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“Best meal in Barcelona-Classic”
Review of Ca l'isidre

Ca l'isidre
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Ranked #728 of 9,540 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $45 - $101
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: El Raval
Description: Ca l'Isidre is the best formal Catalan restaurant in Barcelona. Royalty, celebrities and gourmets have been returning to this small family-owned, art-filled treasure since it opened just off El Paral.lel avenue and inside the Raval quarter in the 70s. Because it relies on what catches chef-owner Isidre Girones at the nearby La Boqueria market that morning, the menu changes day by day. Go for the classics every time: the sausages, grilled prawns, fried codfish, and lamb brains in black butter, for example, are out of this world. A special mention goes to Ca l'Isidre creative desserts. A must-visit restaurant.
Sao Paulo, SP
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24 reviews
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“Best meal in Barcelona-Classic”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

Wonderful meal and excellent service.Good wine list.Las time we have been there we met Mr Isidre himself and he invited us next morning to go with him to Barcelonas' Fresh Market showing us the source of his ingredients.

  • Visited February 2014
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Bordeaux, France
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76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Always excellent”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

This was our fourth visit here and we've never been disappointed; indeed, each time the food seems better than the last. Diners are warly greeted, the service is excellent, and the ambience seems perfect. But the star is the food: simply excellent. This is our favorite restaurant in Barcelona; indeed, it's as good as iit gets short of some Michelin 3 star places.

  • Visited March 2014
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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127 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The very best at Barcelona!!”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

If you want to try REAL catalan food where catalan people eat, you mus try this one. It was the best restaurant I went in Barcelona!! Would go back for sure!! And the owners, are lovely!!! The food is awsome!!!

  • Visited March 2014
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Espoo, Finland
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Simply a treasure, maravilla, tesoro. Highly recommended!”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

A friend of mine got tipped by a Catalan business partner about this classic place some five years ago. He in turn advised me. Ever since, I have always had a dinner, lunch, or both at Ca L'Isidre (house of Isidre, the owner) during Mobile World Congress, which takes place in Barcelona at the end of February each year. Selfishly I call Ca L'Isidre my dining room in Barcelona. My customers have always loved it and want contact details. Now, if you are a foodie who craves for molecular kitchen or whatever is the latest and most fashionable thing in Michelin-starred restaurants - like smoke, Philippe Starck furniture, or alike - this might not be your place. But if you appreciate classic fine-dining with very high quality ingredients, Catalan and coastal Spanish cooking, proper cooking techniques, professional and artesanal pride, gastronomy where food tastes what it looks like, please visit this restaurant. I have had some of the best meals of my life there. Starters, seafood, meat, cheeses, desserts, wine, never disappointed. At the end of February, it is the truffel season. This year I had probably the best starter in my life: hand-cut (thick, like tagliata) carpaccio covered with superb slices of delicious black truffel; that had spend less than a minute in the oven. Wine list is extensive and has many jewels in it. Even if I know my Spanish wine, advise on wine is magic and I find new, very interesting acquaintances. Strongly recommended! I revisit every time I go to Barcelona.

  • Visited February 2014
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best eating experience in the WORLD”
Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

We were recommended rhis littke piece of paradise by local friends. We were fortunate to arrive the day fresh blue fin tuna, porcini mushrooms and fresh black truffles were delivered. What an experience! Even our teenage son loved the experience! The service exceptional. Don't be intimidated by formality when you walk in.once in lifetime. .

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