The 50 best restaurants in Barcelona: French cuisine

Our pick of the five best restaurants in Barcelona to sample fine French cuisine without crossing the border

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The best restaurants in Barcelona for French cuisine

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Au Port de la Lune

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Au Port de la Lune has reopened in the Eixample. And although the new space might not have the charme of the old location in the Boqueria market, you'll still dine on great French cuisine. Their lunchtime menu is varied, with an excellent paté and steak tartare. At night, the menu offers a wider range of this menu, and you can feast on 'rillettes', patés, and French cheeses at a price that will make your wallet as happy as your stomach.

  1. Pau Claris, 103, 08001
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Caelis

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Caelis is not suitable for all pockets, but it does have an amazing sampling menu that is made in the Hotel Palace, devised by the talented Michelin-star chef Romain Fornell. They have a lunch menu that includes two snacks, a starter, a main course, dessert and coffee. Michelin star quality served in the spectacular setting of the Hotel Palace.

  1. Gran Via, 668 (Hotel Palace), Eixample Dret, 08010
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Gouthier

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A small corner of French flavours and memories, where the most exquisite palates return to sample the finest oysters from Normandy. This is how Ainaud Thierry, the owner, describes them: 'They are from the Atlantic, and that means they’re fatter, fleshier, some a little sweet, but all with that deep taste of the sea.' The Marennes Oléron oysters served at Gouthier are refined and bred organically. Their flavour is more delicate than those from the ocean depths, less bitter and iodised. In an atmosphere of understated good taste, with a few tables and some barstools for snacks, this restaurant offers not only oysters but also high-quality canned goods rarely seen on the market. (read more)

  1. Mañé i Flaquer, 8, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08017
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Le Petit Bergerac

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Now that all French restaurants in Barcelona are tending towards the bistro style, this classic venue has gone in the opposite direction: they focus on seasonal fare, with complex stews, creamy sauces and well-made pastry. Some examples: cream of Puy lentils with roasted almonds, or kidneys with three blends of mustard.

  1. Aribau, 141, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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L'Office

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This small, friendly bistro serves a classy range of delicious dishes. At the bar, you can have dishes such as eggs with truffles, oysters, patés and cheeses. At a table, you can get stuck in to their excellent beef onglet. Superlative desserts.

  1. Villarroel, 227, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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