255 restaurants in Barcelona
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Ganduxer 10-12, Barcelona, 08021 [Map]
A trip to Barcelona might be considered incomplete if you didn't visit Via Veneto, the city's most respected, and one of the oldest, restaurants there. This uptown place is renowned for its sumptuous Catalan cuisine and its elegant and plush décor, while its clientele, like influential businessman and politicians, help to give it a powerful ambience.
José Monje established Via Veneto in 1967 and his culinary expertise undoubtedly counts for the numerous accolades that have come its way. His son Pedro Monje is also now involved in making sure everything runs smoothly and together the duo have forged a strong contender for one of the best restaurants in the city.
In Via Veneto's luxurious surroundings, anything less than an elaborate meal might almost be considered not being fair to your taste buds, so start with the sautéed king prawns with vegetable coca bread in a pine nut vinaigrette or the salad of oven-roasted sea scallops with ham and crispy parmesan cheese.
For mains, their range of fish, meat and game dishes is extensive and equally tempting. Try the charcoal-broiled turbot with aubergine caviar and oven-baked vegetables and cockscombs or the red mullets fillets with saffron rice and orange blossoms if seafood is your passion.
Meat lovers will embrace the idea of roasted rack of baby lamb with a crust of fine herbs and millefeuille of Perol pork sausage with enthusiasm but the pièce de résistance is their roasted duck a la presse. A whole baby duck is slow roasted until golden and brought to the table. Efficient staff will debone it and then run the bones through an antique silver press to extract the rich juices. The combination of the two results in an explosion of flavours and creates a gastronomic experience that is absolutely exquisite.
As befits the entire gamut of tastes there, the desserts are equally decadent and delectable. Whether it is the millefeuilles of chocolate and orange cream with mint ice cream or the savarin with dried fruit consommé and lemon verbena sherbet, these delightful concoctions are a fine way to end the meal unless of course you prefer something simple like the cheese board.
The wine list has an amazing range of ten thousand or so bottles and choosing the right one might seem a daunting task, so it's advisable to ask the sommelier to recommend one that will suit your taste and complement the meal appropriately.
Carrer de Còrsega, 286, Barcelona, 08008 [Map]
What was once an apartment in the chic Eixample district ten years ago is now a smart restaurant with a fresh and modern approach to haute cuisine. Windsor is enthusiastically managed by a young team who value elegance and etiquette first and then introduce innovative ideas that has helped them create an impeccable experience.
Surrounded by a pleasing décor replete with chandeliers, art work, striking red upholstered chairs and luxury mirrors, diners can relax and choose from a selection of delectable culinary creations. Those who seek solitude can choose from their several private dining rooms and the charming garden area is for those who wish to dine al fresco.
The kitchen specialises in modern Catalan cuisine that has gained popularity for being rich yet healthy and wholesome. While remaining open to global influences, the Mediterranean touch cannot be ignored as ingredients are primarily sourced from the coast. The emphasis is on new ways of improving and optimising processes and culinary techniques, while excessive flamboyance takes a backseat.
Start with a salad of Norwegian king crab with avocados and ripe tomato pulp, grilled scallops on confit potatoes with honey or tuna tataki served with mango tagliatelle and broccoli puree. Their meat dishes include beef fillet with 'café de Paris' sauce and black trumpet mushroom parmentier; suckling lamb loin with peach chutney and a light garlic cream, and roast pigeon accompanied by liquorice, foie gras and corn cream.
Seafood lovers can plump for the grilled turbot with citrus powder and orange risotto; coastal baby squid with cucumber, courgette and caramelized onion, and monkfish with Palamós shrimps, toasted garlic and clams and stew juice. Passion fruit emulsion with mango tagliatelle and shortcrust pastry and hazelnut coolant accompanied by vanilla ice cream and a muscavado sugar reduction provide a fitting end to a meal.
Windor's cellar is home to over five thousand bottles and four hundred wines, so that diners never run out of choices and the stewards proffer helpful advice. So choose between Tempranillo de Cavas Hill, Martinez Lacuesta Cosecha and Conde de Caralt Chardonnay fermented in an oak barrel.
Statistics reveal that people in Mediterranean countries have a lower incidence of coronary heart disease than their Western counterparts primarily because the food is low in saturated fats. So Windsor warrants plaudits for promoting this cuisine with touches of innovation.
Carrer Balmes 165, Barcelona, 08008 [Map]
When you think about it, Gamvik is rather an unusual name and despite the refreshing Catalan cuisine they offer in their Carrer Balmes restaurant in Barcelona, it does not have Spanish or Mediterranean origins. On enquiring of the polite staff, we discovered that it is the namesake of an exotic little fishing village in Norway where owner Robert Serna spent many of his childhood holidays. However, there is nothing Norwegian about the menu, as you will discover, at this charming establishment whose ever increasing popularity has propelled it into the realms of the must visit restaurants in the city.
The colour scheme, a simple combination of greys and reds, creates a soothing and calm ambience and a general feeling of comfort and the plush dining area is a welcome respite from the crowded streets. They also have two separate rooms that are more suitable for private parties and other intimate occasions.
Sample the duck liver with mandarins for an unusual experience where the tart citrusy sweetness evens out the gamey flavour while the carpaccio of cod with tomato coulis, or artichoke hearts with foie and ceps, are some of the other delicious fare that will surely entice you. Pig's trotters with wild mushrooms, or the prawns from Costa Brava are regional Catalan fare with a light Mediterranean touch.
Do save room for the desserts, and try light, airy soufflés and coulants, a kind of fudge cake, with hot molten chocolate oozing out of them. The house specialty, Gamvik eggs with chocolate and rum infused foam are spectacular treats and warrant a repeat visit for those with a sweet tooth.
The extensive wine list is inclined towards Spain although there are quite a few classical and good quality wines from other countries, as well as a wide range of cava and champagne to choose from. Gamvik's proximity to shopping areas adds to its allure and helps round off a most satisfying culinary experience.
Madrazo 137, Barcelona, 08021 [Map]
Artkuisine is the culmination of Chef Remy Lefebvre's gastronomic quest to deliver quality food, prepared expertly and served in a stylish, modernistic ambience. Located in Barcelona's Madrazo district, this trendy restaurant is quite close to the Galvany market and has been rated as an exciting neo bistro by patrons and critics alike.
Remy is intense and passionate about the culinary feats that he performs in his kitchen, turning out Mediterranean cuisine in a decidedly French atmosphere. Crisp white linen, pale off white walls, soft fabric covered chairs and minimalist paintings add to the allure, helping you to relax while you enjoy a flavoursome meal.
The amuse bouche is exquisite, a slab of foie cooked at low temperature, sprinkled with sable Breton crumbs and topped with apple and rhubarb compote, and sets the tone for the ensuing courses. Sardine fillets, spit-roasted and served with a ring of quince compote and guacamole, with saffron mustard on the side, are elegantly rendered and make an excellent starter.
The main course of pan fried scallops in a cauliflower puree with a fondue of vegetables, cava and pistachios is delicious, while the oxtail braised with porcini mushrooms and black pepper, served with a cocoa and banana compote is a most unusual combination, layering different textures in a unique cocktail of flavours. The experimentation continues favourably with a melange of monkfish, pepper, fennel and apricot.
For dessert, the tarte tatin, generously topped with a swirl of cinnamon ice cream is a blissful ode to the sweet tooth, bringing you a true taste of this Gallic delight. Wines for the discerning drinker are aplenty, and there are over seventy choices to select from, featuring reds and whites from Spain as well as cavas and champagnes.
The gentle jazz notes form a serene backdrop to your dining experience and Artkuisine, with its uber chic décor, gourmet cuisine and its fabulous range of wines has indeed become iconic for those in search of a fulfilling gastronomic experience.
Paseo Isabel II, 14, Barcelona, 08003 [Map]
Many generations have come and gone and seen Barcelona blossom into the city it now is - particularly friendly, enchanting and fashionable - with a plethora of attractions such as museums, festivals and delicious food that you cannot ignore. The lovely 7 Portes restaurant opened its doors in the year 1836 and with over a hundred and seventy years of excellence, it is unmistakably one of the city's most classic dining destinations.
Pòrtics d'en Xifré, the national monument in which 7 Portes is situated, was the first to receive running water when connections were installed in Barcelona, and was the backdrop for the first photograph ever taken in Spain! The restaurant was originally called 'Café de les 7 Portes', and became the property of Paco Parellada, founder of one of the foremost dynasties of restaurateurs in all of Catalonia, in 1942.
Customers get an opportunity to sample some of the finest Catalan dishes, accompanied by Spain's best wines and cavas, and served by attentive staff smartly dressed in white aprons. The good part is 7 Portes is open from one in the afternoon to one in the morning every day of the year. Guests can take advantage of four dining areas of different capacities, decorated in traditional style with tiled floors, dark wooden beams and walls adorned with posters from the years gone by.
Cold starters of grilled sweet peppers with salted cod and bean salad with fresh mint vie with hot monkfish soup and Catalan style spinach with sultanas and pine nuts, to provide a firm foundation. A range of cannelloni stuffed with delights such as fish, shellfish, artichokes and spinach never fail to please.
A wide array of expertly deboned and fresh fish such as sole, monkfish and hake come before you poached and served with aromatic rice, and squid is deep-fried in a flavoursome batter. 7 Portes special zarzuela fish stew with half a lobster or Señor Cortina's oven baked langoustines are other popular choices that make the restaurant well worth the visit.
Meats appear with the roast suckling pig, veal fricassee with wild mushrooms, meatballs stewed with peas, and black or white sausages with haricot beans. Of course, being Spanish they offer an excellent selection of rice dishes - fish paella with hot peppers, Barcelona rice with ham and cheese, black rice Emporda style with cuttlefish and its ink, and fideua, a noodle like dish from Valencia accompanied by prawns.
The desserts head off with sponge fingers and raisins in rum, mouth-watering truffles, crème caramel with cream and biscuit glace in hot chocolate sauce. 7 Portes is waiting to count you in its list of guests, and don't be surprised to come across names like Alexander Fleming, the King and Queen of Spain, Charlton Heston and Catherine Deneuve. Their name means 'seven doors' and it really does have seven doors under some charming porticoes that are typical to this portside pocket of Barcelona.
Roger de Llúria, 35-37, entre Diputación y Gran Vía., Barcelona, 08009 [Map]
Glamour and style come naturally to Noti, one of Barcelona's unique restaurants. A visit there is a feast for the senses with the ambience, the crowd and the food providing a memorable time. The décor, which is inspired by 'El Toreo', the bullfight, the modern European cuisine on offer and a bar and DJ make it achingly hip. Gold panels, red upholstery, earthy carpets, low lighting and ambient jazz inspired tunes create a powerful atmosphere, while mirrors and brass reflecting panels provide an aid to celebrity spotting. They also have a dining area with a private roundtable of Makassar ebony for a maximum of fifteen people. And to cap it all, the service is informal and friendly.
Elena Barta and Christian Crespin offer their customers a modern menu motivated by a respect for the simplicity of classical cooking. Chef Christian Crespin who has established himself in Catalonia, strives to make lunch and dinner multi-sensory experiences and succeeds. His extraordinary creations never fail to surprise: duck foie gras with avocados, tenderloin beef fillet with Asian spices and potato; smoky hunks of seared tuna, a succulent lamb brochette with spicy couscous and spring vegetables are some of the specialities.
You could start with tuna fillet in sashimi with soy sauce, ricotta cheese ravioli and Iberian ham cream. Alternatively, green leaves salad, ginger and chilli marinated beef, peanuts, soy and honey vinaigrette accompanied with Indian bread, cake of marinated sardines and goat cheese with balsamic reduction or salad of strawberry, green onion, tomato, beetroot and ricotta cheese, mustard and echalotte vinaigrette can be appetizing options.
Fish preparations include cod confit with tomato concase in thyme, rosemary, black olives and fresh griddled fish from the Boqueria market, baby carrots and lemon butter and fresh sole 'a la meuniere', hazelnut and caper butter, lime and rata potatoes.
Meat dishes such as curried chicken with coconut milk, basmati rice and Granny Smith apple chutney; pan fried lamb burger with couscous of vegetables and raisins with Harissa and char grilled beef fillet, maracuyá and Szechuan pepper salsa and potato gratin dot the menu.
Desserts include the classic peach Melba and yoghurt ice cream with cherry tomato and aniseed jam.
Around midnight, the bar takes centre stage and you can enjoy yourself well into the early hours with a glass of wine or something stronger from their impressive selection.
Casanova 212, Barcelona, 08036 [Map]
From haute cuisine and fine Spanish fare to tempting tapas and fresh seafood, Barcelona offers something special for all those who take their food considerably more seriously than most, and the city's countless culinary havens never fail to delight those who appreciate the fine art of cooking.
Colibri is one of those warm and inviting destinations that helps bring joy to the act of dining, making it much more satisfying and exciting than just providing nourishment to the body. The restaurant is comfortable, spacious and quiet, qualities that many restaurants in today's day and age are deficient in. You could spend the first few minutes of your time just relaxing in the calmness of its lovely dining spaces.
Chef and owner Caesar Pastor and his sister Remedios serve deliciously creative European food accompanied by a masterful list of two hundred outstanding wines, from Spain and the rest of the world. The standards are always consistent, helping Colibri to blossom into one of the city's best and most preferred dining destinations.
Among starters, there is grilled octopus with mashed potatoes, yellow pepper and tender garlic; morel mushrooms, egg and cream of poached liver, jumbo prawns fried with nuts and a delightful crab and chickpea ravioli with tomato sauce and fresh papaya, all paving the way for the main dishes.
A Mediterranean twist to most choices at Colibri is very appealing and clearly evident in mains such as a wonderfully cured Spanish loin of tuna that comes to the table with aubergine and mustard with caramelised Sharon fruit; scallops, rice and tomato confit with butifarra, a typical Catalan spiced pork sausage, or Morro, cod with vegetables and green tomato jam.
Meats appear with roast duckling, green asparagus sauce and soft cocoa puree; fillet of beef with apple, duck liver and rosemary sauce, and baked lamb with onions and potatoes.
Desserts are to die for; an almond and nougat confection, called turrón, a great Spanish speciality, is served with chocolate and Sichuan pepper; mango, vanilla and mascarpone cream with caramel syrup and merlot, and pineapple, syrup of vanilla and ice cream of fresh cheese with crackers of black sesame lend a gracious end to a meal.
Roger de Lluria 50, Barcelona, 08009 [Map]
Movie is a high end concept based restaurant in Barcelona, a chic and very trendy destination for those who are fond of good food, music and movies, not necessarily in the same order. The décor is plush and extravagant and yet the atmosphere strives successfully to be informal and friendly, and you are likely to spot many guests lingering over a glass of wine and a bowl of tasty snacks as they sit back and relax.
All eyes are drawn intently towards the huge screen where movies and clips are played by resident VJs who occupy a separate platform. But it is unlike any cinema hall you may have been to, because the entire experience is quite like a home theatre at the house of a friend. A very well to do friend, of course! On top of all this, Movie is a fantastic restaurant if you want to impress business associates or even simply if you want to indulge in your love of films.
So when it comes to food, you will find that, like some of the films, the menu is fairly international, featuring dishes such as focaccia with duck ham, black olives and mozzarella, sausage and bacon skewers and hot Mexican taco with chicken, vegetables and cheese, served with a sweet and sour sauce. Mixed salad leaves atop a pea puree and seafood cocktail is highly appealing for salad lovers, while the black pasta with calamari and romesco sauce is perfect if pastas are your thing.
More elaborate main courses follow, with the likes of wok fried beef with sun dried tomatoes, potato and yucca or chicken nuggets coated with peanuts and mayonnaise mousse. For those who favour unusualness in their dishes, the chicken filled with pureed mango and flavoured with black beer, shitake mushrooms and carrots could appeal.
While some might be satisfied with snacks and other finger food, there are others who feel that a full course meal is more to their taste, requiring a look at the dessert menu where your sweet tooth will be gratified to learn of the tiramisu with exploding chocolate and caramel pop rocks. Profiteroles and a warm chocolate fondant ice cream complete the list and gain full marks for hitting the right spots with ease.
The wine list is a compilation befitting to this modern restaurant, with international choices playing alongside traditional selections that are closer to home. Come evening and the lounge beckons with the numerous exciting cocktails on offer along with delicious bar food. From 7 pm until late, the avid party goers are likely to be sipping on mojitos and enjoying an interesting movie, to the point where few would wish to resist the comforts of Movie Restaurant and head out to greener pastures.
Calle París, 192, Barcelona, 8036 [Map]
It doesn't take too much effort to guess what the mainstay of The Lobster House would be, so if you're passionate about seafood, lobsters in particular, this Barcelona restaurant gives you your money's worth. Located close to the Diagonal metro, and situated in the heart of the Eixample district, this airy restaurant follows a Mediterranean theme in the food as well as décor.
Diners are pleasantly surprised with the ambience which is cool and elegant with white napery, large windows, dark furniture and potted plants, while the warmth exuded by the service enhances the dining experience. The bar is also a cosy spot for pre-dinner drinks and The Lobster House is a perfect place if you want to host an ebullient party for friends, with the private room offering space and atmosphere.
Five different fixed price menus ease the dilemma regarding choices, and these include an aperitif with first and second courses, wine and dessert. While this could prove to be of great value, there's also the à la carte if you prefer to do the choosing on your own.
Fresh salads topped with tuna fish and olives or tomato and mozzarella with avocado are just right for a light and tasty beginning. Other starters that rouse the appetite could include the Andalusian style cuttlefish, king prawns with Maldon salt or fisherman's paella.
While lobster is a huge favourite, grilled or steamed, there are other dishes for fish lovers too, such as the sliced grilled hake, baked loin of cod with cream of escalivada or fillets of sea bass cooked in the Santurce fashion. More hearty dishes follow, with meats cooked over holm oak charcoal, and you could try the imperial lamb ribs or the stewed shoulder of lamb with the steaks and burgers as excellent alternatives.
The best way to end such a leisurely meal would be with something sweet, so do save some space for the Catalan custard with burnt brown sugar or the warm chocolate coulant. Fruity desserts such as the frozen mandarin mousse with citric coulis should do the trick if you're not overly fond of rich sweets.
The wine selection is as befits a restaurant of their scale, extensive and indulgent and yet reasonably priced.
Moll de Gregal 29-30, Puerto Olimpico, Barcelona, 08005 [Map]
With the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in full sway, El Cangrejo Loco was established as a restaurant to serve distinguished guests and eminent personages who visited the port and city for the games. Today, many years after that, El Cangrejo Loco, or The Crazy Crab, has emerged as a favoured dining destination for those people who want to enjoy delicious seafood with breathtaking views of the marina and the sea.
Exceptional quality and exquisite service are the keywords that describe this restaurant aptly and popular seating options include the terraces that offer wide glimpses of the azure sea. With the perennial good weather around, customers can enjoy a sunny lunch in winter or sit down to a moonlit night in more sultry months.
The freshness of the food is instrumental in making the restaurant a phenomenal success, and everything is prepared with great care. Hand crafted dishes show the passion and commitment of the chefs in creating an experience that is simply sublime.
Starters are divided into hot and cold and amongst the latter, there is salt codfish carpaccio, a salad with dried salted meat and pears or Iberico cured ham. But if you relish something warm, then the seafood croquettes will be the ideal choice, alongside butter dipped squid rings and mussels with fisherman sauce.
For the main event, there's a famous dish from Aranda del Duero, roast baby lamb, although the veal entrecote in green pepper sauce is just as delicious. If nothing but fish will satisfy you, then do try the grilled salmon or the monkfish with mushrooms and clams. Lobster with garlic and chilli or the crayfish prepared Ferrol style are excellent options but if you wanted to stay traditional try the paella parellada.
To finish, there's the Catalan caramelized custard cream or a homemade apple puff pastry. If you prefer fruity ways to end your meal, then you could opt for seasonal fruits drizzled with Macedonian orange juice.
If you enjoy drinking avidly or even if you're just interested in the wines that a restaurant has to offer, you will be impressed with the large temperature controlled cellar that brings more than 500 Spanish choices, champagnes and spirits.
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