Best Tapas Bars in Barcelona
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.
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.
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.
Bar Omar - Casual bar with good seasonal tapas options.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
La Bombeta - Another classic in the Barceloneta neighbourhood. Good quality tapas. There can be a queue so go early.
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.
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.
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.
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.