Dining Guide of Barcelona
This is our ranking of the 10 best restaurants in Barcelona.
All of them have that little more that makes the difference even though they are not the most expensive of Barcelona (never the less :-).
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Our top ten
Dos Palillos or when traditional spanish tapas get inspired by delicate savors of Asia…
Albert Raurich has been working at El Bulli from 1997 to 2007 where he was head chief for the last 6 years of his journey with Ferran Adrià … That is to say that he knows quite well about cuisine inspiration and innovation…
At Dos Palillos the chef decided to get his inspiration from the far east cuisine, that is mostly from Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. And what an inspiration!!
Imagine Asian savors married with Spanish traditional tapas and products like seafoods, fish, fresh vegetables of the market, prown, tuna, meat…
Imagine now tempura, raw dishes, woked dishes, steamed dishes, grilled dishes..
Albert Raurich’s tapas are pure creativity and grace..
We loved fresh seaweed sunomono with molluscs, Japanese burger, meat Gyoza,Cantonese style Iberian pork, prawn steamed dumpling..
Two degustation menus at 55 and 75€ but they prefer to say one hour and half menu or two hours menu..
Lunchtime menu at 20€
In november 2012 Dos Palillos recieved its first Michelin star.
Opening hours : Tuesday to saturday - Close sundays and mondays // On tuesdays and wednesdays: open from 7:30p.m. to 11:30p.m. // On thursdays, fridays and saturdays: open from 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. and from 7:30p.m. to 11:30p.m.
Phone : 933 040 513
Metro/Bus : Pl. Catalunya
In the brand new and beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the table on everyone’s lips is with no doubt: Moments.
The Chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam are revisiting Catalan recipes and even inventing the first anti-aging menu of Barcelona..
On the Catalan side of the menu you will discover totally renewed classical dishes like Arroz caldoso de gamba con picada de pescador (rice dish with broth) - Fricandó (veal stew) and suquet (fish stew) - Shrimp Tartar- Seabass with fig chutney and hibiscus salt - Veal Cheeks with turnip vegetable ravioli and red fruits..
A delight and lot of imagination!!
But even more visionary and trendy: a “anti-aging” menu where the food chosen by Carme Ruscalleda and Dr. Manuel Sanchez - head of the Anti-aging Unit Clinic Planas- , specialist in the anti-age treatments, conceal only the most miraculous properties to preserve an “iron constitution”.
In this menu, mini pizza pies with artichokes and the Joselito ham, or macaroni with buckwheat accompanied by scallops and vegetables… a great idea!
A very chic venue already awarded by 2 Michelin Stars in 2013..
Opening hours : Lunch: 1:30pm-3:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Dinner: 8:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Closed Sundays and Mondays
Phone : 93 151 87 81
Metro/Bus : Passeig de Gràcia,
Tribu Woki continues its conquest of well-being through organic food with the opening this time of a new restaurant: Céleri.
We have already mentioned its organic supermarkets in Barcelona - there are now 5 - by presenting Woki Organic Market -. With Céleri the idea is to show what is becoming seasonal vegetables in the hands of a great Chef. Xavier Pellicer (El Raco de Can Fabes, Abac..) therefore created an open and chic place for a green cuisine, natural and gastronomic!
The heart of its menu is a variation of dishes around eight seasonal vegetables such as cauliflower, asparagus, spinach.. Variations where vegetarians are mainly featured but where meat and fish lovers are not forgotten!
Innovative and grandiose.
Opening hours : Monday to saturday from 1pm to 4pm and from 8pm to 12pm
Phone : +34 93 252 95 94
Metro/Bus : Diagonal
Can Pineda exists since 1904. If you want to discover the Catalan traditional cuisine in all its perfection, it will be necessary to leave a little the downtown area. But this will quickly be forgotten!
Attended by regulars and by the finest gourmets of the city, Can Pineda has only one rule: to offer best products of the season, if possible from proximity with however few exemptions which you will understand easily: the foie gras comes from France, the white truffle from Alba, the pata negra from Jabugo…
Once this said, what's left is a festival of typical receipts to feel giddy: "huevos poché con foie y trufa, arroz con sepia, setas y bogavante, anchoas de Getaria, albóndigas con sepia, gambas, chuletón o entrecot de buey, estofado de rabo de buey con cigalas…".
An extraordinary high level restaurant which proposes also a tasting menu at 35€ (without the wine)..
It is expensive but the pleasure inevitably up to the mark!
Opening hours : Tuesday to saturday from 1pm to 4 pm and from 9pm to 11pm // Closed on sunday and monday.
Phone : +34 933 08 30 81
Metro/Bus : Clot, Glories,
As you are walking down Aragó street, next to Rocafort, suddenly you find a restaurant called Can Vallès.
One might think that he has bumped into another Barcelona's bar, and here comes the big mistake. This restaurant with, at first gland, simple appearance, has a lot to show us.
The quality, detail and care of the dishes is equivalent to the outstanding restaurants in the city. Recipes made with the best products on the market.
Some dishes: chickpeas with lobster, pork feet cannelloni, fresh seafood, meat served on a hot stone, fresh salads and some very nice tapas!
The desserts...? Try the cheesecake or chocolate cake with cinnamon ice cream.
And.. the best wines selection!
Do not forget to book in advance as this is a small but very popular place .
Opening hours : From 1pm to 4pm and from 9pm to 12pm / Closed on Sundays and holidays
Phone : 932 260 667
Metro/Bus : Bus: 27, 41, 43, 44
In the building where was born Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, only a gourmet restaurant could find its place. Today Arume would certainly be the canteen of the great writer if he was still alive..
The place is small but exudes good mood, youth and creativity. Arume means flavor in Galician. The galician chef Manuel Núñez (who won the -Tapa del Año 2014) knows what he is talking about when he cleverly mixes ingredients and textures. Its cuisine mades the junction between Galicia and Catalonia but also between tradition and new gastronomy: wakame, grass mousse or green mousse accompany octopus, carpaccio, meat and great paellas...
Book by email it is full every night ..
Opening hours : every day from 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Phone : +34 933 15 48 72
Metro/Bus : Sant Antoni
El Racó del Mariner is certainly the fish restaurant the most “time capsule” of Barcelona, understand by this the most authentic.
As soon as unloaded from fishermen's boats, fish and seafood find themselves in the kitchen of El Racó del Mariner also located in the port. Difficult to find fresher! At the menu: fish of the day, fried fish, squids and shrimps, lobsters or a remarkable paella de marisco (seafood paella).
In short it's absolut pleasure in a restaurant / bar out of time, open from 5 in the morning to 5 in the evening, where you'll cross party animals finishing there night, fishermen and good local families. One of the pearls of the Barceloneta.
One finds the entrance by the Calle l'Escau.
Opening hours : Monday to friday from 5am to 5pm
Metro/Bus : Barceloneta
Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine brought up to date. It is at Vivant and this is one of our favorite places.
In the district of Sant Joan, everyday more welcoming: Libertine, Granja Petitbo, El Viti Taberna, Chicha Limonà.. Vivant is the local reference that is worth to cross the city.
Beautiful decor, sober and Nordic fashion 50s style, where Chef Rafa Gispert take fun revisiting a Spanish and Catalan cuisine with flair. Twice a year a new carte, always with tapas to share, entrees and dishes to satisfy everyone at every hour. Unmissable are the Patatas Braves (€ 4.5) we immediately place in a top 5 in Barcelona for the two sauces that accompany them. Also remarkable the Calamari & Boutifarra (9.5 €), the Ortiguilles de mar - sea anemones - (€ 8.75), the tataki of tuna(€ 11.2), the Bacallà Confitat (9.5 €). Each receipes enhanced by a sauce or a perfect combination of flavors.
You understood the prices are very reasonable given the quality of products and the modernity of the cuisine.
Lunch menu 10.5 €.. Hard to beat!
Opening hours : From monday to saturday from 8am to 2am
Phone : +34 933 15 80 09
Metro/Bus : Tetuan, Girona,
A new eatery in Barcelona by most prestigious Chef Ferran Adrià.
This time it’s a tapas bar but of course not a traditional one. At Tickets tapas are innovative and creative like all avant-garde culinary ideas of Adrià.
The chef will not be cooking at Tickets but just around the corner to validate every new tapa..
Get ready to taste:
Jamón de toro: Home-salting tuna belly painted with Iberian cured ham fat (12,50€), Spiced tomato tartare with crunchy bread (8,50€)
Steamed razor clams with ginger, Cayenne pepper and lemon air (11,20€), Liquid ravioli with Payoyo cheese (3,40€) / piece, Half roast bonito with garlic-sauce jelly (3,80€ /piece) and more..
Beware: Booking online is the rule to get a table.. No other way..
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday from 7 p.m. til 11.30pm
Phone : 932 924 250
Metro/Bus : Metro: L3 Poble Sec
El Quim de la Boqueria is truly a family business: mom, dad and son serve traditional catalan dishes around the bar when there is space.
Even the regulars have to wait for a place to sit, as El Quim is a stall in the most beautiful and bustling market in Barcelona: the Boqueria market.
Boquerones, chipirones, arroz negro.. From 3€ to 9€... Best tapas around..
If there is no table for you, go to Pinotxo another tapas bar in the same Boqueria market.
Opening hours : Tuesday to Thursday from 7am to 4pm / Friday and Saturday from 7am to 5pm / Closed Sunday and Monday
Phone : +34 93 301 98 10
Metro/Bus : Metro: Liceu (L3) / Bus 14, 38, 91, N9, N12, N15