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Elsa y Fred

#136 of 7,640 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
El Born / La Ribera
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Carrer Rec Comtal 11, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 01 66 11
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Today
08:30 - 01:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 01:00
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have ordered tuna tartar, Octopus and mussels in thai sauce. All three were exceptional. Place is cosy and feels like home. Service is of high quality. Overall, 5* out of 5*. Highly recommended

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Thank Akhundov Z
Buenos Aires
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not bad food at all, but there's not that much space to sit comfortably, a common problem in barcelona's restaurants. The food is ok, pretentious gourmet-y tapas. Some of them are really good. It's one of those places you go once and never go back. It's not that bad, but definitely not worth repeating.

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Thank DarioJ
California
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Reservations recommended. Intimate sort of hip atmosphere, almost like being in a home. Food was excellent! and of course whatever you drink. Good service. A nice evening here!

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Thank bkcDeuxFois
Malta
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was fabulous especially the croquetas. Service was great as well. We would come to Barcelona again just for your food! Keep it up!

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Perth, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome find for us..... breakfast with eggs, mushrooms etc etc! We loved the European continental breakfasts we had on our holiday BUT scrambled eggs & mushrooms are my all time favourite so when we stumbled upon Elsa y Fred I was super happy :-) The decor is charming, the food fabulous, the service was very good because the staff were... More 

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Thank LorraineSta
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Elsa y Fred is so great I went twice during my 6 day stay in Barcelona. A classy but laid back atmosphere - think plush, fireplaces but cool vibe - with the friendliest, genuinely helpful waitresses and amazing tapas. A decent but not overwhelming selection and the best jamon iberico I tried during my stay (and I tried a lot).... More 

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Thank Sam W
ElsayFredGastrobar, Social Media at Elsa y Fred, responded to this review

Hi Sam W, Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Elsa y Fred and hope enjoyed also your stay in Barcelona. Hope to see you back very soon! Kind regards, The Elsa y Fred Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place for a relaxed dinner. Amazing food (I went for Crab tempura and squid tapas) and friendly service. Great location, lovely music and dimmed warm lights. Wifi works well and cosy seats. Enjoying every moment!!!

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Thank Guest544
Prague
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I tried once with no success few months ago. We gave it another try this month and reserved a nice table. The ambiance is great, cozy and friendly. They have great sepia and tapas in general. Service is also perfect. There are some very friendly Argentinians. We got recommended a very good Malbec. The neighbor where the restaurant is located... More 

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Thank PaoPrague
Naples, Italy
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rich wine list (excellent Albariño, very good verdejo), but the food is mediocre. Funky girls served which is definitely positiv. :-)

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Thank András László K
Sarreguemines, France
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You should really call and make reservations here. We didn't reserve we got a drink and waited for a long time it wasn't so bad though. I must say that the food there was very good. This here is one of the best restaurants that we tried in Barcelona. The dishes were all delicious and you need to try the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, Spanish
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 01:00
Monday
08:30 - 01:00
Tuesday
08:30 - 01:00
Wednesday
08:30 - 01:00
Thursday
08:30 - 01:00
Friday
08:30 - 01:00
Saturday
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carrer Rec Comtal 11, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Born / La Ribera
  • Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
  • Phone Number: +34 935 01 66 11
Description
Elsa and Fred reinvents the classic tapas bar, with creative cuisine with subtle inspiration from international cuisine. With special care in the presentation and maximum respect for the original flavors of each ingredient. When we prepare a dish, we make each one with all our passion and creativity.

ELSA Y FRED INVITES YOU TO ENJOY BREAKFAST, HALF DAY MENUS, SANDWICHES, DELICIOUS HOMEMADE CAKES MID-AFTERNOON, AND TAPAS THROUGHOUT THE DAY, AS WELL AS A FINE WINE LIST AND COCKTAILS.

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El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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