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Chicoa

#2,357 of 7,916 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Eixample
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Calle Aribau, 73, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 53 11 23
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Today
13:30 - 15:30
20:30 - 23:30
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Tue - Sat 13:30 - 15:30
20:30 - 23:30
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I do not know if this even warrants a star but I don't want anyone to feel conned after they have visited and eaten here. I followed the TripAdvisor rating to come here and I will always go to an independent restaurant instead of a chain. The starters were fine. We had squid rings, a little tough but I thought... More 

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Thank sepheryn
Goa, India
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323 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We were in Chicoa as our friend who lives in Barcelona hosted us to this typical Catalan cuisine...and for the first time got to know that the speciality is cod fish ie bacalhau as is typical of Portugal. Whatever we had was a recommendation of the chef...starters were great so also the main dishes and to top it I had... More 

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Thank Sparkie09
New York, NY
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

On our first night in Barcelona we decided to visit a restaurant recommended by a friend at home who had lived in Barcelona. I was a little nervous because I had developed some dental issues while in Lisbon and had some severe tooth pain. When my wife and I arrived at Chicoa we began to explain my problem to the... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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131 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We dropped into Chicoa as we veered off the main touristy strips. Our find proved to be exciting and surprising. The reception was 'cold' at first but warmed up after a little while-I think it mainly had to with the owner not being well versed in English. Once the ice was broken we entrusted the her to guide us through... More 

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Thank Searchingforthebest1
Edinburgh
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

Was here for business but the atmosphere was just as good for romantic Dinners. Fairly intimate, with excellent food and wine and some of the best olives ever.

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Thank ian70clark
Bristol
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Having not really figured out what Catalan cuisine was after 3 days in Barcelona, we went to this place on the last night (Saturday night) of our trip. A little bit 'old school' in look and decor, but the food was very tasty and staff welcoming. Unlike the other places we'd dined so far, this was also a place for... More 

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Thank MattBristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Just going in took me back into those beautiful old timet wine cellers what amazed me was all the famous catalan figures that have eaten there. My wife ordered a cod she was amazed by the quality of the product I ordered myself a steak pute tenderness if you wanna have a nice traditional 100% product this is your place... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

The interior may be faux alpine, but there's nothing faux about the food. Flavourful green olives and a couple of crusty rolls arrived at the table unannounced. We had grilled vegetables as an appetizer. They were generously bathed in a fragrant olive oil and grilled to perfection - a little browned, firm but neither crunchy nor soft. The two of... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

I found this restaurant by googling best Catalan food and found it on a time out guide. Despite this I was the only non Spanish/Catalan speaking person there. After two nights of greasy tapas I wanted something different. The service was very friendly, the setting was rustic. I had a very fresh and simple tomato and tuna belly salad, followed... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I had visited this restaurant a few times before and had good memories of it. Unfortunately it seems they changed owners. The incredibly unfriendly lady who runs the restaurant started ruining our lunch. Then the portions were small, overpriced and badly presented. Shame, since the place is atmospheric and there are not so many typically Catalan restaurants left in Barcelona.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
13:30 - 15:30
20:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
13:30 - 15:30
20:30 - 23:30
Thursday
13:30 - 15:30
20:30 - 23:30
Friday
13:30 - 15:30
20:30 - 23:30
Saturday
13:30 - 15:30
20:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Aribau, 73, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Eixample
  • Neighbourhood: Eixample
  • Phone Number: +34 934 53 11 23

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Eixample

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Eixample
Passing through the glorious Plaça Catalunya, you enter the newer city district of Eixample, literally translated as “extension,” which immediately becomes recognisable by its more spacious streets and elegant atmosphere. The main artery of this sizable district, Passeig de Gracia, is lined with high-end international designer stores. Not to be outdone, the glitz and glamour of this zone is perhaps best exemplified by the comfortable and lavish five-star hotels that flank the divine and modernistic buildings from some of the world’s most recognised architects such as Gaudi and Montaner.
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