Listing hundreds of Barcelona restaurants would be a pointless exercise so in this section we have recommended just a few that we feel would appeal to the majority of visitors to Barcelona.
Els Quatre Gats
Address: C/Montsió 3bis
In 1897 Pere Romeu opened this café in a Modernista building and for a few years it was the great meeting-point of bohemian Barcelona. Major artists of the day painted pictures especially for it, and the menu cover was Picasso’s first paid commission. Today it is a popular restaurant especially at lunchtime when there is a set menu. Good Catalan and Mediterranean dishes are served up in the surroundings of copies of work by artists who formerly frequented the place. Closed on Sunday lunchtime.
Address: C/ Quintana, 5
Tel.no.: 93-317-3022 and 93-317-6485
Founded in 1786 this gem is Spain’s second oldest restaurant after Botins in Madrid. It is centrally located just off C/Ferran in the Gothic Quarter. There is a great range of Catalan dishes at unbelievably low prices served by members of the family who own it. Wine selection and prices are equally impressive including a good, cheap house wine. Good lunchtime menus are available in dining rooms covered with paintings and photos of famous people who have dined here. Closed on Sunday night and all day Monday except for public holidays.
Mi Burrito y Yo
Address: Paso de la Enseñanza, 2
Tel.no.: 93-318-2742 and 93-302-1000
This restaurant in English is called “My Donkey and I”. It is centrally located just off C/ Ferran from La Rambla. The surroundings are very quaint and the specialities on the menu are roast meats cooked on an open fire at the entrance level. Downstairs is a small dining room with a pianist and upstairs is a larger dining room without entertainment.
Address: C/ Nou de la Rambla, 22
This is an unlikely inclusion on a list of recommended Barcelona restaurants but with so many curry lovers from the UK visiting the city it fully deserves to be here. El Raval is the run down area lying just west of La Rambla. It is home to a large immigrant population and as such there are plenty places selling curries and kebabs. The Lasani is only a short distance off La Rambla and is a Pakistani restaurant serving excellent curries at rock bottom prices
Address: Placa de les Olles, 8
This is a well known restaurant in the La Ribera district most famous for its outstanding tapas which people eat at the bar. Popular with locals and always busy. The seafood dishes are pricey but of exceptional quality. Closed on Sunday and Monday lunchtime.
Suquet de l’Almirall
Address: Passeig Joan de Borbó, 63
Between the new Olympic Port and Port Vell lies the traditional residential area of Barceloneta where you will find a large choice of excellent seafood establishments with views out to sea. Just head for Passeig Joan de Borbó and find one that takes your fancy. Nearer the Olympic port you’ll find others along the Passeig Marítim such as Agua. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Les Quinze Nits
Address: Placa Reial, 6
Perfectly located on the Placa Reial just off la Rambla, this elegant restaurant offers an impressive selection of Catalan style dishes. Prices are surprisingly low considering the location often leading to long queues at opening time (8.30pm).
Address: Placa Reial, 8
Situated right next to Les Quinze Nits this former taxidermist shop serves up high quality Mediterranean dishes with a French influence in a stylish restaurant. The outside terrace is a most desirable spot in the summer. Closed on Monday.
Address: Plaça Bonsuccés 6
This chain restaurant in a great little square just off the Ramblas has an outside terrace where they serve up delicious focaccia and pasta dishes at very reasonable prices as well as some scruptuous desserts.
Asador de Aranda
Address: Avinguda Tibidabo, 31
You’ll need to head away from the tourist areas to get to this well known lamb restaurant that gets packed with local carnivores. There’s a chain of these restaurants in the main gastronomic centres of Spain which specialise in cooking roast lamb in clay ovens. Superb if you’re a lamb fan.