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El Gran Cafe

$$ - $$$
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Carrer D'Avinyo, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 18 79 86
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Wed - Mon 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Calne, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just loved our meal at the El Gran Cafe on 25 Feb 2017. Four of us enjoyed the 'Piano menu' a 3-course meal including a bottle of red wine for each couple for only 29 Euros each. Wonderful setting in the Gothic part of town, beautiful decor with high ornate ceiling, balconies and wine cellar dining room. Superb pianist played... More 

Thank jptlewis
Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The service is excellent and prompt, but the food needs a little more imagination, no problems with the ingredients but the end product is fresher and more enjoyable in many other restaurants in the nearby area.

Thank polovilla
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for Valentine's Day lunch and were not disappointed. The staff are courteous and helpful. Even though we did not have a reservation, they accommodated us and gave us a great table by the window. The restaurant is elegant. The lunch menu of 14.5 euros was excellent. It was our best meal in Barcelona.

Thank DrFoth
Suffolk, England
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76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very traditional place serving a superb lunch menu for 14 euros - including wine and coffee. The food and service were excellent. It's close to many things in the centre of the city.

Thank kpatri
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Saturday evening without booking a table. The staff were polite and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere. The food was lovely. Nothing to complain about.

Thank Clare W
Stamford, Connecticut
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived early for our reservation and headed to the bar for a pre dinner drink. The bartender was running around like a crazy person and after taking our and 2 other groups' order proceeded to get drinks for no one. We were then seated at a table that had been available from the moment we arrived. Gave our orders... More 

Thank reelaj47
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017

Came across this place when wandering looking for somewhere to eat. We hadn't booked but got an upstairs table on a saturday evening. The place was soon full. Staff were attentive and knowledgable. It was a piano night but we opted against the set menu and had tapas to start. My partner had the best steak tartare he has ever... More 

Thank EddieRidgeon
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

Very good service with attention to detail. I had steak tartare and after the waiter checked politely that I knew it was raw meat, went on then to ascertain the exact way I liked it prepared. The dish was the best I have ever enjoyed. The wine was good -an excellent selection. The atmosphere was formal, but friendly.

Thank riverclinic
Barcelona, Spain
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

Nice settings, live music at night, lunch time they have a fix menu food is excellent and service good and friendly.

Thank Finest2012
Stuart, Florida
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

Nice people, pleasant atmosphere. Seems to cater to Americans as the live piano player seems to play nothing but familiar American music. Very nice warm goat cheese salad. Bread came with butter, not with olive oil. (They lose a point for that.) Monkfish special was very tasty.

Thank pdebits

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$26 - $37
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carrer D'Avinyo, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Phone Number: +34 933 18 79 86
Founded in 1920 and still with the original modernist decoration, "El Gran Cafe" is truly, the most impressive and attractive location of Barcelona. Placed in the historic center of "Barri Gotic", and known for its comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, with live piano in the integrated with a selection of traditional Catalan cuisine.

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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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