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“Unfriendly waiters”
Review of El Portalon

El Portalon
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Ranked #941 of 9,931 Restaurants in Barcelona
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

Waiters avoid any eye contact and do not say a word when taking away the plates. The waitress behind speaks and laughs very loud, which is really annoying if you want to enjoy your meal. Meal is really average. I saw 3 other tourist couples that did not enjoy the experience and quit as fast as possible. Don't recommended.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

I have eaten in El Portalon on a couple of occasions previously and went again with my wife, for whom this was the first visit. It was difficult to find things that weren't deep fried on the menu, but we put together a decent dinner. Nothing of outstanding quality, but good, solid, middle-of-the-road tapas, like you can find in many other places.

The restaurant has character, and if you are with a group and the jugs of red wine are flowing, it can be a great place to eat. Not so good on a quiet midweek night when there's just two of you and hardly anyone else in the place.

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Thank typographer
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Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Good Ingredients.
Poor cooking.
Cook has lost his love for cooking.
Nice atmosphere.
Friendly staff.

Thank Patrick O
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I hadn't been to El Portalón for many years so I was really pleased when some Barcelona friends decided that we should meet there for lunch!

The place has been spruced up but still retains its Gothic charm, and at €10 for the Menú del Dia, you really can't complain.

I had bean stew followed by trout with raisins and sunflower seeds and chocolate ice cream to finish ... all washed down by a pitcher of wine with gaseosa. Very tasty!

Everyone else was just as happy with what they chose and the staff were friendly, attentive without putting any pressure on us to either order or finish up quickly.

This is a relaxed lunch in Barcelona is all about!

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Thank BarcelonaTravelGuide
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

A cool little bar, hidden away in the Gothic area. The inside of the bar is quite nice, stone walls, barrels of wine, but a very modern and clean feel. I don't know where the trip advisor profile picture was taken though, because it was not this bar, so don't go looking for that! We ordered 4 plates of tapas and a bottle of white wine. The food came quick and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It was nothing overly special, but we did order pretty basic tapas, perhaps if we were a bit more adventurous I would have more to say here. The wine selection was quite nice as well, and for around 10 euros a bottle it's a no brainer. Overall I think this is a nice little restaurant to check out if you are overwhelmed by the choices of dining in the Gothic area. A good restaurant to impress a date or take your family.

4 plates of basic tapas + 1 bottle of wine for approximately €32

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