Ever dined at one of the many restaurants in Barcelona with Michelin stars? This list highlights a few of the best.
You’ve made it to Barcelona, a sparkling city on the Mediterranean famous for its creative architecture, incredible nightlife, and complex history, and right on cue, you’re hungry for some authentic cuisine. Sure, you could nab an airport bocadillo or head over to the nearest café. But you want something substantial, something authentic, something good. Lucky for you, Catalonia was just named the European Region of Gastronomy 2016, and there are over twenty restaurants in Barcelona with Michelin stars. If you’re hoping for a truly extraordinary dining experience, Barcelona can deliver.
Catalan cuisine is rich and flavorful, with recipes dating back hundreds of years. We’ve compiled a list of popular dishes here if you’re so inclined, but if not, then what you need to know are the basics: wine, cheese, tomatoes, olive oil, fish, and mushrooms, not to mention countless fresh fruits and vegetables. A quick stop by the big open-air market off Las Ramblas, La Boqueria, will catch you up to speed on the stunning variety and quality of Catalan produce, meat, and seafood. And where there is quality produce, meat, and seafood, there are stellar chefs. The Michelin Gourmet Guide is a series of French guidebooks on European cuisine, carefully curated and published over the last hundred or so years. For many chefs, receiving the coveted star would leave an indelible golden mark on the restaurant, launching it–and the chefs’ careers–into the stratosphere. We know you’re salivating over Barcelona restaurants with Michelin stars, and here is our guide to the city’s best high-class eats.
Named after the Catalan phrase for “five senses” and located near the university, this stunning restaurant prides itself on locally-sourced food. If you’re looking for a chance to enjoy fish from Mediterranean fishing villages, artisanal cheeses from tiny Spanish pueblos, or sustainable caviar, then you’ve come to the right place.
Although Disfrutar has only been open for a short while, it’s already garnered a Michelin Star and multiple awards. A celebration of the avant-garde and of taste, this restaurant is the brainchild of chefs Mateu Casanas, Oriol Castro, and Educard Xatruch, who trained together at a Catalan restaurant with three Michelin stars on the coast. Fascinating bites of Catalan cuisine come together to create one of the most delicious meals you’ll have ever had.
If you’ve tried a few amazing Catalan restaurants, why not try a foreign one? Hoja Santa is a Spanish homage to Mexico and all of its delicious recipes, tailored to a European audience. If you like foie gras tacos, seafood, or anything spicy, then this place might bring tears.
Some might shy away from a trip to a hotel restaurant, but you could do a lot worse than the Ritz Carlton, and this gorgeous place has two Michelin Stars. With 700 wines to choose from, breathtaking Mediterranean cuisine, and amazing service, your Enoteca trip will be otherworldy.
Run by famous Catalan chef Carme Ruscalleda, the only female chef with seven Michelin stars to her name, the Barcelona Moments restaurant is a testament to Catalan cuisine made from the most refined ingredients. It’s located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the hip neighborhood Eixample, and if you’re hoping for a glamorous evening with stunning food, you can make a reservation here.
Craving a night in a sleek, modern restaurant with intricately designed food? Then you’ll love Lasarte. Open since 2006, this lovely restaurant has just undergone a redesign leaving it cooler, classier, and more intense than ever before. Interested in wild and original cuisine? Then this might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Have you visited a Barcelona restaurant with a Michelin Star or two? Let us know where in the comments!