Spain

Restaurants in Spain

Family-run spot popular with locals for its classic half-sandwich of grilled sardines topped with guindillo pepper ($2). The tart Bodegas Solagüen Crianza 2003 knifes through the oil and spice ($1.65).

Tasting menu for two $528.

Do the prefix dinenr of eclectic cuisine served around the communal table at the arty yet homey spot.

The name means “dark door,” but stepping in off the sultry streets into the over-the-top baroque salon—be it for coffee or the Benedictine-spiked house cocktail—will lighten your mood. Make like the Spaniards and pair your apertivo with plump olives or toasted marcona almonds.

Patrons stand elbow-to-elbow at this tiny bustling tapas bar just off of Pral Lel. With walls of shelves filled with wine, this fifth generation restaurant is not much larger than a typical home dining room.

First opened in 1894, Chocolatería San Ginés is renowned for its churros con chocolate — deep fried pastries served with a cup of thick dipping chocolate.

Among the old fishermen’s houses of Barceloneta, this sepia-toned cervecería is full of local sea dogs and other salty types who come for house-brewed lager and a dizzying array of tapas (boat-fresh squid and shrimp; flash-fried padrón peppers).

Grabbing a quick bite between flights doesn’t have to mean eating unhealthily. These cafés offer fresh-made salads, sandwiches, and juices, which you can either enjoy in the glassed-in modern dining areas, or pack to take on board.  

The bulls in Sixtina’s ceiling paintings have been inspired by the nearby Altamira caves. They turn up on the menu as well in the form of succulently tender rabo de toro (stewed bull’s tail).

Created by the Camper shoe company which also opened the Casa Camper hotel next door on Elisabets Street in north El Raval, FoodBALL is a unique two-room eatery that serves rice balls. Seating is on three tiers of broad steps with woven cushions and small lamps along a green wall.