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“Great food, Horrible Service”
Review of Casal de Catalunya

Casal de Catalunya
Ranked #738 of 5,046 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: San Telmo
Reviewed April 16, 2012

We ate at Casal de Catalunya while in BA and it came highly recommended. Evidently it is famous for its whole roasted suckling pig so we were excited for the adventure. Unfortunately the horrible service made the dinner a bust.
We went on a Wednesday evening at 9 pm, there were 3 other tables occupied. Although we had made reservations, we were not on the books. It was early so we were seated. The two servers acted like they couldn't have cared less that we were there. It took forever just to get them to bring menus. Then I had to wait for the wine list. One waiter kept saying to us "tranquilo, tranquilo" as in take it easy and slow down. Sorry, the lackluster service and downright laziness and lack of any kind of courtesy and graciousness was unacceptable.
The food was very good indeed. But the experience overall was tarnished because of the horrible, horrible service, the worst we had at any restaurant in BA.

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

Very professional. Excellent food & service.1st visit quiet. Next night packed out & they found us a table. Felt like rock stars!

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Reviewed December 6, 2011

I noticed some reviews said this place is "not cheap". I thought it fantastic value for money. Be warned that the portions are outrageously big, so normal plates are for 2, the pates for 2 are for 4 etc etc. The food is excellent quality and true to traditional Spanish style. Seafood is fresh, the meat tender, the salads crisp (and fancy ) and the biggest surprise was that the deserts were fabulous – enormous but beautifully executed. We were only a party of 2 so we were unable to order the suckling pig, but we got to witness the spectacle of a large table ordering 4 pigs which came out in a Congo line of waitresses baring castanets, music and much fan fare. The pig is so tender that it is ‘carved’ with dinner plates - a little touristy but we appreciated it!

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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Great Catalan restaurant in San Telmo in the Margarita Xergui teather. The food is excellent, great value for the price,1930 atmosphere and great friendly service

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Reviewed November 28, 2011

We arrived early, 8 pm and were the only ones in the restaurant for quite a while. The service started out great but slowed down once the place started to fill up as there was only one girl running the front of house. We enjoyed our meal, Paella with pasta and a nice bottle of white from Mendoza. Good value, nice atmosphere, good jazz music and only steps from our hotel!

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