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El Gran Cafe

Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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9 Carrer d'Avinyo, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933187986
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 1:00 pm - 12:30 am
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74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Despite the reviews to the contrary, this is possibly one of the loveliest restaurants in Barcelone. It has a fabulous interior with exceptionally well turned out staff, who provide a meal to remember. This was the fourth time we have eaten here over the past two years and it is an essential part of our visits. We ate on a... More 

Thank Phil C
Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch at this restaurant a week ago. The servings are large. The food is quite good but they don't seem to understand the meaning of a well done burger. We asked for it b/c our kids ordered the burgers which came quite bloody. We had to send the food back and even after additional cooking the burgers came... More 

Thank Marija D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late, a couple and teenage kid. We got free cava at the table. Super tapas starters, superb veal burger for our son, but no children menu. Good entrecôte , fantastic duck. Delicious deserts. Very quick and observant service. Faboulos atmosphere with live piano. Good prices

Thank Thomas H
Rabat, Malta
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

the worst meal of the week. poor quality, tiny portions, had to ask for more veg, in fact had to ask for everything.. decor is great but inside too hot. so many other places to eat in barcelona i would avoid this one.

2 Thank willbaby
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful building but as the saying goes never judge a book by its cover. Dont waste your time and cash by eating here, there are thousands of places to eat in Barcelona, if you do risk it be aware the bread and olives that are brought to your table without you ordering them are charged at 1.75€ for each person... More 

Thank lesley r
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Live piano, average food, and a very pleasant ambience in the Bari Gotic. An easy first night dinner.

Thank judyaw2016
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Hadn't planned anywhere to eat for our first night in Barcelona, and were impressed by the decor and live pianist here so went in. Pros: the live pianist was very good. My mother and father-in-law enjoyed their starters from the set menu, and my husband enjoyed his meat soup starter. Cons: the seafood paella was heavily over-salted and otherwise didn't... More 

1 Thank rachael794
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Extremely bad food, service and experience. Not a cosy place either. They argued with me when I complained and were not helpful! Do not go here.

Thank Hermann M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Such a horrible place that I have to write a review. Went here with my parents and my boyfriend and we ordered some starters and steaks for main course. The food was wrongly cooked and tasted bad. Totally overpriced too. The service was bad, the manager and the waiters were really unkind. They started arguing with us when we complained.... More 

Thank Marin E
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

This place has a charm of its own. If you can, come on piano night for great value and good playing (OK: Bryan Ferry was a little comedy...) Service depends on who you get: we had one waiter who was really helpful. The other was disdainful in the extreme. Food was good apart from the chips (I know, but bear... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$28 - $39
Mediterranean, Spanish, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Carrer d'Avinyo, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Phone Number: +34 933187986
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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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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