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“A romantic evening at 7 Portes”
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Ranked #537 of 9,693 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $53
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Description: Opening its doors in 1836 to begin offering over 150 years of excellence, Restaurant de les 7 Portes is truly the most classic of Barcelona's eating places. Here, you can enjoy the finest Catalan cooking in an intimate setting or in one of the spacious banquet halls, accompanied by Spain's best wines and "cavas" (sparkling wines) from the well-stocked cellar. The restaurant is housed in the Pòrtics d'en Xifré, a building declared a national monument and the first place in Barcelona where running water was installed. In 1942, it became the property of Paco Parellada, founder of one of the foremost dynasties of restaurateurs in all of Catalonia.
Vancouver, BC
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A romantic evening at 7 Portes”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I'm a little late in submitting my review since we were at this restaurant in May, 2013. I would recommend to make a reservation if you intend to go even if it is the same day. The location of the restaurant is close to the waterfront and easily accessible. Our reservation was at 7:00 and the restaurant was already half full even though the Spanish do not eat until late. They have menus in English so no worries about what to order. We had a mixed seafood appetizer platter Hot/Cold then ordered the veg. paella. Both was really good but not the best I've had. I would recommend this restaurant for romantic ambience, history and not necessary for the value of the food.

  • Visited May 2013
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great Paella”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

The best Paella that we had during our two weeks in Barcelona, and the best we've had in Spain. Classic and historic restaurant worth a stop.

  • Visited September 2012
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molins de rei
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“One of the historic restaurants in Barelona”
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Nice place, great history, more than 126 years serving paella and other catalan dishes. Forniture is something who helps to feel like in The begining of 1900. The offer non stop kitchen all they long, so if you are in a hurry at tea hour, and looks for a good paella, this is the place to go.
Prices are ok, quality and service is on the average, just take care on the wine list, too expensive in my opinion.......
Next time i,ll have a beer, but i,ll be back.

Visited August 2013
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Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews
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“Disaster”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Nice restaurant.. That's all. The service was nonexistent. Food was delivered and plates taken away. No interest in satisfaction or feedback. Fish dish for 2 with vegetables; the fish was nice the vegetables nonexistent. We vere also charged for bread (pan) we had not ordered. When this was pointed out we vere informed that " you are in Spain now, if you eat, you have to pay", funny enough the olives brought to the table was not charged for... The management of this should look themselves in the mirror and think about what it it they want to achieve and stop riding on the fact that it is the second oldest restaurant in the city. Have to point out that the experience at the oldest restaurant are very different. Good food. Personal service and small treats between diches that I'm not charged for but that I happily compensate for with a generous tip.

  • Visited August 2013
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Berlin, Germany
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“Tourist trap”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Following the recommendations from our Hotel reception we decided to try out the apparently 'best paella in town'. We had passed by this restaurant once or twice and noticed that everytime it was full, naturally we thought this must be good. Since they don't reserve tables, we just walked in. Even though there were tables available outside and we asked for outside seating we were given some random explanation for having to sit inside. But we were optimistic, it's 'best paella' after all!
The service was alright, not overly friendly. The waiter was a bit of a snob, but that's alright, provided the food is good!!! When the Paella finally arrived, and we tasted it, the first thing that struck us was that it was extremely salty!!!! The strong flavor of soy sauce was undeniable.
This is by far the worst paella i've ever had. We had to down a few Sangrias in order to get rid of
the horrible taste. When we told the waitress that it was real salty, she just laughed it off!!!
After they brought us our cheque we weren't too sure about one particular item that they charged us for, after checking with them it turned out that it was the dry bread they brought us without us even ordering it !!! This is definitely the first time this has happened.
The only explanation that i can think of why locals recommend this place, is that it must have been good once upon a time!!! Chefs change...i cant judge on the other dishes since we only ordered a cold seafood platter (no real cooking involved) and the paella.
There are plenty of places where you can have great paella, at a much better price and friendlier service. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

  • Visited August 2013
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