Michelin Restaurants Barcelona: Everything You Need to Know
This week I’ve decided to throw some light on where to find the top Michelin restaurants Barcelona has to offer. Tell me, guys, what’s better than after a long day of site seeing, exploring, working or whatever you like to do with your time, than going for a evening meal with your favorite people. Michelin restaurants are the most highly ranked restaurants in the world. Expect nothing less than incredible and creative food, excellent and on point service and a divine atmosphere. If you are not concerned about your budget, then you should most certainly pay a visit to one of the these brilliant restaurants. Feeling hungry yet? Me too. Let’s get to it then.
ÁBaC Hotel and Restaurant
Starting off with ÁBaC restaurant. One of the best Michelin restaurants Barcelona has to offer. Chef Jordi Cruz received his first Michelin star at the age of 24, becoming the youngest chef in Spain to be accredited with this prestigious rank. In 2011 the restaurant received its second Michelin star.
If you are in love with traditional Spanish cuisine this is surely a must visit restaurant for you. Chef Jordi Cruz’s menu tries to preserve the traditional taste but combines it with modern cooking techniques in order to serve us an exquisite meal. As a common practice you can order ‘a la carte’ which is a combined platter of meals of your choice. Definitely a great option if you are a food enthusiast. A regular dinner menu at ÁBaC would cost you around 94€.
Feel free to familiarize yourself with (ÁBaC’s menu) and build up an idea of what you would like to have for dinner on your visit.
Signature dish: Chef Jordi Cruz’s egg with asparagus.
Another jewel in the field of fine dining in Barcelona is Cinc Sentits. Again, amazing dishes with a strong presence of Catalan cuisine but also inspired by foreign gastronomy. One of the finest Michelin restaurants in Barcelona. Literally, gang, their food is so deliciously strange and prepared in such a way to play with our senses that it truly becomes an all-time favorite immediately.
The restaurant’s strong suit is definitely the service. Friendly but professional at the same time, the staff will treat you like royalty. Their competences exceed the limits of sole waiting. For every meal you order they will recommend the best wine to go perfectly with it. Have questions about the food? No need to call for the chef. The waiters are fully able to explain everything about the ingredients, the flavors, cooking techniques and whatever might pop into your head.
Cinc Sentits is an amazing experience that you can have for the price of 85€ for a tasting menu.
Signature dish: Chef Jordi Artal’s ember-roasted sweet potato.
Traditional and modern clash together. Recently relocated at the Ohla Hotel this restaurants is one of the hot spots for fine dining in Barcelona. Chef Xavier Franco’s creativity and passion provides us with a premium-quality traditional Catalan cuisine. Combined with impeccable service, Saüc restaurant brings the dining experience to a new level. Receiving its Michelin star in 2007, chef Xavier Franco has never failed to bring joy, happiness (and full tummies) to its customers since. The chef considers himself a ‘protein man’ and to account for that his dishes are very protein packed, making them very nutritious and healthy.
The tasting menu you can enjoy for an average of 78€ or 108€, depending on how many dishes you would like to include.
Signature dish: Chef Xavier Franco’s fricassee of fava beans with veal sweetbread.
Gresca is one of the more affordable Michelin restaurants Barcelona has. If you are on a budget, but still a quality food lover that demands exceptional service, then you my friend have just found the perfect restaurant. Inspired by tradition and his childhood memories of his grandmother’s recipes, Chef Rafa Penya provides amazing dining experience for a low price and a nostalgic element. His dishes might seem simple and but don’t be fooled by the names on the menu. Once your waiter puts the plate in front of you, just be prepared to be astonished by the creativity and amazing presentation. The chef is in love with tradition but his cooking techniques are very modern and innovative which consequently produces a meal full of rich flavors and textures.
The prices at restaurant Gresca range between 19€ to 70€, making it very affordable without cutting down on the quality.
Signature dish: Chef Rafa Penya’s “souffleed” egg with cured ham cream
Exquisite Mediterranean cuisine served with a bunch of creativity. This recently opened restaurant received its Michelin star in 2013. Don’t worry though, their food is top notch. Specializing mainly in Mediterranean cuisine, Nectari offers some of the best dishes including fish and other sea food. If you think that ‘Grilled squid, artichoke confit with honey, chanterelles and salsa’ sounds delicious, look no further – head down to Nectari restaurant. Chef Jordi Esteve is a young and passionate chef famous for his artwork that he puts in every dish making it look like it’s worthy to be put in a museum. The restaurant caters to and highly values their customers who suffer from coeliac disease, which is why the majority of the menu consists of gluten-free dishes.
Again, Nectari has a very good price to value ratio as Gresca. A tasting menu at Nectari would cost you around 55€ making it one of the affordable ones.
Signature dish: Chef Jordi Esteve’s scallops with truffle and fish foam.
Thank you for reading, gang, I hope that my blog was useful to you and that now you know where to enjoy some of the best quality food in Barcelona. Take care, have fun and ‘bon apetit’.
Here is a food joke for you guys:
Q: Why did the tomato blush?
A: Because it saw the salad dressing.
Do you know of any great Michelin star restaurants in Barcelona that we missed? Let us know in the comments!