Where to Eat in Barcelona
Some of Europe's most delicious Mediterranean cuisine is prepared every day by the brilliant chefs in Barcelona. Choose from traditional Catalan treats, or from contemporary culinary innovations at some of the best restaurants in the city. Catalans enjoy fish, vegetables, rabbit, duck, game, and lamb, the Moorish legacy combines salty with sweet. The four basic sauces of Catalan encompass the Mediterranean diet: allioli, romesco, sofregito, and samfaina.
In addition to the restaurants, Barcelona is filled with bars and cafes, perhaps more than any other city in the world. Cafes are an outdoor living room and meeting place where everyone is invited. Catalan wines from the Penedes region accompany regional dishes, while wine from the Priorat, Montsant, Emporda, and Costers del Segre produce some of Spain's most exciting new wines.
Barcelona dines late, so expect lunch between 2 and 4, and dinner between 9 and 11. Cafes and tapas bars serve the need for hungry stomachs between meals of restaurants. Food is not a bargain in Barcelona, but even expensive restaurants offer daily menus that include two courses, wine, coffee, and dessert. Tipping from 5 to 10% is common, though not required. The best restaurants in Barcelona require reservations.
The restaurants below are all top choices in Barcelona, where reservations are essential. Plan ahead to make the most of your stay during ISST's 2017 International Summer School.
CATALAN. Elevating your experience to spectacular,
this traditional Catalan restaurant uses
extraordinarily fresh produce from the nearby Boqueria market. Reservations are
essential. Average main: €38.
Address: Les Flors 12, El Raval
Quimet i Quimet
Barceloneta and the Port Olimpic
El Vaso de Oro
An overcrowded counter serving some of the best beer and tapas in Barcelona. Avoid peak local lunch (2-4) and dinner (9-11) hours. Average main: €10.
Address: Balboa 6, Barceloneta
El Vaso de Oro
CATALAN. Situated within the Hotel Arts, Enoteca has a reputation for the finest foods in Barcelona. Average main: €40.
Address: Hotel Arts, Marina 19, Port Olimpic
La Mar Salada
CATALAN. For an all-out gastronomic experience, this is the place. Tasting menus range from simple to creative, with a foodie nirvana Gastronomic for lunch. €36.
Address: Aribau 58, Eixample
CATALAN. A very affordable market cuisine with thoughtful combinations. The dining room is minimal off-white tiles and wooden tables. Average main: €18.
Address: Mallorca 304, Eixample
A local treat that not many know about, offering a short (€56) or long (€74) tasting menu. You may also choose individual dishes showing incredible creativity and talent. Average main: €25.
Address: Bailen 56, Eixample
CATALAN. A small, minimalist restaurant with local foodies enjoying a limited wine list along with some of the most delicious dishes in Barcelona. Average main: €20.
Address: Provenca 230, Eixample
BAKERY. World-class cakes and pastries shine through the 2011 world pastry chef of the year award of the owner, Josep Rodriguez. Everything on the menu is hand-made, while prices are still reasonable. Average main: €10.
Address: Arago 228, Eixample
La Taverna Del Clinic
TAPAS. A cramped bar spills into a sunny terrace to serve contemporary tapas based on Catalan and Galician flavors. Average main: €25.
Address: Carrer Rosello 155, Eixample
La Taverna Del Clinic
Sarria, Pedralbes, and Sant Gervasi
MEDITERRANEAN. Serving modern cuisine with fresh market produce and house wines offering both quality and value. Average main: €20.
Address: Santalo 101, Sant Gervasi
CATALAN. One of Barcelona’s finest culinary restaurants, you may want to request a table in the garden in nice weather. Average main: €22.
Address: Major de Sarria 121, Sarria
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