A fabulous foodie + wine guide to Barcelona’s top 12 best restaurants as chosen by the insiders of the luxury Hotel Omm.
An unstoppable paradigm of the best in the Barcelona restaurant scene, Hotel Omm, situated on the exclusive Passeig de Gràcia, is a famed bastion of style, food and wine, with the infamous Roca Brother’s Roca Moo restaurant cosily in situ.
Plaça Doctor Andreu, S/N 08035 Barcelona
A charming terrace located on the Tibidado Mountain, La Venta is perfect for summer and winter visits, offering great views of the city. Its menu offers simple, traditional gastronomy, some faves being the battered hake with mayonnaise sauce and foie gras with pear and nut jam.
Sepúlveda 173 bis, 08011 Barcelona
The Solá family has run this business for the past 50 years, starting out as a winery with a bar and evolving into a restaurant with a well-stocked wine cellar, offering traditional recipes with fresh, seasonal products. I would recommend the onion omelette, the meatballs with calamari and the baby beans with small squids (the classic “habitas con chipirones”). Carlos, a Barça fan and recognized as the best waiter of the city in two editions of this contest, understands your preferences immediately and guesses exactly what you’d like the most.
Carrer de Roger de Llúria, 6, 08010 Barcelona
This is the place to enjoy traditional Catalan cuisine and, more specifically, the perfect croquette (“croquetas”). Casa Alfonso offers an excellent assortment of cured meats and tapas, as well as an extensive wine cellar, conserving its genuine atmosphere, spirit and decoration. Both history and good food meet at this restaurant next to Plaza Urquinaona, about ten minutes walking from Plaza Catalunya. Order the Spanish potato and “sobrasada” omelette, freshly prepared in the moment.
La Granada del Penedès, 25, 08006 Barcelona
A classic Barcelonan restaurant, founded in the 50s by photographer Leopoldo Pomés and architect Alfonso Milá. This restaurant is well known for its pop style and non-stop kitchen, friendly staff and a menu basically based on “tortillas” (Spanish omelettes), with more than fifty different types. My favourite ones would be the “tortilla panadera” and the “tortilla las niñas”. The Monty burger (undercooked) is also a must. For something a little bit more green, go over to the counter, choose the ingredients you’d like for a perfect salad and Jordi will have it prepared for you in a minute! Finally, to round up the meal, order cheesecake for dessert... the best in Barcelona!
Paseo del Mare Nostrum, 19/21, 08039 Barcelona
Pez Vela, specifically located under the W hotel, sits right in front of the beach, in a privileged seaside location. It is well known for its rices and paella, prepared by the house chef Evaristo Triana. Personally, I love the baby squid with artichokes and black rice and the traditional “corte de helado de turrón de jijona” (jijona nougat ice cream). Enjoy the lively atmosphere of this modern “chiringuito” by the beach!
C. de la Reina Cristina 12, 08003 Barcelona
“A vegetarian for non-vegetarians” is the essence of this restaurant located next to Port Vell and near El Born, Barcelona’s Old Town. It has grown popular among locals and visitors because of its design and minimalist decoration and, most importantly, because it has a menu full of original, healthy and delicious dishes, all of them meat-free, including gluten and lactose free options. Black and hemp pizzas, poke bowls, edamame with chilli and many other options that come from all over the world, with a very special Green touch, can be found in their menu. Willy is the magician who runs this orchestra and Marcelino is the chef.
Francesc Cambó 16, 08003 Barcelona
Located next to the Cathedral of Barcelona, Cuines de Santa Caterina usin the city’s Old Town heart and inside Santa Caterina Market, iconic architecture that is definitely worth a visit. This restaurant is a fun place to go, with a tapas bar open all day and interior design that resembles the atmosphere of a marketplace. The menu offers Mediterranean, Asian and vegetarian options, and afterwards, you can wander around the market itself.
La Granada del Penedés 28, 08006 Barcelona
Another classic Barcelonan restaurant, Il Giardinetto has beenserving Italian food since 1974. With a history intimately linked to the most creative and effervescent side of Barcelona, Il Giardinetto’s interior design evokes a praised and admired urban garden. Perfect for an evening with friends, a business meeting, a quick lunch or a romantic dinner, it defines itself as a meeting point for those who love Italian gastronomy. Poldo Polmés, the owner, is the perfect host.
Vallfogona 12, 08012 Barcelona
Hidden in the heart of the Gracia neighbourhood, very close to Verdi cinemas, this is the perfect place for enjoying good wine, and an excellent selection of cheeses, salads and tartars. The decoration of this restaurant is also worth mentioning, a small and minimalist space, but very comfortable and homely.
Córsega 343, 08012 Barcelona
A small and amusing little restaurant between Paseo de Gracia and Gracia’s neighbourhood, La Pepita serves “pepitas” (sandwiches) and tapas with a twist. The place itself is an incentive to come and try their imaginative and eclectic menu. The walls, for instance, are decorated with graffiti and notes that the clients themselves write, and the interior design in general, is inspired by a bohemian French bistro.
Passatge Marimón, 5, 08021 Barcelona
Healthy food and seasonal, local products are the essence of this contemporary Michelin-starred restaurant directed by Chef Xavier Pellicer. Céleri offers small gastronomic dishes based around eight vegetables, interpreted by the chef in three different versions: from every main ingredient there is a vegan option, a vegetarian option and a third option with animal (meat or fish) protein. The place is decorated with a minimalist touch, simple and modern at the same time, with an open kitchen that is bathed in natural light.
C/ Sant Antoni dels Sombrerers, 3, 08003 Barcelona
Great for seafood and fish, this small, modern restaurant is located in the Born neighbourhood next to Santa Maria del Mar, the most beautiful Gothic church in Barcelona. Rafa Zafra, the chef, comes from Ferran Adriá’s school and knows what he’s doing.
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