No one can say he or she has visited Barcelona without going to Els 4 Gats (the four cats). A lovely place, spectacular from the outside, despite being squeezed in the very narrow Montsió street that goes unseen between the luminous signs of Portal de l'Angel and the endless clothing shops.
It's a place of worship for many from Barcelona. Charged with culture and history, modernism, bohemia, Picasso, Pere Romeu, Ramón Casas, Albéniz or Granados, among others. It is currently a beautiful and well-known bar-restaurant, full or art by painters like Rusiñol. It's run by one of the most prestigious groups in Barcelona.
The lunch menus are affordable, very interesting, 15€ during the week and 28€ during the weekend. If you do not want to eat there, you can have a drink or cool down with a beer or a vermouth. The most important thing is to go inside ;) Another one of my favorite places in Barcelona, I've already booked a table to go eat there on Tuesday ;)
La Esquinica is most probably the most famous tapas bar in Barcelona. As the name indicates, it is run by Aragonese people (actually people from Teruel) and you order everything with the typical diminutive (different one from the rest of Spain, in this case patatica, jamoncico, etc.) and there are no "chicos" and "chicas" but "maños" and "mañas"...
For many years, it remained one of the best preserved secrets in the city, it was situated in a very quiet place, almost up the Turó de la Peira, a place where I bet 99% of the people of Barcelona have never been too and almost without a tourist.
Nevertheless, the place was already very popular, and depending on the time of the day there were long lines to get a table, especially on the terrace. As the name indicates, it was located on a street corner. And this very corner was badly hit at the end of the eighties, with the degeneration of the cement used in constructions. Entire blocks of houses had to be destroyed before they would threaten to fall down.
However, La Esquinica was resurrected after a couple of years, in Paseo de Fabra i Puig which is not exactly a place of touristic interest either, but that is at least connected to public transportation networks. From then on, the popularity and public recognition has been increasing.
In terms of tapas, it is not what it used to be, but it still has a more than acceptable level. They take care of the old pool, which is a very good sign. It is very nice to go to a place more than 20 years later and to keep seeing familiar faces... The service is quite informal, self-confident, and they have an amazing ability to work hard, and I can assure you they are not short of work.
Barcelona is not a good place to have tapas. Too many tourists, too many rip-off shops. La Esquinica looks more like other regular tapas places in Spain.
I'm a big fan of Hard Rock! You always have a really good time there. I had only been to the Hard Rock in Madrid (a thousand times), so when we saw it in Barcelona, we couldn't resist. We had the nachos to start with. They were perfect and the plate was full of them! It was an amazing amount of food for two people. For the second course, a classic: Twisted mac'n Cheese, pasta with delicious cheese and a fillet of grilled chicken on top. Personally, I think it's the best dish in the restaurant. And, of course, you also get a huge amount! This time we did not order anything for dessert but they are always great, really rich. In fact, once I went on my own just to eat dessert! The store décor was, as always, great!
Kibuka in Verdi street is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants. There are few tables for a small groups since they won't let people book for groups of more than five people and there are two dinner shifts, one at 9 and the second one at 10.
Apart from the Japanese food we are used to they innovate with other ingredients, making different Sushi and Nigiri. In this line I personally recommend the Nigiri Foie. It is a small tapa with two Nigiri. I won't explain more because you have to taste it yourself. Also, even though it is commonplace, I recommend the Coulant or Fondant de chocolate. It is huge and delicious!
This restaurant is quiet, of modern aesthetics but cozy at the same time, in one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the city. To the visitor I recommend going for a walk there before having dinner, apart from the lovely spots you will find (like the old Gràcia town hall), there are also very original shops, mostly fashion ones.
In this restaurant, you will find quality food presented with taste and in a warm atmosphere, perfect to take a special someone or to impress unexpected guests. The lunch menu costs 9.40€ and comes with drinks, dessert and coffee. On their website you can check the menu everyday from Monday to Friday.
That day I chose spinach tagliatelle with pesto, cuttlefish a la plancha and small sticks filled with crema catalana with hot chocolate sauce, a real sin! You can't book for lunch, so if you want to eat without waiting in line you should go early, it usually gets full.
The menu offers a variety of abundant and well-priced "raciones", the average price is 15-20€. It is located in the center of Barcelona and thus ideal to go shopping afterwards or rest after a walk in the city. On their website you will find all types of details. If you go by public transport, go to Universitat subway station (lines 1 and 2) and walk for about five minutes.
Caelum (“heaven”) is one of those places that exudes serenity and beauty. When you enter, you get an almost spiritual feeling. It greets you in the same way a cathedral does.
With a style of decor that reminds me of Provence, Caelum is the type of place that you just can’t miss if you’re exploring the center of Barcelona. I recommend taking the time to enjoy their monastery-sourced sweets (especially the “suplicaciones,” “suspiros de monja,” and “yemas de San Leandro”), their flavorful teas, and a glass of fine wine.
But above all, it’s a clam and peaceful place where you can have a lively conversation or a secret rendezvous, something unusual in this day and age where many places insist on playing the music as loud as possible.
It’s divided into two floors: the top is home to the sweet shop and exquisite delicatessen and the crypt is where you can eat and feel transported to another world.
It manages to be family-friendly and fun while at the same time elegant and discreet. It’s a good place to enjoy with a significant other, friends, or family. It’s in my top 10 in Barcelona.
I followed Lala2's recommendation and I went to eat at "Bar Lobo" with my boyfriend. Everything was delicious: tuna tataki with guacamole, asparagus tempura with Romescu (tomato and pepper sauce), assortment of tomatoes, toast of roastbeef with roquefort and walnut sauce and "croquetas." Just to say something negative, they forgot to give us bread even though we didn't need it and the dessert was quite expensive (6€ for two scoops of ice-cream!).
The place was very nice. We went inside because it was really hot outside. I loved the decoration with the high roof and very quiet background music. The waiters were really attentive. I highly recommend this place! Maybe one of the best we tried during our four days in Barcelona. Price including drinks and shared dessert: 48,80€
Koy Shunka is an excellent restaurant serving exquisite haute cuisine prepared from top quality ingredients. The service is good and the restaurant has a wonderful, elegant atmosphere. Although I loved it, I haven't gone back as there are plenty of other good options in Barcelona. But I do recommend it.
Very beautiful restaurant located in the middle of the eixample of Barcelona. Mediterranean dishes for incredible prices. I discovered this restaurant last Friday with my colleagues whom I was socializing with after a hard day's word.
The service is very good, we immediately connected with the personnel, they advise you very well. They have a set meal for 9.95€ with everything included, without a bad last minute surprise, but you especially enjoy the lovely, very cute and friendly place. Comfortable, 100% adapted for handicapped people. Exquisite decoration.
The price surprised us since the quality of the dishes is exceptional for a set meal, with the right quantity and original. The wine that goes with the set meal is interesting. If you are in Barcelona, write this place down on your agenda since it is also located in one of the most "chic" areas of Barcelona. They have a terrace outside. I will go back since it also looks very romantic at night ;)
Kin Sushu Bar is one of the Japanese that opened recently and try to experiment a little with the Japanese food we have known for a long time. The innovation lies as much in the combination of ingredients (especially with the maki) than the presentation in the round plates and in a more western style.
Just in front of the Station of France there is a Tasca I Vins and I went there many times. Variety, for small and big portions, at very competitive prices. You will be able to store a good quantity of calories and various types of fat, and at the same time healthy and Mediterranean food. A good place to spend some time with your friends and at the same time have nice food at a good price.
Bouzu is a small restaurant, located next to Sant Antoni market, where they serve authentic Japanese food. Run by a Japanese in love with Spain and ve decided to mix the Spanish custom of "tapas" with exclusively Japanese dishes, you can eat both from tapas and from set meal, the price is between 15-20€ for one person.
Nou Candanchu is one of my favorite bars in Barcelona's Gracia neighborhood. It is located on Rius I Taulet square, one of the main squares of the neighborhood since you have the headquarters of the town hall of Gracia and well as a bell tower in close proximity.
In a corner of the square, there is a tapas bar that in the summer also has a terrace with 7 or 8 tables. There is a great variety of tapas and good prices. Shrimp pie, fried fish, bombas (fried potato puré bowls), esqueixada (typical salad with cod, tuna, red and green pepper, onion, olive and tomato)... plus sandwiches and some "plato combinado" of the day at about 10€.
A piece of advice: during the weekend in spring and summer it is very difficult to have a table to eat and you cannot book in advance. You should arrive before 1 pm to play safe.
I’ve gone to Flash Flash a few times and I must admit that, until yesterday, my interest in the place was more for the design than the food.
This well-designed locale has been open for almost 50 years but always has a touch of modernity and the avant-garde. But yesterday’s food (even though it took almost 45 minutes to reach the table) was absolutely delicious.
My menu included a Spanish omelet with cured meats (delicious), a breaded pork cutlet (exquisite), and Flash Flash’s eponymous cheesecake. Words aren’t sufficient to accurately describe how wonderful that dessert was! Mmmm!
Barcelona’s Avinguda del Parallel was the perfect place for the Adrià and Iglesias brothers to set up their latest sensual delight.
The Restaurante Tickets takes cuisine and makes it something more. The duo of chefs is a mighty force, and their collaboration has had excellent results.
After reading some comments, I decided to test La Fonda. If we'd gone later, we would have had to wait as a queue developed, but we arrived at 13:40, and had no problems. We had to wait a little for the fideua (20 minutes for it to be prepared), but the waiters were very gracious and apologized about it. The waiters aren't Spanish, but Barcelona is a multicultural city, so I don't have any problems with that. The portions are huge!
In a shabby bar style, the Dos Pa' is an incredible combination of Asia and Spain. As the name indicates, two chopsticks unite in this restaurant: Asian and Spanish. The chef is the former one of the famous El Bulli, Albert Raurich.
A delight for the senses. I recommend the japo burger ;) Moreover it is the restaurant of Casa Camper, someone told me they are opening another one in Berlin.
The Japones del Tragaluz is a Japanese restaurant with a great atmosphere and attentive, prompt service near Pasaje de la Concepcion. The sushi was clearly fresh and well-preserved. I was eager to try the eel, but decided to leave that for next time, so I have an excuse to return ;)