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“Number one in Barcelona? Well, yes.”
Review of Cera 23

Cera 23
Ranked #30 of 9,594 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Gastropub, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: El Raval
Description: Nuestra unica pretension es hacer que salgas del restaurante, al menos algo mejor de lo que entraste. Para conseguirlo ofrecemos el producto del mercado mas fresco, preparado con carino y servido con una sonrisa.
Helsinki, Finland
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“Number one in Barcelona? Well, yes.”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This place is a curious one: number one on TripAdvisor in Barcelona, on a small side street in El Raval? Why not. It really deserves the accolades: great atmosphere, superb food & value and friendly service. Just be sure to book in advance, because even then you might end up waiting. All the tell-tale signs of a great restaurant are there: always people waiting for a table, a small but smart menu, great bar for aperitifs and every patron smiling at their table. Very highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2013
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“Gem of a place”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We visited without making a reservation as our phone wasn't working. It was really busy and were told that they were full but might be able to squeeze us in, if we didn't mind waiting at the bar- which we didn't. After several tasty cocktails we were told that they could fit us in- to our delight. The main restaurant area is very quaint with a great atmosphere and seems very popular with locals and tourists alike. The kitchen is open to the dining room and we loved being able to watch the chefs prepare the food. It's only a small menu but it all sounded delicious- and what we chose was very tasty and well presented. They have a good selection of wines and the service was efficient and friendly. The bill was reasonable for what we had and in comparison to other restaurants in Barcelona. All the staff including the host/owner were excellent and very welcoming, and we will definitely return if we go back to Barca.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
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“Cozy bar with quality service”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

A really cool var to hang out with very nice sevice. At the time I was there, the owner of the place was also the one serving us, which for me is always a guarantee for a perfect service.

  • Visited April 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good for you, your stomach & wallet :)”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Lovely place! Staff is very friendly and helpful to the people who dont know what to eat :) they have a very limited but well prepared menu. Also coctails are great, specially mojitos.
We forgot to call for reservation thus waited for 1 hr to sit (from 22:30 to 23:30). So dont make the same mistake ;)

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Phoenix, Arizona
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“OK, but not a #1”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

I am usually in agreement with TripAdvisor reviews, but this time I was not not aligned with other reviewers of Cera 23. My bad for not paying closer attention to the ‘Gastropub’ designation, and my expectations for the ambiance and room where different than the reality. I was expecting more of fine dining, but had no problem with the pub style, and open kitchen. The staff is friendly and very efficient, work well together as a team. The menu offered a number of interesting options but the execution was only mediocre. The special duck that evening, while cooked to a perfect medium rare, had little flavor and was not at all tender. The recommended cardamom cream Brule, didn’t have much cardamom flavor and the consistency was more mushy than creamy. Others must be more favorable to Cera 23, as they seem to be doing a grand business as all tables where filed and there was a line waiting. Glad I booked a table. I am surprised that this has a #1 rank.

  • Visited March 2013
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