Restaurants in Barcelona

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    Restaurants in Barcelona
    The selected restaurants have been divided into five categories: Gastronomic, Business, Trendy, Budget and Personal Recommendations. The restaurants are listed alphabetically within these different categories, which serve as guidelines rather than absolute definitions of the establishments.

    Spanish VAT (IVA) is 7% and is included in all menu prices. If not, it will be stated that prices are exclusive of IVA. Tipping is not a widespread practice in Barcelona but, of course, should diners wish to leave a gratuity, it is always appreciated. In the upscale restaurants, it is customary to leave around €3. Occasionally, a cover charge of approximately €1 is added to the bill but the menu should mention this.

    The restaurants below have been grouped into four different pricing categories:
    $$$$ (over €60)
    $$$ (€40 to €60)
    $$ (€20 to €40)
    $ (up to €20) (2008)
    These prices are for a three-course meal for one and a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they include IVA but they do not include tip.

    Agut d'Avignon
    Tucked away in a tiny street in the atmospheric Barri Gòtic, Agut d'Avignon is the creation of ex-lawyer and pharmacist Ramón Cabau. Known for his impeccable taste, the restaurant is a haven for writers, artists and politicians; it has attracted diners such as Joan Miró and Yves Montand. Rustic yet elegant, it employs top-quality produce and offers a first-rate wine list. The menu is seasonal, offering regional specialities and dishes such as partridge pâté and roast wild boar with raspberry sauce.

    Carrer de la Trinitat 3/Avinyo 8
    Tel: (93) 302 6034.
    Price: $$$


    Alkimia is considered one of Barcelona's best modern restaurants, largely due to the wildly creative cuisine of audacious young chef Jordi Vilà, whose avant-garde twist on traditional Catalan cooking has gained him a Michelin star. Signature dishes include guinea-fowl terrine with pistachio and green apple guacamole, steak tartare served with olive-oil ice cream, and a unique romesco sauce containing strawberries. The stark, pure white minimalist dining room serves as a perfect backdrop both for Vilà's imaginative cuisine and the ultra-cool clientele. Booking is essential.

    Carrer Indústria 79
    Tel: (93) 207 6115.
    Price: $$$$

    Ca l'Isidre
    Run by the Gironés i Salvó family for nearly 35 years, Ca l'Isidre is an intimate restaurant boasting King Juan Carlos among its regular clientele. Isidre Gironés presides over the excellent wine list and exquisite food, personally selecting the best ingredients at the nearby La Boqueria market to conjure up timeless dishes, including duck liver pâté with figs, stuffed artichokes or saddle of lamb. The cosy dining room is a charming ‘home from home', thanks to his wife, Montse. Daughter Núria, who now runs the kitchen, is an excellent patisera. Her desserts provide a perfect finale to the seasonal Catalan dishes. Booking is essential.

    Carrer Les Flors 12
    Tel: (93) 441 1139.
    Website: Ca l'Isidre - Restaurante (Barcelona)
    Price: $$$$


    Gaig started out as a small family tavern specialising in home cooking in the northern barrio of Horta in the 1800s. More than a century later, it is one of the city's top restaurants and the recipient of many awards. Master chef Carles Gaig is at the helm, creating brilliant and innovative versions of old recipes, such as pheasant with plums, canelones with truffle ( and mango ravioli, to name but a few. The wine list is equally impressive. Carles' wife, Fina, presides over the light, modern dining room.

    Passeig Maragall 402
    Tel: (93) 429 1017.
    Price: $$$$


    Jean-Luc Figueras
    Housed in the former atelier of fashion designer Balanciaga, the elegant, classically Catalan surroundings (all polished wood, lamps and tiled floors) are almost as outstanding as the food. Frenchman Jean-Luc Figueras creates modern, original dishes, such as fried prawn and ginger pasta in mustard and mango sauce, without submitting to the demands of food fads or egotism. The menu tends to lean towards seafood but meat dishes are also included. Master patisero Jordi Butrón's sublime puddings are outstanding.

    Carrer Santa Teresa 10
    Tel: (93) 415 2877.
    Price: $$$$


    Arc Cafe
    A fairly recent arrival on the Barcelona scene, Arc Cafe is a ‘gastrobar' run by German duo Thomas and Willi. Hearty Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asian-influenced dishes, such as chicken curry salad and sublime spicy veggie burgers, are prepared in the spotless open-plan kitchen, amid warm, softly lit surroundings and a backdrop of mellow sounds. Tending towards the vegetarian, there's nevertheless a good selection of meat dishes too. Its location in a narrow, picturesque street near Plaça Reial makes it an ideal pre-club dinner

    Carrer Carabassa 19
    Tel: (93) 302 5204.
    Website: Arccafe Barcelona
    Price: $$


    El Racó d'en Baltà
    A favourite among hip young Catalans, this design-led restaurant cleverly avoids the ‘design over substance' cliché. This is because it combines a modern approach to traditional dishes (such as meatballs with cuttlefish, fish mousse or turrón ice cream) with low prices, a decent wine list and a fascinating array of bizarre creations by British artist Steve Foster. The upstairs dining room is a relaxing cocoon of gentle greens punctuated with eccentric odds and ends.

    Carrer Aribau 125
    Tel: (93) 453 1044.
    Price: $$

    Mama Cafe
    Microwaves and processed or tinned foods are strictly prohibited in this stylish, fun vegetarian cafe-restaurant located in the Raval district, just off La Rambla. Using only the freshest ingredients, a range of innovative dishes, such as melon gazpacho, are prepared daily. The use of bold, rainbow colours, recycled materials and laid-back sounds creates a happy and informal atmosphere.

    Carrer Doctor Dou 10
    Tel: (93) 301 2940.
    Price: $


    Inspired by their travels to India, the owners have transformed this former grocery into a high temple of exotica, complete with an abundance of candles, Buddhas, wafting incense and rich, mood-enhancing colours. The food is nevertheless Mediterranean, albeit complimented by ingredients from further afield, such as mangoes and yukka. Sikkim caters handsomely for vegetarians and carnivores alike, with a decent range of dishes including roast shark, vegetable risottos and homely cheesecakes.

    Plaça Comercial 1
    Tel: (93) 268 4313.
    Website: Sikkim Restaurant - BCN
    Price: $$

    Urban Barcelona meets old Czechoslovakia in this chic, fusion-inspired cerveceria situated near the Generalitat, where modern furnishings and original 19th-century features are stylishly juxtaposed to pleasing effect. The menu is an intriguing mix of Eastern European dishes, such as Hungarian goulash, and traditional Spanish platos and tapas. A wide range of beers and wines are also available.

    Carrer Ferran 38
    Tel: (93) 317 9407.
    Price: $$

    Cantina Machito
    Even though the décor verges towards the unsophisticated, with its riotous colours and abundance of Mexican kitsch, the food here is authentic and surprisingly good. Many of the ingredients are imported from Mexico and lovingly prepared by the Mexican-born chef. Standards, such as margaritas, tacos and guacamole, make an appearance, as do unusual puddings, such as lime and tequila mousse.

    Carrer Torrijos 47
    Tel: (93) 217 3414.
    Price: $


    Fil Manila
    A simple, homely restaurant overlooking a quiet square near Plaça de Catalunya, Fil Manila (Barcelona's only Filipino restaurant) offers excellent value for money. The choice of dishes is vast, with main courses starting at around €4. In addition to meat and fish, there are some appetising coconut milk curries to be had and uncomplicated but mouthwatering puddings, such as fried banana.

    Carrer Ramelleres 3
    Tel: (93) 318 6487.
    Price: $

    Of the growing number of Lebanese restaurants in Barcelona, Habibi is one of the best. A world away from the falafel and kebab brigade, the diverse menu caters for carnivores and vegetarians alike, including excellent houmous and other savoury dips, spicy rice dishes and sweet, succulent Arab puddings to finish. Considering that only organic produce is used, the value for money is almost astonishing.

    Carrer Gran de Gràcia 7
    Tel: (93) 217 9545.
    Price: $

    La Fonda
    Part of a highly successful, upmarket chain, La Fonda offers Catalan classics (such as butifarra sausage with haricot beans or the national dessert, crema catalana) in well-designed, attractive surroundings. An abundance of plants, wood and a gallery create a light and spacious atmosphere. The restaurant is very popular, especially at lunchtime, so booking is essential. Les Quince Nits (tel: (93) 317 3075), part of the same chain, is just around the corner at Plaça Reial 6.

    Carrer Escudellers 10
    Tel: (93) 301 7515.
    Price: $$


    La Habana Vieja
    Retro décor and a plethora of exotic cocktails evoke the exuberant spirit of old Havana in this atmospheric Cuban restaurant, situated in a narrow passeig near the Picasso Museum. A feast of dishes (such as shredded beef, coconut and cheese pudding, and fried banana) make for a lively and inexpensive dinner.

    Carrer Banys Vells 2
    Tel: (93) 268 2504.
    Price: $$

    Personal Recommendations
    Since its opening, the eponymous restaurant of the dazzling Michelin-starred Catalan chef Sergi Arola at the ultra-chic Hotel Arts has been the talk of the town. Its informal menu is based on the regional tradition of pica-pica (sharing a variety of different dishes with friends), and includes such tempting flavour combinations as smoked sardines with romesco sauce, tuna carpaccio with jamón oil, and his signature patatas bravas with a piquant chilli sauce. The ambiance is contemporary and laidback, with a garden terrace during summer months, and a DJ to entertain the beautiful people every evening.

    Hotel Arts Barcelona, Carrer Marina 19-21
    Tel: (93) 483 8090.
    Website: arola
    Price: $$$


    El Convent
    El Convent is a sumptuously decorated fin-de-siècle-style restaurant, occupying four storeys of an 18th-century house in a minute street behind La Boqueria market. Individually decorated private rooms are available in addition to the attractive public dining areas. An extensive menu combines cocina Catalana and international cuisine, with dishes such as chicken with orange or cod with garlic mousse. Inexpensive group menus start at under €12 per head and include homemade puddings, such as the ubiquitous crème caramel-like ‘flan'.

    Carrer Jerusalem 3
    Tel: (93) 317 1052.
    Price: $$


    El Pla de la Garsa
    Tucked away amid a tangle of medieval streets near the Picasso Museum, this former dairy and stables has been converted into a cosy, bohemian retreat, retaining many of its original 16th-century features. Antique tiles, an old spiral staircase and low lamps create an agreeable ambience in which to enjoy the wide selection of dishes, high-quality cheeses, pâtés and delicious puddings, such as caramelised figs.

    Carrer Assaonadors 13
    Tel: (93) 315 2413.
    Price: $$


    Euskal Etxea
    Otherwise known as the Basque Cultural Centre, some of the best tapas in town are to be had in Euskal Etxea. Situated in an idyllic tiny square near the Picasso Museum and the wondrous church of Santa Maria del Mar, the restaurant is an atmospheric bar offering a huge variety of tapas, ranging from the most simple to the most intricate creations. Tapas appear around noon and again around 1900, so the best choice is to be had early.

    Placeta Montcada 1-3
    Tel: (93) 310 2185.
    Website: Euskal Etxea Barcelona
    Price: $


    Set Portes
    The building housing Set Portes is a national monument and has the distinction of forming the backdrop to the first photograph ever taken in Spain, in 1840. Past diners have included kings, politicians and an array of famous names from Alexander Fleming to Ava Gardner. The large dining room is traditionally Catalan, as are the individually decorated private rooms seating two to 80 diners. Its old-world charm and legendary paella, zarzuela (fish stew) and fidueà (seafood and spaghettini) maintain its status as one of Barcelona's favourite restaurants.

    Passeig Isabel II 14
    Tel: (93) 319 3033.
    Website: 7 portes
    Price: $$$


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