Barcelona's Trendiest and Tastiest Family-Friendly Restaurants and Diners

Barcelona's restaurant scene is one of a kind. It's a city with something for everyone including high-end tapas restaurants, greasy spoon joints and a host of 'diner-style' locales as well as tasty bistros. Most restaurants these days have a wide selection of food including vegetarian options and 'child-friendly' dishes for the less adventurous folk. The city's Old Town (Ciutat Vella) has an overwhelming number of restaurants per capita. You can walk through the Gothic Quarter and 'menu shop' or go to Plaza Reial right off La Rambla and choose from a series of gorgeous terraces.

Family-friendly in Barcelona pertains to a vast number of restaurants as most places welcome children and have an unassuming vibe. You don't have to dress up or leave the kids at home to dine at the majority of the city's establishments and even places serving nouvelle tapas usually have great options for kids or those who want to stick to the basics.

As Spanish and Catalan food is grounded in meat, rice, salad and potatoes, no matter where you go there's always something homey and great for all family members. A few notable areas of the city to find great family-friendly places to eat are in Ciutat Vella as well as Gracia.

Tucked away in the Raval, in the gardens of the Old Hospital Santa Creu, El Jardi is a quaint and very charming outdoor tapas bar and restaurant. Ideal during the spring and summer, the restaurant serves fresh salads and tapas and also features...  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

Teresa Carles

A vegetarian oasis on the edge of the Raval neighborhood, Teresa Carles serves fresh vegetables and fruits, authentic salads and even brunch. This is a comfortable, relaxing, very warm and inviting place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and...  Read More


A trendy, young, lively and unique restaurant that specializes in Asian tapas. Mosquito has found its niche offering the most amazing Dim Sum and dumplings, you'll actually feel like you're in Hong Kong and China, while dipping into a wide...  Read More

Excellent for tapas, wine or a cup of coffee, Re-Pla may be the more economical version of its well known sister restaurant, Pla, but it's tapas are just as delicious and the portions fairly large (for Spanish standards). This is a lively, hip...  Read More

A hip, New York style gastro tapas bar in the heart of the Born neighborhood. Llamber is chic and trendy, set in a loft style setting with exposed brick and a mix of high top tables and regular seating. The restaurant prides itself on quality,...  Read More

An excellent gastro tapas bar in the Old City right near Arc De Triomf at the edge of the Born neighborhood. Elsa y Fred sports an early 1920's decor and provides an elegant understated vibe. It's a great place for a morning coffee and paper,...  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

Charming, quaint and one of the only restaurants in Barcelona that takes reservations on their outdoor terrace, El Salon is a always a sure bet for out-of-towners, dates and intimate evenings amongst close friends. Featuring a mix of Catalan and...  Read More


There are few Barcelona restaurants able to beat the charm, elegance and eclectic menu found at Montiel. Hidden on one of the narrow side streets in the Born, this small, two-story restaurant has mouth watering tapas, meats, starters and above...  Read More


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