Restaurants

Top Choice Catalan in La Ribera

Casa Delfín

One of Barcelona's culinary delights, Casa Delfín is everything you dream of when you think of Catalan (and Mediterranean) cooking. Start with the tangy and sweet calçots (spring onions; February and March only) or …
Top Choice International in La Ribera

El Atril

El Atril is influenced by culinary flavours from all over the globe, so while you'll see plenty of tapas (the patatas bravas are recommended), you'll also find kangaroo fillet, moules-frites (mussels and fries), duc…
Tapas in La Ribera

Cal Pep

It’s getting a foot in the door of this legendary fish restaurant that’s the problem – there can be queues out into the square. And if you want one of the five tables out the back, you’ll need to call ahead. Most pe…
Smokery in La Ribera

Paradiso/Pastrami Bar

A kind of Narnia-in-reverse, Paradiso is fronted with a snowy-white space, not much bigger than a wardrobe, with pastrami sandwiches, pulled pork and other home-cured delights. But this is only the portal – pull ope…
Tapas in La Ribera

Euskal Etxea

Barcelona has plenty of Basque and pseudo-Basque tapas bars, but this is the real deal. It captures the feel of San Sebastián better than many of its newer competitors. Choose your pintxos (Basque tapas piled on sli…
Tapas in La Ribera

Bar del Pla

A bright and occasionally rowdy place, with glorious Catalan tiling, a vaulted ceiling and bottles of wine lining the walls. At first glance, the tapas at informal Bar del Pla are traditionally Spanish, but the riff…
Japanese in La Ribera

Nakashita

Brazil's particular immigration story means it has a tradition of superb Japanese food, and the Brazilian chef at Nakashita is no slouch, turning out excellent sashimi, maki rolls, softshell crab and kakiage (a mix …
Italian in La Ribera

Le Cucine Mandarosso

This is comfort food done to perfection – the menu changes daily, with only a handful of mains to choose from, most of which are pasta, with one or two fish or meat. The antipasti can be vegetables, or fresh cheese,…
French in La Ribera

En Aparté

A great low-key place to eat good-quality French food, just off the quiet Plaça de Sant Pere. The restaurant is small but spacious, with sewing-machine tables and vintage details, and floor-to-ceiling windows that b…
Tapas in La Ribera

Bormuth

Bormuth is a popular tapas bar with traditional decor, clad in bare brick and recycled wood. It serves typical favourites from around Spain, including pimientos de Padrón (fried green peppers), buñelos de bacalao (c…