Dining in Barcelona
Bursting with fantastic restaurants, most of which seek to promote the wonderful cuisine of Catalonia, Barcelona is a delight for those with a taste for the finest gastronomy. From seafood to tapas, the city’s restaurant scene has a little something for everyone. These are the best restaurants in Barcelona.
Caelis Romain Fornell
First opened in 2004, this restaurant by chef Romain Fornell now lays claim to one Michelin star for its innovative cuisine. It went on to move into Hotel Ohla Barcelona in 2017. Fornell and his team create contemporary dishes that aim to reinterpret tradition. The restaurant offers three tasting menus: Earth and Sea, Celebration and a vegetarian option. A weekly changing lunch menu is also available from Wednesday to Saturday. In the dining room or at the horseshoe-shaped bar facing into the open kitchen, diners can tuck into plates such as beef in vine shoots from the Priorat, shallots, crunchy potatoes and juice reduction, or Joël Dupuch oyster salad with flower, sea granita and lemongrass steam.
This two-star Michelin restaurant is generally considered one of Barcelona’s finest. Situated in the newly constructed pavilion adjacent to the hotel’s gardens, the atmosphere inside can only be described as elegantly sophisticated, with a soothing color scheme of whites and light cream tones, perfectly complemented by tasteful lighting. The restaurant is intimate, with a total capacity of just 56 diners, ensuring that your experience in gastronomic excellence is a relaxing one. As a result of its superb cuisine, beautiful location, and elegant design, ABaC’s reputation among those who prize high-class dining is blossoming.
Alkimia means ‘alchemy’ in Arabic, and this restaurant certainly has a flair for turning exquisite ingredients into meals worth their weight in gold. Its minimalist style has won praise from all corners, and the sumptuous menu on offer, the product of renowned chef Jordi Vila, leads the way in terms of delicious contemporary cuisine, showcasing the very best of Catalonia’s rich culinary tradition, but with a twist. Not afraid to experiment with traditional recipes, Jordi Vila has created a highly innovative menu. A favorite of Barcelona’s elite, the restaurant is equipped with a well-stocked wine cellar that complements the fine food on offer.
Cinc Sentis is one of the top restaurants in Barcelona, and has achieved fame within the city for its selection of only the freshest ingredients from throughout Spain. Cinc Sentits’ fish and seafood is always of the highest caliber, and after it is caught it is couriered directly to the city, while butter from the Pyrenees, veal from Galicia, and foie gras and duck from Bajo Empordán mean that all meals provide diners with a cross section of the finest authentic Spanish cuisine. Located centrally, this delightful restaurant is sure to, as the name implies, appeal to the ‘five senses’.
The culinary branch of Hotel Omm, Roca Moo has established itself as a place to see and be seen on Barcelona’s gastronomic circuit. In addition to excellent food, created by chef Rafa Panatieri and his team, Roca Moo boasts an outstanding wine collection, ensuring diners are satisfied by the wine and food in equal measure.
Run by the extremely talented Martín Berasategui, one of Europe’s most renowned chefs, this three Michelin starred eatery has earned a reputation as one of Spain’s finest restaurants. Having recently reached the three-star threshold, Lasarte’s gastronomic success has kept diners coming back in droves. Elegant decor combines with exquisite food to create a mouth-watering experience you are sure to remember. With popularity high, a reservation is strongly recommended.