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PRICE RANGE
US$254 - US$396
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Catalan
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Sant Gervasi-La Bonanova
0.5 km from CosmoCaixa
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Discover the unique culinary vision of the bold, media-friendly chef Jordi Cruz who has raised technical skill, creativity and gastronomic perfection t...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Extremely comfortable restaurant.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband took me to Abac as my first 3* restaurant and he assured me I would be totally amazed. Having been lucky enough to eat in several 1* restaurants I had high expectations. I was thoroughly disappointed with the whole experience. Reading some (older,...good) reviews it seems that the meal 'experience' used to start out side with a trip through the kitchens. None of this for us, we were taken straight to our table. The first course of apple juice chilled in dry ice was fine (sorry I'm not excited by gimmicks) and so the meal commenced. Dishes were chopped and cracked (see photos) and the food was lack lustre. Lacking in flavour, tiny amounts and lots of fish, with only 1 meat dish. The onion soup with a raw egg was frankly inedible and looked awful. The wine pairing consulted of strange choices- with one wine covering a fish and meat dish-novel or lazy? Overall if you're a fan of gimmicks, dry ice, balloons and strange serving dishes for the dessert you may enjoy. If you're hoping for spectacular mouth watering food you'll be disappointed. Considering the 3* rating and charges to suit I was extremely disappointed.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Over the years I have had the privilege to visit many 3* Michelin restaurants, and by far this one was the most disappointing. Some of the dishes where excellent, but there was in general no line in the dinner. And some of the dishes was...really not so great. Wine recommendation was not accurate to the dishes served. Staff was friendly, but not very attentive- ie my partners bag wasn’t provided proper placement and service elements where missed. In addition ceiling elements where gaping and needed repairs. There are much better restaurants in Barcelona, so try there before this oneMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Contrived nonsense. These are the words I would use to describe an evening's dinner at Abac. For a 3* restaurant, one expects the service to be flawless and the food astonishing. Neither was true. To make matters worse, there was gimmick after gimmick: dry ice,...hopelessly-shaped chipped bowls and even a Pizza-Hut style balloon on the last course. Although--who knows--perhaps these were there to deflect attention from the food? Throw-in a wine flight where single wines were somehow meant to match two different courses (???), and a waiting staff who were clearly tired of the place and the same old stuff they had to serve, then our special evening dinner at Abac was complete. Oh not quite, we had to find our own coats on the way out.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 10 October 2021 via mobile

I’ve eaten at this restaurant 5 times in the last few years, it’s been my go to place for celebrations and to share with friends. I have just been again this week to celebrate my birthday and I bigged up the restaurant so much to...the friends I was sharing this dining experience with and to be honest I feel embarrassed! The theater which normally started on the terrace was non existent, I get the lack of a visit to the kitchen due to COVID-19 but where has the 3* finesse gone? I saw the AbAc box with the shrimp being served to other tables but not ours, we missed the intriguing cooking at the table, we didn’t experience any mystique about the food and the wine pairings were short on the pouring. I was deeply disappointed as I’d bigged up this restaurant to my friends who had high expectations, instead I felt we were just served lunch, I could have had this experience anywhere in town. I’m not sure Jordi Cruz would approve of his current dining experience either and I can’t say I’ll be rushing back any day soon. I can only hope this is a temporary glitch but reading the other reviews I’m not alone!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 9 October 2021

Had such high hopes especially with the price point of $225 Euro for tasting menus. But was very disapointed with the food. While service and presentation are good, the taste is just not there to back up the 3 star rating. Clam was very fishy...and wakame salad was tasteless. The tbone steak has no meat taste and it was overpower by the curry taste. The red shrimp head was smelly and probably better better eaten cooked than raw. All of the dessert dishes were not up to par with a lack of refine taste. A typicaly tapas bar is way better than this place.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 October 2021

I really do dislike giving bad reviews but just couldn't let this slip by, especially when it's somehow rated 3 michelin stars and is 200 euro per person. We didn't really care about the cost as we're happy to spend some money for a great...experience. This is a looong review so you can skip it but just maybe the management will take a few minutes to read it and hopefully use it to improve. Here goes...My wife made this reservation 3 months before we weregoing to be in Barcelona. And we've been to Michelen star restaurants before. The best by far was Geranium in Copenhagen. Talk about an experience and that place is 3*. Abac has no business being in their league in our opinion. Ok so Abac specifically asked what you don't want to eat at the point of reservation. She doesn't like a lot of fish, especially fish that are not cooked. She wrote to them "Both of us would rather not eat avocado, stingray, caviar, eel, froi gras. And one of us no oysters." Now you could say...why are you going to this seafood-forward place? But my wife and I thought 3* maybe they would do something special for us. Or just say, "this place probably isn't for you." So we get there for lunch. It was very quiet which is fine. The waiter proceeds to put the menu down and tells us "This is the menu we serve." On it we see oysters, caviar and eel. My wife says "Didn't you get my note about what we don't like to eat?" The waiter says of course he did but he wants to talk through things first with the customers. As if all of a sudden we're going to like these things now. And the only reason she didn't say squid was because she saw on the menu it was "Roman Style Squid" which generally means cooked rings! Ok so he talks her into trying the eel because "...it doesn't taste like eel at all..."! Ok she'll do it. But no go on the oysters and caviar. First four courses? All great. Even the iced olive "ice cream" was great. And we loved the bloody mary, salmorejo, and apple bubbles. Then it went straight downhill. The Galician clams arrived. When I can't even get them down it's a problem. There seemed to be some crunchy substance like sand in them to where I thought I might break a tooth and they were FISHY. And what was on them? CAVIAR. When the server came over to take away the plates he said "What you didn't like it?" as if our tastes were too plebian to appreciate excellent cuisine. To which we replied no we didn't. What server at a 3* says that to you? Loved the next course, dried tomato with pecorino romano. Then the hazlenut butter comes out in a dish with...you guessed it...CAVIAR! Later the waiter asks my wife about the caviar and told her that he wanted her to have a try of it so that's why he brought it. She hates CAVIAR! Then a server who seemed to be in a rush put oysters on our table. "Excuse me, that's an oyster." "Yeah it's an oyster." "We're not having that." So she whisks it away. Then they bring us a replacement pumpkin dish with seeds and???? You guessed it...EEL! Next course? Tbone steak. But it's not really. It's a jerkied piece of veal with veal consumme. And some "steak tartare" which actually was good. But when the server set it down and said this is the veal, we said "but the menu says Tbone steak" is it big cow or baby cow? He then had to go and Google and check it out. Another meal not eaten. Plus as my wife was saying she cannot eat veal, he commences pouring VEAL consomme all over the tartare! We quickly swapped plates :) Finally the grilled eel slider shows up with faux "Roman Style Squid" and some sort of squid juice in a glass. The squid was RAW and in a sea of aoli, didn't seem Roman style at all. And nowhere did it say anything about this glass ofsquid juice. I took a bite and immediately started laughing, "Guess what honey, it tastes like eel!" So being a trooper she takes the smallest bite, starts guzzling water to get it down and the server flies around the corner "Did you like it??" If you saw from where i was sitting it was priceless as she is shaking her head and washing her mouth out with water saying "NO, NO, NO" I'll stop droning in a minute, the salt cured (again not cooked) prawn was slimy in texture, the onion soup had this giant soft boiled pullet egg in it. The chinese cheese bun with truffle was great but frankly the dish didn't need the skins of the onion all over it, especially when the server has to say "it's for show, you don't eat it." The lamb ribs, although fatty in nature, could have been better. The fat could have had more texture, but it was just a bunch of soft fat with great sauce all over it. All in all the best part of the meal was probably dessert. Bottom line: A) If you think they're going to read and listen about what you don't want to eat and customize something for you, think again They shouldn't even ask you what you don't want to eat if they're not going to pay attention to it. B) The service was a bit slapdash. C) When they say the food is 'an interpretation' of what they actually state on the menu, they mean it!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 26 September 2021 via mobile

Experience is not at the 3 star Michelin level… service was not great, waiters were young and not experienced with bad English skills. Food was not delicious overall. Some of the dishes were fine, but some were really not tasty. Presentation of the dishes was...really poor… not worth money we spent. Feels a bit like a tourist trap.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 22 September 2021

After dining at Entoca Paco Perez (awesome two-star) a few days ago had high expectations but this was a complete let down; almost a parody of a high-end gastronomic experience with emphasis on dramatic presentation combined with poor flavors, over seasoning, strange wine parings, and...inconsistent service. I would avoid this at all costs - for this price Barcelona offers many nicer culinary experiences.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 19 August 2021

After visiting Guy Savoy (3 Michelin star) and Le Clarence (2 Michelin star) in Paris only few days prior, we had high expectations of ABAC (3 Michelin star), however we were disappointed, by comparison. We give the restaurant high marks for creativity, presentation and service:...balloons, bubble, table side fire and ice, choreographed service, and many servers kept us informed on the ingredients in the multiple courses. Unfortunately, some of the dishes themselves were chipped, the meal was unrefined, unimpressive tasting, repetitive, not very balanced with virtually no meat, lots of fishy tasting fish and generally hard to finish dishes. We would not go back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 17 August 2021 via mobile

We arrived with high expectations for our visit to a 3 Michelin star restaurant. Upon arrival, we were presented with a very long tasting menu. There were no a la carte choices or a second, shorter menu. Most gastronomic restaurants offer several choices. The first...two dishes (chopped olive and sardine appetizer / clam appetizer) had such strong tastes that we couldn’t finish them. Strong tastes were a constant in the rest of the menu. Fine dining should not be pungent. In general, the tastes were not refined or sublime They were very creative in presentation. All that show, however,gets a little boring when you’re expecting spectacular food and not receiving it. My husband ordered the wine pairing. He was very disappointed with the choices. Very common wines were offered, nothing different or spectacular. Not at all what we expected from a 3 Michelin Star restaurant. Will not recommend to our foodie friends.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Cuando nosotros fuimos (agosto 2021) no estaban pidiendo nada para entrar. No sé qué requieran en estos momentos.
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