The best restaurants in Barcelona, Spain...
Below you will find our list of the best restaurants in Barcelona as determined from reviews by Michelin, Repsol and Macarfi. The level of quality is so high, there are four 2 Star Michelin restaurants in Barcelona and a further twenty with 1 Michelin Star.
- All the best Barcelona restaurants accept payment by credit or debit card
- Staff in most Barcelona restaurants speak good English
- Generally, the locals tip 10% in the best Barcelona restaurants, and round up the bill in more casual places
- Most of the best restaurants in Barcelona have a smart casual dress code (no shorts, flip-flops or sportswear)
- Many Barcelona restaurants close during August, and some at Easter and Christmas
This 2 Michelin Star restaurant and hotel has Catalan gastronomy as the fundamental axis of the project. With a kitchen headed by Chef Jordi Cruz, who at 24 was the youngest chef in Spain to receive a Michelin Star, the food is best described as evolutionary traditional. Located in a newly constructed pavilion in direct contact with the garden, the white interior is complemented by the surroundings through the large windows. The extensive wine cellar offers nearly 1000 references and the restaurant is open every day.
12 course dinner: €135+ per person
This famous old fashioned Michelin Star restaurant is rated the best in Barcelona by the Macarfi guide. With quality classic but creative Catalan dishes served in Belle Epoque surroundings, it has been ran by the Monje family since 1967 and boasts a wine cellar with over 1400 bottles. The formal silver service is without doubt the best in town with staff dressed in tuxedos and bow-ties. Young Head Chef Sergio Humada is the son of famous Basque chef Juan Mari Humada and was already running his own restaurant by the age of 20, having worked in kitchens since he was only 13, including stints at the "Best Restaurant in the World", El Celler de Can Roca, amongst others. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and during the day time Saturday.
3 course lunch & dinner: €75+ per person
This Michelin Star restaurant on the 24th floor of the Meliá Barcelona Sky hotel boasts a dining room built around the open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant behind which brothers Javier and Sergio Torres create innovative dishes. Guests can also eat at the attractive bar or on the roof terrace with a superb view of the city and the Mediterranean.
3 course dinner: €85+ per person
Famous Basque chef Martín Berasategui’s gastronomic vision for Barcelona opened inside the Condes de Barcelona Hotel in 2006 and under the stewardship of Chef de Cuisine, Paolo Casagrande, was awarded its second Michelin Star in 2010. Berasategui’s signature classics are combined with innovative dishes specially created for this venue, which sits in the portfolio of one of the most decorated chefs in Spain alongside his 3 Michelin Star Restaurante Martín Berasategui near San Sebastian and 2 Michelin Star Restaurante M.B. in Tenerife. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.
3 course lunch & dinner: €100+ per person
Discover the heart and soul of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine at the Hotel Arts Barcelona's beautiful 2 Michelin Star restaurant and terrace, which is overseen by renowned former elBulli chef Paco Pérez. Inspired by the food and produce of the Mediterranean, an innovative cooking brings out the essence of high quality local ingredients, with an emphasis on fish and seafood, alongside more than 700 wines. The Catalan holds six Michelin Stars in total, including two for his flagship Miramar restaurant in his hometown Llança, and one for 5-Cinco in Berlin. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.
3 course lunch & dinner: €100+ per person
This plush restaurant from Romain Fornell, the former Alain Ducasse and Michel Sarran protege who, at 24, was the youngest chef ever to be awarded with a Michelin Star in France and, in 2005, became the only French chef to be awarded a star in both France and Spain when this venue inside the prestigious El Palace Hotel was recognised. An exponent of Mediterranean haute cuisine, he is a creator of dreamlike scenes on each of his signature dishes, served as two Tasting Menus or A La Carte. Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturday, and dinner only on Tuesdays. Closed Sunday and Monday.
3 course lunch: €40+ per person 5 course dinner: €85+ per person
This unique tapas restaurant from the famous elBulli brothers, Albert and Ferran Adrià, together with Juan Carlos, Borja and Pedro Iglesias, the brothers behind Rias de Galicia (below), is disguised as a vintage cinema. It is the highest placing on our list of the best restaurants in Barcelona of the many concepts between the culinary dream team. Everything from the red carpet through to the waiter’s usher uniforms and an ice cream cart adds a playful colourful touch of theatre and circus vaudeville to the whole fine dining experience. Several themed bar counters offer the famous elBulli dishes with Albert still proving that he is the best pastry chef in the world, whilst talented chef Fran Agudo is responsible for the eye-catching Catalan dishes. Open evenings and Saturday lunch. Closed Sunday and Monday. Booking usually months in advance is essential.
3 course lunch & dinner: €30+ per person
Japanese chef Hideki Matsuhisshunka first opened Shunka (which translates from Japanese as "seasonal flavour") in 2001 just off Avenue de la Catedral. Seven years later, Koy Shunka ("intense seasonal flavour") opened just around the corner, taking his excellent Japanese cuisine one step further with a more fine dining offering, which was recognised by Michelin in 201l, awarding him his first star. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday nights and Mondays.
11 course lunch & dinner: €85+ per person
Translated as "joy", this Michelin Star restaurant in Barcelona's Eixample district from ex-elBulli chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch (the same team behind Compartir), opened in December 2014. Respect for the history and legacy of the Mediterranean are the inspiration of both the menu and the interior, with colourful Mironian ceramics going through the dining room into the open kitchen, where you can see the talented chefs at work. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Lunch & Dinner: €75+ per person
This 2 Star Michelin restaurant inside the 5 Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel Barcelona offers creative, fresh and healthy cuisine inspired by Catalan culinary culture. Managed by one of the most famous chefs in Spain, Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam, she is the most award-winning female chef in the world with seven Michelin Stars for her 3 Star Sant Pau restaurant on the Catalan coast and its 2 Star sister branch in Tokyo. A window onto the kitchen provides diners with an attractive view of the staff creating the a la carte and tasting menus. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.
3 course lunch & dinner: €115+ per person
This Michelin Star restaurant inside the Hotel Omm Barcelona is overseen by Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, the famous brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, which was crowned "The World's Best Restaurant" in 2013 and 2015. Chef Juan Pretel excites behind the open kitchen with his a la carte and tasting menus showcasing a special twist on Catalan cooking. A lunch menu is also available. Closed Sunday and Monday.
4 course lunch: €50+ per person 3 course dinner: €60+ per person
Riding high amongst the modern gastronomic experiences on our list of Best Restaurants in Barcelona, is this famous classic family-ran restaurant in the Raval quarter. Originally opened in 1970 by Isidre Gironés in a small dairy shop, it has played host to kings and queens plus many a celebrity. Open for lunch and dinner, this is classic traditional Catalan cuisine made with fresh seasonal produce, and specialising in black truffle, bought at the nearby Mercado de La Boqueria. Closed Sundays.
4 course lunch: €40+ per person 3 course dinner: €45+ per person
Set over two spacious floors, this elegant Michelin restaurant in Barcelona's Eixample district offers a menu divided into both traditional Catalan dishes, and modern cuisine. Chef Carles Gaig was raised in the Horta neighbourhood, where his family had ran the Taberna d’en Gaig since 1869. In the 1970's, he was forced to take over in the kitchen from his sick mother with her recipes, together with those passed down from his grandmother, still featuring on the menu today. Renaming the restaurant in 1989, they won a Michelin Star in 1993 before finally closing the historic venue to relocate to Eixample in 2004 (and a further move in 2008). It remains one of the best restaurants in Barcelona and has spawned Porta Gaig at the airport. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday evening and Mondays.
3 course dinner: €55+ per person
This delightful restaurant from Albert Ventura is set over two minimalist designed areas with room for just 35 guests, just off Avinguda Diagonal. The highlight is to sit at the bar and watch the chef in action, one of the finest gastronomic experiences to be found in Barcelona. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Lunch & dinner: €35+ per person
This creative Michelin Star restaurant in Barcelona from leading German pastry chef Mey Hofmann was born from her prestigious cooking school, place inspired in 1982 by her desire to share the expertise and experiences acquired in some of the best kitchens in Europe. The upstairs restaurant can be found between Gràcia and Diagonal, across town from the school which is in the El Born district. She has also opened a less formal bistrot, a taverna, and a famous patisserie within the city. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
3 course lunch & dinner: €50+ per person
Who says that bigger is better? This small Michelin Star restaurant, located in a small alley, from a small team of staff lead by Chef Oriol Ivern Bondia, serves some of the most delightful small dishes in Barcelona. Bare walls and natural wood mirrors the concept of the contemporary Catalan cuisine. Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays. They are also behind the Matkonsulatet restaurant in Stockholm, which is ran by former Hisop chef Pablo Perez.
Lunch: €30+ per person Dinner: €55+ per person
Rafa Peña's popular tiny restaurant is so small that it barely has room for 24 guests, and therefore needs reserving ahead. The exciting young chef works the kitchen alone whilst his wife is in charge of service. Having learnt his trade at elBulli and Lasarte (above), the signature dishes are magical, without becoming over complicated. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays.
Lunch: €20+ per person Dinner: €45+ per person
In 2013, Jordi Cruz's Michelin Star restaurant L'Angle de Sant Fruitós de Bages moved from its rural surroundings into the small luxury Hotel Cram in Barcelona city centre and has continued to offer cutting-edge Catalan dishes ever since, keeping its accreditation. Cruz, the youngest person ever to be recognised by Michelin in Spain continues to advise chef Jordi Cuairan, whilst splitting his time between here, the 2 Star Michelin ABaC restaurant (above), and his Ten's Tapas concept. The cuisine is altogether different from ABaC, instead concentrating on well loved traditional dishes given innovative touches. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday.
6 course lunch: €45+ per person 8 course dinner: €60+ per person
Completely self-taught, chef Jordi Artal was rewarded with a Michelin Star for his cuisine which is deeply rooted in Catalonia’s finest culinary traditions. A great introduction to Barcelona, the fish is line-caught from small fishing villages along the Mediterranean coast, organic beef is reared in the Catalan Pyrenees, Iberian suckling pig is raised in Extremadura, artisanal cheese is made in small villages across Catalunya and the wine pairing is exclusively Spanish and Catalan from small boutique bodegas. Closed Sunday & Monday.
4 course lunch: €55+ per person 4 course dinner: €100+ per person
Located in Santa Coloma de Gramanet, a short drive out of Barcelona (35 mins on the L1 Metro line from Catalunya to Santa Coloma), this Michelin Star restaurant offers a cosy atmosphere and minimalist settings. Recognised in 2012 as the Best Young Chef by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, Víctor Quintillá elaborates his signature Mediterranean cuisine specialising in sous-vide vacuum cuisine with a choice of a la carte and tasting menus. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday & Monday.
11 course lunch: €40+ per person 3 course dinner: €40+ per person
This should be the restaurant of choice for wine lovers. A unique combination of fine dining restaurant, wine bar, research library and an oenophile's temple, with over 2,500 bottles to choose from, all listed on an iPad with upto 50 varieties available by the glass. The whole place is stunningly sleek and modern with the design completely built around the tasting of wine. To match the wines, Gastronomic Director Guillem Oliva and Head Chef Hèctor Barbero have devised a Catalan tapas menu alongside regional tasting menus. Open all day Tuesday to Friday and Monday and Saturday evenings. Closed Sunday.
Lunch: €20+ per person 3 course dinner: €40+ per person
In Quechua, the original language of indigenous Peruvians, "pakta" means “together, union” and that is what this Michelin Star restaurant from elBulli maestro Albert Adrià delivers. The "Nikkei cuisine", which is a mix of Peruvian and Japanese dishes, dates back to a time when Japanese workers emigrated to Peru in 1873. It is delivered here in creative a la carte and tasting menus thanks to talented chefs Kioko Ii from Japan, and Jorge Muñoz from Peru. One of many projects in the city from the Adrià and Iglesias brothers, including Tickets (above). Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday. Booking essential.
4 course lunch & dinner: €35+ per person
Set in an intimate and peaceful modern first floor building with a large glass window and exquisite indoor garden, this classic Catalan restaurant combines tradition with new ways of healthy cooking. The summer terrace allows for a less formal and leisurely experience or serves as a great place to eat your dessert and after dinner drink. A green, peaceful space within the city centre.
4 course lunch & dinner: €35+ per person
This famous fish restaurant was opened in 1986 by Cándido and Pura Inglesias, and is still ran by their three sons, Juan Carlos, Borja and Pedro - the same three brothers whom, as well as running Espai Kru and Kasa De Tapes, have bankrolled the famous elBulli brothers, Albert and Ferran Adrià, with joint projects Tickets, Pakta (both above) and Hoja Santa - all of which have been awarded a Michelin Star - as well as Bodega 1900, Nino Viejo and Enigma. With so much high quality seafood to choose from, you can opt to eat as tapas dishes or a Tasting Menu whilst a live fish tank shows you fresh the typical Galician dishes are. Open every day.
3 course lunch: €40+ per person 3 course dinner: €50+ per person
Chef Antonio Simoes and his Sommelier brother Manuel, inherited their passion for cooking from their father, famous Galician chef Pepe Simoes, and in 2006 opened their own personal gastronomic adventure. in the heart of Barcelona's L'eixample quarter. Breaking away from the traditional setting of a classic tavern, they have repeatedly won awards for the best tapas in Barcelona. Traces of the family's homeland Galicia can be found in the cuisine, a mix of updated classics and signature dishes. Closed Sunday.
Lunch & dinner: €30+ per person
Last updated: 12 March 2016