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Restaurants in Barcelona

Graze your way around Barcelona's tapas bars where delicious morsels accompany fizzy glasses of cava flowing late into the night. Steaming dishes of paella are found in beach-front Barceloneta while the twisted lanes of the Barrí Gòtic ooze with Catalan flavours like salt dried cod, crisp fried artichokes and rich chorizo sausage. Wait until 9pm or 10pm to dine with the locals and beware your favourite haunts might close in August. Tip 5-10%.

Agua, Barcelona. Courtesy of Grupo Tragaluz
1

Els Quatre Gats

Artful dining

A Barcelona legend since 1897, Els Quatre Gats ("The Four Cats" Catalan slang for "just a few people") was a favourite of Picasso who once hung his work here. This turn-of-the-century tiled café in Barrí Gòtic nurtured poets, intellectuals and the moderniste movement. Try the fixed-price meal for good value, homespun Catalan cooking.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-1am

Address

3, Carrer Montsio, Barcelona 08002

Telephone

+34 93 302 4140

Transport

Plaça Catalunya metro

Website

Els Quatre Gats Website

2

Comerç 24

Modern international tapas

This slick eatery in the fashionable Born district has put a modern, luxurious spin on the traditional tapas menu. Comerç 24's international fusion of flavours includes immaculate sushi, crispy prawns with Italian romesco sauce, Catalan stews and light Andalusian spices all on the same list. Tapas portions are small so it's best to order plenty.



Opening Hours

Daily 1.30pm-3.30pm & 8.30pm-10.45pm

Address

24, Carrer Comerç, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 319 21 02

Transport

Arc de Triomf (L1) metro

Website

Comerç 24 Website

Agua, Barcelona. Courtesy of Grupo Tragaluz
3

Agua

Food with a view

Agua in Villa Olimpica, is the ultimate in cool, beach-front dining. A table on the shady terrace offers sea views and people watching, and the modern Spanish menu includes popular dishes such as char-grilled fish and rich risottos studded with fresh clams. Afterwards pop next door for cocktails at the glamorous CDLC bar.



Opening Hours

Daily 1.30pm-4pm (until 5pm Sat & Sun) & 8.30pm-12am (until 1am Fri & Sat)

Address

30, Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 225 12 72

Transport

Ciutadella Vila Olímpica (L4) metro

4

Can Solé

Seafood heaven

Many restaurants compete for trade in Barceloneta's harbour area, but Can Solé remains true to this former fishing village, with wine barrels, lots of noise, and excellent food. Try tiny sweet clams, cod cakes or bouillabaisse. Little langoustines are expensive but delicious and everything is laced with fresh garlic. It's worth saving space for dessert!



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 1.30pm-4pm & 8pm-11pm

Address

4, Carrer Sant Carles, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 221 50 12

Transport

Barceloneta metro

Website

Can Solé Website

Els Pescadors, Barcelona. Courtesy of Restaurant Els Pescadors
5

Els Pescadors

Gourmet experience

Els Pescadors is one of the best fish restaurants in Barcelona. It is off the beaten track but worth the trip to Poble Nou. The freshest seafood and finest locally sourced produce is cooked in a classic Catalan style with a modern twist. Choose between dining rooms or a table on the terrace.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-3.45pm & 8pm-11.30pm

Address

1, Plaça Prim, Barcelona 08005

Telephone

+34 93 225 20 18

Transport

Poblenou metro

6

Bar Mundial

Seafood served simply

Bar Mundial is a no-frills, neighbourhood bar-restaurant in Sant Pere with black-and-white photos of boxers adorning the walls and a menu of enormous platters of seafood. It has been family run since 1925 and while it has seen an increase in tourists in recent years, it's still well worth a visit.



Opening Hours

Wed-Sun 1pm-3.30pm; Tue-Fri 9pm-10.30pm (Sat until 11.30pm)

Address

1, Plaça Sant Agustí Vell, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 319 90 56

Transport

Arc de Triomf or Jaume I metro

Cerveseria Catalana, Barcelona. Photo by Poppy Da Costa, © Whatsonwhen
7

Cerveseria Catalana

Bustling tapas bar

Cheerful and relatively cheap, Cerveseria Catalana tapas restaurant is always crowded. Without an advance booking, visitors can expect to wait for a table. The alternative is to nudge to the bar and start pointing at the tasty looking tapas - there are plenty. Look out for a pavement table on a summer night.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-1.30am; Sat & Sun 9am-1.30am

Address

236, Carrer de Mallorca, Barcelona 08008

Telephone

+34 93 216 03 68

Transport

Diagonal metro

Senyor Parellada, Barcelona. Courtesy of Senyor Parellada
8

Senyor Parellada

Traditional Spanish flavours

A healthy appetite is a must when you visit Senyor Parellada in the Born district. In the large yellow-and-blue dining room diners settle down to hearty cuisine from northeast Spain like stuffed cabbage, cod "as prepared by the monks of the Poblet monastery", baked monkfish with mustard-and-garlic sauce, and roast duck with figs.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-3.30pm & 8.30pm-11.30pm

Address

37, Argenteria, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 310 50 94

Transport

Jaume I metro

Website

Senyor Parellada Website

9

Cal Pep

Busy seafood bar

Cal Pep in the Born district is extraordinarily popular and deservedly so, and there's often a queue for a table. There's a small dining room at the back but it's best to grab a stool and pick tasty morsels from the bar. Seafood is the main attraction. Try clams with a sprinkling of hot peppers.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 7.30pm-11.30pm; Tue-Sat 1pm-3.45pm

Address

8, Plaça de les Olles, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 310 79 61

Transport

Barceloneta (L4) or Jaume I (L4) metro

Website

Cal Pep Website

Los Caracoles, Barcelona. Courtesy of Los Caracoles
10

Los Caracoles

Old World charm

Los Caracoles in Barrí Gòtic might be crowded with tourists and avoided by locals, but that doesn't make it any less fun. It has a timeless old-world setting, complete with tiles, rough timber and hanging garlic. There's a choice of traditional Catalan dishes on the menu, including spit-roast chicken and the house speciality of snails.



Opening Hours

Daily 1.15pm-12am

Address

14, Carrer dels Escudellers, Barcelona 08002

Telephone

+34 933 012 041

Transport

Drassanes metro

Website

Los Caracoles Website

Origens, Barcelona. Photo Poppy Da Costa, © Whatsonwhen
11

Origens

Fresh Catalan delicacies

Barcelona boast several healthy restaurants. Origens, on a quiet street in the Eixample district, offers great-value lunches. Fresh ingredients are sourced mostly from Catalunya and thoughtfully combined in simple dishes. The menú del día (daily menu) is a bargain and the delicatessen is full of fruity olive oils, tasty local wines and bitter dark chocolate.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-1am

Address

9, Enric Granados, Barcelona 08002

Telephone

+34 93 453 11 20

Transport

Universitat metro

Website

Origens Website

12

La Rita

Mediterranean set menus

Locals rarely queue to eat out, but at La Rita they make an exception. The warm, inviting restaurant is perennially popular, serving up three-course set menus at prices no one can argue with. The food is contemporary and packed with Mediterranean flavours. Once inside, you'd never know it's on one of central Barcelona's busiest streets.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-3.45pm & 8.30pm-11.30pm

Address

279, C/ Aragón, Barcelona 08007

Telephone

+34 93 487 23 76

Transport

Passeig de Gràcia metro

Website

La Rita Website

13

Mesón David

Crazy dining experience

Mesón David in Ravel isn't the place for a quiet evening. Waiters shout hilariously, tips are acknowledged by the ringing of a cowbell and diners crowd onto long canteen tables. The food is fast, furious, and excellent, with regional specialities ranging from Navarran trout stuffed with serrano ham to traditional Castilian roast suckling pork.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 12.30pm-4pm & 8pm-11.30pm

Address

63, Carretes, Barcelona 08001

Telephone

+34 93 441 59 34

Transport

Paral.lel or Sant Antoni metro

Website

Mesón David Website

El Flamant, Barcelona. Photo by Poppy Da Costa, © Whatsonwhen
14

El Flamant

Refined dining

There are plenty of cheap and cheerful restaurants in Barcelona but El Flamant manages to combine excellent value with a refined dining experience. Just off this leafy street in the Eixample district awaits a charming, wood-panelled dining room with traditional Spanish menu. The adjoining café is a more casual place for lunch, coffee or tapas.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-3.45pm & 9pm-12am

Address

23, Enric Granados, Barcelona 08007

Telephone

+34 93 323 16 35

Transport

Grácia metro

Website

El Flamant Website

Pollo Rico, Barcelona. Photo by Poppy Da Costa, © Whatsonwhen
15

Pollo Rico

Friendly waiters, hearty food

It can be difficult to find good value eateries around the fun-but-touristy Ramblas, but Pollo Rico in a side street is a gem of a restaurant. It specialises in delicious rotisserie chicken and chips. Diners can squeeze in between the local characters at the bar or head upstairs to the pretty tiled dining room.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-1am (bar); 1pm-4pm & 8pm-10pm (dining room)

Address

31, Calle Sant Pau, Barcelona

Telephone

+34 93 441 31 84

Transport

Liceu metro

Website

Pollo Rico Website

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