Barcelona tapas bars & restaurants

The tradition of tapas in Spain goes back centuries. Tapas are small portions of food that are usually served with a drink in bars and restaurants. The origin of the word "tapa" comes from the habit of covering a glass of wine or beer with a slice of bread or cheese to prevent insects from entering the drink ;-)

 

Tapas became popular in Spain from the 19th century onwards, when people started to have snacks to accompany their drinks. Since then, tapas have become an important part of Spanish culture and are served in many establishments throughout the country.

 

Quality products and service: Best Barcelona tapas bars & restaurants

Barcelona is no exception to the tapas craze. Here, as in the rest of Spain, tapas can consist of a variety of dishes, including seafood, cold cuts, grilled vegetables, croquettes, tortillas, olives, anchovies, fried potatoes, etc.

In Barcelona, it is common to go out for tapas with friends or family, known as "tapeo". This tradition is particularly popular at the end of the day, when people go out for a drink and some tapas before dinner.

Not all tapas bars offer the same quality of product. We have selected for you our best addresses so far.

 

 In this directory restaurants are sorted by type like: Catalan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Nouvelle cuisine

  You can also find Best restaurants in Barcelona sorted by area, price, and top ten in our Barcelona Where to eat Guide.

  Remember that lunch is served from 1pm until 4pm and dinner from 9pm to 11pm.

  Restaurants in Barcelona are often closed on Sunday nights.

 

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  • Senyor Vermut - Barcelona
    Cafe

    Senyor Vermut

    Tapas and Vermouths

    As the name suggests, Senyor Vermut is a must for tapas and vermouth lovers. This family-run bar, run by the Miralles family, offers an impressive selection of over 40 different vermouths, enough to delight enthusiasts and novices alike eager to discover the famous tradition of drinking a vermut before lunch.

    Eixample left - C/ de Provença, 85
  • Ten´s Tapas - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Ten´s Barcelona

    A Gourmet Journey through Ten's Tapas

    Ten's Tapas, led by Michelin-starred Chef Jordi Cruz, offers a contemporary twist on traditional Spanish tapas. The restaurant is renowned for its innovative approach and elegant setting, providing a unique culinary experience.

    Ciutat Vella - C/ del Rec, 79
  • Bodega Montferry - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Bodega Montferry

    A meal at a low price!

    If you're wandering around the Sants district between Sants station and Camp Nou, Bodega Montferry is a great tapas and sandwich bar on a budget.

    Les Corts - Adresse: Passatge Serra i Arola 13
  • Bar del Pla - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Bar del Pla

    Unforgettable tapas and raciones!

    Beware, this is one of our favourite tapas bars. Located just a stone's throw from the Picasso Museum in the picturesque Carrer de Montcada, Bar del Pla offers tapas, raciones...

    El Born - C/ de Montcada, 2
  • Colmado Wilmot - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Colmado Wilmot

    The best of Catalan cuisine and great tapas!

    Tucked away in the corner of an alleyway, not far from the wonderful Parc del Turó, Colmado Wilmot is a restaurant and tapas bar with an intriguing pedigree: its chef Eugeni de Diego is a former El Bulli chef..

    Sarriá / San Gervasio - C/ de Calvet, 28
  • Can Framis - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Can Framis

    A beautiful place and very good tapas!

    On the Ronda de Sant Pere, a 10-minute walk from the Picasso Museum, Can Framis by Casa Lolea is a gastronomic gem.

    Eixample right - Ronda de Sant Pere, 70
  • Restaurant

    El Japonés Escondido

    Eating Japanese as you would eat tapas.

    Discover a hidden treasure not far from the Barceloneta metro station: El Japonés Escondido, the Izakaya Bar of the Tragaluz group, where Japanese tapas are in the spotlight. The warm decoration and charming Japanese-style atmosphere make this place the ideal place to enjoy exceptional gastronomy.

    Ciutat Vella - Carrer de Llauder, 1 (La Ribera)
  • El Jardí  - Barcelona
    Cafe

    El Jardí

    Cocktails, tapas, terrace, calm... What else ?

    Because Barcelona is a hectic city, the small terrace of El Jardí is perfect to relax in the calm if however, you manage to keep this address secret ;-).

    El Raval - Carrer de l'Hospital, 56
  • Bar Alegría - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Bar Alegría

    Tapas in one of the oldest bars in the city

    When Thomas Abellan took over the Bar Alegría, he had on his shoulders the weight of more than 120 years of tradition, quality, and good spirits...

    Eixample left - Comte Borrell, 133
  • Bodega Vidrios y Cristales - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Bodega Vidrios y Cristales

    Canned foods, wines and vermouths

    In a magnificent building in El Born, the Casa Xifré, the Bodega Vidrios y Cristales returns to the origins of the local bodega, i.e. the bar or the local cellar...

    El Born - Passeig d’Isabel II, 6
  • Bar Cañete - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Bar Cañete

    Classic and contemporary Catalan tapas

    Bar Cañete: Like so many of Barcelona’s best establishments, this traditional yet trendy tapas bar and restaurant entered the world as a small family-run affair. 

    El Raval - Carrer de la Unió, 17
  • Bambarol - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Bambarol

    Chef’s tapas !

    Imagine two chefs, with professional records as long as their arms, to open a restaurant of tapas where one would like to come every day: It’s Bambarol...

    Sarriá / San Gervasio - C/ Santaló, 21
  • El Viti Taberna - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    El Viti Taberna

    Tapas, vermut and much more ..

    In El Passeig Sant Joan, the trendy foodie neighborhood in Barcelona, El Viti Taberna describes itself as a vermutería contemporánea...

    Eixample right - Passeig Sant Joan, 62
  • La Pepita / La Cava - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    La Pepita / La Cava

    A restaurant and now a bar!

    For four years now Sofia and Sergio treated us with great tapas at La Pepita. Their fans will be glad to learn the opening, just next door, of La Cava..

    Gracia - Carrer Còrsega, 343 & 339
  • Pollería Fontana - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Pollería Fontana

    Grandmother's tapas

    He carried out his dream, to take again the family butchery to do a tapas restaurant where are honored his grandmother's receipts.  At Pollería Fontana they don't trifle with Tradition!

    Gracia - Carrer de Sant Lluís, 9
  • Lata-berna - Barcelona
    Restaurant

    Lata-berna

    Creative tapas at sweet prices!

    Impassioned by the world cuisine chef Juanjo Martinez does not miss audacity. Its Lata-berna restaurant is one of the new institutions of creative tapas in Barcelona...

    Gracia - Torrent de les Flors, 53

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7 comments

  1. El Xampanyet is the best one - likeit (21 Apr 2021 - 08:24)

    El Xampanyet is one of the best for me.. love as well Bar Alegria in the same old style...
    Can't wait to be back in Barcelona!!!

  2. Tapa in BCN! - Mariepaz - Antonio Tan (18 Jul 2015 - 08:08)

    The best tapa dishes are served at Cerveseria Catalana . Located corner C/ Mallorca and Rambla Catalunya.

  3. Reserva - Luiz Antonio Silveira (12 May 2015 - 08:56)

    Prezados.
    Gostaria de fazer reservas nesse conceituado estabelecimento
    para a noite do dia 10 de outubro de 2015.
    Certo da atenção, desde já, agradeço.
    L. Antônio Silveira.

  4. tapas à volonté - mag et yann (5 Nov 2012 - 08:45)

    Nous revenons d'un week end à BARCELONE. Nous avons cherché à manger des tapas, mais nous nous sommes heurtés à la qualité et au prix.
    Au Bar le AITOR, c/ sardenya 324, nous avons trouvé notre bonheur. Un menu "buffet tapas à volonté" à 16€25 et en terrasse!! Vous nous direz que la qualité ne peut pas y être à ce prix là, et bien c'est faux! une quinzaine de sorte de tapas froides avec des saveurs...hum et on nous a même proposé deux sortes de tapas chaude, boudin noir et chorizo..
    La cerise sur le gateau: vue sur la sagrada familia
    Allez y ça vaut le détour

  5. bar à tapas bodega , calle vidre 8 barcelone gotico - stéphanie (10 Sep 2012 - 11:15)

    sans doute le meilleur bar à tapas de barcelone , on y est depuis 4 jour et on retourne tous les jours , c'est vraiment bon et pas excessif , surtout ambiance sympa et très chaleureux , surtout à ne pas manquer ce bar incontournable .
    Bodega Biarritz 1881 , rue Vidre numéro 8 , à coté de plaça Reial

  6. bar bodega biarritz 1881 - manu (8 Sep 2012 - 14:15)

    sans doute les meilleurs tapas chaudes de Barcelone , à ne pas manquer à deux pas de plaça Reial ( 8 calle vidre) , ambiance et qualité garanties .un couple de professionel qui travaille tous les jours des 18h00 jusqu'à 00h00. vraiment très bon

  7. Best tapas in Barcelona - Josh (8 Jul 2012 - 06:15)

    My favourite out of this list is definitely Quimet Quimet. It is without doubt the most exciting place to eat in Barcelona.
    I also had another great experience at a cooking class I took called ‘Papa Serra – Culinary Adventures in Barcelona’. While we did learn how to make some simple tapas – gazpacho, tortilla etc. But we did do one dish that was quite possibly the best tapa i tried in Barcelona. It was chicken poached in wine then mixed with saffron yogurt, black grapes and toasted almonds. Then it was wrapped in a radicchio and lightly fried. Then we dipped it in fennel seeds that had been crushed with lemon zest and raisins. It was stunning and I would have paid for the cooking class just to taste this dish! Nice work Papa Serra!

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