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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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Los Altos, CA
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108 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Cafe style restaurant with old school elegance. Attentive and professional waiters. Bring your Spanish when you eat here. We had trouble understanding a few of the offerings on the prix fixe lunch menu and were surprised to get pigs knuckles as our entree. The chilled avocado soup was superb.

Thank DaveandJudy
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Although this place looks incredible the service is dreadful. We were greeted by a waitress who didn't know how to smile and shoved us at the end of a desolate upstairs. After being sat down for 30 minutes and being ignored profusely as well as hearing the waiters being rude to other customers we chose to leave. On leaving we... More 

Thank Fipin
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

From the outside the restaurant looks fantastic, and inside it is even better with beautiful retro décor. However, after those initial first impressions I am afraid that El Gran Café is simply average. The service wasn't very good – we were shown to our seats and given menus by one waitress and then had to wait a long time until... More 

Thank HolidayMelly
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

I was resisting going there initially as it looked like a bit of a tourist trap but by teh end of the evening was quite happy with our dinner. Nice atmosphere and service was quite attentive! There was piano music which also contributed to a nicer and more romantic setting (most of the restaurants in Barcelona have no music!?>!?!?!). Prices... More 

Thank Anna T
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63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

I stumbled upon this restaurant having arrived late in the city looking for some sustenance. The decor and atmosphere is very nice and it was a pleasure to listen to the live pianist. I was surprised at the quality of the wine given the relatively cheap price, however I would say the food was just ok. I had paella and... More 

Thank anonAirdrie
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Whilst wandering the streets of Barcelona on our last evening of our short break away we came across this cafe,and although we hadn't booked we were quickly shown to a table. With it's dark wood interior and someone playing a piano it was all very relaxing atmosphere . The menu was not extensive but after ordering our drinks and meal... More 

Thank etmilyn
Bristol, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Situated right opposite our hotel and recommended by the staff this was rubbish. On a arrival we were shown a table by a lovely member of staff. We were seated and waited for over 15 minutes before a waiter came over to take a drink order, he was rude and was too busy talking talking to other members of staff... More 

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93 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

One is immediately seduced by the restaurant interior. It reminds to the grandeur of the Wiener cafés. Unfortunately, beside some well priced quality wines on the wine-card, those are the only plusses to report. Nor the turbot (21,90 €), nor the beef filet (22,30 €) were convincing. Very small pieces of fish and meet, not the cuisson asked for, barely... More 

Thank be_watch
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

Nice environment like Viennese cafés. Very good service and friendly. Salad and starter were nice. We asked for the meat to be medium and it was rare and overall the main dishes were not so good.

Thank Matina-Lefteris
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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108 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2014

We were very hungry and somewhat tired after returning from a day long journey to Girona and Figueres. It was around 7:45 pm, no reservations on St. Jordi's day! El Gran had many open tables, looked quite established.. inviting and convenient to our Hotel. We were given a window seat, which was terrific.. and an oversized table for two. The... 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$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, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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