10 Barcelona Restaurants to Get the Best Bang for Your Buck

In general, Barcelona's restaurants are fairly inexpensive. Depending on where you go, you can usually eat a delicious three-course meal including plenty of wine and sangria, at a very decent price. There are however, places one can frequent if you're looking for exceptional 'bang for your buck' deals. Some restaurants provide larger portions and don't mark up their wine as much as others, so if you know where to go, you can eat extremely well for very little.

The Old City especially has a variety of rustic hole in the wall gems mixed with several finer dining establishments, many of which aren't as pricey as they might appear from a distance. If you're going for lunch always be sure to ask for their 'menu del dia' which should be anywhere between 8-12 Euros. This usually includes three dishes as well as a drink (wine and water) and is probably the best value meal of the day in the city. 

One notable place to consider includes, Paladar Vinoteca. Even though it's more of a wine bar than a restaurant, every day at 6pm they have very cheap wine tastings which usually includes a mix of small and very delicious snacks.

A few other great value bargains include places such as Maoz and Wok to Walk, although they are more of the take-out variety rather than sit down restaurants.


Los Caracoles

Are your senses ready? Sight, smell and taste converge when you see the large wall of roasting chickens at one of Barcelona's most famous restaurants. Dine on incredible Catalan dishes of roasted meats, fresh fish dishes and snails all for...  Read More

Not only does this sleek yet rustic restaurant/bar sport a large breakfast menu, but it is one of few places in Barcelona to offer bagels as well. Situated in the up and coming Raval neighborhood in the Old City, Dostrece's brunch and lunch menu...  Read More

La Pepita

A family owned and run, quaint tapas restaurant in the Eixample neighborhood, La Pepita has made quite a name for itself with its high quality food and understated, yet classy ambiance. The restaurant is tiny with a room at the back, which can...  Read More


It's hard to get more Catalan than Sol De Nit, located in Plaza Del Sol. This tiny restaurant has one of the best terraces, ideal for gawking at hippie Catalans, buskers, performers, runaway dogs and for sun tanning, especially during the...  Read More

Tucked away in Plaza Sant Juss, Bliss is both a cozy coffee, tea and tapas joint as well as a thriving summer time venue due to it's great out door patio. The back room is full of plus couches and comfy chairs which makes it hard to leave and...  Read More

Fabulous cooking classes by a professional nutritionist and vegan cook. This is less of a traditional restaurant and more of a home experience plus cooking class, which ends in a three-course meal. Pabulum focuses on fresh, organic, local and in...  Read More

La Ciutadela

Quaint and charming, La Ciutadela is nestled in the Old City near Arc de Triomf and has an extremely diverse menu with a strong focus on serving fresh seafood daily. With two private dining rooms and a separate coffee area, you'll be treated...  Read More

El Foro

A beef lover's paradise, El Foro cooks a mean Argentinean bife de chorizo and is one of the few places in Barcelona that knows how to make a steak 'poco hecho' (bloody rare). This lively, airy and spacious restaurant is excellent for dates,...  Read More

A slice of Paris in the heart of Barcelona's Ciutate Vella, if you're in the mood for a french cafe/bistro, this is the place to go. Run by all French staff, this rustic, quaint and incredibly personable cafe acts as a restaurant as well as a...  Read More

Old Town
El Salón

The antique decor that adorns El Sal�n is simply charming, and the menu is equally impressive. It is based on a Catalan traditional menu, but it is colored with French influence. Dishes you should try include the seared tuna, lamb and...  Read More


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