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 :-).
Come often this ranking will change frequently.
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,
Arola restaurant in Barcelona is located on the second floor of the luxury Hotel Arts.
One comes there for its brand new pop design, its beautiful terrace in front of Frank Gehry's giant wale and great live music set with local DJs.
But not only!
Catalan chef Sergi Arola is a rising star of Spain's culinary world. Disciple of Ferran Adrià and Pierre Gagnaire, Sergi Arola offers here a fine “menú degustación pica-pica » that is a selection of tapas:
Patatas “Bravas de Arola”, fritas y rellenas de salsa picante y recubiertas de alioli - A “Tartar de Filet Mignon con infusión de soja y jenjibre” .. And many others hot and cold surprises.
This testing menu of tapas is at 50€
But you can also have main courses “A la carte” that bring you to an upper level of the dexterity of the head chef with:
Lubina (sea bass) asada , emulsión de berros , cebolleta y pimienta rosa (28€) - Lomo de ternera perfumado en brasas, cereales y jugo ligero de setas (28€)…
A well-stocked cellar offers over 900 wines..
This guy is magic !
Find the latest menu on Arola's website
Opening hours : 1:30-3:30pm and 8:00-11:30pm every day
Phone : 93 483 80 90
Metro/Bus : Ciutadella, Vila Olimpica
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 come 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
In a few months Matís Bar became the idol of Barcelona. Its receipt: revisited tapas, a magical place and an ultra welcoming team!
For people of Matís Bar the place is as important as the table. To look like their cuisine they settled at the "Col·legi d’Arquitectes".. For Artur Martínez the young Michelin spangled chef (Capritx) this new adventure is the occasion to reinvent the Catalan cuisine and tapas, because both are at the menu. One retains the "Bombon de queso y tomate" (1.85€), the "Salpiconde pulpo"(7.85€), the "Carpaccio de bacalao" (7.5€), and the Arroz Parellada (8.5€). Real delights.
But the ultimate experience is to take the tasting menu, the "Menu Pim Pam" (25€/per - but for two people minimum). A very reasonable price for a journey in the very contemporary universe of the slow food, the km 0, the ultra healthy products and of an unparalleled knack!
Clever is one who reserves !
Opening hours : From monday to saturday from 8am to 12pm
Phone : +34630455043
Metro/Bus : Jaume I
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