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“Wonderful, local food in a touristy part of Barcelona” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe De L'Academia

Cafe De L'Academia
Lledo 1 | Closed on SUNDAY, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
93-319-8253
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Ranked #94 of 5,883 restaurants in Barcelona
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Chicago, Illinois
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“Wonderful, local food in a touristy part of Barcelona”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2010

Of the places in Barcelona , this one had the most refined atmosphere, quickly filling with chic Catalonian women and businessmen at lunch time. Both Can Culleretes and CA felt like a locals spot, but CA is quieter and a little more upscale in its ambiance. Taking a cue from our belly busting Menu del Dia at CC the day before, we decided to order a la carte, both to save room for dinner and to try some of their recommended dishes. We started with a really yummy Cafe Academia salad (as delicious as Spanish/Catalan food is, we were really missing the vegetable food group). What was on this delicious bed of endives, olives and tomatoes? A very large chunk of tuna, of course! This power protein salad was then followed by the duck confit with poached orange sauce and the grilled botifarra (Catalonian sausage). The duck was excellent—the meat was very flavorful and moist and contrasted nicely with the mildly tart orange sauce. I also really like the layers of cheesey potato that came as a side.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Blainville, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Fun Dinner at Cafe de L'Academia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

We were at Café de l'Academia on Nov. 5th 2010, and were enchanted with our experience. We didn't have any reservation and fortunatelly we were there early at 9 P.M. The food is very good and the service was excellent. We could see the chefs working in the kitchen and the entrees came in fast and hot. It's a very European ambiance which we liked very much. The lady serving at the bar was excellent in suggesting us a wine, that was excellent with the type of entrees we had. The deserts are very very good. We had a beautiful experience dining here at Cafe de l'Academia and would recommend this beautiful Catalan Experience

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hoboken, NJ
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“Great for lunch in Gothic Quarter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2010

Sit outside and enjoy being surrounded by the ancient medieval environment. Service can be a little spotty but if you go for a liesurely lunch, you will have no problem.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles
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“Best meal during a week in Barcelona...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010 via mobile

Best meal during a week in Barcelona. Food was super as was service. Excellent wine list. Ambiance is special. Recommend reservations, but not an absolute. A real find hidden away in a small Plaza.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Perfect place for a romantic dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

Food is good here and the it's a really nice place for a romantic dinner. Food is very tasty. They have a great private room above the restaurant for group dinners.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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