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Local Experts: Barcelona, Toni Garcia

By Local Expert Toni Garcia

Best Catalan Restaurants in Barcelona

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Fonda Gaig

Fonda Gaig

Probably the best Catalan restaurant in the city, this Michelin-starred spot combines an elegant decor and a sublime menu (don’t miss the monkfish and the macarrons) with the ambience of being invited into a special home where every guest is treated with deference. Owner Carles Gaig is one of the most legendary cooks in town, and his fame is well deserved. Indulge in a grand finale for dessert: ask for the magnificent chocolate banana bread with a touch of whiskey. 

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Petit Comité

Petit Comité

This is the home of Nando Jubany, one of the brightest stars in a new generation of Catalan chefs. Jubany recently opened a restaurant in Singapore based entirely on the cuisine of his motherland. That said, the menu at this restaurant in Barcelona sometimes offers surprising twists on tradition—like the open omelet with goat cheese. 

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Tuset Restaurant

Tuset Restaurant

Tuset is home cooking at its best. Try the bacallà a la llauna (cod with beans, cooked to perfection with wine and spices) or the calçots (a seasonal onion) to understand the heart of this outstanding Catalan restaurant. They also have a wide range of small entrees, ideal for sharing. I recommend the salads—the tomato and prawns is excellent—and the anchovies.

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L’Olivé

L’Olivé

My favorites at this classic restaurant, which never disappoint, are the salmon and monkfish carpaccio and the escalivada (a cold dish of roasted peppers and eggplant, with a touch of olive oil). L’olivé is a good choice for families—the service is excellent—and for lunch. If you go at midday, be sure to ask the waiter about their rice dishes.

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Can Culleretes

Can Culleretes

This restaurant opened its doors in 1786—the first restaurant in Catalonia—and 228 years later, it’s still serving great Catalan food with the same enthusiasm. Ask for the pica-pica, a set of three dishes that includes mussels, prawns, squid, and all kinds of seafood. If you don’t feel like fish, go straight for the stewed wild boar or the mushroom mousse. They also have an incredible cellar stocked with the most outstanding Catalan wines: ask for a Montsant or Conca de Barberà.


Visit the Best Catalan Restaurants in Barcelona

Can Culleretes
C. d'en Quintana, 5, 08002 Barcelona Catalonia, Spain
7.9/10

People like this place

Spanish Restaurant
2
L’Olivé
Balmes, 47, Barcelona Catalonia, Spain
7.8/10

People like this place

Mediterranean Restaurant
2
Tuset Restaurant
Tuset 12 (diagonal), ES Barcelona Catalonia, Spain
0/10

People like this place

Mediterranean Restaurant
2
Petit Comité
Passatge de la Concepció, 13 (Rambla de Catalunya), 08008 Barcelona Catalonia, Spain
9.1/10

People like this place

Mediterranean Restaurant
3
Fonda Gaig
C. Còrsega, 200, 08036 Barcelona Catalonia, Spain
8.5/10

People like this place

Mediterranean Restaurant
2
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