The best restaurant recommendations in Barceloneta neighbourhood
La Barceloneta is a triangular area of land covering the ports, harbour, and the beaches of Barcelona. Barceloneta has a distinctly different vibe to the rest of the city, although it can get quite hectic in summer. Eating freshly grilled seafood with a glass of crisp white wine and your toes in the sand is possible in Barceloneta at one of the area’s beach bars (called chiringuitos in Castellano and xiringuitos in Catalan). The original idea of the chiringuito was a place for local fishermen to come and cook up some of the fish they had eaten and get a cheap drink. Nowadays that concept has expanded to include both a no-frills approach as well as a more fine dining experience.
Stepping back from the seafront, Barceloneta is a grid of narrow streets, with tiers of laundry hanging out to dry reminiscent of a village. Discover some of the city’s best tapas at El Vaso de Oro and the no-frills institution La Cova Fumada. After a day at the beach, there’s nothing like eating some of Barcelona’s best seafood whilst having unparalleled views of the ocean. DestinationBCN has hand-picked the top restaurants in Barceloneta for you.
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After a day at the beach, Bar Jai-Ca is a great place to relax with an ice-cold beer and some tapas. It’s always packed with locals and it’s easy to see why. The hot Bombas (addictive tasty little stuffed mashed potato balls), fried anchovies and Pimientos de padron (fried green peppers) are delicious here!
Carrer de Ginebra 13, 08003 Barcelona
T: + 34 932 68 32 65
Part of the famous Grupo Tragaluz set, this seafront restaurant whips up Italian and Mediterranean dishes in a pretty corner of Barceloneta next to the big fish statue. Our favourite dishes include Mushroom coca bread with pine nuts and parmesan, Flatbread with seared tuna and the Spaghetti alle Vongole is great. Their terrace setting is very nice but you can also eat inside.
Italian and Mediterranean
Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas 2-4, 08005 Barcelona
T: +34 932 24 04 07
Ca La Nuri is located on Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and their large terrace give uninterrupted views of the ocean as well as the iconic Frank Gehry Fish sculpture to the left and the amazing architecture of the W Hotel to the right. Their specialities include Grilled sardines, Ceviche, Black Paella with cuttlefish and red prawns and the mouth-watering Fideuà with clams.
Seafood and rice dishes
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 55, 08005 Barcelona
T: +34 932 21 37 75
Ca La Nuri
El Gallito (the Cockerel) is another feather in the En Compañia de Lobos cap. Located just below the impressive Hotel W with a very nice leafy terrace, El Gallito serves up simple food from fresh, quality ingredients.
Mediterranean and seafood
Paseo Mare Nostrum 19 -21, 08039 Barcelona
T: +34 933 12 35 85
One of the best seafood restaurants in Barceloneta, El Refugi del Port offers a no-frills, local setting with welcoming staff, a buzzing atmosphere and exciting twists on traditional dishes. It’s usually very busy and reservations are highly recommended. Listen to the waiters’ recommendations, expect all kinds of ‘stews’ and also non-typical rice/pasta dishes (Paella of course but also Arroz caldoso, Suquet, Fideua, Pasta with crayfish cooked as if it is a paella, etc.)
Carrer del Judici 4, 08003 Barcelona
T: +34 932 25 44 69
El Refugi del Port
An authentic no-frills bar close to the beach that has been in business for more than 60 years! The family serve fresh fish in addition to simple tapas. You’ll find a busy mix of tourists and locals here. Be prepared to queue and be seated next to strangers while the waiters rush in and out serving food. This small but lively place is ideal pre or post-beach.
Seafood and tapas
Carrer del Baluart 56, 08003 Barcelona
T: + 34 932 21 40 61
La Cova Fumada
An authentic, loud, busy bar that brews its own beer is a great option to start your evening. Serving a traditional selection of tapas, dishes are prepared with locally sourced ingredients, chosen daily and personally. Close to Barceloneta metro station and approximately 10 minutes walk from the beach.
Carrer de Balboa 6, 08003 Barcelona
T: +34 933 19 30 98
El Vaso de Oro
This vegetarian restaurant, ironically part of the En Compañia de Lobos (In the Company of Wolves) restaurant group, features a creative and visually appealing menu to satisfy the senses and appetite of both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
A vegetarian take on many “traditional” meat dishes
Carrer de la Reina Cristina 12, 08003 Barcelona
T: +34 938 02 55 65
The Green Spot
Eating at a chiringuito (xiringuito in Catalan) is a quintessentially Barcelona experience. Originally designed as beach shacks where local fisherman could have a beer and cook up some of the day’s catch for dinner, these days chiringuitos have evolved into something a bit more sophisticated but the idea remains the same – freshly grilled fish washed down with a cold glass of white wine or beer. Xiringuito Escribà offers a menu of seasonally caught fish, delicious salads and traditional Catalan rice dishes like Paella and Fideuà.
Paella and rice dish specialities
Av. del Litoral 62, 08005 Barcelona
T: +34 932 21 07 29
Where to Eat in Barceloneta – Devour Tours
This blog post was originally posted on February 4, 2016, and was updated on September 24, 2017.
Barceloneta, Barcelona’s old fishermen’s neighborhood, is teeming with incredible tapas, fresh seafood and authentic bars that are lost in time.
When visitors to Barcelona think of Barceloneta, they usually think of spending time on the beach. Soaking up the sun with a beer in hand, and unfortunately, eating from a selection of restaurants with their flashy tourist menus that end up being a less than satisfying meal. But the truth is, there are some amazing, authentic eats to be found! Furthermore, read on to find out where to eat in Barceloneta with our insider recommendations!
Maians is a small tapas bar on a small street off the main square of Barceloneta. Rustic decor with a central bar, it’s easy to feel at home in the lovely little blue bordered restaurant. It’s also home to one of the best-value fideuàs in Barcelona. At only €11 per person, enjoy this tasty noodle version of paella.
Address: Carrer de Sant Carles, 28
We love enjoying the delicious fideuà in the heart of the old fisherman’s neighborhood.
It’s rare that there’s no line outside Forn Baluard, and when you go, you will realize why. This bakery was one of the first to bring back the art of making bread, boasting dozens of different loaves of all shapes and sizes. And if you’re looking for amazing pastries in Barcelona, you now know where to find them! Their almond croissant is to die for—trust us!
Address: Carrer de Baluart, 38
El Vaso de Oro
This corner bar on the edge of Barceloneta is always crowded, but don’t let that dismay you. Dressed to the nines, the waiters at El Vaso de Oro not only offer service but quite the show at this tapas and beer bar. Plus for beer lovers in Barcelona, they also make their own brew!
Address: Carrer de Balboa, 6
Cova Fumada is most definitely what you’d call a hole in the wall! There are no frills here, and you won’t miss them! There isn’t even a sign on the door, though it won’t be hard to find. You can smell the delicious plancha from down the street, cooking up all sorts of delicious tapas. Rumor has it that this was where the first bomba was served—a fried potato and ground beef croquette, so typical of Barceloneta.
Address: Carrer de Baluart, 56
We love these taste explosions here in Barcelona! Photo Credit: Misty Barker
We do love a good, old-school bodega. Bar Electricitat is your go-to corner bodega for a vermouth and a few cold tapas. The barrels have collected dust, but that doesn’t mean that what comes out of them isn’t delicious! Wondering where to eat in Barceloneta, and drink, look no further than here!
Address: Carrer de Sant Carles, 15
Moncho’s Marina Bay
We know, we know, a list of where to eat in Barceloneta would be nothing without at least one seaside option! With an idyllic location right by the sea, the Moncho’s group standout restaurant Marina Bay is the perfect spot to tuck into incredibly fresh seafood and sip on cava. This lovely restaurant also happens to be the home of one of the best paellas in all of Barcelona.
Address: Calle de la Marina, 19–21
Jai-Ca is a local favorite for tapas in Barceloneta, so much so that they even opened a second location down the street. The list is long and the options are many, but rest assured that you can’t go wrong at this classic Barceloneta tapas bar!
Address: Carrer de Ginebra, 13
Of course, there’s one dish that you will find at its best in the old fisherman’s neighborhood, and that is a delicious paella. Check out the video below to enjoy one at its best.
Barceloneta (Barceloneta) – Barcelona City Guide Happyinspain
Barceloneta is the closest area to the sea in the city, some of the streets of which are directly in front of the beach of the same name. From the central square of Catalunya, you can get here on foot in half an hour.
Do not expect special sights and architectural masterpieces from Barceloneta, this quarter was originally built for Barcelona fishermen, so the buildings here are rather modest in appearance and mostly students, tourists and people of low income live here.
The fishing atmosphere has diminished over time, but has not completely disappeared, the proximity of the sea, a spacious beach with palm trees, a spacious square with a central market and many restaurants serving fish, seafood and paella with seafood make this area truly colorful and attractive for tourists.
In the evening, after dinner, you can take a walk here and go around a couple of colorful bars, where it is always fun and noisy.
The beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Dolce Vita became a source of inspiration for the creators of the Velissima restaurant, which is located in the new port of Barcelona behind the W Hotel. Everything is perfect here – a luxurious interior with a view of the sea and yachts, excellent service and dishes gourmet cuisine, superior in quality to most Italian restaurants in Barcelona. It’s not just beautiful and tasty here, you want to come back here every evening, and the staff treats you on your second visit like a family member. It’s so Italian!
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Barcelona is ideal for cycling. This is the best way to see many sights in a few hours and start the day actively. Our bike ride invigorates, improves mood, dynamically and cheerfully introduces you to the city.
We will start our bike ride with an introduction to Antoni Gaudí’s great creation, the Sagrada Familia. From here we will move towards the beaches to ride along the sea. In the picturesque fishing area of Barceloneta, we will make a pit stop at a local vermouth tavern. Next, we will drive towards the Ciutadella Park, and at the end of the walk we will visit the Arc de Triomphe and the Born quarter. This is the perfect way to see the main beauties of Barcelona in a few hours in an active but not too tiring pace.
Super trendy Mr. Robinson, to which everyone was delighted, especially hipsters and expats, connoisseurs of modern cuisine, bright cocktails and a relaxed friendly atmosphere.
Like true Robinsons, ready for gastronomic journeys, restaurant visitors explore the map, which contains dishes from different countries – Mexico, Italy, Japan and Brazil. The establishment has three different menus – plentiful brunches before lunch, salads, burgers and sandwiches for lunch and an evening menu consisting of exquisite and topical tapas that you fall in love with immediately and forever. For brunch, of course, take eggs Benedict or a spicy Mexican version of Rancheros with guacamole.
Barcelona’s wonderful Perikete has opened up on the way to the beach and is a great place to pop in for tapas and a few glasses of wine. The interior is very colorful – jamon legs hang from the ceiling, the walls are filled with all kinds of wines, of which there are more than two hundred names.
In a bright blue sky The head of Barcelona looks extraordinarily bright, and the mosaic pavement of ceramic fragments pays tribute to Gaudí’s style and modernism in general. Both monuments perfectly reflect the cheerful, slightly wild and incredibly appetizing character of Barcelona.
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Review of a restaurant in the Barceloneta quarter, or where to eat in Barcelona – A blog about travel and culture in Europe
The history of Barceloneta is inextricably linked to the nearby port (details on stories of Barceloneta read in a separate note with photos and illustrations). Nowadays, the old fishing quarter has become one of the most popular tourist and gastronomic centers Barcelona . Tourists come here mainly for the good fish restaurants , and most of them do not enter the quarter beyond the popular Juan de Borbo promenade that runs along the Old Port harbor.
Let us note in passing that this “restaurant area” Barceloneta is far from limited. Moreover, despite the trends of the new time, this is still quite a colorful and original district of Barcelona . You just need to dive a little deeper into the quarter. You can walk along the narrow streets, along worn facades with linen hanging on the balconies and the sea flickering in the distance, see curious, albeit dilapidated, buildings and feel the atmosphere of a poor port town. You can read more about the sights of Barceloneta in the article “Walking around little-known Barcelona”. And, of course, do not forget that it is in this quarter that the most popular city beaches in Barcelona . However, today we will talk about Barceloneta as a paradise for food lovers and share our review about visiting a good restaurant.
Barceloneta restaurants: some tips
Traditionally, Barceloneta restaurants specialize in fish and seafood dishes (proximity to the sea). So if you want to try fresh and tasty Mediterranean dishes from mussels, shrimps, squids and other marine reptiles, then you have a direct road to the Barceloneta quarter. Descriptions and names of traditional Catalan seafood dishes that you can try in Barcelona restaurants are given in a small cheat sheet here.
The main restaurants of Barceloneta are located on the aforementioned tourist promenade Joan de Borbó ( Passeig Joan de Borbó ) ( see block plan). There are no problems with the choice: literally on every corner you will find places where you can dine, sitting on an open terrace or indoors. The menu at most restaurants is posted right on the street or written in chalk on a blackboard.
We warn you right away that Barceloneta is a rather “promoted” place, and although residents of Barcelona willingly visit many of these establishments, they are primarily focused on tourists. In this regard, the prices in many local restaurants are not the lowest, but the quality of the cuisine is usually quite high, since all food is prepared from fresh fish and seafood . At the same time, restaurants differ quite a lot in terms of atmosphere, attitude towards customers, decency of waiters, etc. In order to be fully prepared and have an idea about the approximate price level, the main set of dishes, as well as unpleasant surprises that lie in wait for insufficiently prudent gullible tourists, we advise you to study our Barceloneta restaurant guide . There you will find information about the main establishments of the quarter, prices, opening hours, tourist reviews about the quality of the cuisine and the level of service.
In addition, especially for the readers of our blog, we have prepared a map of Barceloneta with restaurants. This detailed plan shows the names of all the streets in the area, as well as the location of the main restaurants and tapas bars in this part of Barcelona .
Our review of the restaurant Toc De Mar
Visiting various European countries, we have repeatedly seen from our own experience that if you want to get into a cozy restaurant with reasonable prices and delicious cuisine, it is better not to read the recommendations of guidebooks and official travel agencies: you run the risk of running into an institution with inflated prices and not the best quality food, from where you leave with the feeling that you have simply been robbed. In general, as practice shows, it is much more useful to read reviews of ordinary tourists who are published on special forums and travel blogs. In the end, these are always personal impressions of specific people, and sometimes even local residents.
So, for example, while preparing for the next trip to Barcelona , we studied a number of reviews about Barceloneta restaurants (because I wanted to try seafood) and came to the conclusion that the impressions of ordinary tourists most often go against the praises guidebooks. It was decided to trust first, and in the end a small 9 was chosen0130 restaurant Toc De Mar , located on the same avenue João de Borbo . This place is not indicated in any guidebook, but visitors praise both the quality of the dishes and the friendliness of the staff. In addition, no unscrupulous tricks, deceptions and cases of poisoning were noticed in this restaurant, which is also pleasing.
All the nice words we read about the restaurant Toc De Mar were not an exaggeration and justified themselves. We visited this establishment at the end of September and were very pleased. There were few people in the restaurant, which is why the waiters treated us with increased attention. As for the food, it was top notch. To be honest, I haven’t eaten so well in a long time.
Actually, we went here, knowing in advance what we would order: we decided that we wanted to treat ourselves to a variety of seafood , and without any rice or noodles. For such lovers of protein foods, combined dishes like parrillada de – mariscos ( parrillada de pescado y marisco ) are best suited – this is the name of the grilled assorted seafood and fish . The restaurant also has a good selection of meat dishes, but that’s not what we came here for.
The restaurant itself is located near the metro station Barceloneta , at Passeig Joan de Borbó Comte de Barcelona , 31 The weather was fine and we sat outside on the open terrace. It was also possible to take a table in a room decorated with decorative panels with funny stylized fish. The nautical theme in general permeates everything in Barceloneta, and in this restaurant: everywhere you can see images of fish and boats. The very name of the restaurant can be roughly translated as “Call of the Sea” or “Touch of the Sea”.
As for prices , in general, they seemed quite adequate to us, although it all depends on the specific dish. Please note that, as in many other restaurants in Barcelona, VAT is not included in the prices of the dishes indicated in menu (set meals menú del día are not included).
The cheapest dishes in the establishment are tapas : spicy potatoes ( patatas bravas ) 3.75€, salad with cod, onions and tomatoes ( esqueixada de bacalao ) €4.50, ham portion €6, cold mussels €3.90, fried chili peppers €5, squid rings in batter (Roman-style calamari) €5. 25, grilled berberechos cockles 8 €20, shrimp fried in garlic sauce ( gambas al ajillo ) €7.50, grilled sea navajas shanks ( navajas a la plancha ) €8.45. We do not recommend taking these dishes, because the portions are too small, for one tooth. Our friends ordered navajas and shrimp and made sure that this was not enough for a full meal. To eat like a human, you need to take either a “normal dish” of fish or meat, or then order a lot of different tapas to try everything you can. Also an option.
If you want to save money, but still eat, we advise you to order such a peculiar type of tapas as Russian salad ( ensaladilla rusa ). It turned out that this salad is similar to our Olivier salad, only instead of meat (sausage) tuna was added to it. Pretty tasty and quite inexpensive salad, it costs only 3.30 euros, and the portion is quite decent, unlike other appetizers.
However, the main hit of our dinner was the dish mentioned above called parrillada ( parrillada de pescado y marisco ) – grilled assorted seafood and fish . On the menu opposite it is: “ para 2 personas ”, that is, it says that the dish is designed for two. Taught by bitter experience, just in case, we clarified whether the price is really for two. It turned out that yes, all without deception.
Parrillada did not disappoint. Such a mighty assortment costs 39 euros (I repeat, for two), but I assure you, it’s worth it. Start with what Portion is so large that the dish is actually meant for three or even four. In any case, it was too much for the two of us, and we had to ask for “the help of the audience.” Friends gladly helped. The ingredients are very high quality and varied. In general, conscientious assorted . On one large dish in front of you, you can barely fit the most powerful pieces of squid and delicious fish, very large and excellently cooked shrimp, giant orange mussels … In addition, the parrillada is flavored with lettuce and carrots, as well as noble pieces of lemon, which are pleasant to water all this disgrace from the heart . You can consume this abundance for a long time, slowly savoring every bite. Tasty, satisfying, and at the same time healthy. After such a dinner, you can say with confidence that you know what happiness is.
We advise all seafood lovers to try this dish, you will not regret it. Similar parrillas are prepared in almost all restaurants in Barcelona and especially in Barceloneta. The specific composition of the ingredients may differ, but in any case it will be combined dish from different seafood – a good opportunity to try several types of marine reptiles at once.
Another member of our team ordered a dish called rape a la marinera ie monkfish in seafood sauce. Monkfish meat is excellent, white, dense, boneless. This fish is served in this case with a thick reddish sauce with the addition of mussels and shrimps, so that it turns out almost like a stew. This dish costs about 17 euros. Of the fish dishes per person, perhaps the most expensive in this establishment, but very tasty and nutritious.
A few words about drinks . The restaurant has a fairly large selection of wines (a bottle costs from 10 to 15 euros), but we decided not to show off. Friends took a simple beer, and we – red wine sangria ( Sangria de Vino Tinto ). Half a liter cost us 5.50 euros, and it was enough for three. The sangria was very tasty. As expected, with ice and fruit. There are also a great many desserts, but, as you understand, we were not up to them.
At the end of the feast they brought bill . Everything was perfect in the check, without any markups and “hidden payments”.
Opening hours of the restaurant Toc De Mar : daily from 12:00 to midnight. Address: Passeig Joan de Borbó Comte de Barcelona , 31 Average price of dishes: less than 20€, approximate bill for one: 20-30€, there are set meals from 22€. Restaurant website: tocdemar.