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“Perfection, in Charming Old-World Style”
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: Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 June 27, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant exemplifies classic old-world excellence in every way, from the quality of the food, to the service and the hospitality of the owner. It is the kind of dining experience that is hard to come by these days-- trend free, perfectly executed dishes that exemplify the heritage of Catalonian food, using the very best ingredients. The dining room is simple, but adorned with beautiful paintings, and formal but not the least bit stuffy. The gazpacho with lobster and grilled prawns with sea salt were the best I have ever tasted. Don't skip dessert. Creme Catalan doesn't get better than this and I am still dreaming about their chocolate soufflé.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed June 21, 2016

Sometimes it all comes together and it did for us at this wonderful restaurant. The place is absolutely lovely. Beautiful art, nicely spaced tables, excellent food and highly professional service. It was one of our best meals in Spain. The starter of morel mushrooms was exquisite as was the grilled wild turbot and the roast baby goat (a dish which our server, Pepe, explained has been on the menu since the restaurant opened decades ago). The pace of the meal was perfect and the wine recommended delicious. As I said, it all came together to provide a truly memorable evening. The service staff was friendly and helpful and we had a delightful chat with Pepe who waited with us outside while we waited for our cab. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a lovely evening with food, drink and service second to none.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed June 7, 2016

Ca I'isidre is the real deal. A very old establishment with the elderly owner on the prowl, attending to your every wish. The specialities are Catalan-- and you should ask your waiter what's best. The roast baby goat has been on the menu since 1970 and was delicious, as were the lobster gazpacho and the roast turbot Basque style. Everything we tried was wonderful. Service was helpful and professional. Prices are high, but not stratospheric. The building is a bit off the beaten path in the older part of the city, but easy to find in a taxi and they will arrange a taxi for you when it's time to leave. The best dining experience we had in Barcelona.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed May 27, 2016

We had an excellent meal; the table was comfortable and although a small restaurant the other diners were not intrusive. The food is very, very good. Thoroughly recommend this place as a lovely evening to remember.

Date of visit: May 2016
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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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