Eating Out in Barcelona

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Restaurant Sagardi

Restaurant Sagardi

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When you're eating out at Barcelona restaurants, expect lots of olive oil, garlic and fish as the main ingredients in your dish. Additionally, pasta dishes are more popular in Barcelona restaurants than other areas of Spain. It goes without saying that no matter what dish you're opting for, it can be combined perfectly with one of the many fabulously tasty Spanish wines available. Generally you can ask for the open red or white wine or the 'vino de la casa'. The average quality of each wine is pretty good!

In general, Barcelona restaurants open at around 8:00 or 8.30 p.m. and they stay open until midnight. Eating out starts very late: often people go out for dinner at 9.30-10:00 p.m. Cheap Barcelona restaurants offer tasty home cooked cuisine and often excellent tapas. For the latter, go to 'Pinocho' near the Boqueria market. Omelette-lovers should try 'Flash-Flash', where they serve roughly 100 different omelettes and also a famous Barcelonian special -- the potato-tortilla.

For a traditional Catalan meal (mainly fish and other fresh ingredients from the market) try a moderately priced restaurant such as 'L'Olive'. Make your reservations at 'Can Ros' for a tasty paella or 'arroz negre'.

If you want to have a very exclusive meal, go to Via Veneto. This restaurant has won several awards for its exquisite and innovative Catalan dishes and is therefore worth trying. Another good option is 'Ca l'Isidre' where you might run into some famous artists- even King Juan Carlos of Spain has been here! They serve food based on the freshest ingredients. However, many visitors of 'Elderado Petit' claim that this is the best restaurant of Barcelona. It's a lovely turn-of-the-century building and they serve a menu that follows the availabilty of fresh ingredients from one of the many markets.

The streets of Doctor Dou and Carme are becoming the Restaurant Mile of Barcelona, with Mamacafe, DosTrece, Carmelitas, És and Ipoosa.  The food falls within the category of "Mediterranean fusion cuisine".

Top Barcelona Restaurants

La Gavina .- If you want a romantic night you should go to La Gavina. With a fantastic view in front of the boats you will taste an excellent cuisine. Next to the sea in the old port's emblematic Palau de Mar building. A place to enjoy the Mediterranean without leaving the city in one of the most beautiful parts of today's Barcelona. Adress: Pl. Pau Vila 1, Ph: 93-221-05-95. Hours: All the days 12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. www.lagavina.es; reservas@lagavina.es

Agut - Located in the Gothic Quarter, this 75-year-old Catalan favorite features a menu of Catalan, European and Spanish dishes well as nice selection of wines. Popular dishes include pork feet, a delicious sweet and sour wild duck dish, and eggplant terrine, to name a few. While reservations are not required, they are highly recommended. Address: Gignas 16, Ph: 93-315-17-09. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m., 9 p.m-midnight; Sunday 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m.; Closed August.

El Raco de Can Fabes – El Raco de Can Fabes is considered one of the top three restaurants in Spain by culinary experts, individuals with the most discriminating palettes, and novices alike. The restaurant is a 30-minute drive north of Barcelona and a 45-minute train ride, but most fans would agree that El Raco de Can Fabes is well worth the trip. Tip: Try the taster’s menu. Address: Sant Joan, 6 Sant Celoni, Ph: 93-867-28-51; web: www.canfabes.com ; e-mail: canfabes@canfabes.com.

Torre d’Altamar – Love seafood? Then you’ll love Torre d’Altamar. The menu offers fresh seafood of all kinds – some standard others exotic. The menu also features foods for heartier appetites such as beef steak tartar or filet mignon topped with a mountain of duck or goose liver (foie). Torre d’Altamar is housed in a cable car tower, which offers breathtaking views of Barcelona. Address: Passeig Joan de Borbo 88. Torre Sant Sebastia, Ph: 34-93-221-00-07; web: www.torredealtamar.com , www.grupcosta.es; e-mail: reserves@torredealtamar.com.

Shunka – Considered one of Barcelona’s best Japanese restaurants, Shunka serves up an eclectic mix of Japanese and Mediterranean favorites. Expect raw starters such as fresh fish and hearty, but heart-healthy main dishes. Shunka is located behind Hotel Colon at Sagristans 5, Barri Gotic. Ph: 93 412-49-91.

Casa Leopolodo - If you like pork – if you really, really like pork, then head to the Rambla to Casa Leopolodo to get your fill on stewed head and hoof of pork (cap-i-pota). The menu also features a wide selection of seafood and fish dishes such as grilled turbot, Norway lobsters sautéed with crabs, and a meat seafood medley – meatballs with cuttlefish and prawns. Address: C/ Sant Rafael, 24, Ph: 93-441-30-14; website: www.casaleopoldo.com .  

El Foro - Dying for some pizza? Then head to the trendy and always lively El Foro restaurant near the Born. El Foro also serves up fresh salads and a variety of meaty dishes. After dinner, head downstairs for a jazz performance. Address: Princesa 53, Born-Ribera, Ph: 93-310-10-20.

El Tragaluz - A great place to go for light Mediterranean cuisine that’s considered “delicate” but “cutting edge” is El Tragaluz. The fare isn’t the only thing that’s light here. Patrons can look up at gaze into the light from the stars through the restaurants popular sliding glass roof -- which opens when the weather outside is nice. El Tragaluz attracts a sophisticated crowd that’s not afraid to spend a small fortune for an excellent and elegant meal. Address: Passatge de la Concepcio 5, Ph: 93-487-01-96.   

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Quatro Staggioni

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type:Italian
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address:C. del Doctor Roux 37
tel:+34 93 205 22 79 // 93 280 65 85

Can Ros

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type: Mediterranean
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address:Almiral Aixada 7

Oolong

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type:Vegetarian
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address:C/Gign·s 25
tel:(93) 315 12 59)

Can Majó

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One of the best seafood restaurants in town. The house specialties are suquet and paella.

type:Seafood
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address:Almirall Aixada 23
tel:+34 93 221 54 55

El Salon

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Make sure you make your reservations because a lot of people known this restaurant with its fabulous dishes.

type: Mediterranean
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address: Carrer L'Hostal d'en Sol 6-8
tel:+34 93 315 21 59

Arrel del Born

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Our restaurant just oppened Jan 2002. It is located in El Born area of town and offers moderate price food. Its speciality is the seafood. You can find some more information at our webpage www.arreldelborn.com Sincerely Santiago Garcia Co-owner

type:Seafood
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address:Fusina 5, 08003 Barcelona
openinghours:1pm-5pm and 8pm-12am
tel:+34 93 319 92 99
url:www.arreldelborn.com

Bar Castells

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type:Tapas
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address:Pl. Bonsuccés 1
tel:+34 93 302 10 54

Les Quinze Nits

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Excellent value restaurant, right in the heart of Barri Gotic, in Placa Reial (nearest Metro: Liceu). The restaurant opens it's doors for dinner at 8.30pm. They don't take bookings, so the queue forms from about 8pm - join it to find out why, you won't have to queue for long and you won't be disappointed. The menu is varied, with a good selection, especially appetizers and starters, that isn't to say there isn't a variety of mains either (inc. Pasta, Meat and seafood dishes). 3 course (inc coffee and wine) for 3 people came to less than €60. The atmosphere is pleasant and the more..

type:Spanish
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address:Place Reial

Juicy Jones

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Juicy Jones
Juicy Jones
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Decorated in an original way, this restaurant also (as the name suggests) offers an extensive list of excellent fruit juices

type:Vegetarian
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address:C/Cardenal Casañas 7
tel:(93) 302 43 30

Passadis del Pep

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type:Seafood
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tel:+34 93 310 10 21 // 93 268 12 11

Flash-Flash

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type: Mediterranean
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address:Granada 25

El Chamuco

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Vegetarian and almost Vegan Fast Food.

With Mexican style tapas and mexican westrilng decoration. It has a Mexican Super Heros El Santo and Blue Demon pictures posters and some kitch decoration.  It has beers from all over the world, and they make everything to take away.

type:Vegetarian
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accessibility:very good
tel:600435058
url:www.barelchamuco.com
address:Travessera de Gracia 203
PriceOfMenu:>10
email:guajillo@yahoo.com

Txapela (Taberna Vasca)

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A very nice taperia right in the Passeig de Gracia, the street of the famous buildings (Casa Batllò and the "Pedrera") created by Gaudi.
People can seat down and choose among more than 50 kinds of fresh, colourful and tasty tapas (or "pinchos"). Excellent prices. Smoking area.
Take away available.

type:Spanish
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tel:93 412 0289
url:www.angrup.com
address:Passeig De Gracia 8-10
PriceOfMenu:1/1.50 euro for each tapa

Can Gaig

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Excellent value for excellent food. The ingredients can’t be any fresher.

type:Seafood
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address:Passeig de Maragall 402
tel:(93) 429 1017

Pasa Tapas

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type:Tapas
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address:C Dr. Aiguader 6-8
tel:+34 93 319 42 33

Madrid-Barcelona

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This restaurant used to be part of the former Madrid-Barcelona railway station.

type:Catalan
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address: Carrer Aragó 282
tel:+34 93 215 7026

Ateneu Gastronomic

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ildenaro:

type: Mediterranean
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address:Pl Sant Miquel

SUCULUS

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Beautiful restaurant with a very cosmopolitan decoration.

Excellent food served by very friendly waiters.

A must in town!

type:International
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tel:+34 93 162 39 05
address:Diputacion 172
PriceOfMenu:25 euros
email:info@suculus.es

Restaurante Balthazar

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Nice and comfortable restaurant which serves sort of local dishes with asian influences.

type:Spanish
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tel:932178250
url:www.restaurantbalthazar.com
address:Rosselló 189, 08036 Barcelona

Los Caracoles

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Make sure you get there before 8pm!

type:Spanish
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address:Escudellers 14
tel:+34 93 302 3185
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