7 Of Our Favorite Restaurants & Bars In Barcelona

There’s no shortage of delicious options in the land of Catalonia. 

For decades, Barcelona has been known as a food paradise. From El Bulli’s molecular artistry which birthed a plethora of renowned chefs who have since started their own gastronomic gems dotted throughout the world.

With more than 8,000 restaurants to choose from, it’s difficult to filter down to a handful of jewels to try when travelers only have a few days to eat their way through Barcelona. Here’s a quick food guide to make it easier for those venturing out for something truly Catalonian, something unbelievably inventive, something from the marketplace, and definitely something chic.

 

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Teatro kitchen & bar

Av. del Paral·lel, 164, L'Eixample, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

A few years ago, in the same location, there was acclaimed Tickets led by the Barcelona’s highly-celebrated chef Albert Adrià. Today, Teatro Kitchen & Bar is just as inventive and whimsically delicious. Guided by chef Olivier Peña, Teatro’s drama lives up to its name.

Teatro outside
Outside of Teatro. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Teatro interior
Teatro interior. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Truffled El Claustrecheese sandwich
Truffled El Claustrecheese sandwich. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

The theatrical experiences begins with a red ticket paper stub, just like entering a movie theater. The vibrantly decorated restaurant features an open kitchen, a bustling staff unveiling the meticulous touch executed in every creative tapa. To start a proper meal, order a traditional sweet vermouth – red wine infused with aromatic botanicals.

Teatro kitchen
Teatro kitchen. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Spanish vermouth
Spanish vermouth. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Quelites taco km0
Quelites taco km0. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Teatro defines haut cuisine finger foods, in other words, it delineates luxury tapas incredibly well. The menu plays on the cinematic theme with Act I: “Start the Show” which incorporates Scene 2: Finger Foods, Scene 3: Oysters, and Scene 4: Cold tapas. Act II: “The Great Outcome” includes Scene 5: Hot dishes and Epic Scenes that encompasses “Black Pepper Lobster with Coconut Buns and “Galician-Aged Ly0 Ribeye.” The concluding Act II: “The End” depicts Scene 6: Sweet Epilogue and a wide array of desserts.

Teatro
Teatro Kitchen & Bar. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Cannolo Catalano
Cannolo Catalano. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Spider crab thai toast
Spider crab Thai toast. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Nori, foie gras & eel tartlet
Nori, foie gras & eel tartlet. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

The signature “Quelites taco km0” cannot be missed, not only because it’s Teatro’s signature tapa but because the one-bite violet taco is an explosion of contrasts: creamy, fresh and crispy all rolled into one. The same can be said with “Truffled El Clustre Cheese Sandwich,” just as well as the “Pork Rind & Prawn Cristal.”

Pork rind & prawn cristal
Pork rind & prawn cristal. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Trout roe brioche
Trout roe brioche. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Seaweed cracker with sea urchin & black truffle
Seaweed cracker with sea urchin & black truffle. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Chef Peña is masterful at infusing his travels, especially throughout Asia, into his conceptions. For instance, “Spider Crab Thai Toast,” “Seaweed Cracker with Sea Urchin & Black Truffle,” and “Nori, Foie-Gras & Eel Tartlet” are just a few prime examples of infusing Asian inspirations with Catalonia’s coastal ingredients. To dine at Teatro is to experience Barcelona in its most picturesque food journey.

Beef Ly0 flute
Beef Ly0 flute. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Amar Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668, L'Eixample, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

Inside the historic El Palace Barcelona Hotel, lies the glamorous Amar Barcelona. The hotel itself has been woven into the fabric of the city over 105 years, its star restaurant is now led by distinguished chef Rafa Zafra who has combined his experiences from the legendary El Bulli and his deep affection for seafood.

Amar
Amar interior décor. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Starters
Starters. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Amar
Amar’s grandiose interior. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

The restaurant welcomes guests with a glamorous central bar, spotlighted by a crystal chandelier, framed with muted navy walls emblematic of Catalonia’s use of ingredients from the Mediterranean coast, and the building’s royal past as the Ritz of Barcelona. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels permit natural sunlight to illuminate the entire dining hall, glistening golden highlights throughout the interior’s gilded décor. It’s no wonder that Amar has already welcomed famous guests, including: The Obamas, Steven Spielberg and Bruce Springsteen.

anchovies and flaky coca traditional flatbread with avocado
Anchovies and flaky coca traditional flatbread with avocado. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
avocado toast
Avocado toasts. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
fresh tuna belly
Fresh tuna belly. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Despite the comprehensive wine bar fully stocked with beautiful and worldly bottles, a meal in Barcelona should always aptly commence with a local cava. Bubbly and zesty with citrus notes. Then, move on over to a weekly-changing menu, accordingly to the market.

Trio of oysters
Trio of oysters. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
grilled leak, hazelnut praline and olive spread
Grilled leak, hazelnut praline and olive spread. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Amar tuna belly
Tuna belly. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Once the starting dish “Anchovies and flaky coca (traditional flatbread) with avocado” arrives at the table, it’s clear that Amar’s homage to Catalonian flavors is just as intentional as it is delectable. “Fresh Tuna Belly” thinly sliced, like origami paper, soaked in a bath of olive oil, in the most glorious manner. The taste automatically melts in the mouth. Like butter.

Main dishes
Main dishes. PHOTO WENDY HUNG