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“Not as good as it used to be” 2 of 5 stars
Review of El Gran Cafe

El Gran Cafe
9 Carrer d'Avinyo, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (El Barri Gòtic)
+34 933187986
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Ranked #1,495 of 5,878 restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $41 - $68
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: El Barri Gòtic
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.
Tunbridge Wells
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“Not as good as it used to be”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We have always eaten at this restaurant when visiting Barcelona and have always loved it. This time, it was not a good experience. The service was incredibly hurried. As soon as we sat down they wanted our order, the amuse bouche arrive almost simultaneously with the starter, the main arrived when we had only just finished the starter etc. We were out in an hour, and felt very rushed. The menu only seems to have half the choices it used to. I had the lamb which was actually a collection of bones with absolutely no meat on it. My husband had the fish, which was unexciting. The French onion soup continues to be great, to be fair. It is expensive and I certainly would not go there again. Very disappointing,

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Luxembourg
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“mmmmm.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I was hesitant at first, but I loved it. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful (I'd pretty much just landed so was checking my guidebook, and my waiter offered to help me find my bearings). I can't fault it!

Visited July 2013
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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104 restaurant reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Visited the restaurant for dinner with friends and were seated immediately. The restaurant was full but the staff was attenttive and funny. The lobster soup was good as a starter, the veal and lamb chops ok for the price. Crema catalan was nice.
Overall a very nice experience due to the service and person who serviced our table but the food is average.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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6 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We had a lovely meal here. The duck was cooked to perfection and the paela was good. The waiter suggested a bottle of red and it was really good and only 15 euro. The decor is old style glamour and the pianist was really good. Overall we had a great 3 course meal with Cava and a bottle of wine for 90 Euro.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oslo
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

It took 25 minutes from we were seated until someone took our order. Half full cafè.
Nice interiour, average food. Service; nothing to mention.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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