Catalonia has a long tradition of good food and I’ve listed my favourites restaurants and tapas bars in Barcelona below.
Eating good food in Barcelona doesn’t necessarily mean spending lots of money. Many restaurants serve excellent food at reasonable prices. Chefs, inspired by Ferran Adrià’s inventive style, are creating a whole new way of enjoying food.
My Favourite Barcelona Restaurants & Tapas Bars
La Royale *
Wonderful little restaurant in Sant Gervasi that specialises in top quality inventive burgers (and gin and tonics). You can choose meat from Europe, Asia, America… and the accompanying fillings are creative and delicious. Most definitely worth a visit.
Plaça del Camp 5, 08022 Barcelona
Tel: 93 254 7 93
Classical Catalan style restaurant which does a very good paella, and has one of the most varied paella menus that I’ve seen. There are two or three restaurants in Barcelona, but the one I’ve eaten in several times is the restaurant in Calle Bordeus. Usually a paella is for a minimum of two people, but during the week you can order individual paellas. This restaurant is very popular so essential to book.
Calle Bordeus 33, 08035 Barcelona
Tel: 610 687 569
The restaurant in Gracia is calle Xàtiva: Calle torrent d’en Vidalet 26. Tel: 670 811 767.
There is also a second restaurant in Les Corts: La Tertúlia: Calle Morales 15. Tel: 93 419 5897.
The sparse and classical interior has gone – Embat has had a make-over. The food is quite wonderful here. They have a lunchtime and dinner menu, and a menú degustación (one price for a selection of small dishes). Prices are in the middle range – which is not expensive at all for the quality of their dishes.
Calle Mallorca 304, 08037 Barcelona
Tel: 93 458 08 55
Paco Meralgo *
Large and busy tapas bar in Eixample serving top quality tapas. Best to book or arrive early (they open at 8pm) to get a seat at the bar. This is one of the best places to eat in Barcelona in my opinion. Always full of people, with fast and friendly service, top quality ingredients and good wine.
Review date: 9 October 2012
Calle Muntaner 171, 08036 Barcelona
Tel: 93 430 9027
Piscolabis is an excellent value tapas restaurant serving small local dishes. Service is efficient and there is always a daily specials menu. You have the choice of sitting at the bar or at a table, and a comprehensive selection of dishes are served.
There are two restaurants in Barcelona with the one on Avinguda Diagonal (Pedralbes) being much better. In fact, I’ve noticed that the standard has fallen significantly in the one on Rambla de Catalunya. Both have terraces where you can eat outside.
Avinguda Diagonal 593, Barcelona.
Tel: 934 105 495
Rambla de Catalunya 27, Barcelona.
Tel: 933 069 669
A great selection of burgers and fillings for you to invent your own combination. Good value for money, delicious food and a trendy setting.
Calle Londres 65
Tel: 936 761 340
An excellent Catalan restaurant in the old town, one for a special night out. Established in 1924, Agut serves traditional Catalonian cooking and seasonal cuisine.
Calle Gignàs 16, Barcelona 08002.
Tel: 93 315 17 09
Calle Les Flors 12, Barcelona 08001
Enjoy Catalan cuisine in style.
Tel: 93 441 1139
Wonderful Catalan restaurant in the heart of the gothic quarter, a little pricey but definitely worth a visit even if it’s just to sit at the bar and drink a few beers, chat to the very friendly waiters and watch the desserts being prepared.
Calle Escudellers 14, 08002 Barcelona.
Tel: 93 301 2041
Rías de Galicia
A restaurant for a special occasion. Wonderful fish and seafood options.
Calle Lérida 7, Barcelona 08004
Galician cuisine with emphasis on quality seafood.
Tel: 93 424 8152
This Argentinean restaurant is in a square in El Born and has a lovely terrace at the front. Reasonably priced and excellent beef imported by the owner from Argentina.
Plaça de Sant Agusti Vell 13, Barcelona 08003
Tel: 93 319 6494
A very nice little restaurant in an old bodega located in Raval. Traditional snacks, tapas and full meals – as well as breakfast – with a lovely traditional decor to match. They say that every dish they serve has a history.
Tel: 93 443 6579
1881 per Sagardi *
Excellent seafood restaurant which serves a wonderful paella in a fantastic setting. The restaurant has a wonderful view over the old port and before and after dining you can enjoy their very large terrace bar. This restaurant is often missed; while people queue outside for the restaurants on the ground floor facing the port, 1881 Sagardi is tranquilly situated on the 4th floor of the Catalan History Museum (Museu d’Història de Catalunya) in the Palau de Mar building. Make reservations easily online using their website (in English too).
Tel: 902 520 522
A small bar where the menu is created using seasonal and the freshest of ingredients.
Plaça de les Olles 8, Barcelona.
Tel: 93 310 79 61
Traditional tapas with a contemporary twist, cooked breakfasts and small dishes of quality.
Diputacio 269, 08007 Barcelona
Tel: 93 488 0977
Japanese Restaurants in Barcelona
As Japanese food is a real favourite of mine, I’ve listed some Japanese restaurants separately here:
Wagokoro is one of my all time favourites. This Japanese restaurant was recommended to me by a Japanese person living in Barcelona. It’s not the cheapest restaurant, but it’s special. There is a set menu which changes every 15 days to reflect changes in the season and includes several small courses followed by a dessert. You can add one or two extra courses if you want to. There’s now a menu del día too.
The food was fresh and inventive, and the service excellent. As the restaurant is very small booking is recommended – ask for a seat at the bar so you can watch the dishes being carefully prepared.
Calle Regas 35, 08006 Barcelona
Tel: 93 501 9340
El Japones *
In Eixample. A very nice, busy restaurant, quick service, good food and reasonable prices.
Pasaje de la Concepción 5, 08008 Barcelona
Tel: 93 487 25 92
Probably the best sushi in Barcelona! From the outside this restaurant doesn’t look so impressive, but the sushi is fantastic – very fresh and tastes delicious. Not expensive either with a good priced menu del día.
Calle Balmes 55, 08007 Barcelona
Tel: 93 451 2065
Great fresh Japanese food prepared before you. Not cheap but not too expensive either.
Sagristans, 5, Bajos, Barcelona 08002
Tel: 93 412 4991
Koy Shunka *
Owned by the same people as Japanese Shunka, and a short walk away, it’s also a very good restaurant and sometimes it’s easier to get a table here.
Calle Copons 7, 08002 Barcelona.
Tel: 934 127 939
Wonderful traditional Japanese restaurant. Private dining rooms available. Expensive but worth it.
Avinguda Josep Tarradellas, 145, 08029 Barcelona
Tel: 934 190 697
Japanese sushi bar. Very reasonably priced for a Japanese restaurant and the food is delicious.
Calle Verdi 64, Gràcia. Tel: 93 415 9217.
Calle Goya 9, Gràcia. Tel: 93 237 8994.