Best Tapas Bars in Barcelona - UPDATED!
Whether you live in Barcelona or you are just visiting, you have to have the best tapas the city has to offer! Here are a few of my favourite tapas restaurants in the city. Please note that when I speak of tapas I also include raciones, which are dishes to share, and somewhat larger than tapas. If you also are into vermouth, find my list of 17 vermouth bars in Gracia here, all of them also serve a little something to snack.
Bormuth - I love Bormuth for a, early Saturday tapas lunch kind of thing. It has a lot of atmosphere, the tapas are great and it’s not too expensive. It’s great for a vermouth too if you have lunch plans elsewhere. They have a few craft beers too if that’s your thing. Read my review here. Plaça Comercial 1 (Born).
Tapeo - This tapas bar opened first in the Born neighborhood, and has fairly recently opened a second location in Gracia. The options are interesting with well-known classics and interesting twists. Highly recommendable! Carrer de Montcada 29 (Born) and Carrer de Topazi 8 (Gracia).
Bodega La Puntual - Authentic food made with excellent quality ingredients in a place where history is infused in the walls. By the entrance there is a casual oyster bar with a few snacks, wine and sparkling wine, and further inside you’ll find a larger room with tables, also for larger groups. Make sure to try the Arroz de Pluma Ibérica. Read my review here. Carrer de Montcada 22 (Born).
Cremat 11 - This cozy Born outpost has a modern take on tapas, and a privileged, hidden away location on a quiet plaza, with a terrace that offers shade on a hot day. Make sure to try their deconstructed Russian Salad. Read my review on Cremat 11 here. Carrer Cremat Gran 11 (Born).
La Esquinica - If you want to go off the beaten path, then this place is really worthwhile. Make sure you go early, you can't book a table here and there will be a queue. The origins are from Zaragoza. Great tapas, and inexpensive too. Paseo de Fabra I Puig 296 (Nou Barris).
Can Maño - You can find groups of older gentlemen here at 10 in the morning, sharing dishes of sardines and drinking straight from a “porron”. The staff is charming and not much has changed here in the last few decades. Carrer del Baluard 12 (Barceloneta).
Bar Omar - Casual bar with good seasonal tapas options. Carrer d’Amigó 34 (Sarria-Sant Gervasi).
Tapas 24 - The menu consists of dishes to share, there is plenty to choose from and if you’re looking for authentic food then this is definitely it. The place is small but they also have a terrace outside. It’s not the cheapest tapas place in the city (it has a famous chef), but it’s worth it! Their truffle “bikini” (cheese and ham sandwich) is one of their signature dishes, so do check that one out. Read more about it here. Avinguda Diagonal 520 (Sarria-Sant Gervasi) , Carrer de la Diputació 269 and Carrer d’Aristides Maillol (Camp Nou, Les Corts).
Entrepanes Diaz - This has been intentionally made old-school even if the place itself isn't very old. I feel like I'm transported to a time when I wasn't even born yet. The staff is dressed in bowties and these guys are professionals: they've been hired with many, many, many years of experience. The menu is long and interesting, don't leave without trying the bocata de calamares (squid sandwich) or the Antxón, a sandwich with chistorra, egg (a very runny one, mmmmhh) and string fries. The patatas bravas are excellent too. Read my review here. Carrer de Pau Claris 189.
Bar Cañete - Seafood is in focus at this very popular restaurant in the Raval. It's not the cheapest, but the quality is very good. They have a hidden dining room should you be interested. Make sure you book in advance! Carrer de la Unió 17.
El Quim de la Boqueria - Inside the Boqueria market there is a bar that is always busy with hungry customers. The tapas are delightful and Quim himself can often be seen there, serving up tasty dishes. Many local chefs come here for a quick early lunch. (Las Ramblas, inside La Boqueria Market).
Bar Bodega l’Electricitat - Another gem in the Barceloneta neighbourhood, where you can get wine straight from the barrel and share tasty tapas. Carrer de Sant Carles 15 (Barceloneta).
Quimet y Quimet - a classic. It's always packed and it might be quite touristy, but don't let that scare you off. This is a place you go to have a glass of cava or wine (they have many too choose from) and a tapa or two. There's so seating so be prepared to stand. The salmon tapa is a classic. Read more here. Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 25 (Poble Sec).
Bar Mut - This place is a proper restaurant, and a very romantic one too for that matter. It's not the cheapest, but the solomillo con foie and the egg carpaccio are really worth it. Be sure to book in advance! Read my review here. Carrer de Pau Claris 192 (Eixample).
Bar Lobo - Just next to the Ramblas this tapas bar is always busy, and frequented by plenty of tourists. But the quality is good, and they have a nice terrace if you'd like to catch some sun too. Read more here. Carrer del Pintor Fortuny 3 (Raval).
Bambarol - I love this place! The owners and the staff are young and enthusiastic, and the menu has a little twist to it too. Great tapas and not expensive. Read more here. Carrer de Santaló 21 (Sarria-Sant Gervasi)
La Bicicleta - In Gracia you can find this tapas restaurant, with a young staff and good food, too. Make sure you book in advance just in case, or come early. In the weekends they do vermouths, too. My review here. Carrer de Verdi 65 (Gracia).
Cerveceria Catalana - This restaurant is very popular among tourists, but they do good tapas and have many to choose from. There is often a queue (you can't book a table), but the place is big so usually you don't have to wait for long. Read more here. Carrer de Mallorca 236 (Eixample).
Cal Pep - Another classic. If you're into seafood then you must go here. There's a bar at the entrance, or you can get a table in the dining room in the back. Everything is delicious, and the waiters are friendly and funny. There's often a queue here too. Read my review here. Plaça de les Olles 8 (Born).
Mont Bar - One of my favourite restaurants. The menu is seafood-focused, it looks like any tapas menu but the dishes are all very special. The decor of the place is nice too, and they have a little terrace outside. Some of the tables are quite close to each other, so it's better to go early if you want to have a very secret private conversation..! Read my review here. Carrer de la Diputació 220 (Eixample).
La Cova Fumada - A classic, and one of my all time favorites. There isn't even a sign on the door, and the hours are a bit weird, but it's so worth the effort to go here. Excellent, fresh tapas, friendly service, inexpensive, and very old school. You can't book a table here, so go early. Read more here. Carrer del Baluard 56 (Barceloneta).
La Bombeta - Another classic in the Barceloneta neighbourhood. Good quality tapas. There can be a queue so go early. Carrer de la Maquinista 3 (Barceloneta).
Bodega Quimet - This old bodega is located in Gracia, and it fills up in the evenings with people drinking a caña or a glass of wine and sharing some cured meats or cheeses. Great atmosphere! Read more here. Carrer de Vic (Gracia).
Antunez - Tasty gourmet style tapas and dishes to share, in a friendly laid-back atmosphere. It feels like a neighbourhood restaurant where you go with family and friends. I love the duck and foie canelón and the gorgonzola and pear croqueta. Carrer de Neptú 18 (Gracia).
Extra Bar - On Torrent de l'Olla in Gracia there is a tiny little place where the cool kids hang out and where tapas are made with a creative twist. Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla 79 (Gracia).
Can Paixano - A true classic. Many go here for the dirt cheap (and tasty) cava, but in order to get the cava you have to ask for tapas too. They might be simple but they are so tasty! The place gets very busy, so come very early (breakfast time) or don’t mind the crowd and just find yourself a little corner. They have a little shop too where you can buy cava and tins of yummy seafood. Carrer de la Reina Cristina 7 (Barceloneta).