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Barcelona / Top Barcelona Restaurants

When you're visiting a new city you probably look for recommendations of good restaurants and in this modern age the obvious point of reference is the Internet. Online you can find "Best of…" lists for almost everything, including Barcelona restaurants. Here is a short list of the most popular and top voted Barcelona restaurants.

Michelin Starred Barcelona Restaurants

Although there are 20 Michelin starred restaurants within 4km of the city there is only one restaurant with 3 Michelin stars but it is 45km from the city and that is Sant Pau situated in Sant Pol de Mar. However there are four 2 star restaurants within 3.5km of the city center. Moments with an open-view kitchen; Lasarte captained by well known chef Martin Berasategui; Enoteca which serves contemporary cuisine rooted in tradition and Abac for a creative gastronomic experience. Each of these Michelin restaurants will not disappoint as they have about the highest accolade a restaurant could ask for.

"World's Best" ranked Barcelona restaurants

The closest restaurant on the World's Best Restaurant List is in Girona, a 1 hour drive from Barcelona. The El Celler De Can Roca has 3 Michelin stars and is ranked number 2 on the World's Best Restaurant List. The list is published annually and is organized by Restaurant Magazine. The restaurant is run by three brothers and they use Catalan ingredients to serve food in a unique way with superb technique. El Celler De Can Roca also ranks #2 in the list of European 50 Best Restaurants in an online restaurant guide.

Top Trip Advisor Restaurants

Trip Advisor is the ultimate online travel guide and travel forum, the top ranked Barcelona restaurants on Trip Advisor are Cera 23, Restaurante Parrilla Alfonsina and Osmosis. Cera 23 stays open until 3am and serves a wide variety of cocktails to go with the traditional Galician cuisine as well as other European dishes. It is basically a tapas restaurants but the service is what keeps diners coming back. Restaurante Parilla Alfonsina is an authentic Argentinean restaurant where the best item on the menu is a big juicy steak. This is primarily a restaurant for serious carnivores. Osmosis is an exclusive restaurant with a base menu as well as an Executive menu and their menu is based on fresh market produce. The menu changes according to the freshest ingredients in season in fact they promote themselves as serving "New Catalan Market Cuisine."

Always on the Top 10 Barcelona Restaurant Lists

Some Barcelona restaurants keep popping up on "best Barcelona restaurant lists", they include Tickets which also features on Trip Advisor and is run by the brothers who ran El Bulli, they serve a 33 course tasting menu of Catalan cuisine. Koy Shunka is a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine but it leans more towards Japanese food. The trendy Comerc 24 takes daring but tasty risks with the preparation of traditional Catalan cuisine. It is run by Carles Abellan one of the local culinary greats. Cinc Sentits is run by Chef Jordi Artal who fuses old traditional Catalan cuisine with new and serves it up in a chic restaurant. 

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