and romantic experience. Live piano with really good and modern musik, a table at the window, friendly and mindful staff made our stay really really comfortable. We could calm down during very good and enough food. We had the menu and more than enough food, very good starters... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is my favourite restaurant in Barcelona. We returned for our second stay and were not disappointed. A beautiful restaurant with proper tablecloths and even a piano player. Excellent value for money especially the €29 set meal. Looks far more expensive than it is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Set meal of the day is 11 Euros includes 3courses and a glass of wine. Food is excellent, and the place is popular with locals - always a good sign.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This was a wonderful discovery, but clearly a long established and extremely beautiful restaurant. The place itself, the staff and the food were all excellent and could not be faulted. You felt as if you were entering a very expensive restaurant, but the food was very reasonably price. The food was lovely. We actually went twice. Once for lunch and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We visited this restaurant on our last night in Barcelona and wished we had found it before! Fantastic service, we enjoyed good quality food whilst listening to the talented pianist. A must for special treat. Thank you for making my last night in Barcelona just perfect.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I liked the idea of this restaurant because of the live piano music and wasn't disappointed! The music was played beautifully throughout the evening and created a wonderful atmosphere. The paella was good but not the best I've had. All in all an enjoyable evening and the young waiter who served us was extremely friendly and attentive.

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Address: 9 Carrer d'Avinyo, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: +34 933187986
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Barri Gòtic
Average Prices: USD 38 - 63
Cuisine: Spanish

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