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Barcelona Top 10 Restaurants – Global Culinary Report

Based on restaurant recommendations from over 600 top chefs, restaurateurs and food writers, we bring you the Top 10 restaurants in Barcelona in 2023.

Updated on Nov 27, 2023 | World of Mouth team

Eating and drinking well is nothing new in Barcelona and today, the food scene has become as famous as the city’s football, architecture, and beaches. This culinary mecca gathers passionate food enthusiasts from all over the world to explore and enjoy everything from traditional, rustic family-run tapas bars and food market eateries to Michelin-starred venues and pioneers of Molecular Gastronomy.


Our Top 10 list pays tribute to all the different categories of the best that Barcelona has to offer. From the smoking and bubbling dishes of the creative chef trio at Disfrutar to the much-loved tapas and seafood restaurants in the alleys of the old town, Barcelona’s culinary offerings will never get boring. From high to low, the pace of Barcelona's pumping food scene is dictated by a wide range of seasonal top produce, from local seafood and meat to vegetables, mushrooms, and of course wines from the famous wineries in the surrounding areas.

01

Disfrutar

C. de Villarroel, 163

C. de Villarroel, 163, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

Disfrutar, located opposite the Ninot Market in the Eixample district of Barcelona, represents the very top of the world famous Spanish avant garde cuisine. Led by former elBulli chefs Mateu Casaas, Oriol Castro, and Eduard Xatruch, the restaurant offers avant-garde cuisine that emphasizes a distinct Mediterranean identity. Recognized by numerous awards including two Michelin Stars and placements in various best restaurant lists, Disfrutar delivers a memorable gastronomic journey rooted in experimental creative cuisine.

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Experimental creative cuisine. A culinary journey that will excite all your senses! I was seated in the hidden room behind the wine cellar. My favourite bite was the caviar fried bun and fois gras. Not going to spoil the experience but u'll all love it.

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Disfrutar

C. de Villarroel, 163

C. de Villarroel, 163, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

02

Ultramarinos Marín

C/ de Balmes, 187

C/ de Balmes, 187, 08006 Barcelona, Spain

Ultramarinos Marín serves seasonal seafood and fish, prepared on the grill and plancha, as well as its house-made charcuterie. The establishment provides a friendly ambiance with simple, well-cooked dishes, offering an engaging dining experience. The restaurant emphasizes on the use of fresh, seasonal produce and traditional Spanish home cooking, making it a popular choice for those seeking authentic, flavorful dishes.

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Market Inspired seafood and more! Very friendly ambience with fun and engaging serving. Food is as delicious as it can get! Very fresh seafood. Our favourite was Gamba Vermrlla.

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Ultramarinos Marín

C/ de Balmes, 187

C/ de Balmes, 187, 08006 Barcelona, Spain

03

Botafumeiro

C/ Gran de Gràcia, 81

C/ Gran de Gràcia, 81, 08012 Barcelona, Spain

Botafumeiro, a classic seafood institution since 1975, offers a traditional setting with a charming ambiance. It's known for its opulent tiered seafood plates, great paella, and calamari cooked with a generous pinch of chili. The restaurant, nestled in a high-end neighborhood, is popular for its excellent cuisine and wine list, attracting a diverse crowd from ladies in their family diamonds to nouveau riche with LV shopping bags.

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Where old money meets nouveau riche. Atmospheric place where ladies in their family diamonds and nouveau riches with LV shopping bags sit next to each other. Opulent tiered seafood plates, champagne in silver coolers, well aged waiters in their tuxedos; transparent jamon and tomato bread, great paella, calamari cooked with a generous pinch of chili and much more.

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Botafumeiro

C/ Gran de Gràcia, 81

C/ Gran de Gràcia, 81, 08012 Barcelona, Spain

04

La Cova Fumada

C/ del Baluard, 56

C/ del Baluard, 56, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

La Cova Fumada is a family-operated tapas bar that has been serving customers since 1944, renowned for inventing the "Bombas" croquetas. Known for its authentic atmosphere, it offers an array of traditional and seasonal dishes, including the must-try bomba croquet with beef filling and alioli, mussels, and calamari. It's recommended to visit for breakfast before the crowds, and enjoy the local favorites in one of the oldest tapas bars still in operation.

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Authentic hole in the wall breakfast and lunch tapas bar in Barceloneta.Wine and tapas for breakfast? Why not, as this place opens at 9 and closes after lunch. No sparkling wine, only cold cheap wine poured from the barrell. A must try is the bomba croquet with beef filling and alioli, the mussels and the calamar. A few tables and a bar. Love this place.

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La Cova Fumada

C/ del Baluard, 56

C/ del Baluard, 56, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

05

Estimar

Carrer de Sant Antoni dels Sombrerers, 3

Carrer de Sant Antoni dels Sombrerers, 3, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Estimar is a seafood restaurant known for its inventive dishes crafted by the renowned Chef Rafa Zafra. The menu is a testament to the chef's expertise in seafood, offering a variety of dishes, each prepared with high quality local ingredients and cooked to perfection on the heart of the kitchen, the grill. Visitors consistently recommend the tomato salad, fried potatoes, and the outstanding seafood selection, all of which contribute to making Estimar a top-notch dining experience.

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Fine dining seafood restaurant in the heart of Barcelona.High quality local ingredients processed in a simple way. Open kitchen and visibly fresh fish. The grill is the heart of the kitchen and you can feel it in every portion. Excellent wine list. A tasty experience to do if you are spending some days in Barcellona for a quick lunch or long and quiet dinner.

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Estimar

Carrer de Sant Antoni dels Sombrerers, 3

Carrer de Sant Antoni dels Sombrerers, 3, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

06

Gresca

C/ de Provença, 230

C/ de Provença, 230, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

Gresca is known for its Catalan cooking, including offals and a selection of natural wines, and led by Rafa Peña. The menu offers a range of dishes, including their specialty, veal brain, and other favorites such as fresh anchovies marinated with lemon and sesame, and a vegetable pie with avocado and smoked milk. Patrons recommend booking a seat at the counter for an optimal dining experience and to get a glimpse of the open kitchen.

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Definitely my kind of place That’s the ideal place for me: mouthwatering food, excellent wine list with tons of hidden gems, friendly atmosphere and great vibe. Food is simple but the best ingredients used and everything cooked à la minute.

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Gresca

C/ de Provença, 230

C/ de Provença, 230, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

07

Lluritu

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 71

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 71, 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Lluritu is a casual seafood restaurant in Gracia, known for its simple, daily-changing menu. The eatery is popular for its fresh, expertly cooked seafood including grilled calamari, shrimp, scallops, clams, and a standout smoked eel salad. With a lively atmosphere, a marble counter, a wall menu featuring daily specials, and a selection of fine wines and local beers, Lluritu offers a refreshing seafood dining experience.

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One of my favourite seafood tapas bars, without the tourist crowds, in Gracia.Lluritu is that seafood tapas bar we all dream of for our Barcelona trip, with a marble counter, and a menu on the wall with daily specials written on the tiles. Excellent fresh seafood, order the grilled calamar, shrimp, scallops, clams and the tomato and smoked eel salad. Also fish grilled or fried on the plancha. And those olives with anchovy filling with a glass of ice cold sherry, beer or white wine! Nice service, too. The other restaurant, Lluritu 2, is a few blocks away and has a similar menu but a modern interior.

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Lluritu

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 71

Carrer del Torrent de les Flors, 71, 08024 Barcelona, Spain

08

Brabo

C/ de Sèneca, 28

C/ de Sèneca, 28, 08006 Barcelona, Spain

Brabo is a no-nonsense steakhouse that specializes in open fire cooking and serves a variety of dishes, including vegetables, meats, and fish, all carefully grilled over the fire. The restaurant takes pride in its selection of natural wines and the use of local ingredients, handpicked in collaboration with trusted suppliers. Run by chefs Rafa Panatieri and Jorge Sastre, Brabo also offers an array of house-made cured meats and cheeses, ensuring all products are sustainably sourced and of high quality.

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Great 'asador' in the middle of BarcelonaRafa and Jorge from Sartoria Panatieri opened Brabo a few months ago. Different proposal but same technique: the fire. Mainly they offer grilled dishes: vegetable, meat and fish very well done over the fire. Even the desserts. Comfy ambiance in a small restaurant. Highly recommended when you are in Barcelona and you escape from tapas restaurants and want fine dining with reasonable prices.

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Brabo

C/ de Sèneca, 28

C/ de Sèneca, 28, 08006 Barcelona, Spain

09

Teatro kitchen & bar

Av. del Paral·lel, 164

Av. del Paral·lel, 164, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

Teatro Kitchen & Bar is a gastronomic spectacle where traditional dishes meet vanguard creativity. Led by Chef Oliver Peña, the restaurant offers a diverse selection of dishes, such as bonito crudo with grated wasabi, fried sardine topped with Iberian jamon, and deboned grilled quail on pastry puffs. The restaurant's ambiance is engaging and relaxed, with an option to watch the chefs at work if you choose to sit at the bar.

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One of the best restaurants in Barcelona. A great mix between vanguard and tradition.Chef Oliver Peña and his team offer an amazing selection of dishes made with an intelligent creativity and great experience. Most of the dishes are creation of the head chef and memories of his mother and grandmother. A great mix between vanguard and tradition. Good flavours and texture in all the elaborations. A must in Barcelona right now.

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Teatro kitchen & bar

Av. del Paral·lel, 164

Av. del Paral·lel, 164, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

10

Suculent

Rambla del Raval, 45

Rambla del Raval, 45, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Suculent is a cozy eatery known for its creative Spanish meat and fish dishes crafted by El Bulli alum, Antonio Romero. The restaurant bridges Catalan tradition and creativity, offering balanced tasting menus that pair well with an array of wines. From slow-cooked stocks and sauces to reimagined classics, Suculent promises a culinary experience that respects tradition while embracing innovation.

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Fine dining without nitrogen Suculent is like a bridge between Catalan tradition and creativity, it’s fine dining without espuma and nitrogen but with friendly service and the cozy atmosphere of a gastropub. The tasting menus are balanced and you don’t feel overstuffed after the meal. It’s also a rare example of value for money and an interesting and not too fancy wine pairing.

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Suculent

Rambla del Raval, 45

Rambla del Raval, 45, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

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