Restaurants in Spain

Located in Gracia, the youngest neighborhood in town, Con Gracia deserves considerably more fame than it currently enjoys, but maybe that's part of the allure. The decor is elegantly modern and the lighting is superb.

One of the newest stars in Barcelona's culinary sky, this contemporary bistro inhabits a visually impressive space on the ground floor of a new boutique hotel in the Poble Sec neighborhood. Don't miss the three-course lunch menu on weekdays, it's a steal at $17.

The critics can't stop raving about this new eatery in the up-and-coming Poble Sec neighborhood of Barcelona. There was a time not too long ago when all you could find to eat in this part of town was a sandwich and some greasy, deep-fried tapas, but that's all changing.

One of the most exclusive high-end eateries on Barcelona's restaurant scene, ABaC, with its brilliant revisionist Catalan cooking by chef Xavier Pellicer, remains a firm favorite with local and visiting gourmands.

Since opening in 2014, El Nacional has become one of the hottest spots on Barcelona's culinary scene. A visually impressive piece of architecture, this eye-catching gastronomic venue actually used to be an automobile warehouse.

Situated in Barcelona's new gastro district of Sant Antoni, Lolita Taperia is owned by a former colleague of the city's most renowned chefs, brothers Albert and Ferran Adrià.

When three head chefs from the world-renowned, former-best-restaurant-in-the-world El Bulli decided to open their own place in early 2015, it didn't take the critics long to realize that something special was in the offing.

There are lots of brunch spots in Barcelona these days, but none is more popular than Picnic. Maybe it's the size of the mouthwatering chipotle and horseradish Bloody Marys, or the Spanish-American twist on all its traditional and non-traditional brunch dishes.

Hardly a week goes by without a new restaurant opening in the über-hip Sant Antoni neighborhood, which is quickly turning into Barcelona's new gastro quarter. However, while most of these hipster joints are very cool, few serve truly excellent food.

The first new venture of world-famous chef Ferran Adrià after he announced the closure of El Bulli (at the time considered the world's best restaurant). The result is Tickets, a high-end tapas bar, which Adrià and brother Albert opened in March 2011.

Since it opened in 2012, Suculent, set in a laid-back locale in the edgy Raval district, has become one of Barcelona's established local favorites.

It's easy to see why Barcelonians choose Martinez for their romantic dates and special occasions. The food is good, but it's really all about the setting—with its intimate lighting and unrivaled views of the city and port.

At first glance, Cañete may look like an old-style dive bar, but there's nothing dated about the extensive range of delicious tapas on offer. Be sure to order as many fish and seafood dishes as you can fit on the table, as they have a tendency to be particularly good.

You really can't go wrong with Llamber. Great food, delicious cocktails, elegant decor and excellent service have made it one of Barcelona's most popular destinations since it opened in 2012. Don't miss the Iberian ham with tomato bread, or the Parmesan fondue with shrimp and asparagus.

The gratinéed macaroni timbale by chef Carles Gaig, of the Michelin-starred Gaig, will go a long way toward easing the pain of departure.