Carrer de la Princesa, 33
A great and friendly restaurant in El Born, serving classic Spanish dishes with contemporary twists. They also change the menu fairly regularly, but classics such as padron peppers and patatas bravas always remain.
Carrer d’en Gignàs, 21
Found in the Gothic Quarter, this bistro is small so can get crowded, but the food never fails. They serve a range of tapas, burgers, and other main dishes that are influenced by a range of international cuisines.
Carrer d’en Tantarantana, 24
Possibly my favourite restaurant in Barcelona, I took many people here and my Grandma and Great Aunt got very drunk and kept all the staff entertained. It serves classic Spanish dishes, and the tapas should not be avoided, they are some of the best I’ve had.
Via Laietana, 46
It was 2 minutes from where I lived, so too easy to get to. A Mexican restaurant, the menu is small but everything was delicious, from the quesadillas to the margaritas. The interior is tacky in a fun way. Expect a half an hour wait, but the wait is worth it.
El Gran Cafe
Carrer d’Avinyó, 9
I went with family after my Graduation, it is a very fancy looking restaurant in the Gothic Quarter. A man played piano, the dishes were fancy and good, and the service was impeccable.
Carrer de Montsió, 3
The place where Picasso used to hang out, so although it is pricey (the restaurant at least, the cafe might be better), it is definitely worth a check out. The prices are justified by the amazing choice of fish and meat dishes (vegetarians and vegans, don’t bother unfortunately).
Melic del Gotic
Carrer de Montsió, 7
I went to this one, but there are many found across the city. This one, next to Els 4 Gats but much more affordable, offers traditional Spanish food, and plenty of choice. It feels very traditional in its setting, so perfect for people who don’t care for overly trendy, over priced dishes.
Flax and Kale
Carrer dels Tallers, 74b
Another one with many places in the city, and this one is good for vegetarians and vegans. Promoted as a flexitarian restaurant, this one offers dishes that are healthy, ususual, and delicious. A little pricey for what you get, but the vast menu and feeling of pride for eating healthy makes it worth it.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385
If there is one thing I will take away from my time in Barcelona, is that it made me develop a huge addiction to Sushi. So if you need a change from tapas, going to this restaurant at the top of the ex-bull ring shopping centre in Placa de Espanya for the views and sushi is the place to be.
Restaurant Japonès Toyo
Calle Torrente de L’Olla, 10
Alternatively, if you are on a tight budget, this popular place offers all you can eat sushi for 10 euros (15 on weekends). And by all you can it, it really is. I ate so much and wanted to crawl out of the restaurant.