When you think of dining in Barcelona, it’s customary to expect delicious Catalan food, but if that’s all you eat you’ll be missing out on some of Spain’s most innovative and interesting restaurants. Barcelona’s cuisine is as unexpected and original as its architecture – it’s a place where you can eat traditional Catalan fare or you can defy tradition entirely by embracing an experimental gastronomic experience. Serious foodies are thrilled by the city’s culinary diversity, but even casual food lovers will appreciate the locally produced bounty of fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables that is available at restaurants in all corners of Barcelona.
Click through the gallery for a comprehensive guide to the best dining in the city.
El Celler de Can Roca
Barcelonan restaurant El Bulli was considered the best in the world before it closed its doors. Luckily, El Celler de Can Roca was there to fill its shoes and earned first place on a 2015 list of ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’. Although technically in nearby Girona and not Barcelona, this restaurant is still a Barcelonan favorite and is completely out-of-this-world amazing.
Average price for two: AED 1,263/SAR 1,290
Tel: (+34) 972 22 21 57
Photo: Courtesy of El Celler de Can Roca
In order to experience the diversity of Barcelona’s food scene, head to Alkimia, where you can order from three seasonal menus: ‘Classics’, ‘Alkimia’, and ‘Traditions’. Each menu represents a completely different food philosophy, allowing the diner to choose a path depending on taste.
Average price for two: AED 421/SAR 429
Tel: (+34) 932 076 115
Photo: Courtesy of Pinterest
After making a name for himself with culinary hotspot ABaC (which has two Michelin stars), Chef Jordi Cruz opened Angle, a more affordable restaurant where he crafts traditional Catalan cuisine with an upscale twist.
Average price for two: AED 505/SAR 516
Tel: (+34) 932 16 77 77
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Cram
This spot is one of Barcelona’s best, but expect to wait a couple of hours for a table, because the super-popular restaurant doesn’t take reservations. Once you’re in, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. For the best place in town to polish off a plate of tapas, line up at Cerveceria Catalana or wait for a table at its well-stocked beverage bar.
Average price for two: AED 253/SAR 258
Tel: (+34) 932 16 03 68
Photo: Courtesy of Milli-Millu-Blog
Sometimes tasting menus can be tricky to navigate, but you can trust that your experience at Caelis, set in a beautiful Art Deco hotel, will be sublime. Trust Romain Fornell – the youngest-ever chef to receive a Michelin star – to be your guide to the finer side of dining. You’ll go crazy for the foie gras bon-bons, the smoked tuna broth, and whatever other delicacy is on the tasting menu that day.
Average price for two: AED 788/SAR 804
Tel: (+34) 935 10 12 05
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Palace Barcelona
It might sound like hyperbole to say that a meal at Cinc Sentits will likely be one of the best meals of your life, but every loyal patron of the legendary establishment would agree. This outstanding restaurant serves up beautifully plated dishes of modern European and “modernist” Spanish cuisine.
Average price for two: AED 842/SAR 860
Tel: (+34) 933 23 94 90
Photo: Courtesy of Cinc Sentits
If you’re in search of a filling breakfast or a great brunch spot, this restaurant is renowned for its huge selection of dishes, like huevos rancheros, migas, pancakes, and more. At Granja Petitbo, you’ll enjoy generous portions, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a satisfying meal.
Average price for two: AED 505/SAR 515
Tel: (+34) 932 41 32 33
Photo: Courtesy of Granja Petitbo
Dining at Hisop is a unique culinary experience, where the food – rather than the “scene” or the atmosphere – is the real reason for coming. Foodies love this place, and with good reason. Oriol Ivern-Bondia’s tasting menu is thoughtful, impeccably curated, and about as fresh and inventive as they come.
Average price for two: AED 505/SAR 515
Tel: (+34) 932 41 32 33
Photo: Courtesy of Hisop
Lasarte wears its two Michelin stars proudly and is widely regarded as one of the top restaurants in Spain. Amazing flavor profiles are the key to this restaurant’s success, and its menu (and the incredible food imagery on its website) will leave you salivating for more.
Average price for two: AED 866/SAR 884
Tel: (+34) 934 45 32 42
Photo: Courtesy of Lasarte
Elevated comfort food has made Manairo a local and foodie favorite in Barcelona. This is a great spot to grab a delicious plate of cheesy croquettes, calamari, and some of the best beef in town, but don’t expect these familiar-sounding dishes to be anything like what you would eat at home.
Average price for two: AED 672/SAR 687
Tel: (+34) 932 31 00 57
Photo: Courtesy of Ivangi Menez Costa
Mutis, one of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets, has kept this secret status thanks to its private membership program. Ranked as one of the top 20 bars in the world, it’s the kind of exclusive place that is worth trying to get into. The best method? Try bribing a local friend who already has membership and go as their guest.
Average price for two: AED 336/SAR 343
Tel: (+34) 933 62 88 70
Photo: Courtesy of BCN Fashionista
If you’re on the hunt for a great tapas bar, look no further than Bar Pinotxo. This fun bar serves up seriously amazing seafood, tripas stew, Spanish omelettes, and more. When in doubt as to what to order, simply defer to the beloved and affable owner Juanito Bayen, who is always lighting up smiles in the restaurant.
Average price for two: AED 252/SAR 257
Tel: (+34) 933 17 17 31
Photo: Courtesy of Idelish.com
This cozy Spanish tavern is a unique destination amid Barcelona’s slick, modern, Michelin-starred restaurant scene. It is completely unpretentious and unbelievably delicious — the Padrón peppers alone are enough to ensure you go back. For the best seat in the house, small groups should sit at the bar where they can interact throughout service with the chefs.
Average price for two: AED 218/SAR 223
Tel: (+34) 934 30 90 27
Photo: Courtesy of Cuca Araut
For fine dining in a relaxed setting, book a table at Tickets. Owned by Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame, this tapas bar serves up exquisite food in a fun setting. The venue is divided into different corners to make you feel as though you are part of a play.
Pro tip: Ask for the chef’s selection, sit back, and enjoy dish after dish crafted from delectable Spanish ingredients.
Average price for two: AED 336/SAR 342
Tel: (+34) 932 92 42 53
Photo: Courtesy of The Lifeaholic Issue