Top 10 restaurants for fine dining in Barcelona

Forget London, Paris and New York, the new queen of cuisine is gastro-hub Barcelona. The range of restaurants boasted by the Catalan capital is simply incredible, with something to suit everyone. Looking for a special place to dine? Somewhere with style, class and a menu to die for? Check out a few of our favourite haunts for fine dining in Barcelona.

1. Tickets

This top-tier restaurant never seems to disappoint. Its quirky décor and sensational fusion cuisine is truly original and is well deserving of its raving reviews. Seemingly wacky food combinations are presented with flawless creativity and flair and are an exciting alternative to traditional dishes. Customers may choose from a range of options on the extensive menu or alternatively can ask the waiter to provide a ‘surprise menu’ based on the restaurant’s recommendations. This special menu option is always fun, ensuring the best choices and a truly memorable experience! Be sure to make reservations way in advance though.

Tickets, Barcelona

Avinguda Parallel, 164

2. Eclipse (W Hotel)

Located on the 26th floor of the always stylish W Hotel, a dining experience at Eclipse is like no other. The W’s location right on the beach ensures that at Eclipse you’ll find the best views of the city and Med. Go for a light bite and try some of the best sushi around along with some trendy, city-slicker cocktails. Later on, don’t be shy about grooving along to the music played by some of the best DJs Barcelona has to offer.

Plaça de la Rosa del Vents, 1

3. The Academy (Dry Martini)

The Academy, opened by Javier de las Muelas who is famous for his amazing drinks at Dry Martini, combined his passion for cocktails with elegant cuisine in this exclusive restaurant. At night The Academy turns into a relaxing, classy venue perfect for enjoying some tapas or delicious options from sister restaurant Speakeasy. One of the favorites is the Villeroy lamb, but all the options are equally exquisite. Reservations are certainly recommended here, though!

Fancy learning the tricks of the trade? Why not participate in one of their fantastic cocktail classes? See the website for more details.

Carrer de Aribau, 162-166

4. CDLC

Walking into CDLC will immediately make you feel luxurious, with its Eastern inspired décor and hip location right on the beach. CDLC, which turns into a trendy club at night, has some of the best food offerings around. The Asian-style menu produces winning dishes such as the Vietnamese spring rolls and coconut-marinated sole. Don’t forget to try some of the sushi: possibly the best in the city! Stop by during the day and take in the beach on the outside patio while enjoying a delicious brunch or lunch.

CDLC, Barcelona

Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 32

5. Cachitos

Located right on the famous, up-market Rambla de Catalunya street, Cachitos has a really vibrant atmosphere. The incredibly stylish interior offers a relaxing ambiance with comfortable sofas at several of the tables. Order some of their famous sangria for a refreshing sip of Mediterranean summer and nibble away on some of their delicious tapas. Or if you want a real taste of Spain, go ahead and order one of their tantalizing paellas.

Cachitos, Barcelona

Rambla de Catalunya, 33

6. Mirabé

Mirabé can be described in one word: spectacular! Located near Tibidabo atop the highest peak of the Collserola Mountains, Mirabé offers absolutely amazing views of Barcelona. The restaurant is surrounded by large glass panels that allow diners to gaze out over the city. On clear nights, choose to sit outside on the terrace for even more breathtaking vistas. The menu is home to traditional dishes along with some surprising, tempting offers such as the pear and ricotta pasta with honey sauce. This is the perfect venue for an intimate date night, while also ideal for a special occasion with family and friends!

Carrer de Manuel Arnús, 2

7. aBaC

Located at the aBaC Hotel near Tibidabo, this restaurant exudes elegance and provides a very special experience. Some of Chef Jordi Cruz’s top dishes include steak tartar and seasoned snow-like beef, and all of his creations are served on Versace china. Dining at aBaC will wow you, from the warm décor to the beautiful presentation of the dishes. This is the restaurant for those looking for a true fine-dining experience.

aBaC, Barcelona

Avinguda Tibidabo, 1

8. Restaurante Lasarte

Rated with 2 Michelin stars, dining here is unique and intimate. Although it is situated in the bustling city centre, the atmosphere inside is beyond peaceful. Large murals on the walls, inspired by Gaudí’s paving stones on Passeig de Gràcia, bring the true essence of Barcelona to life. The menu varies according to the seasons, so customers are ensured they are receiving a thoughtful dish with meals ranging from ox fillet to baked sea bass.

Carrer de Mallorca, 259

9. Cinc Sentits

Cinc Sentits (Five Senses) is the perfect option for a special occasion with its sleek atmosphere and design. The offerings include seasonal set menus, a great way to sample Catalan cuisine. Ingredients are always of the highest quality and are locally sourced, such as the fish caught along the costas and the organic beef from the Catalan Pyrenees. The unique dining experience at Cinc Sentits keeps customers coming back time and time again.

Cinc Sentits,  Barcelona

Carrer de Aribau, 58

10. Monvínic

This upscale, yet warm restaurant is perfect for all you wine connoisseurs out there. With over 3,000 options and very knowledgeable sommeliers, you will find the perfect accompaniment your meal. Even for the novices out there, you will most certainly become a wine enthusiast after your first visit to Monvínic. The waiting staff is friendly and hospitable, so take your time enjoying a couple of tapas and trying some different wines.

Fancy a complete dining experience? The citrus duck and stuffed chicken are just two of the wonderfully tempting options from the menu.

Carrer de la Diputació, 249

Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at Apartment Barcelona.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this useful list of traveller choice restaurant in barcelona and it really makes easy to find a quality restaurant whenever we visit there. It will definately help us to save our time.

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