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El Gran Cafe

$$ - $$$
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Carrer D'Avinyo, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 18 79 86
12:30 - 00:00
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Wed - Mon 12:30 - 00:00
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This really is a place from another age. Hidden in a walkway years back in time it looked interesting. We went upmarket on the food which was very good and we had a large table and a little table for the wine. Service certainly wasn't rushed but no complaints. The piano was a nice touch and we loved the music.... More 

Thank linkeo
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charmy restaurant with a belle epoque atmosphere. You feel to be in the early 900. The menu us good and very typical, esoecially the apoetizer. I also enjoyed it was not packed if tourist. Worth the visit

Thank Giuseppe B
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely decor, staff, ambience. And very good value for the dinner menu - EUR29 per person, all in including tapas, main, dessert/coffee and a bottle of house wine and somebody tinkling on the piano. They obviously process a lot of people here, but do it well and quite stylishly. We wandered in without a reservation and the staff were friendly... More 

Thank PaulB1102
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Main reason for the score is the service. 1. We did eat until an hour after we had arrived 2. Whilst the staff were polite, one of the waiters seemed to have forgotten his uniform and was wearing a gstar raw jumper. Suitable for a rap music video but not a restaurant The food was good and there were no... More 

Thank greentoxic
Barcelona, Spain
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Always wanted to try the place as we live close but apart from the decor and price it's not special we had the following issues Long wait to get served we almost had to physicaly bring the waiter to the table then his boss had to help with the order Asked for well done meat and got rare Asked various... More 

Thank Enforcerofstandards
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We went here for lunch. The restaurant looked like it was going to great, however the food was disappointing. I was particularly disappointed with the prawn tapas as they weren't deveined, which was very disappointing especially for a 'fancyish' restaurant. I would not go back, there are far better and cheaper places to eat.

Thank Melhuggs
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148 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This restaurant has good reputation. So we decided to go for first time. The restaurant is very flashy! Looks as retro rococo. Good atmosphere. Sometimes they even have live piano music. The food is good. Like home made but in a upper scale. Staff was very attentive and offered a good service. Easy to go there by taxi, not with... More 

1 Thank Dani P
Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

After walking out of another restuarant that clearly didnt like English tourists we were wandering around the back of La Rambla looking for a positive end to our week in Barcelona. We stumbled on El Gran Cafe and liked the look of it and the piano music enticed us in. We were cleared a table in the window, it was... More 

1 Thank markedwinpitt
Moja, Spain
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

I went with my family to have lunch. The restaurant looks lovely but anything more. Deficient service very slow and uncoordinate. And poor food, one of the worst paella I have eaten.

1 Thank Quim I
New York City, New York
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Nice restaurant with great decor. We were here in 2015 for dinner. This is the second time we have eaten here. The Hake fish and braised veal were excellent. Great service.

Thank wchex

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$37
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carrer D'Avinyo, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Neighbourhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
  • Phone Number: +34 933 18 79 86
Founded in 1920 and still with the original modernist decoration, "El Gran Cafe" is truly, the most impressive and attractive location of Barcelona. Placed in the historic center of "Barri Gotic", and known for its comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, with live piano in the integrated with a selection of traditional Catalan cuisine.

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighbourhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
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