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“Great food and ambiance”
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Ranked #119 of 9,396 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $37
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
Description: Next to one of the main streets of Barcelona, Laietana track and a short walk from the central market of Santa Caterina, Arcane is the restaurant.Located in an old seventeenth-century barn, mark of beautiful Romanesque arched forms and stone walls that crown many of its spaces.The Mediterranean cuisine is an invitation to the traditional recipes of the coastal region from fresh and balanced dishes that will make your stay a real moment of joy and pleasure.Vegetables, meat and fish dishes are a real specialty Josper house you should not miss on your visit to Barcelona.Our extensive letter without being intended to be balanced, with meat imported from Argentina in vacuum packaging, preserving its taste and quality, pastas and homemade pies, grilled cheese, salads with touches of the house, fresh fish and desserts.At noon, the market offers an elaborate menu with excellent value for money. The restaurant has a private event booked, "winery" intimate and cozy space.And if you just want tapas and peck at the bar have an interesting proposal for this purpose, from fried eggs to escalibada coca bread.And after dinner, nothing better than enjoying our cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere and good music.Oh and if you can not be disconnected from the world, do not worry, we have wifi!
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food and ambiance”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We found Arcano via Tripadvisor and thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. It was a nice change from the Spanish tapas we had been eating at every meal. We ate empanadas and delicious salads to start, and then enjoyed steaks and an interesting pasta dish. We liked every course, including dessert. The waiters were friendly and attentive. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice too. Arcano's food is also reasonably priced. All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something a little bit different in Barcelona.

  • Visited November 2013
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Arcano R, Gerente at Arcano, responded to this review, October 7, 2014
It's been our pleasure to serve you, Cheers !
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Went with girlfriend for a nice meal after looking at the great reviews and it didn't disappoint. Booked in advance through the hotel to ensure a reservation and its a good job we did as it was full by 8pm.

Great touch at the begining with complementary cava and gaspacho. I would recommend the this place for its steaks which where cooked to perfection. Will be going back when i visit Barcelona again.

Visited November 2013
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Arcano R, Gerente at Arcano, responded to this review, October 7, 2014
Comments like yours, drive us to continue giving the best. Thank you! We're waiting for you ;)
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Aspley Guise, United Kingdom
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“Good fun night with great food”
Reviewed November 8, 2013 via mobile

Good attentive service. Waiter rEcommended the entrecôte steak as tastier and was so right. House red lovely 2006 reserva and reasonably priced.atmosphere was good .

Visited November 2013
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Arcano R, Gerente at Arcano, responded to this review, October 7, 2014
If you've lived a special night, our goal is compliment. Thanks for coming and for your comment. Hope to see you soon! . Cheers!
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Beautiful meal.”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We found this restaurant on our last night in Barcelona. A pity we did not find it earlier. The food and atmosphere were wonderful. Jose, was a very good waiter. Exceptionally helpful and polite. The other waiter tried too hard and was too loud and pushy and wanted to "perform" especially with the large table near us. It was not necessary. However, we will come back next time in Barcelona. A great restaurant in an atmospheric part of Barcelona.

  • Visited November 2013
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Arcano R, Gerente at Arcano, responded to this review, October 7, 2014
Thanks for visiting. We appreciate your comments. Remember that you can follow our news and events on Facebook/arcanorestaurante. Hope to see you soon! . Best regards ;)
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“The good and the bad”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

A rainy evening ensured that we did't spend much time wandering around looking at different restaurants, so we hopped in to Arcano which had been recommended indirectly by a friend of a friend. Good location, attractive interior, busy, friendly staff. Aperitif - a rather ordinary fino sherry. Complimentary gazpacho - delicious. My starter - a spinach salad with parmesan and bacon - a delight both to the eye and the palate. Equally appreciative murmurs from my partner. So far so good.
Arcano is an Argentinian restaurant so we decided to go for straightforward red meat dishes. The first thing that struck me about my lamb cutlets was that they were cold. I asked for them to be heated up and I was brought a very hot ovenproof dish to "cook" them in. That worked for the first few minutes, after which it had cooled down enough for it to be worthless. Worse still, the lamb was chewy with a rancid taste so greasy that there was a constant film of grease on my lips and palate. Then, there was the wine....
We always like to try the wines of the region we find ourselves in. This restaurant had only one catalan red on the wine list - from Penedės, whose wines are fine for cava, but otherwise inclined to be undistinguished. We asked the waiter if they had other catalan wines not on the list. To our amazement he told us that they indeed had other wines, but none of them from Catalonia. He recommended other wines on the list, but we ordered the Penedės. He was clearly unhappy with our choice.
It's always difficult to determine the quality of a wine immediately after it has been opened. In addition this wine was quite cool so we presumed it would show more character as the evening wore on. Not a bit of it! It was thin and so lacking in structure that each sip increasingly emphasised its poverty. Rarely do we leave a bottle of wine unfinished, but on this occasion we did. So we should have followed the waiter's advice? As it turned out, yes. But the restaurant has a problem here. The answer to having an unrecommendable wine (the only one from the region) is not to steer the customer away from it. The answer is to get in some decent local wines. Catalonia is full of them!
I am reluctant to give three stars for a meal with a pretty awful main course and poor wine. However, my partner's entrecote (of which he generously gave me a piece) was excellent and the staff were pleasant. But would I return? No. Barcelona offers an amazing range of restaurants. Why return to one that has disappointed you?

  • Visited October 2013
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Arcano R, Gerente at Arcano, responded to this review, October 7, 2014
Thanks for coming. We appreciate your opinion. Please, next time, just tell us what doneness you prefer and we will take care of it. Best regards !
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