An authentic mix of Catalan and Galician cuisine, this is one of Barcelona and Spain's most renowned restaurants. Featuring a modern, yet classic decor the food is of the highest quality with top-notch service in an elegant yet relaxed setting. The high ceilings and two floors add to the airy and open atmosphere, providing for a really enjoyable experience. If you're looking for an authentic fine-dining experience, this is the place to go. Botafumeiro is a one of a kind establishment, and fuses high-end food with an elegant yet unpretentious vibe that keeps locals faithful and brings in tourists all year round.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: A Barcelona fine dining classic with exquisite food in a beautiful setting
Sam's expert tip: Check out their private lounge and dining area, excellent for parties and big groups
Literally meaning "Seven Doors," this restaurant has been in business since 1836. Third and fourth generations of loyal patrons still pack the place. Marble floors, endless mirrors and huge portions of great Catalan food such as herring with onions and potatoes, white bean and sausage stew, fresh fish and any kind of paella imaginable. This is one of the more touristy Catalan restaurants in the city, so if you're looking for an out of the way Catalan restaurant, this isn't your best bet. If you want to eat in a larger restaurants, more elaborate and not far from the water, then it's a great choice.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: A Barcelona classic that's been around for more than a century.
Sam's expert tip: Make a reservation, they're always full.
One flight up from street level, choose from house specialties of filet of goat, cream of potato soup with caviar and expertly prepared dishes of lamb, veal, beef and shellfish. The service is professional, and the wine list is a perfect complement, at a reasonable price. La Dama is well known for its quality food as well as its authentically situated restaurant. Located in one of Barcelona's Art Nouveau buildings, it was constructed by architect Sayrach in 1918 and provides for an excellent dinner setting both its street view and inside decor.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: One of Barcelona's most well-known restaurants situated in a beautiful building with great food
Sam's expert tip: Reserve well in advance, even months ahead, especially during the summer.
Situated in the up and coming Poblenou neighborhood, this original tavern, now turned high-end restaurant, has been serving the freshest seafood and highest quality dishes for years. If you're in the mood for dining in an elegant, chic establishment, rich in history, class and innovation, then Els Pescadors is an excellent pick. Their menu changes daily depending on the catch of the day, so be sure to call in advance if you're wondering what will be served that evening. This is one of the less casual fine dining restaurants, so be sure to love fish and want a genuine Catalan experience in a local part of town.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Delicious fresh fish in an out of the way neighborhood - a local fine dining experience
Sam's expert tip: Try their duck foie gras
This Michelin star restaurant boasts the best of both worlds; an eclectic tapas bar with the service of an elegant restaurant. Avant-Garde with a modern decor, Comerc 24 has been hailed as a Barcelona 'must-try' from foodies worldwide. Renowned chef, Carles Abellan's reputation precedes him and his talents shine through his innovative and delicious dishes. There is a set menu and a la carte options, so if you have vegetarians amongst you be sure to let them know in advance so they can prepare something. This is a wonderful place for a special dinner with a loved one or group of friends.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: More than a dinner, this is an experience at one of the city's only Michelin Star Restaurants
Sam's expert tip: Book well in advance the restaurant is always packed. If it's full ask to be seated at the bar.
Ferran Adria's newest addition to Barcelona's tapas scene, Tickets is a refreshing spin on gastro-tapas, offering delicious, innovative dishes in a fun and youthful locale. Tapas can be ordered a la carte or ask for their surprise menu where you let the waiters order for you. Even if you have food restrictions or allergies, just tell the waiters and they'll adapt the menu to meet your needs. They even offer a great wine pairing, just ask for their input. Although from the outside Tickets looks like you're at a carnival with its bright colours and wooden chairs and tables, it's an incredible gastronomic experience.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Ferran Adria's 'low-end' tapas is still extremely high-end and full of innovation
Sam's expert tip: Best way to reserve is to book at midnight, 3 months prior to the day you want to go. It's extremely hard to get reservations, but not impossible.
Upscale wine bar and restaurant in the heart of the Eixample, Monvinic is for wine lovers and foodies. Featuring a selection of international and Spanish high quality wines, every day they open a selection of thirty wines from around the world, all available for wine tastings or to drink with mouth watering tapas, cheese and cavier dishes. Monvinic has two parts to it, the wine bar and the restaurant. The Wine bar is more relaxed with a tapas menu while the restaurant has a set menu or you can order a la carte. It's beautifully set up with top-notch service.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: One of the most extensive wine lists in the city if not the country. The wine list comes on an ipad.
Sam's expert tip: Try their eggs with truffles and fried potatoes
Mediterranean inspired cuisine with Spanish influence, this intimate and elegant restaurant is an excellent find in the heart of the Old City. Pla has an extensive menu including fish, meats, salads as well as seasonal specialties and mouth watering desserts. It's classy yet unpretentious and a perfect place to spend a truly enjoyable evening. This is a wonderful experience on all levels. The waiters are attentive and fun, even sitting beside you while they tell you the daily specials. The menu is innovative and only uses the highest quality ingredients. They also have a great wine list with plenty of options for both red and white wine lovers.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: A quaint and very romantic fine dining locale in the heart of the Gothic Quarter
Sam's expert tip: Be sure to reserve and keep in mind dinner is done in shifts, 9pm and 11pm
An excellent mix of Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine in a charming and elegant setting. Boca Grande is one of Barcelona's fastest rising 'IT' restaurants. It's a great place to throw private parties as they have an additional salon for large groups and an outdoor terrace, especially fun during the summer. Boca Grande is a Spanish/Nouveau Cuisine fusion restaurant with a host of delicious food and impeccable service. The restaurant turns itself into a late night disco in the evening with a DJ playing in the bathroom. It's ideal for romantic dinners and then perfect as it turns into a disco at the end of the night.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: A posh, Catalan restaurant in the nicer area of town
Sam's expert tip: Be sure to reserve well in advance
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 all they have an excellent selection of fresh fish daily. One of the only places in the city that has fish on Mondays (for the most part fish is not caught and sold on Sundays), this is a sure bet for dates, guests or an intimate evening out. Montiel now has a set menu with two options, however they cater to dietary restrictions.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: A beautiful and charming restaurant with high-quality food in the Born
Sam's expert tip: Try their sirloin steak and tuna tartar