Dining in Barcelona, Spain – hits and misses

Starting off with my best meal in Barcelona, it’s none other than  Bodega 1900 located where all restaurants congregate, El Poble Sec. Do make reservations to avoid disappointment.

Margarita Blue bar – 7.5/10

Nice bar without being overcrowded, short walk from La Rambla. For some nice cocktails and snacks, we had mojito, mai tai and quesadilla. Not the usual version of quesadilla but was warm and tasty. Reasonably priced. Overall I liked this bar. 

Restaurant Patrón – 6.5/ 10 

Recommended by another hotel I stayed, Melia Sarria (in the next post), this restaurant was overpriced. Food was reasonably good but not fantastic and I reckon not worth the price. We ordered the croquettes (in tapas menu), lobster paella, seafood paella, some soft drinks and orange juices. Better food and drinks priced more competitive elsewhere. Would think twice visiting.

Ayre Hotel Rosellón – 7/10 

Did not dine here but had champagne (cava) and snacks (potato chips and olives) while enjoying the view. Wonderful location to admire Gaudi’s la Sagrada and Torre Agbar (bullet tower). Good weather needed as it’s not covered.

Llamber – 8/10 

Located adjacent to Passeig de Picasso on Carrer de la Fusina, is a popular tapas restaurant. Loved the food and wine here. Hope the menu is enough to entice you!

Observatori Fabra – 7/10 

Beautiful location perched on top of the hill, drove up small and winding road. Spectacular view which was mesmerizing throughout the evening. A pity food was not very good, appetizers were not very tasty, cod was overdone and too salty, veal was too cold but would be nice if warm, dessert was too sweet. Perhaps we were just unlucky and that night was chilly. I’d give it a 7/10 for its location, view and ambience. Very romantic place!

Fabrica Moritz – 8.5/10 


A microbrewery with nice tapas, conveniently located at Ronda de sant Antoni, close to hotel Vueling and the university is a pretty good choice. We had the underground space reserved, free standing with very few seats, free flow beer and tapas and flamenco!

El Principal del Eixample – 7.5/ 10 

Very nice and elegant restaurant with a garden for some champagne (cava) and snacks before the main meal starts. Food was pretty decent too.

Brown 33 – 7.5/10 


Foods quite good here, loved the alcohol free mojito, artisan burrata tomato tartare and cod and spinach risotto. The squid ink tagliatelle with prawn was disappointing, dry and tasteless with only 2 prawns. 

Hope this review would help in deciding your next meal in Barcelona!

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