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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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Great Bookham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Lovely restaurant a stones throw away from the Rambla. Great service and food. A very happy Catalan family celebrating a birthday in one of the private dining rooms, which is always a good advertisement for a restaurant.

Thank Catherine G
Zurich, Switzerland
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Traditional cuisine in an Old School environment. Good quality food, don't expect anything extravagant but enjoy the stable values of Mediterranean food. They also offer half bottles of wine from local producers. You get all of that close to the Avignon street that is a nice trendy road with interesting shops. Although many tourists come here it doesn't look really... More 

Thank martinhufschmid
Essex, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

In my opinion it’s how you react to a situation that shows the quality of the establishment. This looks great from the outside & is even better when you're inside, has a wonderful look & feel. The problem was my potato gratin was stone cold and so was my partners. I told the waiter & both plates were taken away.... More 

Thank MattyL81019
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014 via mobile

We stumbled across El Gran Cafe on our first day in Barcelona. We popped in for lunch and ended up having dinner. We had to queue but it was well worth it, service was excellent and the food very good. The cafe had a great atmosphere, we had a window seat and watched the world go bye.

Thank Andrew R
Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

Mediocre food, poor service, rancid wine, indifferent management Regularly come to Barcelona. Better to eat street food on a park bench

1 Thank Lyanovitch
London, United Kingdom
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441 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

restaurant is situated just behind the ramblas in the gothic quarter. Decor is very "old school" but this only adds to the charm. Service efficient but a bit slow. Food very good with quality ingredients cooked well

Thank ggmck186338
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

This place was recommended to us by Swiss friends - thanks Urs and Susi! We booked in advance for a latish lunch (not by local standards) The meet and greet was very efficient and we were seated promptly. First courses of grilled goat's cheese salad with honey vinaigrette and sauté of baby green beans, asparagus tips and peas with ibérico... More 

Thank Gavthetrav
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

The food was 3d rate. A waste of an evening out in Barcelona. Nice room, but that didn't make up for it.

Thank Josh K
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

I was determined to dine here as we had passed the restaurant so many times but for some reason we never made it so as we were returning for our wedding anniversary this month we decided to go on the first night we arrived. At first we were impressed the head waiter smiled when we entered & took us to... More 

Thank Orsini_23
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121 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

"El Gran Cafe' was one of the nicest places where we ate in Barcelona. A friend from Barcelona recommended it and you understand from the allioli's taste and the appetizers why. Everything was delicious. We had typical catalan starters like escalivada and another 1 also starting with an "e" but with codfish, then a marisc paella. You will surprise yourself... More 

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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
USD 27 - USD 38
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, 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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