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El Gran Cafe

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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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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We had a nice evening here in this beautiful restaurant. The service was not 100%. It took rather long time before we could order ( We were the first guest this night). The food was perfect and the paperbag with bread was very tasty. We had our meals before the wine. Overall a nice evening.

Thank Kokkaria
Melbourne, Australia
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

We had a first class meal at this wonderful old restaurant. The food, wine and ambience were great. Our shared octopus cooked Galician style was delicious as was my duck, which was cooked to perfection. Similarly my wife's veal shank was excellent as was the bottle of Tempranillo. The only mild blemish was the service which was patchy. The welcome... More 

Thank Alastair N
Bristol, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

After a few culinary disappointments on our Barcelona holiday we decided to try El Gran Cafe in the Gothic Quarter which we'd passed a few times during our stay. Despite it being a Thursday night there was a pianist who continued to play through our meal. The staff were attentive but not imposing and the decor was traditional but tasteful.... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Impressive interior that make you feel as though you are dining somewhere special. Despite the surroundings, great value food can still be enjoyed. We had the 13.95€ menu. Tasty fideos (pasta) and even better omelette, followed by suquet de peix (monkfish and potato stew) and chicken in cava sauce, both very good. Not a great choice of sweets, but at... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Situated in a relatively quiet area of the Gothic district, about 400m from the waterfront and 200m from the Ramblas. There are booths for 4 people in the center, window seating for 2-3 people, a large room for parties of up to 12-14, an upper mezzanine with different size tables and a downstairs banquet room for larger groups. We had... More 

Thank elheebo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

I went a few times for business , nice old style restaurant a bit on the side of the touristic ' s ramblas. Food is very good, I strongly recommend for paella!!

Thank Aqtorino
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

A well situated if not necessarily a great spot for "foodies". Gran Cafe is in the heart of the Gothic Barrio of Barcelona and a perfectly adequate halt for a bistro style lunch. The menu covers all the bases from sandwiches, omellettes, burgers to full plated meals in just about as many languages and traditions! Wine selection is okay, food... More 

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153 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

This is an old restaurant with beautiful woodwork. The restaurant was fairly quiet and the food good but the waiter tried to get us to order more food by saying that the portions were very small. They weren't small at all. An appetizer of ham and beans was very good. This is nothing like American ham and beans. The ham... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

El Gran Cafe is located at 5 minutes from the Ramblas and the Cathedral, in the center of the Barri Gotic. It is a beautifull restaurant with a real atmosphere (a pianist was playing when I came). The staff is efficient. The food is excellent : a large choice of tapas, starters, fishes and meat. The paella is very good.... 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
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
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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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