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The most romantic restaurants

These 13 romantic restaurants are a sure way to that special someone's heart

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El Pla

When you're looking for a restaurant in Barcelona where you can do some serious wooing, look no further. Let us show you that the way to your special someone's heart is through his or her stomach, and a bit of mood lighting can't hurt either.

Casa Xica

There's a saying in Spanish that translates roughly to 'Small house, big heart', and the owners of Casa Xica (which means Small House in Catalan), Marc and Raquel must have very big hearts indeed. Following an intense period living in China and some delicious and difficult life experiences together, the couple got married and set up this little jewel of an eatery with a bit of help from a third party, Esteve Puertas, a childhood friend and a professional in the world of good service.Marc and Raquel's long trips in search of flavours and palate pleasers you see on the menu in Casa Xica serve as a passport for your taste buds that you can use to explore without leaving your chair in Poble-sec. The easiest way to describe what they do is to call it fusion cooking. But that term has become so overused, and in their case it's more of a compilation of tastes they've learned in faraway lands with their own touch added to tempt even the fussiest of diners.

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El Poble-sec

Wagokoro

Critics' choice

Kenia Nakamura and Anna Peray go hand in hand in this welcoming space where kaiseki rules. This Japanese cooking concept varies throughout the year depending on the season and you’ll find the essence of the product on every plate. The pair have developed a harmonious menu, one that is thoughtful, aesthetic, ceremonial, and stripped of any pretentions. It’s not only a gastronomic project but a life project. 

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Sant Gervasi - Galvany

Le Cucine Mandarosso

It's great for lunch, sure, but dinner at Le Cucine Mandarosso with a friend or family member could be strange. Very strange. The place exudes a cosy, intimate environment that seems tailor-made for a romantic date. Everything is subtle and casual, with retro furniture, products, and books on the shelves. And Italian cuisine that in itself is the epitome of sensuality. If you still haven't made a move, Le Cucine can help you.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

El Pla

Critics' choice

Just passing by El Pla you'll see that it's a romantic spot by definition. It's set amid the dark and humid narrow streets of the Barri Gòtic, so when you get there you're well prepared for a place with intimate lighting. Well-managed, the restaurant has got an informal but elegant decor, and the cuisine is of similar criteria. The wines and the desserts more than meet the order of the night.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Torre d'Alta Mar

When talking about seduction and the couple, the surprise factor and a certain slyness can be a turning point. Welcoming your sweetheart at the door in lingerie and a rose between your teeth is always a possibility.  But an invitation to a restaurant in the teleferic tower scores extra points, as it's a bit of a whimsy in itself. It's time to put your cards on the table and tell that special someone how you really feel.

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La Barceloneta

Celler Can Recasens

A decade back, an old neighbourhood pork shop transformed into this eatery with a modernist aesthetic, old photos on the walls and small, softly lit spaces. After a good dinner of select cured meats, cheeses, fondue, salad, and plenty of wine, you'll only be able to think of one way to burn off all those calories. They've got dishes that can raise the dead, so you know Recasens will spark more than one flame.

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Sant Martí

Bohèmic

Critics' choice

When we think of why Bohèmic has become a top restaurant, it’s got to be because of their intention to revive the bistro of yesteryear and bring back dishes that seemed destined to fall by the culinary wayside. There’s an art nouveau air about the place, dishes are presented in their own hot casserole dish, and they show off a mouth-watering cheese trolley. It’s a neighbourhood restaurant that’s intimate yet still professional, and that first-timers are sure to enjoy as much as veteran regulars.

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Sant Antoni

Fragments Cafè

Critics' choice

This is one of the few Barcelona Noucentisme (early-20th-century Catalan movement that started as a reaction against Modernisme) buildings where you’re welcome all day. Fragments Cafè owes its good taste, perfectionism, and knowledge to Ricardo Feriche and Juliet Pomés, who spend a lot of time searching for spaces where people can relax and enjoy themselves.  In this spirit they set up this delightful place, perfect for bon vivants, where their lighting work stands out – with the warmth of the natural light by day and the just-the-right tone at night. 

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Les Corts

Gut

Gut is a very attractive restaurant, with its pristine white furnishings and venerable wooden chairs. It's a small, elongated space, but thanks to the lighting they have made the most of it. They serve breakfast, lunch (a special menu at a very good price), dinner and drinks. Their modest menu offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, with dishes such as prawn and mango curry and the delectable mushroom and foie brick. The place is always packed, which, in these days of counting one's pennies, is really saying something.

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Gràcia

Indochine Ly Leap

Critics' choice

A frenzy of Asia-inspired tapas, in which Ly Leap shows off his expertise with spices, citrus and aromatic herbs. This place is crazy: a thousand square metres of jungle, where the tables are tiny islands suspended above water, with fish and everything.

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Eixample

Gurqui

Critics' choice

Imagine a cross between a Woody Allen movie about a dinner and Cuban cuisine. The Gurqui is one of those mezzanines so typical of the Eixample, and is imaginatively decorated as if it were a house dotted with antique furniture. A cosy, unusual venue that only opens at night and is perfect for relaxed conversation over delicious food – whch is among the finest you’ll come across so late at night in Barcelona. The kitchen officially closes at midnight, but if you book ahead they’ll stay open longer.

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Eixample

Bacaro

Critics' choice

A classy Venetian seafood restaurant that produces highly original dishes such as sardines in 'saor' with raisins and onion confit, and marinated in brine. The menu includes dishes like 'fregola', a Sardinian semolina that is one of the oldest pastas in the history of cooking.

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Ciutat Vella

Meneghina

This lovely Italian restaurant offers home cooking and top-quality pasta. Worth a visit for starters like fresh burrata, or tasty pasta: linguine with cherry tomatoes and basil, or papardelle with ragout, for example.

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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

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