Cafè de l'Acadèmia

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Lledó 1, Barcelona, 08002

Price guide: Mid-range

Cafè de l'Acadèmia

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#7 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.9
4.9
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Singles, People watching

Expert review of Cafè de l'Acadèmia

Quiet, relaxed Catalan restaurant with tables on a pretty square.

Its location right behind the town hall, and a reputation for good, honest, Catalan cooking, means that the Cafè de l’Acadèmia is full of politicians and office workers most of the time, but if you book, you should be able to get one of its terrace tables.

Food and drink: 

Though primarily a Catalan restaurant, Cafè de l’Acadèmia also serves some tasty pasta dishes (and a great risotto with duck foie gras and grapes). Recently I had a good lamb with poached pears dish, and their fish is always fresh and nicely cooked.

Ambience: 

The dining room is cosy and bare-bricked, with soft jazz playing, and is where most of the Catalan clientele tend to gather. Tourists (and who can blame them?) head to the tables outside on the peaceful Plaça Sant Just.

Service: 

The last couple of times I’ve been here, I’ve been overcharged, but given how charming the service is, I think it was probably a combination of coincidence and forgetfulness. Look out for it, though.

Location: 

Follow C/Ciutat up from the Plaça Sant Jaume and you’ll see it on the left as you enter the little Plaça Sant Just.

Price advice: 

You’ll pay about 30 euros a head, or there are lunchtime menús for 13.75-15.75 euros.

More information on Cafè de l'Acadèmia:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Catalan
Address:
C/Lledó 1, Barcelona, 08002
Telephone:
93 319 82 53
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 1.30-4pm, 8.30-11.30pm. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Closed August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

Have you been to Cafè de l'Acadèmia? Would you recommended it?