Biocenter Restaurant Vegetaria

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Pintor Fortuny 25 (at 3 blocks south of Placa Catalunya), Barcelona, Spain, 08001

Veggie restaurant. Daytime features a salad bar buffet and a menu of the day. Some organic offered. Night time features a la carte ordering of assorted specials from menu. Large space, casual atmosphere. Smoking allowed in front of restaurant. Open Mon-Sat 1:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, International, Buffet, Salad bar, Beer/Wine, Spanish

68 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

interesting and tasty variety - Edit

Restaurant decorated old fashioned style was full of character. Lovely staff. Food was tasty and filling and each part of dish was cooked well.

Pros: staff, variety on menu , healthy wholefood options

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intéressant - Edit

Le service est attentif, le lieu chaleureux mais relativement bruyant. Le lunch avec buffet (salad bar) est une bonne option. On y mange correctement mais sans grande inventivité dans les plats, avec les éternels seitan/tofu. La vitrine des desserts est attractive. Si on ne lit pas la carte, on ne sait pas de l'extérieur si telle ou telle préparation est vegan ou pas (même si on est plutôt végétarien, on peut préférer les options vegan).

Pros: bon rapprot qualité-prix

Cons: agité

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con postres vegan! - Edit

buena relación precio-calidad, la comida está exquisita! el local muy acogedor. volvería a repetir!

Pros: buen trato

Cons: si vas tarde puedes quedarte sin platos del día ;)

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Great menu, healthy fresh food with a twist - Edit

We ordered the menu including a starter from the salad bar, a main course and a dessert for around 11,50 Euro. The salad bar offered a delicious selection of fresh greens, potatoes, sprouds, couscous ect - all crunchy, fresh and tasty. Three different delicious vegan sauces (spanish mojo´s) on top made our plate perfect. For the main course we had a butterbean dish with squash and seaweed which was such a new and unexpected taste for something apparently so simple. Creamy, melting with a hint of ocean - a real surprise dish! For dessert we had banana coco tarte and carrot cake with a beautiful layer of vegan mousse. We couldn´ t decide which one was better - both, rich, sweet and delicious. The atmosphere is cozy and rustic and the service was friendly. We´ll come back for sure!

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ordered vegan food and was given food w/dairy - Edit

This spot is supposed to be all veg/vegan which is nice. Most things on the menu are either vegan or can be made vegan to order. We ordered traditional spanish croquettes which could be made vegan on the menu. We specifically said vegan twice and the waitress put in the order. When they arrived we started to eat them and to our dismay they had cheese in them. We went to the front counter and expressed our concern and the waitress laughed it off and made light of the entire situation. Never was there an apology on their part for the mistake. Accidents happen, i get that but at an all Veg/Vegan restaurant I expect the staff to have a better grip on what it means to order vegan food. Will not go back here. With so many better options in Barcelona I would suggest others do the same. Ill be sticking to all
Vegan spots from here on out while in this city.

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We went back for more - Edit

We stayed 5 nights in Barcelona and had to come back here for a second time after such good service and food. I recommend the seitan and mushroom burger and the local ginger beer and cider were gorgeous!

Pros: local drinks, all organic, lovely staff

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comfortable alternative setting - Edit

We enjoyed just reading the menu... creative combinations. Hard to make a choice. Enjoyed the food we ordered. Staff friendly and helpful. Service prompt.
Reasonable price.

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Very good! - Edit

I've been to Barcelona for 6 days and the first evening we went to Biocenter. It was so delicious. We ordered the full menu, wich containers soup or salad as a starter, one of the daily plates as main and a desert. In the menu you van see very clearly if its vegan and/or gluten free. We ordered the salad, my Sister (vegetarian) the moussaka and I took the Noudles with groceries. As desert we shared Apple crumble and banana coconut pie. Normally the crumble comes with vanilla Ice Cream (non vegan) but we got it with sorbet Ice Cream. We went back to this restaurant twice for the lunch menu. At evenings and on sunday the menu is a la carte and costs 15 euro's (Without drinks). Mo-fr at lunch it is only 10,45 and at saturday 12,45. The lunch menu is a bit diferent but we found it better than the a la carte. As starter there is a salad buffet with soup, bread and gazpacho. Its all you can eat. After that, you pick one of the daily main plates (but you can still ad salad with it) and than choose a desert. We loved all of the food! So mich better than vegetalia or veggie Garden. at tuesdays the menu is fully vegan (not the deserts).

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great! - Edit

no matter the dietary requirement. all dishes are clearly labelled and no matter your allergy you can get delicious food there!

Pros: dietary requirement friendly (nut, dairy, S2O, ve

Cons: not on the cheap end but ok

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tons of vegan options and super healthy! - Edit

Great for breakfast. Lots of healthy choices. Smoothies and cold pressed juices. Vegan desserts and lunch items galore. If you want delicious, pure and healthy faire, this is the place for you. Ou can tie out or eat in.

Pros: good music

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Super tasty! - Edit

I love this place. It was the first time I went to a veggie restaurant and I loved it. The staff was super friendly and the food was amazing. I adored their carrot cake.

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Busy and accommodating restaurant with good food - Edit

I stopped in here for lunch with a friend. Food was tasty and good value, and the atmosphere was nice. Nice stop for lunch. I had the buffet salad to begin (wasn't clear what was and was not vegan on the salad - needs some labeling), and the tofu burrito next, which was really delicious. I'd probably go back.

Pros: Good atmosphere, Nice food, Inexpensive

Cons: Needs labeling on the salads, Multiple servers for one table

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Nice ambience, nice food - Edit

My partner and I went here for dinner - I recommend you book on a weekend night as they get quite busy - you can book via the website which is handy :)

When we arrived we stood at the counter for quite a long time while two staff members spoke to each other for about 10-15 minutes - they saw us and continued with their conversation. After they finished one of the staff members took us to our table.

My partner and I ordered a salad each as a starter - I chose the fig, cherry tomato salad with hazelnut dressing. When it came out it was a garden salad and had quite a few things it didn't mention on the menu - carrot, sprouts, normal tomatoes (no cherry tomatoes) - no figs, didn't look like any dressing. I asked the waitress and she got a menu and pointed to the one I ordered saying that is what I had. I told her yes that is the one I ordered but is not this one - it has quite a few different things in it not mentioned on the menu and the two main ingredients figs & cherry tomatoes were not in it. She said she would take it back to the kitchen - she returned with the same salad just topped with some cherry tomatoes and figs. I am pretty sure they got my order wrong and then didn't want to make another salad - it was quite bland and definitely no dressing.

I asked which of their wines were vegan and none of the staff could tell me. They didn't even bother to try to find out. So strange for a vegetarian restaurant - you should really know all your products are sustainable - some wines aren't even vegetarian (fish products) - and they didn't even know that! I was not impressed.

For main I ordered the raw lasagne - it was really tasty but had a lot of cashew cheese - would have been good to have a bit more zucchini to make it a bit lighter, but it was quite delicious :) My partner ordered empanadas (not vegan) and he said they were really good. I also ordered a fresh juice which was pretty good.

Service was quite slow at times - particularly near the start of our meal and the restaurant wasn't busy until much later so wasn't sure why service was so slow?

Overall not a bad meal, the salads could definitely use some flavour and good dressing - my partner's salad was quite bland too. Also staff could be a bit more attentive.

Not sure I would go back - there are plenty of veg restaurants in Barcelona that I would probably rather go to. Not a completely bad experience though.

Pros: Decor & Ambience, Fresh juice, raw lasagne

Cons: Staff don't know of vegan wine, Slow service and inattentive staff, Bland salad

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Elegant Dining - Edit

This is a very smart and elegant restaurant but not pretentious in any way whatsoever. We dined here on the last night of 2011 and it was absolutely wonderful. There was a festive atmosphere and a feeling that something special was going to be served. The 3 course menu included a glass of cava and only came to €18.95pp. There were 2 starters of Catalan soup or salad, main course were a choice of spinach filo pastry, Thai style tofu, seitan kebabs or fried Quorn and deserts included vegan carrot cake and a chocolate cake. Staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, they made the experience very pleasant indeed and it was a shame to leave before midnight to go to Place de Catalunya to see in the New Year. Do not be put off by the simple name of this place, I just thought it was some kind of basic shop or kitchen but was hugely surprised by the extensive nature of this place. At lunchtimes it is crammed with diners. There are various combination deals starting from €8.45 for soup and main course. You decide what you want and pay appropriately. The salad section is most impressive. Think Pizza Hut salad table. Only joking. The Biocenter salads are in a different league! A highly recommended place at any time of day. Enjoy

Pros: Food, Staff, Atmosphere

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Ok food - Edit

Visited for an evening meal on 28 October 2014. It was quiet but that was because it was early by spanish standards. Our waiter was helpful. The food was ok. We had tapas to get the authentic feel but it was dull looking and fairly tasteless. Some of the vegetable pasties were undercooked. It reminded me why meat eaters think vegetarian and vegan food is boring because sometimes it is!

Pros: Helpful service, Interesting decorative features

Cons: Food made without love

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Don't trust if they say ''raw'' - Edit

I took "raw lasagna" and asked before if all ingredients are really raw, they said "100% raw!". But sorry guys, my body doesn't lie. I'm 100% raw vegan and the next morning I felt that the lasagna was not 100% raw. I think the cashew was not raw because the raw cashew is expensive. The tomato layer in lasagna also was not of the raw taste. So, raw vegans, don't take it, you'll become sick.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 26, 2014

Updated from previous review on Sunday October 26, 2014

Pros: really vegetarian and ''green''

Cons: not raw vegan friendly

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Great spot for lunch! - Edit

We loved our lunch here !! It was a buffet for 10 euro that includes unlimited salad bar which had various items, 1 hot item, and dessert! Tons of food for the price ! Stopped here on our walking tour around the city! Nothing fancy about the place itself but great food ! :)

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One of my favourite veggie places in the world - Edit

Biocenter might not be the most creative veggie restaurant ever, nor the tastier, but it's definitely one of the best value to be found.
The lunch set (1 dish + all you can eat salad buffet, including eggs and soup, + dessert) for around 10€ Is just plain amazing. Other cheaper options are also available if you have less appetite.
The food is healthy, the location, in the heart of the trendy Raval and 5mn away from the Ramblas, pretty convenient.
Also, the decoration/atmosphere is cosy, and the staff pretty welcoming.

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Mostly vegan, good for gluten free - Edit

My girlfriend and I took her non-vegetarian family to this restaurant last night, and everyone loved the food and the experience. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. In addition, our waiter very competently handled my need to avoid gluten. He spoke English well and asked for help when he needed it. We will definitely come here again if we are in the area.

Pros: Food, Value, Ambiance

Cons: None

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Disappointing - Edit

Visited with my wife and three large kids. It was disappointing. Okay food. but no more. To small portions and to little menu. Not a place to take children. Not good enough for the price. Many, much better vegan / vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.

Pros: cozy place, tango in the back room :-)

Cons: small portions, unfriendly staff, not enough value for money

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A nice surprise - Edit

Stumbled across this veggie restaurant while wandering the streets near our hostel, and received a very friendly welcome from the staff.

Self-service all-you-can-fit-on-one-plate salad bar with a nice array of fresh salads, pickles, and the best olives I tasted in a long time.
A pity that the cheesy/eggy salads are next to the vegan ones, and there's not enough serving spoons to make sure people don't dip dairy in the vegan salads.

Main course is also collected from a serving hatch. A nice veggie paella and a millet, seaweed and steamed vegetable plate. Like many macro-biotic-inspired dishes, this was improved enourmously with a good sprinkle of salt.

Dessert was a small slice of banana and coconut cake, and a slightly larger slice of carrot cake. Bad luck if you get the last slice of the pie, I guess.

The atmosphere is very friendly, with book shelves and sculptures on the walls. Great for a quick and filling meal at a really good price (9,50€ during the week for 3 courses, 11,50€ on Friday and Saturday)

Pros: Good food, Great price, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: "Contamination" in some vegan salads, Small serving of dessert

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Huge daily Menu - Edit

- Good salad buffet.
- Big vegan and vegetarian portions.
- Lots of space for costumers.
- 10 euros for a full daily menu.

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great food, pleasant atmosphere, good value - Edit

I had the three course meal - nice soup, a superb mushroom and asparagus risotto and an excellent vegan banana cake. Risotto is not easy, and this was perfect. The cake wasn't the best vegan dessert I've had, but it was good. My husband followed the waiter' s advice and got the seitan burger, which was excellent. The space is big and comfy. Good value for a delicious meal.

Pros: perhaps the best risotto I've had, good service, good value

Cons: none

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Pleasantly Surprised Excellent Food - Edit

After reading some of the reviews I was hesitant to come here. Dinner last night was orgasmic! The place was heaving with customers and we didn't have a reservation but they managed us in. The waiter was knowledgeable and efficient. There were two waiters for the entire place and they were working hard. It was a fiesta night and we had the special. Starters of vegan croquettes, fresh salad, the main was a raw lasagna with cashew ricotta that was truly better than sex! The desserts were all wonderful. This is a perfect place for a nice vegan dinner out.

Pros: Quality, Choices, Profe

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Best salad I have had for ages... - Edit

When I was a kid we used to go to Pizza Hut and had the option of one trip to the salad bar - you had to pile on the salad in the right order to get the most on (using celery to build a wall around the outside). The Biocenter Restaurant also has the option of a salad bar and I found myself adopting a similar approach - the Salad was excellent and easily four times the variety that poor old Pizza Hut ever offered.

The restaurant offers a four course lunch time menu with self-service for the first three course (soup, salad and main). The soup and bread was also delicious. Also, the beer is very good.

The restaurant is located just off the Ramblas.

We found the waiters helpful with explaining the menu.

Other reviewers have said they didn't like the dessert so I assume they didn't have the chocolate cake - always have the chocolate cake!

Pros: Value for money, Location just off Ramblas

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Good food - Edit

The food is quite good.
Some good vegan options.
Prices are reasonable.
Service not so friendly.

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Mixed Review - Edit

There were things about this place that I really liked and things that were pretty bad. The soup and salad were both delicious and vegan. (skip hard boiled egg) They even had nutritional yeast on the salad bar! The entrees weren't so good. We had the vegetable paella and the macrobiotic plate and both were lacking in character. The desserts were equally unimpressive. If you're craving soup and salad, I would recommend it but nothing else was very good. The service was pretty lacking, too. Our server disappeared soon after we got our entrees and the system was a little hard to figure out. The prices were pretty reasonable for the amount of food you get.

Pros: Salad, Soup, Reasonably priced

Cons: Bland entrees, Bad service, Limited vegan options

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