The 50 best restaurants in Barcelona: signature cuisine

Our pick of the 10 best restaurants in Barcelona to sample the most creative and tasty dishes from the city's top chefs

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The best restaurants in Barcelona for signature cuisine

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Enoteca

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

Chef Paco Pérez earned two Michelin stars for Enoteca – no longer is it just another restaurant in the Hotel Arts, but a heavyweight in Barcelona in its own right. Few chefs can translate the flavour of the sea into haute cuisine the way he does, and his art speaks to the imagination and recalls the swell of the sea. The heights Enoteca's espardenyes (Mediterranean sea cucumbers) have hit make them deserving of their own chapter in Catalan avant-garde cuisine, and their rice dishes will satisfy the biggest food snobs and Catalan cooking fundamentalists alike. Surrendering to their fragrant rice with lobster is the best way to pay tribute.

  1. Marina, 19-21 (Hotel Arts), Barceloneta, 08003
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Dos Palillos

Dos Palillos

Dos Palillos

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Albert Raurich creatively demonstrates the close links between Asian and Spanish tapas, and at such a high level of quality and innovation that it earned the restaurant its first Michelin star. Dos Palillos is a perfect fusion of a blue-collar bar and haute cuisine Asian restaurant, a place where there are no tables and where, if they don’t have the time, they’re not going to serve you wine. But consider this: part of the Michelin star is always based on service, so the fact that they still got one speaks volumes about their phenomenal Asian tapas.

  1. Elisabets, 9, El Raval, 08001
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Àbac

Àbac

Àbac

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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Jordi Cruz has regained Àbac’s second Michelin star, making his restaurant once again the essential haute cuisine establishment in Barcelona. He reached such heights by creating cuisine filled with expertise and sophistication. Take, for example, the egg with asparagus. Sounds simple enough, but Cruz has done a number on the egg that is something out of an R&D think tank. First the yolk is cooked at 62°C, then cured in salt water to give it just the exact subtle touch of salt. Served with white asparagus, a divinely thin slice of Serrano ham and a spoonful of caviar, it's nothing less than spectacular.

  1. Av. Tibidabo, 1, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08022
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Alkimia

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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Even before Alkimia was awarded its Michelin star it was notoriously tricky to get a table, and these days it hasn't got any easier. Chef Jordi Vilà is hugely respected, and turns out complex dishes that play with Spanish classics – for instance, liquid pa amb tomàquet with fuet sausage, wild rice with crayfish and strips of tuna on a bed of foamed mustard. There is also an enviably stocked wine cellar. What is lacking, however, is a great deal of warmth in either the minimalist dining room or from the occasionally tight-lipped waiting staff.

  1. Indústria, 79, Eixample Esquerre, 08025
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Saüc

  • Price band: 4/4
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Put this one on the list of places you simply must try. Just like the tree it's named after, this restaurant has healing properties, albeit pricey ones. In the eatery’s new location at the Ohla Hotel, chef Xavier Franco still offers haute cuisine of the potent variety.  Franco's a self-proclaimed "protein man", and has come up with a protein bomb of a dish in his fricassee of fava beans with veal sweetbread.

  1. Via Laietana, 49, Gòtic, 08002
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Manairó © Ivan Giménez

Manairó © Ivan Giménez

Manairó

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Manairó is not just a great place to eat well and experience high-qualitygastronomy, it's also the laboratory where Jordi Herrera, a part-chef part-inventor eccentric, carries out his experiments with special equipment toget the best out of his concoctions. There's his grill with spikes tocook the food on the inside, and a device which uses centrifugal force to reducethe loss of moisture in cooking. This is science in the service of art.

  1. Diputació, 424, Eixample Dret, 08013
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Dos Cielos

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

This restaurant offers high-level cuisine, produced by the twins Javier and Sergio Torres, on the top floor of the hotel Me. Very original cuisine with flavours from distant countries, including dishes like cream of Amazonian roots with sagu caviar. Winners of the Time Out Special Jury Award 2009.

  1. Pere IV, 272-286, Sant Martí, 08005
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Tickets Albert Adrià

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Tickets

  • Price band: 3/4
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The Adrià brothers have triumphed again with ​​this ambitious Barcelona-based round-up of their philosophy of tapas. With four different sections – seafood, the grill, sweet treats, and little inventive surprises – you'll get 'El Bulli' versions of all tapas from all over Spain. Squid in its ink with almond paste or grilled watermelon are just a couple examples. And the Tickets cocktail bar, 41, offers a nightly tasting menu which is as close as you'll get to El Bulli.

  1. Av. Paral·lel, 164, Eixample Esquerre, 08015
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Roca Moo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

The Roca brothers have reinvented their Barcelonan, Michelin-starred brand. The restaurant Moo has become Roca Moo: with the installation of the kitchen in the main room, chef Felip Llufriu continues his no-frills gourmet cooking style (check out the pullet cannelloni with milk skin). They also have a very original option at the bar: salted rolls, or rocadillos, like tapas available all day.

  1. Rosselló, 265 (Hotel Omm), Eixample Dret, 08008
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Cristina Reche

Gresca

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

A tiny space with a small kitchen staff produces first-class dishes. A must. Rafa Penya is now an indisputable leader in bistronomics. The dishes are creative, but  always tasty and recognisable, such as the octopus with Catalan black sausage, the pigeon with ginger, or the mouth-watering omelette made with herbs and wrapped with a paper-thin slice of Catalan bacon.

  1. Provença, 230, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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