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The 50 best restaurants in Barcelona: Catalan cuisine

Our pick of the 10 best restaurants in Barcelona to sample traditional Catalan cooking

Looking for a great place to try the local fare? We rate the top 10 restaurants in Barcelona for the best in Catalan cuisine.

The best restaurants in Barcelona for Catalan cuisine

1

Agut

Critics' choice

This has been one of the best inns in Catalonia for many years. They have revived many dishes – such as brains in batter – that had virtually died out. Booking ahead is essential: Every Sunday morning you’ll see queues of people waiting to get in here.

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El Gòtic
2

Cal Boter

Critics' choice

One of Gràcia’s best-known old restaurants, with great service and an unforgettable baked cod. The lunchtime menu is very good. Book at weekends, as it fills up quickly.

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Gràcia
3

Can Culleretes

Critics' choice

The rambling dining rooms at the ‘house of teaspoons’ have been packing ’em in since 1786. The secret to this restaurant’s longevity is a straightforward one: honest, hearty cooking and decent wine served at the lowest possible prices. Under huge oil paintings and a thousand signed black-and-white photos, diners munch sticky boar stew, tender pork with prunes and dates, goose with apples, partridge escabeche and superbly fresh seafood.

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El Gòtic
4

Leku

Critics' choice

This is Sergi’s restaurant, a young chef with a vast range of experience and expertise. He’s a constant source of surprises, with a cuisine that mixes technique with tradition, resulting in surprising dishes like mille-feuille with fried egg or chick peas with scallops. And you won’t find many lletons d'Aranda (suckling pig) as good as his in Barcelona.

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Les Corts
5

Freixa Tradició

Critics' choice

The return of Josep Maria Freixa to his family home, now that Ramon has gone off to enjoy fame in Madrid, has resulted in an authentic festival of traditional cuisine: pig’s trotters with prunes and pine nuts, cuttlefish with artichokes, and perhaps the finest macaroni in Barcelona.

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Sarrià - Sant Gervasi
6

Can Vilaró

A real traditional eating-house, where you can find tasty, half-forgotten dishes such as brains in batter, noodle casserole just like granny used to make it, or pig’s cheeks. No special menu, à la carte only.

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Sant Antoni
7

Casa Agustí

Critics' choice

The traditional cuisine of Casa Agustí, with its excellent cannelloni and the superlative oxtail, is a joyful reminder of past times, before the tidal wave of tourism arrived.

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Dreta de l'Eixample
8

Ca l'Estevet

The great-grandson of Casa Agustí has opened a new restaurant that has a distinctly traditional feel to it: white tablecloths on every table, and classic dishes that had all but died out. Such as lamb’s brain in breadcrumbs and pig’s trotters. And especially escudella i carn d'olla, which is excellent with a good red wine.

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El Raval
9

Casa Leopoldo

Critics' choice

Rosa Gil, the heart and soul of this lovely eatery, has carried out a veritable revolution here, and with excellent results. The cuisine has improved – which is really saying something. They have two standout dishes: the capipota and the oxtail.

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El Raval
10

7 Portes

The eponymous seven doors open on to as many dining salons, all kitted out in elegant 19th-century décor. Long-aproned waiters bring regional dishes, served in vast portions, including a stewy fish zarzuela with half a lobster, a different paella daily (shellfish, for example, or rabbit and snails), a wide array of fresh seafood, and heavier dishes such as herbed black-bean stew with pork sausage, and orujo sorbet to finish. Reservations are available only for certain tables; otherwise, get there early.

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La Barceloneta

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