Last week a friend of mine sent me a message asking for recommendations for places to eat and drink in Barcelona for a co-worker. At first I drew a blank and thought, “I didn’t eat out a lot so I don’t know what to recommend.” I let the thought tumble around my brain for a day or so and then came up with this following. As I wrote the more I remembered. After I sent the email to her I realized that many people who visit a city love to get recommendations from the locals so I decided to share this list with you my readers and perhaps you, like my friend can pass it along to a family member, a friend or coworker who is heading over to the gateway of the Mediterranean.
The list is by no means exhaustive it’s just of restaurants, bars or taverns in Barcelona that I have eaten at or enjoyed. Keep in mind that Spain eats later in the evening 9PM/10PM. I’ve included the Yelp Link so you can get more detailed reviews.
One of my favorites is Cerveceria Catalana. It attracts a good mix of tourists and locals. The food is good and offers lots of different tapas. GET THERE EARLY LIKE 7PM or you will be waiting a long time to sit and eat. Dinner runs about 22/25 euros per person. Unless you despise cod or are allergic to fish you should try the Esqueixada de Bacalao, a Catalan specialty. I eat it every time I visit the restaurant and I don’t usually repeat dishes. Cervecería Catalana
Carrer de Mallorca, 236 Neighborhood: L’Eixample Phone: 932 160 368
An alternate to Cerveceria Catalana, ran by the same people is Cuidad Condal. The food is similar and the wait may be less during the dinner rush. I prefer Cerveceria but you’ll have to try for yourself and decide.
Rambla de Catalunya, 18 Neighborhood: L’Eixample
Another place for tapas that comes highly recommended by others who live in Barcelona is Maitea Taberna. It’s a small place where you help yourself to cold pintxos (bread with topping “pinched” by a toothpick) at the bar and the servers come around so often with hot options. At the end of your meal you’ll pay by number of toothpicks on your plate. There is a good variety for everyone. It’s small and gets filled up quickly so it’s best to get there before 9pm.
Carrer de Casanova, 15T7 Neighborhood: L’Eixample Phone: 934 395 107
Maitea Taberna has their own site. Check it out here.
For the foodie (I know you’re out there don’t be shy) Restaurant Sauc is awesome. It has a 38 euro lunch menu M-F and it’s a steal for a Michelin 1 star. They are able to accommodate food allergies which was great for my friend Nat on her birthday. If you’re a regular to my blog you’ll remember my review/take on Restaurant Sauc.
Via Laitana, 49 Neighborhood: Barri Gotic Phone: 933 210 189
Restaurant Sauc has its own website as well. Reservations aren’t needed for lunch (they told me that on phone) but I say make one anyway as the crowd can vary and you wouldn’t want to miss out eating here.
For evenings Barcelona is chock full of places to eat and things to do. Take yourself away from Las Ramblas and your fellow travelers/tourists and explore the barrio of Poble Sec. If you can visit them on Thursday evenings for 2 Euros you can have a tapa and beer or vino at many of the bars & taverns. The main street is Carrer de Blai Metro stops Poble Sec & Paral-lel are closest. They have a Facebook page and below are some of my favorite haunts. I miss that place.
Bars to eat/drink at
Barramon Be nice to bartender/server Jonny and maybe his pour will be heavier.
Koska Taverna Always packed in the evenings but the various options make it worth the pushing and shoving.
Es Xibiu Another that is always packed. They have a 5 tapas and wine special all the time so Thursday isn’t your only option.
Bodega Salto Open later than the rest of the bars/taverns along Carrer Blai/Calle de Blesa (yes the street has two names) it’s the perfect funky place to end your evening with some more wine and olives.
Another dive is Madame Jasmine. It’s in Barri El Raval which locals will caution you not to visit as a tourist but I felt perfectly safe there. I just didn’t venture down the dark alleys. It’s a bit of a dive but the drinks are good and the people friendly and the prices very reasonable.
Another place that I’ve heard great things about the food at Quimet and Quimet but never made it there
I hope these suggestions help you to be well fed while making your Euros stretch in Barcelona. If you’ve been there what other places would you recommend for eating and drinking.