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El Gran Cafe

Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Carrer D'Avinyo, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933187986
12:30 pm - 12:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 12:30 pm - 12:00 pm
Thu 12:30 pm - 12:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:30 pm - 12:30 pm
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118 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We know about a dozen different places to eat in Barcelona and this is where we had our bes meal, a dish of rodaballo, a flat fish that look like a turbot with a very delicate taste. Prior to the main meal, we shared different kinds of tapas that were very good. The wine was also very good. I was... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

For our near to last evening in Barcelona, we stumbled upon the Gran Cafe after being unable to get into our first three choices. It was a lucky choice because we had a fine meal-good service, fine food and a wonderful ambiance in this restaurant built in 1920. We had sparkling wine, starters, bottle of rose wine, main course, shared... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Service, food and wines were very good. I found the place to be a bit narrow probably because it is always full due to popularity.

Thank FormerNomad
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Managed to get a table on arrival, delightful restaurant and the food and service were both excellent.

Thank John J
Silver Spring, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We were up late and most of the tapas-paellas places were closed or closing, so we returned for the 2nd night in a row to El Gran Cafe. It's a nice place with attentive waiters and good food. Service is fairly prompt, which is nice for those unused to the leisurely pace of many Spanish restaurants. Our meal began with... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Ate there on last night,22/04.13, of a 5 day trip .Decor,ambiance,decoration,furnishings superb. Welcomed Staff well groomed,quietly efficient and polite. Menu choice wide to suit all tastes. Service very quick...would have liked a break between courses. Value for money excellent. piano playing discreetly which added to a thoroughly great experience.

Thank Loe838
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Very nice ambience. Quality of food is reasonable. Service is dramatically bad. Every waiter is stressed and doesn't take time for you. Fits with a fastfood restaurant - not in a restaurant full of atmosphere like this. A pity.

Thank Marcel v
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I just found it while walking through Barri Gòtic. All of it it's Catalan food, and the atmosphere was really good, decorated with Art Deco. It is not one of the cheapest restaurants nearby but it was cheaper than other touristic places. We found that there were a lot of local people and it's a really good sing. The food... More 

Thank 771MichelleS
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Wow! You walk into history! Great feeling a stylish large Art Deco restaurant, thoroughly enjoyed the food and the wine was excellent too. The only downside was the time of being served since we sat down far too long without even being asked if we wanted a drink but they did have a large table turn up just before us... More 

Thank julicrox
London, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We eat there twice, lunch and dinner. at lunch they have a great offer of 11 euros for three courses, we did prefer a la carta just becuase we wanted to try some ot the classic dishes and we were very impressed. went back for dinner and it was nearly as good. We order carpaccio and when he come out... 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, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 12:00 pm
12:30 pm - 12:00 pm
12:30 pm - 12:00 pm
12:30 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 12:30 pm
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 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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