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“Great littke cafe! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Casal

El Casal
Ranked #71 of 9,400 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $13
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
Description: In Catalan, « Casal » means a place of exchange. Enjoy a relaxing & laid back atmosphere in a quiet square. Our family business is the ideal place for breakfast and lunch with premium Catalan seasonal products. A wide range of Catalan charcuteries, tortillas and cheeses served in tapas or in sandwiches (fresh « xapatas » con tomate), a nice freshly ground café & home-made smoothies & jams... Enjoy our menu, you will have a drink & two choices between starter, main course and dessert, all home-made & changing everyday. El Casal ́s friendly & fluent staff are waiting for you from Monday to Friday, 7am to 16pm. Free Wit‐Fi.El Casal is located in plaza Victor Balaguer square between carrer Nau and Santa Maria del Mar church.
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“Great littke cafe! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Had excellent coffee and sandwiches here! Great friendly service in the heart of El Borne. Would recommend and have been back several times.

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joanq1, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Casal, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Dear TheBlueeCat,

Thank you very much for you nice feedback.
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit at El Casal and that you appreciated the food, our nice location and the service.

Looking forward to welcoming you again in the very next future.

Kind regards
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“Nice place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

The food was just ok. The problem was that the staff made few mistakes with our order. The salad was very good, but the main course (pork steak) was not tasty. The dishes are very small.

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joanq1, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Casal, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Dear OzHarel,

Thanks for taking your time to explain your visit at El Casal.

We do apologise for any inconvenience we might have experienced with the order, we always try to offer a good service to our guests and we are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy 100% at El Casal.

We hope to see you again,

Kind regards
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“I wish we find el Casal earlier...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

We found el Casal on our last day in Barcelona. Place of restaurant is just a few blocks away from church Santa Maria del Mar although prices are very reasonable. We tried few tasty tapas plates (4-5€) and caffee and we liked it! And the service is really friendly.

  • Visited September 2013
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joanq1, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Casal, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Dear debarbara,

Thanks for choosing El Casal and sharing your experience on Tripadvisor.
We are happy that you enjoyed your visit, especially for mentioning our food and service.

We are looking forward to see you soon.

Kind regards
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“Can you say, "gazpacho"?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

El Casal is one of those places that only makes a few things, but makes them incredibly well. The menu is written on a blackboard...and the place is tiny. You would pass it by and not even think twice. And if you did, you'd be missing out on something wonderful. My husband ordered the three course lunch, and I just had a few tapas. My husband's lunch came with gazpacho, which, neither of us is a huge fan of, but, okay...we were open to a cold soup on a hot day. All i can say is WOW!! It was one of the best soups I have ever had. Beyond delicious, made with a hint of cream. Incredible. But, ALL of the food was incredible. We had a pitcher of Sangria, and beers, too, and the entire meal was 38 Euro. Have breakfast or lunch here, since they're not open for dinner. You'll be so happy that you did.

  • Visited August 2013
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joanq1, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at El Casal, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Dear Amanda,

Thank you very much for visiting us and leaving your brilliant feedback.

We are glad to hear that you had a good time at El Casal.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you back in the very near future.

Kind regards,
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“Incredible food at an incredible price!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

After a holiday of frankly disappointing food, my boyfriend and I visited El Casal on our last day for the 10 euro menu del dia based on the reviews on here and were not disappointed, despite my high standards for food!

We had a lovely mackerel pasta salad to start with (sounds simple but very tasty), slow roasted ribs in a soy and honey sauce with sauteed potatoes and an apricot "crumble" for pudding which was served in a large shot glass with natural yoghurt on top and a sprinkle of crumble. The food all worked really well together and the dessert was exactly the right size given how full we were by the end of the main!

The waitress and chef were both incredibly friendly (especially if you make the effort and speak to them in Spanish/French) and asked how each course was, which I had not encountered anywhere else in Barcelona.

Please please please visit this amazing little place for a taste of foodie heaven and to get away from the overpriced and disappointing tourist trap restaurants. You really will not be disappointed and will, like us, leave with a massive smile on your face.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Iona90
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