Set Portes

Price guide: Mid-range

Passeig Isabel II 14, Barcelona, 08003

Price guide: Mid-range

Set Portes

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#6 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Nightlife, People watching, Special occasions

Expert review of Set Portes

The grande dame of Barcelona’s seafood restaurants.

The ‘Seven Doors’ opened as a café in 1836 and became a restaurant in 1942. Since then it has fed a staggering amount of the world’s most influential and glamorous people, most of whom are honoured with plaques above the seat where they ate. From Che Guevara to Lou Reed, taking in Lauren Bacall, Pelé and Alexander Fleming, it’s an extraordinary display.

Food and drink: 

Paellas in various forms are a point of pride, particularly the paella Parellada, with lobster, langoustines, chicken, squid, mussels, monkfish, artichokes and peas. If seafood and fish don’t rock your boat, try the roast kid or shoulder of lamb. Personally I don’t really feel the puddings are as satisfying as the savoury courses, but you almost certainly won’t have space for one anyway.

Ambience: 

On the boisterous side of convivial, with its vast warren of dining rooms, Set Portes nonetheless preserves an elegant air.

Service: 

Delightfully old school; polite, accommodating and rarely forgetful of the most insignificant request.

Location: 

On the edge of the Pla del Palau, which more or less marks the end of the Born and beginning of Barceloneta.

Price advice: 

Sadly there’s no menú del dia, and mains are around 15-25 euros.

More information on Set Portes:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Catalan, Seafood, Spanish
Address:
Passeig Isabel II 14, Barcelona, 08003
Telephone:
93 319 30 33
Website:
http://www.7portes.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 1pm-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Set Portes? Would you recommended it?