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El Casal

Placa Victor Balaguer 5 | A 2 min de la iglesia Santa Maria del Mar, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 932 68 40 04
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Placa Victor Balaguer 5 | A 2 min de la iglesia Santa Maria del Mar, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Bistro-Restaurant EL CASAL is a typical family local. Very small, with excellent cuisine based on local produce and most regional recipes. The place was probably designed for the locals (it was visible to at least half the guests), but also because of its tourist...More

Thank Wiesław P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place after reading TripAdvisor reviews and was thrilled we went there. For 11,50 euro price fix lunch we had a very good lunch. Had cold pumpkin soup, hake filet and carrot cake desert and wine. Another of us had the mixed salad, pork...More

Thank robydoby04
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I enjoyed a set lunch here for just under EUR 12 per person. This included a drink, starter, main course, dessert and coffee. The food is French, (nice change after so many Spanish meals) and was stupendously good. I had a crisp...More

Thank Jackie J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for lunch and had the set menu. Entree, main, dessert and drink(beer,wine,water) for €11.25 per person. Was great value and yummy!

Thank Lovefromlalo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited El Casal after looking for a good value tapas bar on Trip Advisor and after visiting a couple of the sights in the city my girlfriend found the place using google maps. The food was fabulous, imaginative and creative using fresh local produce with...More

Thank cubster62
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely a hidden gem. Very tasty food at reasonable prices. We had a meat platter with extra chorizo, tomato bread and white wine sangria and it was all delicious. Also there's no english menus, which I think prove this place is authentic! We cheated and...More

Thank sammymckeever1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was walking around Barcelona alone on a trip and found this bistrot on TripAdvisor. It's a rather well hidden bistrot, very familial, almost hole in the wall place. Traditional Catalan food at good prices and it takes you away from the hordes of screaming...More

1  Thank Scøtt L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious lunch on amazing venue. Great sitting outdoors and inside looked very good too. Drinks arrived quickly, food was fresh and service excellent.

Thank Viivi K
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Open until 4pm for lunch, we ate the set menu. They were out of one of the three entrees as it was already 245pm. Great food otherwise and only 11 euro for a full 3 courses plus a drink. My wife and I each had...More

Thank Kyle R
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Ate here twice so far during our trip, lovely tapas the first time...potato bravas and the beef a must. Second time the menu del dia (probably not spelt like that...but basically the lunch time menu). 3 course meal for €11 including a drink...fabulous food and...More

Thank Saz1Ipswich
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places that live and breathe such exciting energy
regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood
seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the
city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants
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Craig P
Hello, what time do you serve your set lunch menu please?
5 March 2017|
Response from Dee S |
Can't remember exactly. We got there just after 3 pm and they were still serving lunch but we were one of the last ones. There were only 2 other groups then. And they had run out of one of the main dishes by then.
what kind of breakfast do you do and at what times
16 January 2015|
Response from joanq1 | Property representative |
Dear JeanYMcClements, We have different types of breakfast but we recommend you the "Continental Breakfast" it includes: hot drink, fresh fruit smoothie, toast and omelette. We do breakfast from 8 to 12 Looking forward to... More
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Do you have gluten & wheat free options?
2 January 2015|
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Response from joanq1 | Property representative |
Dear CHoynes, Thanks for your question. We have some gluten free food. But we don't have an specific coeliac menu. Regards from Barcelona
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 13
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Placa Victor Balaguer 5 | A 2 min de la iglesia Santa Maria del Mar, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Born / La Ribera
  • Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
  • Phone Number: +34 932 68 40 04
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In Catalan, « Casal » means a place of exchange. Enjoy a relaxing & laid back atmosphere in a quiet square. Our family business is the ideal place for breakfast and lunch with premium Catalan seasonal products. A wide range of Catalan charcuteries, tortillas and cheeses served in tapas or in sandwiches (fresh « xapatas » con tomate), a nice freshly ground café & home-made smoothies & jams... Enjoy our menu, you will have a drink & two choices between starter, main course and dessert, all home-made & changing everyday. El Casal ́s friendly & fluent staff are waiting for you from Monday to Friday, 7am to 16pm. Thursday, friday and saturday also from 6 pm to 0:00 am. Free Wit‐Fi.El Casal is located in plaza Victor Balaguer square between carrer Nau and Santa Maria del Mar church.
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