Set Portes

Address: Passeig Isabel II 14, Barcelona, 08003, Spain
Telephone: 93 319 30 33

- Mid-range

4.7

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
4.7
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4.7
90%
Location
4.4
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Special occasions

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