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Ca l'isidre

#555 of 7,913 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
££££
Neighbourhood:
El Raval
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Carrer De les Flors 12 | Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 41 11 39
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13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 13:30 - 16:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by concierge at Mandarin Oriental. Not really widely publicized, so had no expectations. Turned out to be extraordinary and the best meal during a week in Bordeaux and Barcelona. Highlight was the (seriously) baby octopi. Apparently impossible to get. There was 1 kilo in all of Barcelona and our testaurant had it. 80€ a portion so we split one... More 

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Thank Kevin M
Barcelona, Spain
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic catalan cuisine, great service, top food. Cannot get better. The decor is conventional and not particularily impressive. But food and service are amazing. A pity there is no valet parking.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I found this on a Conde Nast top something restaurants in Barcelona. It was wonderful. We have a very special meal the food was delicious, and the waiter was attentive, informative and friendly. Faultless in every way. We will go back.

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Thank SE10Lady
Kruishoutem, Belgium
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Great Spanish kitchen. I believe this restaurant is very well know by the locals and not so much by tourists.

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Thank Thierry D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I dined there last night after asking the front desk manager at Alma Hotel, Gabriella who has been spot on with her picks. We wanted to do something other than tapas, more "dishes", so there we were. Our server Pepe was so helpful/attentive in explaining to us Catalonian ingredients/dishes that we essentially managed to create a semi... More 

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St. Helena, California
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Our older daughter, (once a senior Bon Appetit wine and spirits editor), has been on our case for years to visit Barcelona and, while there, to dine at Ca L'Isidre. This restaurant was our Barcelona favorite by far (we also dined at Casa Calvet and Rias de Galicia): we had Turbot and Espardenyes (sea cucumber) the latter of which my... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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375 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We had an AMAZING MEAL HERE!!! The wait staff was incredible! Especially Pepe! The food was incredible! Dessert was incredibly special! A must visit in Barcelona! You have to go for local flavor and a great time had by all!!! Best meal ever! Especially with Pepe serving!!!

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Ada, Michigan
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

At 8:30 we and one other table of Americans were the only ones there. Our waiter told us to relax and take our time because all his other tables were reserved for 10:30. Gotta love the Spaniards. Elegant, quiet decor with great service but it did fall below my expectations. The foie gras was not the best. I did enjoy... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I booked this restaurant last minute while in Barcelona and not sure whether my guests will like it. I was quite worried when we arrived at the restaurant minutes before dinner time. It turned out that the food was excellent and hospitality was much over my expectations (for a Spanish restaurant). Great experience and I will be back.

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San Diego, California, United States
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

A wonderful restaurant tucked away in a nondescript street. Fine dining with food choices for the adventurous and not so adventurous. Quiet, refined and a true historic gem for Barcelona.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$42 - US$95
Cuisine
Delicatessen, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:00
Thursday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:00
Friday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:00
Saturday
13:30 - 16:00
20:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carrer De les Flors 12 | Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Raval
  • Neighbourhood: El Raval
  • Phone Number: +34 934 41 11 39
Description
Ca l'Isidre is the best formal Catalan restaurant in Barcelona. Royalty, celebrities and gourmets have been returning to this small family-owned, art-filled treasure since it opened just off El Paral.lel avenue and inside the Raval quarter in the 70s. Because it relies on what catches chef-owner Isidre Girones at the nearby La Boqueria market that morning, the menu changes day by day. Go for the classics every time: the sausages, grilled prawns, fried codfish, and lamb brains in black butter, for example, are out of this world. A special mention goes to Ca l'Isidre creative desserts. A must-visit restaurant.

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El Raval
Once a downtrodden corner of downtown Barcelona, this gritty area has seen a cultural resurgence boasting an excellent nightlife and one of the most multi ethnic spots in the entire city. A sense of humble authenticity protrudes from the many independent record stores, second hand shops, and student bars that seem to light up the streets day and night. The rocking epicenter, the MACBA Plaça, is a modern day forum for bohemian youth, abuzz with the sights and sounds of late-night gatherings and talented skateboarders showing off their latest tricks.
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