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“Overrated--don't waste your money!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of ABaC Restaurant

ABaC Restaurant
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Ranked #230 of 9,317 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $167 - $193
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: In 2000 ABaC Restaurant opened its doors in his first location, Carrer del Rec 79 in Barcelona. In May 2008 changed to his new address in Avenida Tibidabo, 1. The gastronomy is the fundamental axis of the project. The restaurant awarded with 2** Michelin, and nominated by The Best Restaurant 2011 in Catalonia by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, can seat up to 56 diners. Located in the newly constructed pavilion in direct contact with the garden, the interior and the exterior are found through large windows. It is a caprice of whites, in all tones. In a calm, neutral and elegant atmosphere, the sense of sophistication is shaped by the small details and the materials used, as well as a sophisticated combination of lights. The kitchen of 200 m2 has been designed by Joaquim Casademont. It is a black container, in which stainless steel furniture takes all leadership, an effect that has been reinforced by the lighting, a route marked by leds serves as a guide and allows the guests to cross it. Rooms for private events with a capacity of 20 to 60 diners respectively, complete its restoration facilities. The "Lounge Bar", which opens until 2.00 p.m. and where the music, light and color of the room subtly change;There is also an extensive cellar, offering near 1000 references, and from which you can select your perfect wine. Chef Jordi Cruz and his team of young professionals develop a creative cusine of superb technique, based on the product and which meets both creativity and tradition. In addition, our attentive yet friendly service create a professional but relaxed atmosphere, which makes ABaC holder of 2** Michelin.
NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Overrated--don't waste your money!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2009

The atmosphere is absolutely stunning and extremely elegant. That is where the exceptionality ends. The waiter dropped two pieces of flatware on me and thought it was very amusing. Each course of the special tasting menu came floating in liquid. Maybe it was the chef's night off. We had to request refills of water and the wine for our final entree never arrived. The manager tried to be accomodating by serving us some desert wine and then some sherry and petit fors which never arrived! We could hear him screaming in the kitchen after our complaints--he did reduce our bill and was extremely embarrassed.

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“AbAC- what a treat!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2009

We dined at AbAC while staying in Barcelona prior to a Mediterranean Cruise. We consider ourselves to be foodies to some degree. I thought the dining room and place settings were gorgeous and the staff was so friendly. Every person really took pride in what they did. The host was especially attentive to us. I think he was trying to make us feel comfortable because we were the only Americans. He escorted us to all the different areas and checked on us several times.

We opted for the Chef's tasting menu and were not disappointed. We have dined at The French Laundry and this tasting menu was definitely just as good as the tasting menu at The French Laundry. Unfortunately, I am late in writing this review, so I cannot remember all of the courses. After dinner, we were escorted to the lounge for cocktails. Talk about top shelf liquor selections! It was a great way to cap off a great dinner! I think the total bill for 2 came to $400, so it is not a cheap meal, but I think it is more than worth it.

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“Disappointing ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2009

Small modern restaurant with neutral decor and clean lines and discreet interesting background music. Very formal waiting staff and knowledgeable sommelier. Initial service was disappointingly slow. We were served our champagne without any nibbles or bon bouches to accompany it which we found disappointing. The wine waiter took our wine order and removed the wine list, but when he came back to tell us that the wine we chose was 'finished' we had to choose again from memory! We waited 40 minutes for our order to be taken, and hubby had to get up and go to find someone to tell them that we were still waiting to order.

We weren't hungry enough for the tasting menu unfortunately, so we went for lobster bolognese and pork with mango tatin. The food, when it arrived was wonderful. They obviously have a 'foam' kick going at the moment - every course that arrived had 'foam' on it - just different flavours. Hubby had almond creme for sweet, but couldn't taste any almonds! The bill was ridiculously high compared to the meal we had the following evening at Con Gracia - which was just as good!! No - we won't be going back on our next visit to the beautiful city of Barcelona - not because it was too expensive - but because we just didn't enjoy the snobbish atmosphere.

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“what a wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2009

I booked this restaurant to celebrate my fiance's 50th birthday, the food and service was impeccable, and the setting beautiful, we had the taster menu which was worth every expensive penny. The only downside was the sommelier didnt bother with us as we only ordered one bottle of not very expensive wine.
Wonderful experience tho if you are visiting barcelona do visit .

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1 Thank sheilamarie1
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“Expensive but still a fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2009

A romatic night at this reataurant will stay in your memory for a long time! We tried the winter menu which included 2 apertizers, 3 starters, 1 fish dish, 1 meat dish, pre-dessert and dessert. Everything tasted delicious and was presented in a way that made every dish look like a small piece of artwork. The somelier did a great job in finding us a terrific red wine and the staff in general were highly professional.

It`s a bit outside the city centre, so I recommend to take a taxi to get there

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Thank girl_in_litte_oslo
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