Barcelona’s Best Restaurants.
Barcelona is renowned for its outstanding cuisine and is home to some of Europe's best eateries. From time-honored tapas restaurants, to stylish, modern wine bars: we have put together a list of our favourites below.
At the forefront of the city’s burgeoning natural wine scene, Bar Brutal is a wine bar and restaurant owned by twin-chefs Max and Stefano Colombo, the duo behind Ximei, another one of the city’s great restaurants.
The food menu revolves around sharing plates comprising fresh-seasonal ingredients, whilst the extensive wine list features both organic and bio dynamic wines from across Spain and Italy.
What to eat: Buratta with trout roe and rocket oil; duck egg with cauliflower foam and mushroom.
Red Fish Barcelona
Barcelona’s beachfront restaurants are not known for their outstanding cuisine, rather, overpriced, mediocre fare, aimed at the throngs of tourists who frequent the area. One exception is Red Fish, an excellent restaurant and bar on a quiet stretch of beach, specialising in fresh fish and seafood based tapas, along with local wines and vermouths.
What to eat: Dressed crab; lobster rice.
Located in the lively backstreets of the Rava neighbourhood, just a stone's throw from the touristy, Rambla, Bar Cañete is undoubtedly one of the city’s best traditional tapas bars. The prices are slightly higher than average, but this is reflected in the outstanding quality of the food which includes well-known spanish classics alongside more specialised Catalan dishes.
What to eat: Fried Artichokes (seasonal); scallops with jamon; lobster croquettes.
This laid back coffee shop and cafe feels a world away from the nearby Rambla. Their delicious coffee is sourced from local roastery Nomad, and their wide range of craft beers are brewed at the on-site micro brewery. The food is laid back but excellent with some of the best brunch dishes in the city, whilst the dinner-time tacos are equally delectable.
What to eat: French toast with strawberries and ice cream (brunch); huevos rancheros (brunch); cuban sandwich (lunch); smoked carñitas (dinner)
King Kong Lady
King Kong Lady
Located in the stylish Casa Bonay hotel in the Eixample neighbourhood, King Kong Lady is a laid-back restaurant whose dishes pair locally-sourced ingredients with global flavours, alongside a great selection of natural wines and local, craft beers.
What to eat: Soft-shell crab with homemade habanero mayo; tempura sardines with harissa; Cavatelli with beef ragout and pecorino.
A Barcelona institution still under the ownership of the same family who opened its doors in 1924, Agut serves some of the best Catalan cuisine the city has to offer in a beautiful, rustic dining room, its walls adorned with works from some of the regions most iconic 20th century painters.
What to eat: Oxtail stew; boneless pigs trotters stuffed with Botifarra sausage; baby beef ribs with breaded artichoke.
This hip pizzeria in a former parking garage, serves delicious wood-fired pizza topped with your choice of interesting ingredients, along with shareable tapas and a superb selection of beers, wines and cocktails. The decor is stylish and industrial, with original concrete floors and long communal wooden tables, and the service is quick and friendly.
What to eat: Fior di Latte mozzarella, fontina, parmesan, egg, and truffle pizza.
A favourite amongst locals, this 19th century restaurant was once frequented by the city’s artistic community, and its glamorous decor remains largely unchanged from its heyday. The food is simple, consisting of traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes, and the beer and wine selection is extensive and reasonably priced.
What to eat: Cod fritters and meatballs with cuttlefish and prawns; acorn-fed Iberian ham with tomato bread; Botifarra (Catalan pork sausage) with sautéed white kidney beans.
This small, atmospheric bar and restaurant, located on a backstreet in the El-born district, specializes in Asian-inspired tapas, including stuffed dumplings and hand-made noodles, as well as a great choice of local and international craft beers. It draws a young, local crowd, and doesn’t take reservations, so get down early to avoid the lengthy queues.
What to eat: Smoked duck; pork ribs; prawn dumplings.