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Top Catalan restaurants in Barcelona

Posted by justbarcelona on May 11, 2012 in Eating out with No Comments

Barcelona, Catalonia, is full of great international restaurants. But we are of the humble opinion that visitors should give the typical Spanish food a go as well. Catalan food is surprisingly delicious. Paying homage to the Catalan mountains and Costa Brava sea from which it originates, expect simple flavours and excellent seafood. Here, we list our top restaurants in Barcelona for trying out la cuina catalana (Catalan cuisine).

Best Catalan restaurants, Barcelona:
  1. La Cervessaria Catalana (Eixample/Passeig de Gràcia – C/ Mallorca, 236)

top-restaurants-Barcelona-cerveceria Serving high-quality, upmarket traditional tapas dishes, this fantastic Catalan restaurant in Barcelona gets everything right. The atmosphere is ultra-trendy but unpretentious. Prices are incredibly competitive (cava, for example, is around 13€/bottle). And the food… sophisticated and at the same time a delicious world of simple flavours, the beef flauta (more elegant version of the humble sandwich) and goat’s cheese on roast vegetable escalivada nearly made us cry with happiness. The only downside: expect to have to wait for an hour after you put your name down for a table. It’ll just give you more time to work up an appetite at the bar, we say. Its success has also lead to a greater amount of tourist interest than you’ll find in the other two restaurants, although plenty of locals eat here too.

  1. El Disbarat (Gràcia – C/ Pere Serafi, 41)

Barcelona-top-restaurants-DisbaratWe’ve tried and tested El Disbarat as a first date restaurant, and can report its 100% success rate. Tucked in an intimate corner of Gràcia and next to a host of bars, this establishment boasts an excellent price/quality ratio. The menu could be a little more varied, but with playful takes on rustic Catalan classics such as calçot (local version of the leek) ravioli in tomato and hazelnut romesco sauce, we’re happy. Plates are large and wine is good and cheap.


  1. Set de Born (El Borne – C/ de l’Esparteria, 7)

best-restaurants-barcelona-set-bornIn another hidden corner of Barcelona, this time more towards the south of the city, you’ll find the Set de Born. A cosy, colourful atmosphere belies top-notch grub. Food is as typically Catalan as you can get, and the frozen crema catalana (a bit like crème brûlée) that we had for desert was the best we’ve ever tried. Loses points for being slightly more expensive than the other two, although prices are still very reasonable.

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