Where To Wine & Dine in Barcelona

Welcome to our small list of recommended places to eat in Barcelona. The list comes
with our usual biases, of course. It is aimed primarily at our luxury travelers. Price is not
a huge consideration; we’re more into the experience, and admit a prejudice for the
traditional fine dining experience, though we do comment on the relative price of each
establishment. Also, we do not consider staff proficiency in the English language or
English language menus as a factor in our recommendations. After all, you are in a
foreign country. Our aim is more focused on local cuisine than international, keeping in
mind that our audience is travelers, not locals, and that one of the reasons you travel is to experience
the sense of place in each location. Catalan cuisine is one of the best things to experience in
Barcelona, itself one of the world’s best cities when it comes to eating and drinking. The
locals already know that, and so do the gastronomy pros who, year after year, award
Barcelona restaurants with distinctions that put the city among the world’s great
gourmet capitals. Food is varied, high quality, and monumental, from the
neighborhood tapas bar that’s been around forever, to the more than twenty restaurants
boasting Michelin stars, as well as some stellar street food. Our travelers really
cannot go wrong at any of the following recommended establishments. Enjoy, and
feedback is always welcome and encouraged.

La Sarte

Phone

(+34) 93 445 32 42

Web

https://www.restaurantlasarte.com/en/

Address

Monument Hotel Mallorca, 259 Eixample Esquerre

Located in one of our favorite Barcelona hotels, Monument, renowned chef Martín
Berasategui’s restaurant is the real deal: the first restaurant in Barcelona awarded Three
Michelin Stars. One of the best fine dining experiences around. The restaurant has it all - 
award winning food, top level service, and incredible atmosphere. You must try the tasting menu. Very expensive, but worth the splurge for those who appreciate good food and memorable experiences. 

Agut

Phone

+34 933 15 17 09

Web https://www.facebook.com/pages/Restaurante-Agut/162706733772312

Address

Gignas, 16 Gotic Barcelona

One of the oldest and most authentic spots in town serving up traditional Catalan
cuisine. Very reasonably priced.

Can Boneta

Phone

+93 2183193

Web http://www.canboneta.com/

Address

Carrer Balmas, 139

Highly imaginative treatment of Catalan tapas and small dishes in small intimate
surroundings. At lunchtime you'll find a set menu. Inexpensive.

Passadis del Prep

Phone

+34 933 101 0219

Web

www.passadis.com

Address

Pla de Palau, 2

What is perhaps most notable about Passadis del Pep is that there is no menu to read.
Invite your server to take a seat at the table and explain to him or her what you want to
eat, what you don’t want to eat, and what your budget is. What will follow is an expertly
executed tasting menu using the finest seasonal produce, sourced from the market that
same day and carefully adapted to your tastes, budget, and dietary requirements. Prices
range from around $70 per person to whatever you are willing to spend. House specials
including Iberian “Joselito” ham with tomato bread, grilled baby squid, and chicken and
foie gras cannelloni. Fairly expensive. 

La Barra de Carles Abellan

Phone

+34 650605994

Web https://www.carlesabellan.com/la-barra/

Address

Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039, Barcelona. Planta E,
Hotel W

Carles Abellán is one of the biggest names in the Barcelona food scene. From his
legendary Tapas 24 to the highly regarded Suculent, it seems everything he touches turns to gold. La Barra is no exception. From the creative tapas (like pickled tomatoes with seaweed) to fish so fresh that it is barely needs to be cooked, everything at this
Barcelona hot spot lives up to the Abellán hype—including the live footage from the
kitchen downstairs, projected on two giant screens on the wall. Located in the W Hotel. Expensive.

ACCÉS

Phone

 +34 930 07 78 39

Web

https://www.acces-bcn.com/en/624-2/

Address

55, 08011 Barcelona, Spain

Very creative food in an interesting atmosphere with a glassed in kitchen, allowing a
high level of intimacy with the cooking operation. Reasonable pricing.

Cinc Sentitis

Phone

+34 933 23 94 90

Web

http://www.cincsentits.com

Address

Entenca 60

Under the baton of chef Jordi Artal, prepare yourself for a culinary and sensory
experience to awaken all five senses, as per its name. One Michelin Star. Modern and
highly personal Catalan cuisine is created with produce from small local suppliers, served
in three different spaces: the main dining room, at the chef’s table, and in a private room.

Hoffman

Phone

+34 932 18 71 65

Web

 https://www.hofmann-
bcn.com/es

Address

La Granada Del Penedes 14-16

The word “gastronomy” reflects the great passion of Mey Hofmann, the founder-chef
who created the guidelines that are followed in one of the country’s most influential
restaurant schools. Her daughter Silvia and her teaching staff perpetuate her work here,
producing cuisine that is full of creativity. Upper moderate pricing

Disfruitar

Phone

+34 933 48 68 96

Web

http://www.disfrutarbarcelona.com

Address

Carrer de Villarroel

Rated number nine in the world on “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list and the owner
of Two Michelin Stars. Creativity, high technical skill, fantasy and good taste are the
hallmarks of the three chefs here. They conjure up a true gastronomic experience via
several tasting menus in a simple, contemporary space with an open-view kitchen. The
name of the restaurant, which translates as ‘enjoy’, says it all! Very Expensive.

Tickets

Phone

+34 932 92 42 53 53

Web

https://elbarri.com/en/restaurant/tickets/

Address

Avinguda Parallel 164

Perhaps one of the most famous restaurants in Barcelona, rated number nine in the world
on “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list and the owner of One Michelin Star, Tickets
was formed by the the Adrià brothers after their huge success with the infamous El Bulli.
The restaurant has somewhat of a 1950’s Broadway feel about it, combined with the very
best of Catalonia. Tickets is one of the finest tapas bars in Barcelona, so reserve online a
few months before your trip to ensure a table. Moderate to Expensive.

Da Fiore

Phone

+39 041 721308

Web

www.dafiore.net/en/restaurant/

Address

Alle del Scaleter 2202/A, San Polo 30125

One Michelin star.  One of the leading restaurants in Venice. Venetian seafood specialties  For all its style (no shorts or tank tops, please), this is still a family-run place, with chef Mara Martin turning out perfectly gauged gourmet creations anchored in local ingredients and traditions – like wild sea bass in balsamic vinegar with Emperor apples. The wine list is as stellar as you would expect. There are evening taster menus beginning at €120, and a lunch time deal at €50 which includes a glass of wine. To bag one of the two highly sought-after tables with a canal view at the end of the dining room, book well in advance. 

 

Closed Sundays & Mondays | Very expensive.

Do Forni

Phone

+39 041 523 2148 

Web

www.doforni.it  

Address

Calle dei Specchieri, San Marco 468

They serve excellent Venetian seafood specialties in two dining rooms, one of which is nicer than the other. It is often frequented by Venetians.

 

It can be a little pricey but worth it!

Estro Vino & Cucina

Phone

+39 041 476 4914

Web

www.estrovenezia.com

Address

Dorsoduro 3778

A wonderful wine bar and restaurant, set in a welcoming informal space, beautifully designed, serving really good food and wine. This is an exciting foodie destination which is not heaving with tourists. Note that it is open for snacks and sandwiches too. There are two rooms to the restaurant as well as an original sandwich section at the front. Sit in the main restaurant area near to the wine selection. A lively and fun place to be. It is open all day from 11:30 AM. This being a wine bar, the wine is excellent – and all the bottles are presented on the restaurant floor in a sort of ‘shop’ style exhibition. The sommelier will happily guide you through all the quality labels, which have been selected by the producers. We especially like that they will open any bottle of wine for two glasses.

 

Closed Tuesday. Moderate pricing

Glam Enrico Bartolini

Phone

+39 041 523 5676

Web

www.palazzovenart.com

Address

Calle Tron 1961

Santa Croce, 30124

Chef Bartolini's creative cuisine has arrived in Venice and just won a Michelin Star, The restaurant is showcased in a splendid period palazzo with an elegant dining room for the winter and an unforgettable garden with magnolia trees and a view of the Grand Canal for the summer. Richly imaginative, the cuisine focuses on fresh market produce with an emphasis on fish specialties. Regional recipes reinterpreted as only the master knows how!

 

Expensive, but still probably the most reasonable Michelin starred restaurant in Venice.

Il Paradiso Perduto

Phone

+39 041 720581

Web

https://ilparadisoperduto.wordpress.com 

Address

Fondamente della Misericordia 2540

ne of Venice’s unique restaurants. Don’t expect white tablecloths and candles at this more hip and cool place with a very local feel. A seat at the long table inside or at one of the tables outside along the canal is highly coveted and reservations are recommended. It’s buzzy and raucous and chaotic, and the proprietor, Maurizio, is a local legend. Some evenings feature live music. The real star is the cacio e pepe pasta which is made on a trolley by your table. Macaroni-like tubes of spaghetti are added to a 40kg wheel of Pecorino until the pasta becomes coated with the cheese. The waiter then crushes whole peppercorns in a big pestle and mortar, all right under your nose. Follow that up with a dish of mixed fried seafood and you have a quite a meal.

 

Lower moderate pricing

Il Ridotto

Phone

+39 041 520 8280

Web

https://www.ilridotto.com/en/home-en/

Address

Castello 4509, 30122 Venice

One Michelin Star. This gourmet restaurant is housed in a simple, minimalist dining room and is a far cry from the usual tourist clichés. It focuses all its attention on the quality of its cuisine and serves reinterpretations of classic Venetian dishes with an emphasis on fish. Seats only 18 diners. Chefs come and go (it seems to act as something of a boot camp for Michelin-star-chasing talents) but the quality stays high. The menu is ever-changing but you might find creations such as roast scallops on a bed of creamed carrot or delicate, flavorsome variations on the humble baccalà (salt cod). The two five-course evening tasting menus, one seafood-only and the other alternating fish with meat (both €85), are among Venice's great dining bargains.

 

Expensive

La Bitta

Phone

+39 041 523 0531

Address

C. Lunga S. Barnaba, 2753/A,

30123 Venezia, Italy

Had about as much fish and seafood as you can take? Then head for this attractive Dorsoduro trattoria, which swims against the Venetian tide in offering only meat and vegetable dishes in the Veneto regional tradition. These might include potato gnocchi with pumpkin and smoked ricotta (a good vegetarian option), or pork fillet roasted with plums. They have an excellent cheese board, and in winter and early spring do great things with a vegetable that reaches its apotheosis in this part of the world, radicchio di Treviso. Wine is another strong point: ask co-host Debora to recommend a good bottle from the list, which also includes several by-the-glass options. Very informal with paper napkins.  It's a popular place so book ahead, preferably a day or so in advance.

La Palanca

Phone

+39 041 528 77 19

Web

https://www.facebook.com/LaPalancaGiudecca

Address

Isola della giudecca 448 
Venice, Italy 30133

One of the cheapest meals-with-a-view in Venice is on offer at this hugely friendly bar- trattoria on the Giudecca quay. It’s a lunch-only place: the rest of the day (7am-9pm) it operates as a bar. Sit at a quayside table and order from a good-value menu that includes some surprisingly gourmet options: tagliatelle with prawns and funghi porcini, or tuna steaks in balsamic and sesame. Finish up with a delicious chocolate mousse with candied fruit.

La Zucca

Phone

+39 041 524 1570

Web

www.lazucca.it

Address

Sotoportego del Tintor 1 | Sestiere Santa Croce 1762, 30135 Venice

La Zucca's name means ‘pumpkin’ in Italian, and of course that is the main ingredient for many of their dishes. It is a small yet charming restaurant located in the Santa Croce district and serves many innovative Venetian dishes at affordable prices. It has a great variety of vegetarian options, something that is quite rare in Italy. La Zucca prides itself on its fresh and natural ingredients. Visitors to the area should definitely head over to this restaurant, which is one of the best in Venice.

 

Moderate prices

Le Bistrot de Venise

Phone

+39 041 5236651

Web

www.bistrotdevenise.com

Address

4685 Calle dei Fabbri

Primarily Venetian food and specializing in historical recipes from the 14th to 18th century. Beautiful traditional decor and service. Great wine list(many wines by the glass) From the outside you might think it looks touristy, but the food is amazing.

 

Upper moderate to expensive.

L'Osteria di Santa Marina

Phone

+39 041 528 5239 

Web

www.osteriadisantamarina.com

Address

Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice, Italy 

(Castello)

This classy inn is managed by young professionals who serve seafood and traditional dishes, but they also offer some interesting culinary innovations. 

 

Upper moderate to Expensive. 

Met Restaurant

Phone

+39 041 524 0034

Web

www.metrestaurantvenice.com

Address

Riva degli Schiavoni 4149 30122 Venice

One Michelin Star.  At the Hotel Metropole. Very creative cuisine, based on Venetian traditions,  served, in fair weather in the hotels beautiful garden.

 

Very Expensive

Oro Restaurant

Phone

+39 041 240801

Web

https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/italy/venice/belmond-hotel-cipriani/dining

Address

Guidecca Island

Gorgeous food, in a gorgeous room, with a gorgeous view. Chef Davide Bisetto, the only Italian chef to win two Michelin stars in France is now cooking a creative and sophisticated version of Venetian cuisine at Oro restaurant in the Cipriani Hotel. He has added some signature dishes, conceived for the venue, utilizing fresh fish from the lagoon, organic herbs and vegetables from the hotel’s gardens and organic meats from local producers, and has already earned one Michelin Star here. The service is beyond professional, and the wine selection is superb. Great for a special occasion.

 

Very expensive.

Osteria Enoteca San Marco

Phone

+39 041 528 52 42

Web

http://www.osteriasanmarco.it/en

Address

Frezzeria, San Marco 1610

30124 Venezia

Italy

Four Venetian friends with a passion for travelling came across this old trattoria from the ’40s. With these premises, in 2002 Carlo, Fabio, Luca and Massimo gave birth to a cool wine restaurant with an international flair and sophisticated interior design.The cuisine is international, in the most typically Venetian way. With its rich trade routes, Venice was, in fact, the first Western metropolis offering a “cosmopolitan” cuisine made of a solid base of local ingredients mixed with the best products and spices from other countries. This is what Osteria San Marco is about: always pushing for quality and unique, never predictable, flavors. Located just a few steps from Piazza San Marco.

 

Upper moderate to Expensive.

Osteria Orto dei Mori

Phone

+39 041 524 3677

Web

https://www.facebook.com/steriaortodeimori/

Address

Campo dei Mori, 3386, 30121 Venezia

Italy

A small, very pretty restaurant in Cannaregio, one of those wonderful, quiet and authentic areas of Venice, located in the former shop of Giovanni Battista Robusti, the father of Tintoretto, one of the greatest painters of 16th-century, who was born just two doors away in 1519. Book a table by the golden wall inside, or in summer in the adjacent Campo dei Mori square.

 

Upper moderate pricing

PG’s

Phone

+39 041 528 4644

Web

www.palazzinagrassi.com 

Address

San Marco 3247

30124 Venice

Beautiful space in the Palazzina G Hotel designed by Philippe Starck and loved by the globe “elite”. After admiring the decor, take a seat, either at the counter overlooking the kitchen or at one of the polished, wooden tables with leather sofas and armchairs (there are even a few rocking chairs). If you feel like a nightcap, go to the inviting cocktail bar and perch on one of the high stools to watch the excellent mixologists at work. Open until after midnight, this is one of Venice’s very few late-night spots. Also, Brunch: every Sunday from 12.30 with DJ Set (set menu 45 euro including a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne. During summertime, enjoy dinner on the exclusive Krug Terrace. The menu is a contemporary take on traditional, classic dishes. A brief but eclectic menu of pasta, meat and fish. 

 

Expensive

Ristorante Alle Corone

Phone

+39 041 5232222  

Web

www.ristoranteallecorone.com 

Address

Hotel Ai Reali

5527 Calle de la Fava

Castello, Venezia

The luxurious dining room is perfect for an elegant soirée or a elegant lunch, and visitors can expect to enjoy a lovely meal with excellent service. 

Trip Advisor readers are currently rating this as the best fine dining restaurant in the city. I wouldn’t go that far, though it is quite good. It has a seasonal menu, which provides freshness and exquisite taste all year round, along with an incredible wine selection. Its dishes are based on Venetian classics but they are made in a particularly sophisticated way, giving them a special touch, so even visitors who are very familiar with Venetian cuisine will discover something new. Make sure to book a table in advance

 

Expensive.

Ristorante al Covo

Phone

+39 041 522 3812 

Web

www.ristorantealcovo.com

Address

Castello 3968

Owned and operated by chef Cesare Benelli and his American wife, Diane (who handles desserts), this civilized gourmet refuge is a foodie treat. In dishes like seafood-sauced pastas and fish and meat mains, the restaurant combines perfectly sourced ingredients with consummate skill: Slow Food since before the term existed. Has been on a number of best restaurants in Italy lists. It has only a few outside tables, but, in summer especially, its air-conditioned rooms are a welcome retreat.

 

Expensive

Ristorante al Giubagio

Phone

+39 041 52 36 084  

Web

www.algiubagio.net   

Address

Fondamenta Nuove, Cannareggio 5039

rom a small bar to a charming and romantic restaurant with its elegant and refined design, attention to every detail is a "must" for the welcoming staff of the Giubagiò Restaurant. Warm and intimate, located along the water on the north side of the lagoon facing toward the Islands of Murano and Burano, during summer you can take advantage of the attractive terrace with great views of Venice Lagoon. Nice wine list and tasting menus.

 

Upper Moderate prices

Ristorante Lineadombra

Phone

+39 041 241 1881 

Web

http://www.ristorantelineadombra.com

Address

Dorsoduro 19, 30123, Venezia

Fine Dining in a chic atmosphere with very good service. Set on the canal, it is the perfect location for sunset drinks and alfresco dining. Should the weather force you inside, the interior is equally impressive. The menu is predominately fish, with the option to choose your own live lobster. Suggested dishes include Adriatic fish soup, squid stuffed with asparagus, trio of fish tartare, sea bass in a salt crust, almond tart and blueberry tiramisu.

 

Very extensive wine list | Upper moderate to expensive pricing.

Ristorante Local

Phone

+39 041 522 2170

Web

www.ristorantelocal.com 

Address

Salizada dei Greci 3303

Newly opened restaurant run by and made for lovers of good food, traditions and for everything that's local. The dishes will represent the seasons, the farmers and the ecosystem of the Venetian lagoon. The wines will express the perfect imperfections of the terroir and the soul of the winemakers. 

 

Upper moderate pricing  

Ristorante Quadri

Phone

+39 041 528 9299 

Web

www.alajmo.it

Address

Piazza San Marco 121

Above Quadri Cafe on St Mark's Square. One Michelin star. Now run by the Alajmo family - renowned restaurant owners from Padua(earned three Michelin stars there) - the Quadri is one of Venice's 'gastronomic monuments'. It is housed in one of the most photographed palazzi in the city and adorned with stucco decor, Murano glass and fine fabrics. Beautifully presented, creative cuisine made from the best quality ingredients. Modern interpretations of Venetian classics. Almost perfect service. This is one of Venice's best. Get dressed up and go for the great food, atmosphere and experience, but beware if you're on a budget. The cafe downstairs, though touristy, now serves probably the best cocktails in Venice.

 

Very expensive, but if you plan in advance, you can sometimes reserve to have one of their tasting menus for lunch, at half price, by visiting their web page.

Riviera

Phone

+39 041 522 7621

Web

www.ristoranteriviera.it

Address

Fondamenta zattere al ponte longo, 1473,
30123 venezia, italy

A true passion for food meets expertise in this classy restaurant with pavement tables overlooking the Giudecca canal. There can be few more romantic places for a meal. A fantastic choice for lunch with its expansive canal-side setting. Riviera is hugely popular with anyone who values cuisine which manages to be excellent and very refined without tipping over into pretension. The menu is dictated by what's fresh and seasonal. The raw seafood antipasti melt in the mouth, the fish is cooked to perfection. They do mouth-watering things with meat and game too, but options for vegetarians are limited. If you're looking to push the boat out, the seven-course Venezia seafood tasting menu (€105 a head without wine) is a real treat. To top it all off, the service from owner GP Cremonini and his team is friendly but extremely professional and the wine list contains some gems. A former musician, GP arranges occasional live music in the small, homely interior: check the restaurant's Facebook page or call for details.

Vecio Fritolin

Phone

+39 041 522 2881

Web

www.veciofritolin.it 

Address

Calle della Regina 2262 Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135

Creative seafood preparations. They also keep up the tradition of offering "scartosso di pesse", a paper cone full of hot, freshly fried fish. For only 10 Euro to go.  Restaurant in the expensive range.

Vina da Gigio

Phone

+39 041 528 5140

Web

www.vinidagigio.com/index.php

Address

Fondamenta San Felice, Cannaregio 3628/A

Paolo and Laura, a brother-sister team, run this refined trattoria as if they've invited you to dinner in their home, while keeping the service professional. Deservedly popular with Venetians and visitors alike, it's one of the best values in the city. Indulge in pastas such as rigatoni with duck sauce and arugula-stuffed ravioli. The seafood risotto, made to order, has the patrons raving. Fish is well represented—try the sesame-encrusted tuna—but the meat dishes steal the show. The steak with red-pepper sauce and the tagliata di agnello (sautéed lamb fillet with a light, crusty coating) are both superb, and you'll never enjoy a better fegato alla veneziana (Venetian-style liver with onions). This is a place for wine connoisseurs, as the cellar is one of the best in the city. Come at lunch or for the second sitting in the evening for more relaxed service.

 

Moderate prices

Zanze XVI

Phone

+39 041 715394

Web

https://zanze.it/?lang=en

Address

Santa Croce 231

30135

The restaurant claims to introduce a new concept; the elegant Osteria, where the liveliness of a typical Venetian restaurant is combined with sophisticated cuisine.  And I think they may have succeeded; sophisticated local food meets an informal cozy, friendly Venetian atmosphere. Well worth a try.

 

There are nice tasting menus starting at 50 Euro. Good wine pairings are also available. Lunch menus from 25 Euro.