Cafè de l'Acadèmia

Address: C/Lledó 1, Barcelona, 08002, Spain
Telephone: 93 319 82 53

- Mid-range

4.7

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
4.5
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Food and drink
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.9
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Singles
  • People watching

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