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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
Wed - Mon 12:30 - 00:00
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Manasquan, New Jersey
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339 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

While it is lovely inside, and we had live piano music at night during dinner, the food was ordinary Spanish food. They were out of the first two wines we ordered, and explained that it was Monday and they had sold out on the weekend. But they should have planned for that. The food had little spice and nothing special... More 

Thank SeeTheWorld4Peace
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came for lunch and ordered the set 3-course menu and the additional tapas with the starters. The set lunch menu cost 14.50 euros with a glass of wine or beer, go for the wine, beer glass looks only150ml and the portions are huge for starters and tapas. Service is great. 1920 ambience is wonderful... absolute pleaser. The food quality... More 

Thank denice1301
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was opposite our hotel and looked traditional and very welcoming. My husband and I both had the steak which was very good. The service was great; the waiter in particular was very attentive. We enjoyed a leisurely meal. The board of Spanish cheeses was particularly excellent.

Thank BellaRomaWarrington
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136 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good - wine really good for the modest prices and the setting (turn of thecentury hign end cafe) adds a lot

Thank BjoD
Katonah, New York
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88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like a very nice restaurant from the outside has a piano player which is pretty nice… My husband and I thought this appeared to be the place to eat after reviewing the menu. Wow were we wrong! We ordered at the same time approximately 8:30 pm .... I had the sirloin steak with tomato bread… The tomato was served... More 

1 Thank 2015JustSaying
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate 2 tapas and one seafood paella. The first tapa was bread with tomate-garlic taste was okay, but nothing you remember, just simple. The second tapa dish we ate some kind of fried squid ball. This tasted well, but for about 2.50 Eur a piece we think they should have been bigger or 2 for that. The last dish... More 

Thank Philipp U
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did not make a reservation but saw that this restaurant had lots of spare tables and so we went in here for dinner. We were told we had to wait 30 mins for a table which seemed odd to us as there were plenty of tables spare! However we agreed to wait at the bar and had some drinks... More 

Thank Susanrace
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On entering it has an old charm and we liked the white linen tablecloths and napkins. Surprisingly good value. The Menu del Dia was excellent. We dined there twice - lunchtime and then in the following evening when the pianist was playing. Nice wine, good food, lovely restaurant.

Thank V and P W
Newport, South Wales
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had a lovely meal with great service and enjoyed listening to the piano music being played. We had not booked but we were welcomed and given a good window seat. The set menu on offer was excellent value.

Thank jad2
Solothurn, Switzerland
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

unfortunately, we have to say: this restaurant had better days... lets beginn with the reservation: wrote them 2x an email, never got an answer or confirmation. then it was very cold inside, some customers even weared their outdoor-jacket! waiter correct, but not friendly. they did not have the apero we would have liked. no other recommendation... meal (cod fish) was... More 

Thank Monique J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$28 - US$39
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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