I bet you know the struggle of having to restrict yourself when it comes to choosing from that menu because everything sounds soooo freaking good – This post will get you in even deeper trouble.
Barcelona is packed with great dining experiences that won’t leave your memory any time soon. Since I moved here in 2019, I got to explore quite a lot which led to many restaurant romances.
We all know Spain is known for its crazy good tapas. I get that, but why limit yourself to the Spanish version? You will miss out on A LOT. Especially if this is your second, third or even tenth time in the city. Barcelona has so many amazing gems that offer such great food, that you would be a fool not to share with someone (x2 as many tastes to try = double up on deliciousness).
This post is dedicated to the gems you probably won’t find on your own. If you are in the city to try out some good Spanish cuisine, fair enough! But this guide is dedicated to my favorite three restaurants in Barcelona where I can’t ever decide on what to order, and that the world needs to hear of.
Let’s get started!
Costa Pacífico – The Mexican Fiesta You Will Never Forget
So, let’s head straight to my all-time favorite at the moment. This pearl took me forever to try out, but when I finally got a taste of it, I kept coming back. Located in a charming small plaza in El Born with a cool vibe, right next to a bunch of bars and a vintage shop.
For most of us, I believe our first meeting with the Mexican kitchen is a Street Food or Tex Mex experience, but I promise you – this food is so good and beautiful you’ll feel honored to eat it. As the name reveals, Costa Pacífico is specialized in Mexican seafood. Does it sound odd to you? Well, I dare you not to like it. But if you have to drag a non-fish-fan with you, try out their famous Mexican pork ribs.
If I have to point out the must-eats try any of their ceviches, the battered fish taco – and if you’re an oyster fan or a daredevil, try out the oyster with clamato sauce.
TIP: They make a killer Margarita.
Check their Instagram @costapacificobcn
Address: Plaça de Sant Agustí Vell, 13, 08003 Barcelona
Gutai – Asian Gastropub of Your Dreams
Gutai is an abstract Japanese concept that challenges one to be innovative. This place is unique in so many ways, from the interior to their menu. A true wow experience. But be careful; it will cost you. Most people trying this place will definitely not be able to compare this experience with anything else. Have you ever witnessed a stylish restaurant with pandas everywhere? Now is your chance!
You walk into something that looks like a cool, small pub – and it’s only hiding more coolness in the back. This ‘Asian Gastrobar’ has a Russian ancestry, which has sneaked into the menu. Try their “From Russia With Love” and follow up with the shrimp taco. You will regret not rounding up with their chocolate roll with mascarpone.
TIP: Try asking the waiter what’s included in “una caña para el staff”.
Check their Instagram @gutaibcn
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 196, 08036 Barcelona
Paco Meralgo – The Tapas Place You Have Been Dying to Meet!
Ok, well. There is one spanish tapas place you need to get a heads up on! When I just moved here, I asked some of the locals in my neighborhood where to eat the best tapas in town. Without even blinking they both yelled “Paco Meralgo”. I completely understand where this reaction came from.
This place has an awesome atmosphere. Without being fancy, these guys truly understand how to serve authentic and interesting tapas. Simple ingredients combined, yet an amazing quality you will rarely experience.
I truly recommend their Cod Fritters – a heavenly bite! Also, they make a ‘bomba’ to die for.
TIP: Reserve a table good time in advance. Preferably at the bar, and order a bit at the time while you get inspired of the many tasty plates that leave the counter.
Check out their Instagram @pacomeralgobcn
Address: Muntaner, 171, 08036 Barcelona