Dining in Barcelona restaurants is undoubtedly one of the most popular pursuits of the city by tourists and locals alike. But dining with a great view always adds a special dynamic to your dining experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or just a place to take in the city views Barcelona has it all. From sky high restaurants with dazzling city views right down to eating on the water we have hand-picked a diverse selection of restaurants with a view for every mood. Barcelona/Catalan cuisine is cutting edge, and a great view can spice up your meal!
Panoramic City Views: Mirablau
Mirablau is often described as ‘the place to be seen’ in Barcelona as it draws in a glamorous crowd looking for that unique combination of outstanding views and a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Through its floor to ceiling glass windows is a stunning panoramic view of the entire city glimmering below. It’s the ideal place for an early evening cocktail as it opens at 7pm, but make sure you make yourself at home as it is best enjoyed later on in the evening when the city lights are at their most “illuminating” and the music is playing.
By the Sea: Martinez
At the other end of the city, halfway up the other famous mountain: Montjuic, is the fantastic Martinez restaurant. As the entire restaurant is seated outside this is the ultimate in al fresco dining. It still however appeals to diners in the cooler months as they supply cosy blankets and heaters to ensure you still enjoy the outdoor dining experience without feeling the chill. As Martinez is nestled into the cliff of montjuic it is a unique setting as the imposing mountain towers above you the sprawling harbour and medieterian sea lies beneath creating an impressive contrast. Specialising in Paella and rice dishes this restaurant has carefully selected a range of creative set menus offering some unique twists on the traditional dish.
Historical Location: Babilonia- Sagrada Familia
We couldn’t possibly cover the cities best dining views without including one with a view of arguably the most iconic view of the entire city. Babilonia is located, smack bang in front of the stunning Sagrada Familia and offers a fantastic selection of tapas and Mediterranean food. The restaurant has a very cosy, home-from-home feel so this is great place for families too. With a heated terrace and a privileged location, right at the foot of Gaudi’s masterpiece, the restaurant can be enjoyed all year round.
People watching: Citrus – Views of Passieg De Gracia
Recently renovated this modern and stylishly decorated restaurant sits proudly on the prestigious Passieg De Gracia. It offers wonderful views of the street below through its enormous windows and offers very competitive prices for its luxurious location. It gives off an upscale and ‘exclusive’ first impression whilst offering a very personal and welcoming service – which is a combination that one would like to find more often in Barcelona. The waiters are attentive and friendly and the menu offers a very generous vegetarian selection.
People Watching: Attic – La Rambla
It doesn’t get much more central than La Rambla, but the area itself, though stunning and lively, can be a real challenge for people looking for somewhere special on the never-ending strip of over-priced restaurants and bars. The Attic restaurant offers modern, well presented cuisine in one of the best people-watching spots in town. The relaxing terrace, perched directly above La Rambla, offers the best views of the hustle and bustle of the street activity below. The cuisine is heavily focused on combining classic mediterranean flavours in an innovative way to create a unique gastronomic experience and the large historical columns give the place a very regal ambience.
Sea Views: Bestial
This modern and sophisticated space boasts a beautiful view of the sea and offers fine, but unpretentious, cuisine. The terrace itself is sprinkled in twinkling fairy lights which gives it a very romantic setting and the Italian-inspired cuisine is always fresh and of top quality. They also do fantastic cocktails so this is a great spot to unwind with a drink and spend some time socialising before settling down for a top-notch Italian feast.
Barcelona really is any gourmand’s wet (and dry and humid and moist and..) dream! Catalan cooking tradition has spawned several generations of world-class chefs, many of which have their own place (restaurant) in Barcelona, even though they orginally started somewhere else. For instance, “the world’s best chef” Ferran Adriá and his brother, Albert, have several restaurants in Barcelona, after closing their three star temple of experimental cuisine, El Bulli in northern Catalonia a few years back. Most known is their tapas “bar”, Tickets. Furthermore, the brothers Roca whose Celler de Can Roca in Girona consistently is on a top 3 list of the best restaurants in the world, have Roca Moo in the Hotel Omm in downtown Barcelona. Whether you are looking for fine dining at the uppermost level or prefer to eat on a more modest budget, Barcelona has it all! Check out our list of ten recommended tapas restaurants in Barcelona. If you travel in a group, in a larger family or with colleagues, we’re happy to set up a group dining experience for you!
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