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El Japones

$$ - $$$
El Born / La Ribera
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Calle Princesa, 11, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Moscow, Russia
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

if they want to keep the valuable clients they must change something quick!I've been there before couple of years when it was a compliment to eat there, but now it was a big disappointment. Food was quite avarage, the veal they promised was far away from the taste I remember, sushi far away from a proper prepared. The only good... More 

2 Thank InaLyudmilova
Helsinki, Finland
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65 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Nice upper town Japanese Restaurant at the pedestrian walkway between Paseo de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya. I tried Gyosas which were very good, some decent Sushi (nothing special) and Soba Noodles (little too salty, but Ok). The place has nice open kitchen and social tables as well as small ones. Good atmosphere, locals and tourists mix together. I would... More 

Thank karicjones
Hong Kong, China
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332 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food and good service. Sashimi is a bit limited but generally food was very good.get there early as it gets packed.

Thank SteveParryHK
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143 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

We sat at the bar and had an enjoyable experience sharing the many delicious dishes on the menu. One of our favorites was the fried rice -- but everything was great! Olga, our server and bartender, was terrific and made sure we were well taken care of. The atmosphere was fun, the food was fresh, and though we enjoyed the... More 

Thank cja2k1
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

5 minutes on the answering machine waiting for them to make up on their promise to attend to me in a few minutes? On the web no chance to book a table? Get your act together! Otherwise, thank you but no thank you!

Thank Mischa H
Reykjavik, Iceland
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231 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Had dinner at the restaurant with a colleague and had an enjoyable meal of decent Japanese food in a casual and comfortable setting, but it was missing that fine touch that brings food beyond the average. The place is friendly and well set up as a casual Japanese restaurant with interesting wall decorations and quite nice ambiance. We tried quite... More 

2 Thank EagleFlyer
Stockholm, Sweden
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Everytime I visit BCN I visit El Japones. Fresh and still trendy after all these years. It is young and the volume is high. Perfect place before the big night out.

Thank Sara L
Stockholm, Sweden
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

Just like a japanese restaurant should be, nice and fresh. Even though it was a little more expensive than other restaurants in the city, it's not that expensive compared to other countries. Nice and fresh and a friendly atmosphere.

Thank coverman123
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

There are a lot of reviews on this restaurant already and they are very mixed! After reading a few and visiting their website we decided to give it a go anyway as the menu looked good. First impressions were the restaurant itself was very nice and the interior is very stylish and sleek. We had the seasweed, vegetables and Chicken... More 

Thank Vikash1985
Berlin, Germany
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118 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

While this restaurant has a few pluses like a nice, contemporary design and a lively atmosphere, it doesn't live up to its hype. The bottom line is that the food...asian tapas and sushi...is quite average and overpriced. Despite this, the restaurant because of its hype, is busy. The service was not sufficient to be very attentive. As a side note,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Princesa, 11, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Born / La Ribera
  • Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighborhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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