8 Of The Best Catalan Restaurants In Barcelona

These traditional institutions offer dishes that can only be found in this delicious region of Spain.

Barcelona is a city known for offering cuisine from all over the world; however, Catalan food has its own legendary identity. Meats and seafood are integrated into the same dish, often considered uncommon to the rest of Spain. Here are eight traditional Catalan restaurants to explore this one-of-a-kind gastronomic adventure.

7 Portes

Pg. d'Isabel II, 14, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Since 1836, 7 Portes has been serving up traditional Catalan dishes in a lively atmosphere. Here, travelers can find modern dishes that can’t be found almost anywhere else, which will delight connoisseurs. Certain dishes are meant to be shared, such as Paella Parellada and Zarzuela, a seafood stew. All desserts are made-to-order by experienced pastry chefs. The wine list was created by a sommelier to offer the best selection. Travelers can also take a look at an art gallery displayed throughout the dining area, displaying pieces from distinguished artists such as Picasso.

7 Portes Barcelona
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Restaurant Can Culleretes

Carrer d'en Quintana, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Restaurante Can Culleretes has been opened since 1786 and offers traditional fare with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can choose from fixed-price menus, à la carte options, and recommended dishes of the day. A few must-try plates are: wild boar stew, roasted duck with prunes, Catalan-style roasted suckling pig, and more. The spacious dining area has large impressionist paintings hung on its walls to match its well-preserved historic interior. Photographs with signatures are hung on the walls showcasing famous diners throughout the restaurant’s history.

Can Culleretes Barcelona
Photo by Restaurante Can Culleretes Facebook

Ca L’Estevet

C/ de Valldonzella, 46, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Founded in 1940, Ca L’Estevet started as a warehouse before a transformation into an eating house. Make sure to check out the Ca L’Estevet snails, Capipota warm salad, fried and baked Cod, meatballs with cuttlefish, Catalan stew made with the head and legs of a cow, and Catalan pork sausage with white kidney beans. On Wednesdays, travelers can enjoy a seasonal dish called Escudella i carn d’olla which is a soup with large shell-shaped pasta named galet, black sausage, bacon, pig nose and ear, veal shank, and chicken. To learn more about Spain’s four Catalonian Provinces click here.

Restaurant Ca L'Estevet Catalan
Photo by Ca L’Estevet Instagram

Bodega La Puntual

C/ de Montcada, 22, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

José Manuel Varela took over the family-run Bodega La Puntual in 2004, keeping in mind his parent’s vision while continuously improving classic dishes with a modern touch. Here, one of the best Iberian charcuterie boards and oysters can be found. Grupo Varela has four other chains called Varela, La Xarxa, and L’Estupendu. This spot was a winery turned eatery with delightful vermouth made in house. Don’t miss the tuna tartare, grilled octopus, or roasted chicken with béchamel sauce. For a sweet treat, check out the cream-filled chucho, aka: stuffed churro.

Bodega La Puntual Barcelona
Photo by Bodega La Puntual Instagram

Restaurante Petit Comitè

Passatge de la Concepció, 13, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

Restaurante Petit Comitè is nestled in the heart of Barcelona and offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Open since 1869, Carles Gaig has continuously been awarded for his culinary masterpieces and even received a Michelin star in 1933. With a passion for preserving authentic flavors and priority on locally sourced ingredients, classic Catalan dishes are elevated to new heights. Don’t miss the traditional cannelo wrapped in sheets of fresh pasta, home-made roast beef and pork covered with delicious truffle cream sauce or the flavorful dove rice prepared with pigeon meat.

Petit Comite Barcelona Catalan
Photo by Restaurante Petit Comitè Facebook

Bar Muy Buenas

C/ del Carme, 63, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Bar Muy Buenas provides guests a gastronomic journey through all the best Catalan dishes. Since 1928, this establishment has served well-crafted and high-quality cuisine while combining Catalonian techniques with modern twists. Wine lovers can indulge over 30 classic Catalan wines to pair with each dish. Make sure to check out the Catalan-style chicken, meat cannelloni, steamed mussels, and ham croquettes. The cozy old-fashioned wooden tables and floors are perfect to bond with friends and family.

Bar Muy Buenas Barcelona
Photo by Bar Muy Buenas Facebook

Restaurante Cal Boter

Carrer de Tordera, 62, 08012 Barcelona, Spain

Restaurante Cal Boter serves up traditional dishes in a cozy atmosphere with hand-painted tiles, marble tables, and dim lighting. Founded in 1986, guests can enjoy a rotating menu of the day, buffet breakfasts, and more. There is a large selection of wines, cavas and spirits to pair with every dish. Every ingredient is locally sourced at nearby markets to deliver the highest quality plates possible. The duck breast with vermouth sauce, steak tartare, and potatoes with mushrooms are all highly recommended plates.

Cal Boter Barcelona
Photo by Restaurante Cal Boter Facebook

Can Solé

C. de Sant Carles, 4, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Can Solé, founded in 1903, is a family-run establishment focusing on high-quality seafood dishes. Located near the Barcelona port, the restaurant is known for its calamari, Cod puff balls, Caldereta, and seafood paella. This spot is recognized for serving renowned painters, artists, singers, and journalists. Photographs with signatures can be spotted throughout the interior of the restaurant from personalities, look out for ones signed by: Cesar Manrique, Alberto Closas, Jose Luis Lopez Vázquez, Titto Chippa, and Xavier Orcajo.

Can Sole Barcelona
Photo by Can Sole Facebook
Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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