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Junta de Comerc 11, Barcelona, Spain, 08001

Self-service vegetarian buffet with salads and many choices for main courses. Has a small menu in English. Offers a bargain lunch meal with salad. Dinner menu is more expensive. Spacious and relaxed environment. Also sells herbs and spices. DEC 2015 CLOSED PER COW AMBASSADOR.

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

33 Reviews

First Review by anto

Basic and plain - Edit

As commented by others, this place has been in Barcelona for many years and was a nice option before but now is just not at the same level that other options in the city.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food very basic

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Quite good place to have a lunch - Edit

Moderate or even inexpensive prices. Salad buffet, where you can make your own big salad with vegetables, greens, seeds etc. A lot of space and relaxed atmosphere. The waiter can describe what dish is vegan and what is not. But it's not a place to spend a night.

Pros: English menu & English-speaking waiters, salad buffet, vegan friendly

Cons: partly self-service, small choice of dishes

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Delicious - Edit

I ate here for lunch and it was absolutely worth every penny. The salad bar was buffet style, you were able to order a main dish from the chef, and it included a dessert or coffee. The salad was fresh and the main meal was yummy. Staff was also very friendly! If I was staying in Barcelona longer I would definitely go there again.

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Barcelona is Changing - Keep up - Edit

And here is the history lesson......in 2009 this was an amazing place to spend New Year's Eve. The place was bustling, it was 30 Euros for a four course meal, wine and cava and fantastic friendly service, great atmosphere and superb food. A beautiful industrial warehouse themed building with perfect lighting and seating. On the Eve of 2012 there were two options for dining, a €27 special New Year's Eve all inclusive menu or a €17 regular daily special consisting of soup & salad, choice of main course and water. On 31 Dec 2012 the mains were a satisfying vegan paella, moussaka, a tapas plate or a thai curry. Pretty similar stats in April 2014. For me Organic is a still must when in Barcelona, but only just a must. One of my former top 10 places has now superseded by other Barca veggie newbies. I used to absolutely love it here but now that Barcelona has a burgeoning veggie scene sprouting up, Organic has simply not kept up the pace.

Pros: atmosphere, food

Cons: can be basic, some staff not interested

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I do not recommend - Edit

The place is huge but cold atmosphere.
Even the salad bar was not appetizing when I went there!
Poor choice and not so fresh salads.
The soup was not inviting either!
We just had juices and kept looking for a decent place to enjoy a meal!

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Not sure how this place is so highly rated - Edit

I just ate here tonight, and I was pretty disappointed. It was not horrible, and I am grateful for any place in Spain that caters to vegans at all, but this place was average at a push. The salad bar was decent, and I could see it being a good option if you work nearby and want a quick lunch, but that's about as good as it gets here. I ordered the vegetable paella (one of only two vegan options) because reviewers here and a travel book raved about it. It was literally just bland rice and vegetables (like what we often get served at weddings when no one knows what to give us), and there were no sauces to help perk things up. I am not the kind of person to call food bland as I am not into salty or spicy things, so if I think it's bland, it's bad! In fact, much about this place seemed like the food was an after thought. The menu is small and had little for vegans (none of it is marked, and I was not confident the server actually knew what was/wasn't vegan). The service was slow and uncertain (very few questions received confident answers), too. The desserts, as many other reviewers rightly noted, are limited and terrible. We saw yummy-looking cakes sitting out, but we were offered only a choice of mousses (my companion is not vegan), and vegans only get to choose between apple sauce and a roasted apple. I got to pick which apple I got. I chose the one that looked least like it had been run over by a car. A roasted apple that is warm and seasoned could be bliss. A cold, mushy, tasteless apple, however, is just gross. Barcelona has a number of places that cater to veggies/vegans now, so this place needs to step it up if it hopes to compete. If you want a quick and cheap lunch, I suppose this place would be ok, but I'd rather go to Maoz if that's what I want. At least there, I know I'll be limited in options but will get good food in exchange! Vegans, definitely go elsewhere!

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, Could be a quick lunch, Salad bar is decent

Cons: Food not very good, Terrible and limited options for vegans, Lame desserts

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Nice Place Near Liceau Metro. - Edit

Small but good salad bar. Offers a variety of greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, olives, potatoes, and hard boiled eggs. Quinoa and rice with beans too. Would like to see more options, such as celery, peppers, broccoli, nuts/seeds, and a variety of beans without the rice. But its decent enough.Lunch is 12.50 Euro for soup, salad bar, entree (1-3 choices) a small drink and dessert. I got the vegan paella, it was good. Good price imo. Very friendly waitstaff and quiet ambiance. Huge place, cant imagine ever having to wait.

Pros: Price, Ambiance, Value

Cons: Salad Bar Choices

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Solid Choice - Edit

Organic offers a buffet or an a la carte menu. They also offer the traditional 3 course menu. The buffet is small but solid, all the choices are interesting ones without a lot of the "filler" dishes that many places use to make a buffet seem larger but are not particularly interesting. Everything on the buffet was worth trying.

I also had the paella. It was incredible. Delicate tastes and a very generous portion. One of the best dishes out of two weeks in Spain.

I was a bit early for the dinner rush when I was there which was great as I ended up chatting with the owner's daughter who was running the place that night. She was great and super friendly. There was also another table that was great to chat with. One of those really welcoming places where you enjoy everything about the experience.

Pros: Healthy Food, Friendly, Big Space

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Best vegan paella in Barcelona - Edit

I ate here with my partner (who'd been before on a previous trip and really liked it) and we were greeted by the owner, who's a totally lovely, warm, funny gentleman -- very nice welcome! The waitress who was working seemed a bit weird though - she would not come near our table and we wondered if maybe she was nervous serving foreigners as she only seemed to serve native Spanish/Catalan speakers. This did mean that more than one group who came in after us were served before us... we were a bit miffed. But it was OK -- we went for the menu del dia which has a cool self-service system and you can go for as much/little as you want, pick your own salad etc. I had vegan paella and I'd say it MUST be the best vegan paella in the city... so freaking delicious. Worth a visit for that alone! The desserts, unfortunately, were awful -- nothing for vegans except a bowl of mushed apple which looked like baby food, I declined. In fact, all the desserts seemed to be pureed/liquid. My partner had one but found it slimy and odd. Sad times :( We did like the place -- quite quiet when we went in but it's funky and the decor is cool. I imagine it's a great lively place when there are more folk there! Worth a visit but some negative aspects.

Pros: Vegan paella! OMG!, The owner is a legend!, Self-service all-you-can-eat salad bar

Cons: All the pureed desserts. We have teeth!!, Shy/odd waitress

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Always nice - Edit

This place is huge, and although it can be busy it's always pretty quiet.
The salad bar is great, but as I've been there several times I'm a bit bored of it, nothing new in years.
The seconds are good, but it needs more vegan options and also not very imaginative.
The portions are very big, so you won't end up hungry.
The desserts fail for me, no vegan options other than an unappetizing baked apple.

Pros: cheap, quite place, big portions

Cons: not enough vegan options, same food for years

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Fun place, good food - Edit

Been to this place a number of times. It is family managed, speaking to owners makes an interesting evening.
Large selection buffet bar + an interesting selection of mains.
Space and deco can provide an intimate or gang atmosphere, depending on where you chose to sit.
Price is very reasonable for what you get.

Pros: Buffet, Location, food selection and quality

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fresh and tasty - Edit

We ate dinner here twice during a trip to Barcelona and it was our favorite restaurant. The food here is simple, hearty, and focused on the ingredients. What made this place for us was how fresh their produce was. It was very delicious and stood out compared to the other vegetarian places we tried in Barcelona. If you're looking for something fancy though this probably isn't the place you're looking for. The decor, menu, and self-service reflect this. The way the system works is that you order an entree from a menu of three or four choices and then help yourself to their soup and salad bar. After your meal, you walk over to the counter/fridge and choose a dessert. Service from the wait staff was also good especially if you get the tall, older gentleman. He was very friendly and helpful. The shorter, rotund fellow is a bit more workmanlike but don't let that deter you. If you're in Barcelona, definitely give this place a visit.

Pros: very fresh, cheap prices, good wine

Cons: limited entree selection

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Good food but poor service - Edit


The food was really tasty and the 3 course meal was about 13 euros. We had a fab jug of Sangria with cava!

Our waiters were, however, a bit of a comedy show. We had these lovely 2 old guys running around looking busy but not really doing much. We chose to the see the funny side of the situation.

But good salad bar and tasty mains.

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Great Service - Edit

Waiter was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Restaurant was empty when we went for dinner on Thursday night. All you can eat salad bar or soup option. Lots of menu options. Four of us got the paella (very good), tapas (ok) and lasagna (good). For dessert we got the chocolate mousse, cake and a baked apple. Food was tasty. Cost was about 15 euro/person. Location was central. Atmosphere was nicest of other veggie places we visited in Barcelona.

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Under expectation - Edit

I have read so many great stuff about this restaurant, that was really looking forward to eat here,..
First day I had vegan paella,..well it was ok...the salad bar seemed not so fresh,..and the kitchen didn't feelt clean at all.
The second day I had falafels,..whele they were some kind of oily patties,..apart from that that I was waiting for long time to get my plate and got it with dairy first!
The waiters and the owners didn't seem very friendly,...and cooks lack of interest what you could definetely feel in food.
I also took my friends who live in Barcelona there, they were also dissapointed and had some stomach upset,..

I would not recommend this restaurant, hopefully they will improve,..

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Ahhh...Finally! - Edit

Our third day in Spain: family of four--mom, dad, 13 year old ovolacto vegetarians and a finicky 10 year novice vegan. Finding something edible has been such a challenge. Last night sought out Organic for dinner, and what a relief! It was expensive, but so has every dinner been in this town. This was definitely within local range. The guidebook said it would be crowded, but in fact, it was almost empty. Ordered four different items from the dinner menu and shared-tapas, paella, oriental, & calzone..Beautifully presented, decent-sized portions. Not sure what "real" paella tastes like, but wasn't looking for authenticity just delicious food and it really delivered on that.
Planning our day so we can be somewhere in its vicinity--or its branch location for lunch today. Wait staff was fantastic. Highly recommended!

Pros: vegan options, variety, good sized dinner portions

Cons: expensive, but not for Barcelona

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this is the best ! - Edit

nice decoration, very good music, brazilian jazz:-)
good food, nice price : lunch menu 9,5 euros, dinner 15 euros. including a salad or/and soup, main cource ( brown rice, seitan or vegetables, usually 3 main cource for choice at lunch, and more for dinner ) and a cake.
Great ! the salad bar has a big choice, you can almost eat only a salad, there are potatos and boiled egg and lots of vegetables. i chose the very tasty home made pesto sauce.

Great place !

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sort of ok - Edit

The food was... how to say... it was ok, not super, but eatable. Not too much choice but still ok food. Maybe we won't be visiting this place anymore but we don't regret eating there either.

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Maybe a bad day? - Edit

Good salad bar and soup of the day. My wife and I ordered two of the four mains available that day; both were poor. The tapas were tasteless and made up of the sides from the other dishes - cold refried beans and under-ripe avocados, to name two. After seeing such amazing produce in the market off La Rambla we were extremely dissappointed to not see any at this resaurant!

Pros: Salad bar, Nutritional yeast

Cons: Poor food, Overpriced

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excellent food, nice service - Edit

I ate here twice. on the first evening I arrived very late (23.00) and was told that the chief had already left. the waitress noticed that I was hungry and disappointed so she offered me to eat a big plate from the salad menu. it tasted very good and together with the cake filled me nicely for app. 16 euros. on the next day I arrived earlier and opted for the menu which is 15 € I think. you can choose a soup, a small salad plate, a main course and a dessert. all dishes are eligible. everything was really tasty and I would definitely go to eat there again although I considered it a little bit expensive all in all.

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Worth a visit. - Edit

We ate one meal at this location. I don't remember what we ate but recall that it was good basic vegan food. The menu has mostly vegetarian items so you want to ask which is vegan.
We were able to purchase soy milk there which was great since it seems that soy milk in coffee places didn't exist anywhere!

Pros: some vegan options

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HORRIBLE PIZZA & EXPENSIVE - Edit

I have been a vegetarian for 15 years and I have tried more vegetarian pizzas than I could mention. HowEver this vegetable pizza is probably the worst I have ever tried and probably the most expensive (11 Euros) The vegetable topping was ok but the base which consisted of a reheated wholemeal pitta bread was disgusting- burnt and inedible. As I was on a short break to Barcelona I didn't feel like complaining at the time but I just want to make other veggie diners aware :-(
N.B I WOULD HAVE RATED THIS RESTAURANT AS 1 BUT THE SITE WILL ONLY ALLOW A LOWEST RATING OF 2 FOR FULLY VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS...

Pros: AMBIENCE, LOCATION

Cons: PRICE, FOOD

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THE BEST VEGETARIAN IN BARCELONA - Edit

THE FOOD IS VERY DELICIOUS, NATURAL. THE PLCE IS VERY NICE, AND THE STAFF VERY SIMPATICS.

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Delicious food - Edit

My partner and I had a delicious evening meal at Organic. Unfortunately the single waiter on duty was under pressure and service was a bit slow. Thankfully, when the order reached the kitchen the food was prepared within minutes.

Also, don't forget the takeaway place in the main Boqueria - great for lunch.

Pros: Great food, Good value

Cons: Slow service

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Good, but pricey at night - Edit

For lunch time it is excellent and there is a lot of food for a reasonable price. At night when there is no menu it is too expensive for the quality.

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Our all-time favourite! - Edit

We've have travelled the globe, seeking out veg*n eateries as we go.

So far, and without doubt, this ranks as our all time favourite.

Organic, Vegan-friendly, absolute wonderful healthy quality foods, fantastic variety and an all-you-can-eat menu for 10euros! (14€ weekend). Absolutely astonishing.

This restaurant is absolute most (as is their market stall). we delayed our departure from Barcelona by a couple days just so we could take in the restaurant a couple of more times!!

Pros: organic, great value, friendly staff

Cons: none!

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Pretty good for Europe ;) - Edit

I need to preface this by saying that I'm raw and I lived in NYC and California. I came here having found somewhere on the web that this place was vegan and possibly raw. The truth is that it is vegan friendly, and not raw. They do have salads, and some whole fruits, but that was about it.

The other issue is that the price is about 14 euro per person for dinner, and you need to figure out what's in everything... ie is it even vegan? The atmosphere was nice, it reminded me of a Bobono's or something similar. So if you are stranded in Europe and need something vegetarian or vegan this place is great. Otherwise, just stop by the market and buy some fresh fruits and save your money for a trip across the pond for some real raw foods. :)

Pros: Quiet

Cons: Not a lot of english speakers

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anto 22 Feb 2013 - sounds like you need to set up your own "raw" forum. "across the pond" eh? maybe you shouldn't cross it so.  


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Giselle 13 Jun 2013 - Sometimes all information floating in the air is not accurate :)
Our restaurant has never been promoted as raw, though we may have the best salad bar in town. Now, I would say my English is amazingly good, but not all people living in Barcelona have parents that can afford excellent education for their kids:)
And the most raw thing you can find at our place, it belongs to my mum, is me, I'm a 100% raw vegan :)
Next time you cross the pond you can ask for Giselle and I'll treat you like raw royalty :)
There is no such thing as a raw place in Barcelona, that's why you'll find me sometimes at Quintessence, PureFood or Organic Avenue on a weekend trip to NY, because I get bored in Barcelona, but then the weather is awesome here :)
 


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