Where to Eat in Barcelona

Catalan cuisine is often quite distinct from Mediterranean cuisine in general, and there is an emphasis on pork based dishes with sauces or stews and local vegetables such as eggplant, artichoke, and tomato. Because Barcelona is located on the coast, you will also find fabulous seafood, often cooked with rice to form delicious risottos. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants in Barcelona whether you’re looking for Michelin starred gastronomy or a cozy romantic hideaway that is popular with the locals.

Cinc Sentits is a well known Michelin starred restaurant in the Eixample area serving contemporary Catalan cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients. There is no a la carte menu, but a selection of modern tasting menus, and advance reservations are advised.

Gaig is another fantastic option in the Eixample area with a Michelin star, and is well known for combining traditional cuisine with innovative methods. The cosy red interior is very romantic, which complements the excellent menu.

Els Pescadors is one of the best seafood restaurants in Barcelona, and would be idea for those considering a proposal around Poblenou and Placa Prim. You can choose to eat in the old tavern, the modern dining room, or outside on the terrace.

Can Majo is another excellent family run seafood restaurant on the sea front in the Barceloneta area of Barcelona, often known as the Sailor’s district. The Carnorali Risotto with truffles and lobster is certainly worth a try.

Pla is a cosy romantic choice in the Gothic Quarter, located on Bellafila Street, and is perfect for those looking for candle lit intimacy. It serves mainly Mediterranean cuisine, but incorporates influences from other cultures.

Gardunya is the best known restaurant in Barcelona’s covered market, La Boqueria. While it may not be luxurious, the food is absolutely fantastic and it’s a real taste of Barcelona as all the ingredients come straight from the market each day. An ideal spot for lunch.

Restaurant Abac, part of the hotel of the same name, is located in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi area of Barcelona, and would be a great choice for dinner following a Park Guell proposal. Holder of two Michelin stars, this restaurant is a gastronomic experience not to be missed.

Torre d’Alta Mar is located 75 meters above the sea in an iconic watch tower, which has been converted into an avante-garde restaurant offering superb views and traditional Mediterranean cuisine. This is a fantastic place for a romantic evening overlooking the lights of Barcelona.