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“Best paella ever!”
Review of 7 Portes

7 Portes
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Ranked #542 of 9,698 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$52
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Barceloneta
Description: Opening its doors in 1836 to begin offering over 150 years of excellence, Restaurant de les 7 Portes is truly the most classic of Barcelona's eating places. Here, you can enjoy the finest Catalan cooking in an intimate setting or in one of the spacious banquet halls, accompanied by Spain's best wines and "cavas" (sparkling wines) from the well-stocked cellar. The restaurant is housed in the Pòrtics d'en Xifré, a building declared a national monument and the first place in Barcelona where running water was installed. In 1942, it became the property of Paco Parellada, founder of one of the foremost dynasties of restaurateurs in all of Catalonia.
Caracas, Venezuela
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best paella ever!”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

The service was wonderful, we went for lunch and no reservation was needed. Reservations is adviseable for dinner. We had anchovies as entree, paella for main course and crema catalana for dessert. We ended up buying their book!

  • Visited June 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Old world style”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a traditional, elegant restaurant which dates from 1881. It is popular among locals and tourists alike for its 19th century look and feel, for efficient and unobtrusive service and for well-prepared, simple food. Don’t come here If you are looking for some type of 21st century fusion cuisine with fancy-design plate presentation. Do come here if you seek Spanish fare that is tasty and served in hearty portions. We started with a vegetable platter and a plate of steamed spinach baked with pine nuts and raisins. Unadorned but wonderful. For the main course we had a lamb stew and cod prepared with chick peas and spinach. Delicious. The wine list is long and has many well-priced regional wines. We did not have reservations and arrived 30 minutes before opening time on Easter Monday. We were seated immediately. Apparently they take only a few reservations so you can be seated but wait times on holidays and Sundays can be very long.

  • Visited April 2014
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful, old restaurant in Barcelona”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We dined at 7 Portes on a Sunday night. I booked a table for 9pm - thank goodness I did as the queue was at least 20 deep outside when we got there. What a lovely restaurant - feels like you have stepped back in time.

The portions are enormous! We shared a goats cheese salad & then followed with dover sole. Our lovely waitress brought it to the table - what a fish, it was enormous, and expertly filleted it in front of us. It was possibly the best bit of dover sole I have ever eaten - cooked to perfection.

I highly recommend a trip to 7 Portes whilst in Barcelona. It's not a cheap option, but it's definitely worthwhile. Great wine list.

  • Visited June 2014
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Barcelona, Spain
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“excellent”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Lovely food in a great setting. This restaurant doesnt look much from outside, but was well worth the visit! The paella was delicious and the steak cooked to perfection. Ladies toilets a bit interesting!

  • Visited June 2014
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Great Paella Dish”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Great restaurant, really enjoyed our meal and would definitely go back. We had the rich man's paella for our main dish. It was presented well & was very tasty with enough for 3 people (wished we hadn't had a starter, although excellent) as it was a shame not to finish the paella.

  • Visited May 2014
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