Our Personal Food guide where you have to eat in Barcelona

1st PART

After living for many years in Barcelona, people keep asking us, where to eat in Barcelona? Do you know any good restaurant you could recommend? Which are the best restaurants in Barcelona?

***Spanish version below***

If you follow our blog, you know that our passion is food and discovering new cuisines around the world. Following our passion, we tasted food in many different restaurants in Barcelona. From Michelin star restaurants to the restaurants on a budget.

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After we have been asked many times, we decided to share with you our Personal Food guide where you have to eat in Barcelona!

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Restaurants in Barcelona

If you are coming to Barcelona or you are living here, you might think that finding a good restaurant might be a simple task. However, with almost 9000 establishments (Feb 2019), this task might be sometimes more complicated than it seems.

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We usually ended up in restaurants which we were visiting regularly to make sure that our evening will be perfect and tasteful.

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The idea of a Personal Food Guide

To be honest, when we started thinking about the personal Food Guide, we would probably have to write nonstop for 3 days to cover all the restaurants we visited during 12 years in Barcelona.

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Of course, why is that?

In our personal opinion, Barcelona is the World capital of delicious food.

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However, as hospitality is still a huge business for Barcelona, many restaurants owners prefer quantity over quality to focus on tourism. This creates many restaurants, but not necessarily with good food.

In our personal food guide, we will talk about the best restaurants in Barcelona based on our personal experience and taste. Restaurants we visited more than once even if we could just go to the restaurant next door.

We divided the food guide into 2 parts as we realized that we want to share many restaurants with you so to avoid having a very long post.

Are you ready?

Traditional Spanish restaurants

We will start with so-called traditional restaurants. Those places where you find the true atmosphere of the city and the flavors of the grandmother’s cuisine.

  • La Cova Fumada: If you want quality fish at a good price and the famous bombas (mashed potato balls) of Barceloneta, this is the place for you.
  • La Bodega d’en Rafael: One of the classic wineries in El Barrio de Sant Antoni with a daily menu.
  • Bodega Gelida: Traditional winery with very affordable prices and tasty food.
  • Can Lluis: Restaurant with a long history that continues to make delicious food.
  • Restaurant Romesco: Restaurant that one moment it was considered as a restaurant with the cheapest menu in Barcelona.
  • Can Vilaro: It is very famous for its organ meat food (tripes, kidneys etc).

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These are some examples of typical Spanish taverns where it is demonstrated that delicious food does not always have to be expensive.

Most of the restaurants serve Lunch Menu for a price between 10 EUR -30 Eur/per person.

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Paella

Of course, you are in Barcelona and for sure you want to eat good Paella.

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Firstly, you should know that paella is a traditional dish from the Valencian community so if you want to eat the most traditional Paella, you will have to go to Valencia:)

However, there are few places in Barcelona where you can eat good quality paella.

  • Xiringuito Escribá: They offer delicious paellas at the Marbella beach, a variety of tapas and fried squid which is just amazing (We recommend to make a reservation as it is almost always full, price 30-60 EUR/pax).
  • Cherrif: Quality seafood and incredible paella (now it is under renovation) price is between 30-60 EUR/pax.
  • La Mar salada: They offer a good quality product with seafood cuisine 30-60 EUR/pax.

Most of the places where you are going to eat paella, the waiter doesn’t explain that you have to wait for a minimum of 25 minutes to make sure that the rice is properly cooked.

If they don’t inform you, and bring the paella in a few minutes, it is either pre-cooked paella or it is a paella product which you can find in any supermarket. So be patient and wait for a good quality paella.

Best Tapas Restaurants

There are so many Tapas restaurants in Barcelona. We are going to name only a few because we could just write the whole post about the best tapas restaurants in Barcelona.

  • Quimet & Quimet: It is a small place with great tapas and montaditos (mini sandwich), price between 10-30EUR/pax.
  • O’Retorno: Galician tapas with good quality and price (they have several restaurants in the Eixample area in Barcelona), price between 10-30EUR/pax.
  • Last Monkey: If you want to taste something different, we recommend this interesting Asian tapas restaurant with an optimal quality, price 10-30EUR/pax.
  • Sant Antoni Glorioso: a Definitely highly recommended restaurant where they serve exceptional bravas (fried potatoes with special sauce), price between 30-50 EUR/pax.
  • Bar Cañete: A quality bar in the Raval neighborhood, price 30-70 EUR/pax.
  • Bodega 1900: Little jewel of the famous Chef Albert Adria with the tapas of the highest quality, price 30-50 EUR/pax.
  • Tickets: This restaurant was always in the hands of Chef Albert Adria and the Iglesias brothers, they offer modern tapas of great quality. It is a Michelin star restaurant and on the list of 50 best restaurants in the world, price over 60 EUR/pax.

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where to eat barcelonaFish and Seafood Restaurants

Barcelona, a city with a sea you can obviously think that eating fish or seafood will not be difficult. Of course, for good quality fish, you will have to pay a little more, but the food is delicious!

Marea Alta: Located on the top of Colom Tower with an incredible view and exceptional food quality, price over 60 EUR/pax.

Espai Kru: Located in Parallel, they really offer a very high-quality product, price over 60 EUR/pax.

Estimar and Pur Barcelona, are two restaurants that we have not yet had the pleasure of visiting but we can recommend them based on the expert’s opinion, they won’t disappoint you, price over 60 EUR/pax.

If you want to spend less or you are on a budget we can advise the following restaurants.

La Paradeta: They have several restaurants in the whole city. It is like at the fish market, you buy the fish and seafood and they cook it for you at the moment. They do not provide any table service, you just pick up the food when is ready. We recommend this restaurant if you want to eat seafood without spending a fortune, price between 30 -50 EUR/pax.

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fried squid

Restaurants for Best Meat

Let’s focus on Meat, as we are definitely Meat Lovers!

In Barcelona, you will find the meat of the highest quality and suitable prices for any pocket.

  • Lomo Alto: They are specialized on matured meats which are places in chambers controlled for humidity and temperature (Dry Age), the meat is just amazing, price over 50 EUR /pax. The ground floor of this restaurant is called Lomo Bajo, and they are dedicated to serving sandwiches, snacks, and hamburgers with quality meat with more affordable prices.
  • Bardeni el Meatbar: Restaurant of Chef Dani Lechuga, great quality of meat, the restaurant don’t accept reservations but you can have Chef’s table for a group of people, price 30-70 EUR/pax.

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If you are on the budget, we advise these two restaurants for meat:

  • La Malandrina: Open several years in the Barceloneta beach with good meat and reasonable prices, 10-30 EUR/pax.
  • La Braseria Argentina Iguazu: Located in front of the Malandrina restaurant and it has more or less the same concept, price 10-30 EUR/pax.

Best Romantic Restaurants

List of restaurants that we consider special: Our Special edition.

  • Gresca: Amazing restaurant with a very balanced and tasty degustation menu, super recommended, price 30 -60 EUR/pax.
  • Somodo: Restaurant with Japanese owner who makes Mediterranean cuisine with a fine-dining touch at a super adjusted price !! TOP recommended price 20-50 EUR/pax.
  • Acces: In the Eixample neighborhood, it is a very special place with a highly recommended food, price 30-70 EUR/pax.
  • Linia: Restaurant inside the Hotel Almanac with great quality food, keep space for dessert because they are exquisite, price 30-70 EUR/pax.
  • La Vinoteca Torres: Restaurant in Passeig de Gracia with a quality food where you can drink wines from the Torres Winery, highly recommended, price 30-60 EUR/pax.
  • Suculent: Restaurant with interesting proposals where the Chef Toni Romero serves fusion dishes and Spanish classics with a modern touch, price 30-60 EUR/pax.
  • Dans le Noir: Eating in the dark, it is definitely an experience, price for Menu 30-40 EUR/pax.
  • Enigma: The latest gastronomic expression of Albert Adria, there is a secret menu which you find out when you enter the restaurant.
  • Caelis: Restaurant run by Michelin star Chef Romain Fornell, they serve delicious Degustation Menu from 90 EUR/pax.
  • LaSarte: Since 2017, this restaurant holds 3 Michelin stars run by famous Chef Martín Berasategui with Paolo Casagrande, Degustation Menu 245 EUR/pax.
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Enigma Restaurant

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1 Parte

Nuestra lista personal de los restaurantes donde teneis que comer en Barcelona

Si amigos lectores, después de haberlo pensado mucho nosotros de FunFoodTravelling hemos decidido compartir este articulo ya que muchos de vosotros tienen continuamente el mismo dilema!!

Quiero probar algo nuevo pero no se donde en la ciudad Condal.

Restaurantes en Barcelona

Ir en Barcelona a comer (Bien) puede parecer tarea simple pero con los casi 9000 establecimientos (Feb 2019) a veces la búsqueda se complica y nos quedamos siempre con los mismo sitios donde estas seguro que vas a tener una velada perfecta.

La Idea de la Lista Personal de los Restaurantes

Esta lista podría estar escribiéndola para tres dias interno sin parar ya que despues. De casi 12 años en esta ciudad hemos comido en una infinita cantidad de sitios.

Claro Barcelona en según comida en mi opinión personal es una de la capitales Mundiales del buen comer pero, sea porque es muy turística o sea porque al fin a cabo el de la restauración es un business y muchos dueños interponen la calidad.

Muchas veces vosotros quedáis defraudados, comiendo no muy bien y a precios estratosfericos quedando con un recuerdo amargo de la ciudad que se come(mal) en Barcelona.

Os voy a avisar de antemano que esta lista esta basada en nuestra experiencia personal y gustos, restaurantes que hemos visitado una y otra vez aunque teníamos una gana loca de ir en el restaurante a lado a probar a ver que tal.

Os hablaremos de lo que ofrece Barcelona a 360 grados, diferencia de precios y de cocina porque puedes encontrar de todo en esta ciudad y para todos los bolsillos. Os elencaremos sitios que igual debido a la alta rotación de staff cambiaron sus manos obreras y simultáneamente su servicio y cálida de comida.

Restaurantes clasicos

Empezamos con restaurantes denominados de toda la vida, esos sitios donde vas a encontrar la verdadera atmósfera de la ciudad y los sabores de la definida cocina de la abuela

  • La Cova Fumada: si queréis pescado de calidad a buen precio y las famosas bombas de la Barceloneta.
  • La Bodega d’en Rafael: una del las clásicas bodegas en El Barrio de Sant Antoni con menú del dia.
  • Bodega Gelida: Bodega de toda la vida con precios muy abordables y comida muy rica .
  • Can Lluis:Restaurante con una larga historia a su espaldas que sigue haciendo comida muy rica.
  • Restaurante Romesco: restaurante que un tiempo (no se si todavía ) estaba considerado el restaurante con el menú mas barato de Barcelona.
  • Can Vilaro: casa muy famosa por su comida de casqueria (callos, riñones etc).

Estos restaurantes son unos ejemplos de estas típicas tabernas y casa de comida (asi se le llamaban antes) donde se demuestra que el buen comer no siempre tiene que tener un precio esorbitado y todos rondan entre lo 10-30 E/pax.

La mayoría tiene menú del dia y el ultimo es muy famoso por su comida de casqueria (callos , riñones etc).

Paella

Claro, estáis en Barcelona y queréis comer una buena paella, os voy a dar algún consejo. Antes todo os quiero decir si no lo sabéis que la paella es una preparación originaria de la comunidad Valenciana y hay pocos sitio para comer paellas de calidad en Barcelona.

  • Xiringuito Escribá: Optimas paellas en la Marbell, y algunas tapitas , los calamares fritos estan tremendos (Mejor reservar),30 -60 E /pax.
  • Cheriff : Calidad de marisco y paella increíbles, mejor reservar (ahora en reformas me parece ),30- >60 E/pax.
  • La Mar salada : Buena calidad de producto donde vais a encontrar cocina marinera, precio 30- 60 E/pax.

La mayoria de sitios donde vais a ver paellas en la carta, no explican que minimo tienen 25 min de espera para vuestro arroz. Si no lo explican, probablemente es que esta precocida o de esas paellas industriales que puedes encontrar en cualquier supermercados.

where to eat barcelonaMejores Restaurantes de Tapas

Sitios de tapas hay un monton y ya los nominados antes tienes raciones en su propio restaurantes.

Voy a nombrar solo algunos porque tendría que escribir un post solo para esta sección 🤪.

  • Quimet &Quimet : Pequeño sitio de tapas y montaditos en la zona de poble sec, precio 10-30E/pax.
  • O’Retorno : Tapas Gallegas con buen calidad precio (tienen varios en la zona del Eixample izquierda), precio 10-30 E/pax.
  • Last Monkey : Restaurante de tapas Asiáticas muy interesante con optima calidad precio 10-30 E/pax.
  • Sant Antoni Glorioso:Local muy recomendable donde tienen unas bravas excepcionales. 30-50 E/pax.
  • Bar Cañete : Renombrado restaurante-barra de calidad en pleno raval, 30-70 E/pax.
  • Bodega 1900: Pequeña joya del famoso Chef Albert Adria con raciones, latas y embutidos de optima calidad. 30-50E/pax.
  • Tickets: Siempre de la mano de Albert Adria y los hermanos Iglesias ,tapas modernas de gran calidad, galardonado con un estrella Michelin y dentro de la lista 50 The Best, precio >60 E/pax.

Pescado/Marisco

Pensando que estais en una ciudad de mar comer pescado no será muy difícil.

Claro teneis que pensar que normalmente el bueno se paga un poco mas.

  • Marea Alta: En la Torre Colom en Drassanes con la vistas increíbles y una calidad excepional, precio desde >60 E/pax.
  • Espai Kru del Grupo Iglesias en el Paralel que tienen de verdad una calidad altísima.
  • Estimar, y Pur Barcelona,son otros dos que todavía no hemos tenido el placer de visitar pero por consejo de expertos en el sector son sitios que no os defraudaran) precio desde 60 E/pax.

Si teneis un budget no muy alto os podemos aconsejar:

  • La Paradeta: tienen varios en toda la ciudad , como si fuera una pesquería, compras el pescado y marisco y te lo cocinan al momento. No tienen camarero y os lo recomiendo para comer marisco sin gastarse una fortuna, precio 30-50 E/pax.

Restaurantes de Carne

Pasamos a la carne, si aquí ademas de pescado vais a encontrar carne de altísima calidad y apta a cualquier bolsillo.

  • Lomo alto: Están especializados en carnes maduradas en cámaras con humedad y temperatura controlada (Dry Age), precio desde 50 E /pax . La planta baja del restaurante se llama Lomo bajo, y se dedican en hacer sándwiches y hamburger con carne de calidad con precio mas abordables.
  • Bardeni el Meatbar : Restaurantes del Chef Dani Lechuga, grande calidad de platos y carnes que propone en sus pinzaras, no aceptan reservas pero si tienen mesa del chef para grupo, muy recomendable, precio 30- 70 E/pax.

Si estais con el budget ajustado os aconsejo estos dos sitios:

  • La Malandrina : abierto ya varios años en la Barceloneta, tienen carne buena con precios muy ajustados, precio 10-30. E/pax.

Propuestas romanticas

Locales bistronomicos o que consideramos especiales.

  • Gresca : restaurante intersante con menu degustacion muy equilibrados y sabrosos (abrieron una barra en el local al lado ) super recomendable, precio 30 -60 E/pax.
  • Somodó : restaurante con dueño Japones que hace cocina mediteranea con un toque fine-dining a precio super ajustado !! precio 20-50 E /pax.
  • Accés : en pleno Eixample, es un local muy particular con una cocina muy recomendable, precio 30-70 E/pax.
  • Línia : Restaurante dentro del Hotel Almanac con una cocina de verdad de calidad, ojo a dejar espacio para el postre porque son exquisitos, precio 30-70 E/pax.
  • La Vinoteca Torres : restaurante en pleno Passaig de Gracia con una cocina de calidad donde puedes maridar con los vinos de la Casa Torres , muy recomendable, precio 30-60 E/pax.
  • Suculent : Restaurante con interesante propuestas donde el Chef Toni Romero os muestra platos fusión y clásicos españoles en clave más moderna. 30 -60 E/pax.
  • Dans le Noir: Provaste nunca a comer totalmente a osuras, bueno esto es tu sitio, menu entre 30-40 E/pax.
  • Enigma: La última expresión gastronómica de Chef Albert Adrià con menu secreto.
  • Caelis: La propuesta culinaria del Chef Romain Fornell, Menu Degustacion desde 90 E/pax.
  • LaSarte: Desde 2017 ostenta 3 estrellas en la Guia Michelin, propuesta gastronomica del Chef Martin Berasategui en Barcelona con al mando Paolo Casagrande, Menu Degustacion desde 245 E/pax.

Estos son los primeros restaurantes de nuestra lista que tienes que visitar al menos una vez en en Barcelona.

Espero que os guste nuestra lista, suscríbete a nuestro blog ,muy pronto tendremos la segunda parte de este post con una propuesta un poco más internacional.

STAY TUNED!!!

Comenta abajo si conoces algún bonito lugar en la ciudad Condal y quiere recomendarlo o quieres saber mas informaciones sobre donde ir a comer y cenar en Barcelona.

Síganos para obtener cada semana interesantes consejos de viajes basados en los lugares que visitamos, recetas de cocinas fáciles y resultonas y reseñas de restaurantes que hemos probado y nos han gustado.


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17 Comments

The Girl Who Writes · March 9, 2019 at 11:08 pm

Wow! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely check out some of the places you recommended on our next visit!

    FunFoodTravelling · March 10, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Thanks a lot!! I hope you like the restaurants we recommend✌

carpe diem Eire · March 9, 2019 at 1:02 pm

This is a blog years in the making. Very impressive. I got caught by some of the tourist restaurants in Barcelona and left slightly disappointed. I’m overdue a return though and I’ll be armed with this. Fantastic work

    FunFoodTravelling · March 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    It’s easy to get caught by some tourist restaurants as there are so many in Barcelona and sometimes it’s hard to recognise them. We are preparing the second post about another 35 restaurants more international style in Barcelona so for sure you will have places to try✌thanks a lot for your nice comment!!

      carpe diem Eire · March 9, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      Very welcome. Looking forward to part two

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