Barcelona Restaurant Guide

By: Albert Pang
Last Updated: September 2003

The following is my biased guide to restaurants in Barcelona. It is all based on my personal experience (unless otherwise stated). In the first section, I list the restaurants that I have been to and would like to revisit. I list them in the order of my own preference. The ranking is purely subjective and more often based on nostalgia than anything else. In any case, I am sure that you wouldn't be disappointed with any of these.

Citrus Restaurantus
Price Range: moderate (20-30EURpp)
Category: Catalana
Area: Eixample Dret
Address:
Pg. de Gràcia 44,
08007 Eixample
Phone: +34 93 487 23 45
Albert's comment:
Citrus is definitely my favourite restaurant in Barcelona. Not only the food is good and décor is nice. The location is the great. It is right on the posh shopping street Passeige de Gracia. This is the restaurant that I go back to everytime visit Barcelona. The restaurant has an a la carte menu plus daily specials. Be sure the to save some room for dessert. The 'three flans' was my favourite. However, the last time I was there (May '02), I had the 'Pecado de Chocolat (Sin of Chocolate)', it's so good that it is worth going to hell for.

The downside is that this restaurant is popular with locals as well as tourists (featured in many guidebooks). It is better if you book in advanced. The last time I was there (May 2002), we only managed to get a table at 11:45p.m. on a Friday night.


Agua
Price Range: Moderate
Category: Mediterranea
Area: La Barceloneta/Port Olympic
Address:
Pg. Marítim de la Barceloneta 30,
08005 Ciutat Vella
Phone: +34 93 225 12 72
Albert's comment:
This restaurant is right by the beach at Port Olympica. 2 minutes walk from Hotel Arts. Good food and pleasant atmosphere. Tables on the patio outside are worth it only when the weather is nice.
Others's comment:
Bona fide beachfront tables and a warm, modern interior make Agua a reliable bet for an enjoyable meal. Dishes range from quirky starters such as Montadito de bacallà amb tomaquet sec (layered cod cake with sun-dried tomatoes) to pasta or rice dishes such as arròs salvatgte amb verdures i gingebre (wild rice with greens and ginger) and very good meat and fish. Plus, you can watch the soothing Mediterranean waves while you eat.

Lungomare Ristorante
Price Range: moderate
Category: Italian
Area: Port Olímpic - Vila Olímpica
Address:
C. de la Marina 16-18,
08005 Sant Martí
Phone: +34 93 221 04 28 or +34 93 221 60 19

Price Range: moderate/expensive
Category: Vasco - Navarra
Area: La Rambla/Barri Gòtic
Address:
La Rambla 20-24,

08002 Ciutat Vella

Phone: +34 93 302 10 37 or +34 93 302 61 38
Albert's comment:
A big, central Basque restaurant, traditionally popular with actors, writers, opera singers and politicians. Specialities include angulas (elvers, baby eels), lubina (sea bass) and besugo (sea bream), cooked several different ways. The extensive wine list includes Txakol', a light and dry Basque white wine. Livelier for lunch than dinner. Mare Nostrum moderate-expensive Seafood/Fish/Paella Sitges - Promenade

Passeig de La Ribera, 60-62 08870 Sitges Spain
+34 93 894 33 93 This restaurant is actually not in Barcelona. It is in a beach resort town called Sitges 40 minutes south of Barcelona. Sitges is easily accessible from Barcelona by car or by train. The restaurant is along the beach front promenade in Sitges and serve excellent seafood as well as paella dishes.

L'Escamerla
Price Range: moderate
Category: Marisquería
Area: Port Olímpic - Vila Olímpica
Address:
Pg. del Litoral 40,
08005 Sant Martí
Phone: +34 93 221 13 66

Les Quinze Nits
Price Range: inexpensive
Category: Internacional
Area: Barri Gòtic
Address:
Placa Reial 6,
08002 Ciutat Vella
Phone: +34 93 317 30 75
Others's comment:
This small chain has become hugely successful by offering modern Catalan food at low prices, but lately both food and service often get patchy (or just poor) at busy times, and queues are annoyingly long (other branches can be better than the Plaça Reial base). Menus are all similar, with dishes such as parrillada de peix (seafood mixed grill) and arrós negre. Branches: La Dolça Herminia C/Magdalenes 27 (93 317 06 76); La Fonda C/Escudellers 10 (93 301 75 15); Hostal de Rita C/Aragó 279, Eixample (93 487 23 76); L'Hostalet de la Mamasita Avda Sarrià, Zona Alta (93 321 92 96).

Tapa Tapa
Price Range: moderate
Category: Tapas
Area: Eixample Dret
Address:
Pg. Gràcia 44,
08007 Ciutat Vella
Phone: +34 93 488 33 69

Price Range: inexpensive
Category: Parrilla - Carnes a la Brasa
Area: Eixample Dret
Address:
C. Casp 19,
08010 Eixample
Phone: +34 93 301 76 10

Other Recommendations

I have not been to any of these restaurants, but heard good things about them. Would like to try them next time I am there.

Set Portes (7 doors)
Category: All kinds. Seafood
Price Range: Expensise
Address:
Pg.d´Isabel II 14,
08003 Ciutat Vella
Phone: +34 93 319 29 50 or +34 93 319 30 33
Website:http://www.set-portes.mhp.es/
Albert's comment:
I still have not been able to go to this restaurant. The last time I tried to get a reservation, I couldn't get one until a week later. Maybe next time.
Others's comment:
Founded in 1836 and a historic institution in itself, the huge 'Seven Doors' is on every tourist list. It's regularly packed with foreigners, but also manages to maintain standards, and despite the frilly fittings and the piano player, prices are generally acceptable. The speciality is paella de peix: for maximum flavour ask for the shells to be left on the seafood. Bookings are taken only for meals at 1.30-2.30pm and 8-9.30pm; you can expect long queues at most times, and especially on Sunday evenings.

Agut
Address:
C/Gignàs 16
Metro Jaume I
Price Range: moderate
Phone: +34 93 315 17 09
Others's comment:
This long-established, comfortable family-run restaurant is well known for appetising traditional Catalan food. Despite its location in a narrow old street near the port it has always drawn a very varied clientele, although recent price rises may augur a (perhaps regrettable) move upmarket. Agut is applauded for its cannelloni, steaks and home-made profiteroles.

Agut d'Avignon
Price Range: expensive
Address:
C/Trinitat 3
Avinyo 8
Metro Liceu
Phone: +34 93 302 60 34
Others's comment:
In a small alleyway, one of Barcelona's most prestigious restaurants offers comfort and service belying the shabbiness of much of the surrounding area. Menus are based on classic Catalan dishes (excellent farcellets de col, stuffed cabbage leaves), with others from various Spanish regions, such as Castilian roasts, and creations of their own like wild boar with strawberry sauce, duck with figs, or oyster soup.

Bracafé
Address:
C/Casp 2
Metro Plaça Catalunya
Albert's comment:
Passed by it many times, never got a chance to go in.
Others's comment:
A bustling, popular café just off the Plaça Catalunya, patronised by Passeig de Gràcia shoppers and known for its Brazilian coffee, which has made it onto the 'best in Barcelona' list.

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