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Thirteen great restaurants near Casa Batlló

When you're visiting Casa Batlló and hunger grabs you by the stomach, get a great meal in any of these nearby restaurants

By Jake Rubnitz
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Casa Batlló and the surrounding Eixample neighbourhood are must-see stops in Barcelona. Whether you're attracted by the several mesmerising architectural works by Antoni Gaudí, the shopping options on Passeig de Gràcia, or the bustling walkway that is Rambla Catalunya, you'll be drawn in by this lively part of the city. With so many cafés, tapas bars, and restaurants all over the area, finding a place to have a great meal can be overwhelming. Here are some of our favourite spots to eat near Casa Batlló.

Where to eat near Casa Batlló

1. El Nacional

Restaurants Seafood Dreta de l'Eixample

In the centre of Passeig de Gràcia you'll find this industrial space of 3,500m2 under a Catalan dome, with four restaurants, four bars, 200 employees and capacity for 2,500 customers. The massive space is divided into sections: La Parada, where you can get healthy deli-type 'fast food' (cheeses, salads, veg, cold cuts...); La Tapería, for good cold and hot tapas as well as soups; La Lonja, where you can choose fish by weight and have it cooked as you like it – baked, grilled, steamed, fried; and La Brasería, where you can dine on top-quality meats.

2. Tapas 24

Restaurants Dreta de l'Eixample

This tapas bar focuses on excellent quality ingredients. Among the oxtail stews, fried prawns and cod croquettes, patrons will also find playful snacks more in keeping with chef Carles Abellan's signature style. The McFoie Burger is an exercise in fast-food heaven, as is the Bikini, a small version of his take on the ham and cheese toastie; his comes with truffle.

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3. Out of China

Restaurants Chinese Eixample

A Chinese restaurant with a young spirit for those who think Chinese restaurants aren't that cool: that's how Out of China saw itself when it opened in 2002. Now we can call it a pioneer in the world of Chinese restaurants in Barcelona as this millennial eatery started out using (and still uses) Catalan products with menu items like duck ravioli and grilled foie gras. And now it's more mature, it's still a reasonably priced restaurant that uses quality local products to cook up gorgeous recipes.

9 Reinas
9 Reinas

4. 9 Reinas

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Argentinian Eixample

An exclusive Argentinean restaurant with meat from all over the world and handmade pasta. You’ll often find familiar faces from the world of sport here – one of the owners is former Espanyol footballer Martín Posse. The menu is extensive and filled with classics: you'll find starters such as chorizo and Creole 'morcilla' sausages, 'empanada' savoury pies and much more), and popular cuts of meat for Argentine grills, such as 'entraña' and 'matambre'. And for discerning carnivorous palates, they've got meat that's been imported from other parts of the globe as well. In addition to Argentine beef, of course (try the famous 'bife de quadril', or cuadril steak), you can get wagyu cuts. They've got a private room that can be adapted for many different kinds of events, whether it's meetings or just getting together to watch sporting events while you eat top-quality meat dishes and drink good wine.

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5. Oval

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Burgers La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample

This gourmet burger spot could very well become a meeting place for the indie set: their playlist is exquisite. But back to the food... You can create your own burger from the bajillions of possible combinations, or order a suggested recipe from the menu. Either way, the result is steller, and there's also Nebraska Angus beef available, as well as a small but choice wine list that will suit your budget.

La Bodegueta
© La Bodegueta

6. La Bodegueta

Restaurants Dreta de l'Eixample

Wine bottles line the walls while barrels stand above the bar. Although it gets pretty busy, the food and friendly staff are well worth the cramped, narrow space inside, and there's a great terrace space outside if you prefer. With its old-style charm, La Bodegueta is packed with locals chowing down on traditional Spanish and Catalan eats.

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7. El Principal del Eixample

Restaurants Mediterranean Dreta de l'Eixample

In El Principal, a charming restaurant located on Paseo de Gracia, you will find this space dedicated to good food, where large and spaced tables create the best atmosphere for lunch or dinner in which important is the cuisine and the environment where it is offered. The team of El Principal creates a culinary offer based on Catalan cuisine, seasonal, with products that provide land and sea from each region. This is a kitchen, where what matters is the product, in which each ingredient has its flavor, aroma and texture. A kitchen to eat well, good and healthy. In short, the kitchen all love. The inner courtyard of El Principal, typical of the architecture of the Eixample, becomes the ideal place for a meal or cookout framework and also for holding snacks and cocktails groups.

8. Alba Granados

Restaurants Eixample

The younger brother of Alba París is simple and elegant: the cuisine has Basque roots, with a predominance of the best meat and the freshest fish. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth every last cent.

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9. Toto

Restaurants Italian Esquerra de l’Eixample

Good taste is fundamental to the success of a restaurant. While that may seem obvious, it does have to be said, as there are so many restaurants without it. Happily, that's not the case with Toto, which owes its success to details of good taste, good service and very attractive cuisine, the last of which could be defined as Italian-inspired Mediterranean, based on the seasonality of the products. Toto is a gem in Barcelona's Eixample neighbourhood.

Robata
© Maria Dias

10. Robata Sushi & Grill

Restaurants Grills Esquerra de l’Eixample

Robata is a Japanese restaurant designed for the whole family, where you'll find great sushi as well as fish and meat cooked over Japanese coals ('robata'), with Catalan and Latin American touches. And the boss admires the bluefin tuna as if it were the apple of her eye.

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Mostassa
© Maria Dias

11. Mostassa

Restaurants Mediterranean

A restaurant that has something for every time of the day, and it's always good: great coffee, craft beer, and a choice of quality fast-food, such as organic hot dogs served with an excellent home-made mustard. Apart from an extensive menu of brunches, salads and hot dishes (from Thai curry to duck magret) they have a short and attractive menu, with an optimal quality-price ratio, and vegetarian options.

NaparBCN
NaparBCN

12. NaparBCN

Restaurants

NaparBCN is a craft beer superbar and restaurant, opened by the same company that brought you Biercab. It boasts seven fermentation tanks where they brew their own, and 12 taps to taste them. In the kitchen, Miquel Aldana (who earned a Michelin star for his Tresmacarrons in El Masnou) prepares top-level dishes, such as a tuna belly tartare with orange and miso, a delicious rice with prawns and artichokes, and an outstanding chicken cannellone with bechamel sauce.

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Mont Bar
© Maria Dias

13. Mont Bar

Restaurants Haute cuisine

Owner Ivan Castro has managed to make this into one of the most popular bars among the city's gastronomy lovers. What makes Mont Bar special is creative cooking found in a bar – a real bar (and not just a simulation inside a restaurant). You can go for the tasting menu, or just have a glass of draft beer, a salad and a plate of spicy patatas bravas. 

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