It is often the case that the more options one has the harder it is to make a decision; and so it holds true when trying to decide where to take guests for dinner in Barcelona. With an infinite number of restaurant options the overwhelming selection of eclectic, delicious places to dine in the city can be daunting. What often helps is to break up the city into specific barrios (neighborhoods) as the restaurant choice often depends on where you might want to spend the rest of the evening, once dinner is over.
If you feel like being in the heart of the action and want to spend the remainder of the night roaming from bar to bar in a fun and energetic area, then check out some of the restaurants in the Born & Gotico in Ciutat Vella. A few key places to consider taking out-of-towners include:
Montiel – A quaint, elegant yet unassuming restaurant in the Born; it arguably has the most delicious food in Barcelona.
El Salon - Right behind the post office in the Gothic Quarter, El Salon’s dimly lit patio nestled in a small courtyard amongst several other charming bars, makes you feel like you’re experiencing Barcelona’s true authenticity; wine and tapas on an outdoor candlelit terrace. Their food is very high quality and always fresh.
El Jardi - A relaxed and extremely enjoyable ambiance in the Raval, this restaurant only has outdoor seating and is hidden in a beautiful courtyard in the Gothic Gardens of the old Hospital Santa Creu. This is an off the beaten path, truly local place to bring visitors; you’ll make them feel like they’re enjoying the REAL Barcelona.
If you’re in the mood to spend the night in a slightly more upscale area of the city, then head to the Eixample neighborhood where you’ll find one of kind restaurants for all ‘gustos’ (tastes). You might want to bring guests to the following few places:
Bar Mut - This tiny, trendy and upscale tapas bar and seafood restaurant is known for its exquisite and elaborate food. You’ll eat on old barrels, which act as small tables while overlooking the street through its floor to ceiling windows. This is great for intimate dinners with 2-3 people.
Paco Meralgo – Elegant and unpretentious, this tapas restaurant is extremely popular and for very good reason. Situated in the heart of the Eixample, Paco Meralgo prides itself on excellent service and quality food in a lively atmosphere.
La Flauta – If you’re looking for a high-energy atmosphere with a varied menu and amazing food, then this is a great choice. You can’t make reservations here so it’s best to go early especially on weekends.