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Cafe De L'Academia

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Placa St Just, Lledo 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 19 82 53
Mon - Fri 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Oslo, Norway
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184 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrive at noon and have not booked a table. Luckily, I have with me my Catalan friend who manages to get us a table after only ten minutes. Service is very quick and it's incredibly good atmosphere. Classic Barcelona. The interior is rustic, and the ceiling in classic Catalan style. We order Fois Gras which is perfect. Followed by... More 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to Barcelona over 20 years ago and had found a wonderful book in London called eating out in Barcelona that recommended this cafe. We gave book to friends but never got it back Thanks to trip advisor managed to find the cafe again. Fortunately just the same. Difficult to find though easier now with new technology but the... More 

Thank Charles M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was good. We had Catalan meat soup, rice and duck. The prices were reasonable. It was a little dark and crowded, and the waitress was attentive enough. Overall, it was a nice experience.

Thank Ehsan A
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by for lunch and had the duck confit and pasta with prawns. They were both simple, yet amazing! Very professional and friendly staff. I would go here again.

Thank Hilde S
Bath, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was fantastic. Went for dinner last night. Lovely room, exposed stone walls, low lighting. Mix of travellers & local families. Had crudités to start which 3 of us shared then two half plates each. I had grilled squid with rice and rack of lamb with mushroom. They were both exceptional plates of food. House red ("Alcor" I think) is... More 

Thank seyz15
San Francisco
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two of us enjoyed a nice evening together with good food and service. We had two half plates each which was just right after about 18 hours of traveling. The octopus risotto was perfect - tender octopus and al dente rice. The starters with fresh seasonal artichokes and ham were good. For dessert we had a lime sorbet with ginger,... More 

Thank Thomas M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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208 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is some years since we ate here, although friends have done recently and really enjoyed it. The place still has a traditional air, a low key atmosphere, sensible prices and reliable cooking. We will be back much sooner next time!

Thank CCP1967
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been 3 times to this restaurant. The risotto with fois gras is a must... excellent tapas for appetizers. Priorato wines on the list are very much worth trying. Staff was extremely friendly.

Thank Sergio L
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

On the recommendation of our Lonely Planet guide, my husband and I visited this restaurant for lunch while touring the Gothic Quarter. This was easily the best meal we had while vacationing in Spain. We just ordered two mains and no drinks (my husband had a cold) except water. I ordered the normal portion of pork and my husband ordered... More 

Thank Kay M
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend came here for a romantic Catalan meal and we were not disappointed! All the dishes were delicious, rich and flavoursome - we ordered 4 half dishes between us. Service was great and prompt! Overall a perfect dining experience in Barcelona

Thank Abby Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Placa St Just, Lledo 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Phone Number: +34 933 19 82 53

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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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