El Celler de Can Roca

Price guide: Expensive

Can Sunyer 48, Girona, 17007

Price guide: Expensive

By Eddi Fiegel, your Girona expert

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#1 of 9
expert-rated restaurants in Girona
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Design and architecture, Special occasions, Trendiness

Best for Gourmets - Expert review of El Celler de Can Roca

World-class gastronomy at this three Michelin-starred Girona institution.

On the whole I’m not normally a big fan of Michelin-starred restaurants. So often, you spend hours (and a small fortune) getting a series of miniscule taste sensations and then coming away wondering what’s for dinner. This place is however quite special, both in terms of ambience and the taste combinations. It's definitely worth experiencing at least once. It’s also got a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Spain.

Food and drink: 

Classic Catalan ingredients are given the Michelin-star/fine dining treatment with a flourish here and there is El Bulli-style molecular wizardry and more than a soupcon of various ‘foams’. I had red mullet with suquet – the classic Catalan fish stew and lard. I know the lard bit sounds a bit grim but the whole dish was actually an amazingly elegant, subtle take on a fish stew. Similarly, the lamb, peach and apricot terrine was a wonderful mix of salty and gently sweet and the rose soufflé was one of the most delicately dreamy puddings I’ve ever had. 

They also pride themselves on their world-class wine cellar here with a list featuring over 1000 wines.

Ambience: 

First impressions can be worrying but trust me, it gets better. On arriving, I thought I'd mistakenly turned up at some kind of brutalist car park rather than the19th-century country mansion which you see on the website. (The mansion it turns out is used for separate functions). Once inside however, it's beautifully light however with minimalist, rectangular space with tables set widely apart, glass sheet dividing panels and huge modernist windows overlooking Zen-style gardens.

Service: 

Generally the staff are super attentive – the kind of service where if you sneeze, they’ll probably offer you a box of tissues. Last time I was there, we had about six people waiting at our table for two although, happily, it wasn’t too intrusive.

Location: 

It's on the outskirts of Girona. All the city taxi drivers know where it is though.

Price advice: 

The signature dishes menu (three courses and one pudding) costs 95 euros and the tasting menu (five courses and two puddings) is 115 euros (plus accompanying wines for 45 euros).

More information on El Celler de Can Roca:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Catalan, International, Spanish
Address:
Can Sunyer 48, Girona, 17007
Telephone:
972 22 21 57
Website:
http://www.elcellerdecanroca.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 1-4pm, 8.30-11pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays during the first half of July and during the Christmas period.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Michelin-starred

Have you been to El Celler de Can Roca? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Even though it has 3 stars the food still looks like food. Try the 11 course menu paired with different wines for each course. Wonderfull