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“Excellent food, friendly staff, central” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Casal

El Casal
Plaza Victor Balaguer 5 | A 2 min de la iglesia Santa Maria del Mar, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 68 40 04
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Ranked #33 of 5,883 restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $4 - $13
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In Catalan, « Casal » means a place of exchange. Enjoy a relaxing & laid back atmosphere in a quiet square.Our family business is the ideal place for breakfast and lunch with premium Catalan seasonal products.A wide range of Catalan charcuteries, tortillas and cheeses served in tapas or in sandwiches (fresh « xapatas » con tomate), a nice freshly ground café & home-made smoothies & jams..For a 10,90 euros lunch, you will have a drink & two choices between starter, main course and dessert, all home-made & changing everyday.El Casal ́s friendly & fluent staff are waiting for you from Monday to Friday, 7am to 17pm. Free Wit‐Fi.El Casal is located in plaza Victor Balaguer square between carrer Nau and Santa Maria del Mar church.
London, England, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent food, friendly staff, central”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

This was the best restaurant we've been to, in Barcelona. The place is cosy, the food is excellent, the staff was very friendly. We had free appetisers brought to our table because they thought my boyfriend and I made a cute couple. Even though the place is 5 minutes away from La Sagrada Familia, the prices are decent, so it really is everything a tourist in Barcelona could possibly want.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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joaninho q, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Casal, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear Laura,

We would like thank you for your excellent feedback regarding your recent visit at El Casal.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our food and that you recommend our place to future visitors.
We are also looking forward to see you again,

Kind regards
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Great coffee, food and friendly atmosphere! The place is cosy and right in the heart of Barcelona! Highly recommended for Breakfast and Lunches or just drinks!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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joaninho q, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Casal, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear Valerious,

We would like to thank you for your very positive feedback.
It makes us very proud to hear that you had a great time at El Casal.
It would be our pleasure to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards
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Stuttgart, Germany
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“Wonderful,easy,casual, fantastic food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

Casual family style place, long on charm. Easy 10€ set menus for lunch, prepared fresh, tastes fantastic. Friendly, helpful, and very inviting staff. Definitely going back!

Visited December 2013
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joaninho q, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Casal, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear CKMorgan

Thank you for taking your time to leave your feedback on your recent visit at El Casal.
We are happy to hear that your overall impression was positive and that you had a good meal here.
We would be very glad if we could be welcoming you back in the very near future.

Yours sincerely
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Friendly service and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

My husband and I had a bit of trouble trying to find this place as the actual address of this location is a bit misleading. It is easier to head towards Number 4 carrer de la nau and you'll immediately see the big umbrellas outside the cafe. Fore the benefit of future visitors, the actual coordinates closest to this location is : 41.3830092, 2.1807544 (latitude, longitude)
N41° 22.9806', E002° 10.8453' (actual street coordinates).

The service was fast, the servers were very friendly and one of them even provided aspirin for my husband, who had a bit of a migraine.
We were very impressed with their patient explanation of the different kinds of tapas and dishes on the menu (they have an English menu) and chatted with them a little after we finished our brunch. All three of them spoke very good English.

We had tried the breakfast menu and shared the camembert and spanish omelette tapas. The hot chocolate I had was very rich and thick. The food was unpretentious, just like the cafe and tasted heavenly! Prices were very reasonably as well. Eat here and you'll have no regrets. Very highly recommended!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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joaninho q, Guest Relations Manager at El Casal, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Dear Ladytuberose,

Thanks for your review and for helping futere visitors to find El Casal with the coordenates.
It's great to hear you spent a good time here and you enjoyed the food.

We are looking forward to see you again!

Kind regards.
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Great value for money and really friendly staff! The food is delicious and well served, from starters to desserts. Highly reccommended!

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joaninho q, Guest Relations Manager at El Casal, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Dear gigiruja,

Thanks for your recommendation.

It's great to hear you spent a good time here and you enjoyed the food and the staff.
We are looking forward to see you again!

Kind regards!
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