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“A Real Gem”
Review of Ca l'isidre

Ca l'isidre
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Ranked #605 of 10,819 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $52 - $105
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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 mushrooms, the truffles, the sausages, grilled prawns and roast baby goat, for example, are out of this world. A special mention goes to Ca l'Isidre creative desserts. A must-visit restaurant.
Reviewed April 28, 2016

I haven't checked but if this small place hasn't garnered at least two Michelin stars, something is wrong. Long and narrow with just 32 seats , it's stunning. And the food and service are sublime. We sat next to an obvious regular at lunch. Just watching him devour 5 or 6 courses was lots of fun. It's a special place.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Robert B
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Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic restaurant in central Barcelona. They serve great seafood and meat, along with all the specialities, lambs brain , pigs trotters etc. It really caters for the conservative and adventurous alike.
This is a restaurant for special occasions though as is expensive for Barcelona. That does not mean that it is not value for money.
I had the Turbot which was cooked to perfection and amazingly tasty. Great comfortable service also. Couldn't complain.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank DecDunne
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Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

I wanted to try some traditional Catalan food on a recent trip to Barcelona so came here on the recommendation of a number of publications - the owner was very friendly and made sure he worked the tables and made everyone feel welcome, and the restaurant itself is small, clean and sharp looking which is rare for a place of such standing and longevity.

I started with the fava beans with squid and mint. An absolute must! Delicious and fresh. The local white wine was excellent too. The main (a pork dish) was a bit fatty for my liking but I suppose I misread the menu which is only in Catalan and Spanish. However my dessert - a crema Catalana (with a zesty orange flavour) - more than made up for this, as did the quaint and friendly ambience. The owner even gave me a free whiskey as we got on so well! I will return soon.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank MCC79
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Reviewed March 24, 2016

We visited Ca l'Isidre last Tuesday 15 March 2016.
Th cuisine is typically Catalan presented in a modern way.
The gentleman who looked after us was assured and very knowledgeable concerning the region and helped make our evening extremely enjoyable. The restaurant is refined with a very nice quiet atmosphere.
Thoroughly recommended.
S A Leigh
London

Date of visit: March 2016
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Thank Samleigh1936
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Reviewed March 19, 2016

Iam a very well travelled gentleman who is lucky to have found this cracking establishment, its a treat to be served such great dishes by so friendly waiters with so much knowledge of the produce they serve. Ok the cost is not over the top but you pay for the quality, Thank you once again i will be back next season ,champions league ?,

Date of visit: March 2016
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Thank Graeme G
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