La Barra de Carles Abellan

Top choice seafood in Barceloneta, the Waterfront & El Poblenou

Catalan chef Carles Abellán's stunning glass-encased, glossy-tiled restaurant celebrates seafood in tapas such as pickled octopus and fried oyster with salmon roe. Even more show-stopping are the mains: grilled razor clams with ponzu citrus sauce, squid filled with spicy poached egg yolk, and stir-fried sea cucumber. Most seats are at long, communal counter-style tables, making it great for solo diners.

Video screens let diners watch the kitchen staff in action downstairs.