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“Hard to find but well worth the effort” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe De L'Academia

Cafe De L'Academia
Ranked #60 of 9,207 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Dublin, Ireland
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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Hard to find but well worth the effort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

Up a narrow laneway off Carrer Jaume 1, Café de l’Academia is hard to find but well worth the effort. While we vary other restaurant selections on our regular visits to Barcelona, we always try to get to the Café (which doesn’t open on Saturday or Sunday and doesn’t take email bookings).

The standard of cooking here is consistently high, as is the service – and it’s quite reasonably priced. The menu offers a wide selection and now features the option of half-portions on many dishes, which increases the choices when it comes to starters or, indeed, facilitates a tapas-type approach – choosing several half-portions instead of the traditional 3-course dinner.

Being traditionalists, we went the 3-course route, starting with half portions of omelette with cod and beef carpaccio with parmesan. For mains my wife had rack of lamb – 4 generous loin chops which she said were among the tastiest she’d ever had. I had a mushroom risotto which was very good consistency and flavour. We finished with a Crema Catalana (crème brulee) and a lemon meringue confection and two good coffees.

With a good bottle of Aalto Ribero del Duero (€33.50), our bill came to €100 before tip.

This is a busy restaurant, popular with locals and now discovered by the tourists – so it’s advisable to book. They also do a very good “Menu del Dia” for lunch for about €14-15.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdeen
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food and pleasant atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Glad we booked a table earlier in the day as it was just about full in mid week. The service was very efficient, all spoke great english and we got a warm welcome. The food was delicious, quality spanish favours and my squid was very delicate. Would definite recommend a try

  • Visited March 2012
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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful time-good service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

The food was excellent, good atmosphere and great location in Gothic Quarter.

Visited March 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Lovely Restaurant, great ambience and food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

This is more of a restaurant than a tapas bar, lovely ambience in the old town. You can tell they know their ingredients, bit more expensive was £75 for 2 inc wine but going on Barcelona prices not too bad. If you have room, have the sharing desert platter, it's lovely!

Visited March 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Food was fine but nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

We made reservations and had dinner here as it was highly rated on tripadvisor. It's cozy and small and lowly lit, so it has a nice vibe to it when your inside. I thought my food was fine, nothing tasted bad and I would maybe eat there again. But I didn't think think the food or experience was all that memorable to be honest. The servers weren't very friendly, we ordered drinks, dinner and dessert and I found the staff underwhelming.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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