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 (a cross between a leek and an onion; Februa…
Top Choice Tapas in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Tapas 24

Carles Abellan, master of the now-defunct Comerç 24 in La Ribera, runs this basement tapas haven known for its gourmet versions of old faves. Specials include the bikini (toasted ham and cheese sandwich – here the h…
Top Choice Tapas in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Palo Cortao

Palo Cortao has a solid reputation for its beautifully executed seafood and meat dishes, served at fair prices. Highlights include octopus with white bean hummus, skirt steak with foie armagnac, and tuna tataki temp…
Top Choice Tapas in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Quimet i Quimet

Quimet i Quimet is a family-run business that has been passed down from generation to generation. There’s barely space to swing a calamar in this bottle-lined, standing-room-only place, but it is a treat for the pal…
Top Choice Tapas in Barceloneta & the Waterfront

La Cova Fumada

There's no sign and the setting is decidedly downmarket, but this tiny, buzzing family-run tapas spot always packs in a crowd. The secret? Mouthwatering pulpo (octopus), calamar, sardines and 15 or so other small pl…
Top Choice Catalan in Barceloneta & the Waterfront

Can Recasens

One of Poblenou's most romantic settings, Can Recasens hides a warren of warmly lit rooms full of oil paintings, flickering candles, fairy lights and baskets of fruit. The food is outstanding, with a mix of salads, …
Top Choice Catalan in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Cafè de l’Acadèmia

Expect a mix of traditional Catalan dishes with the occasional creative twist. At lunchtime, local Ajuntament (town hall) office workers pounce on the menú del día (daily set menu; €15.70). In the evening it is rath…
Top Choice Tapas in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Cerveseria Catalana

The ‘Catalan Brewery’ is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come for your morning coffee and croissant, or enjoy the abundance of tapas and montaditos (canapés) at lunch. You can sit at the bar, on the pavement t…
Top Choice Spanish in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

La Vinateria del Call

In a magical setting in the former Jewish quarter, this tiny jewel box of a restaurant serves up tasty Iberian dishes including Galician octopus, cider-cooked chorizo and the Catalan escalivada (roasted peppers, aub…
Top Choice Catalan in El Raval

Mam i Teca

A tiny place with half a dozen tables, Mam i Teca is as much a lifestyle choice as a restaurant. Locals drop in and hang at the bar, and diners are treated to Catalan dishes made with locally sourced products and th…