This blog post was originally posted on June 24, 2019 and was updated on October 21, 2020.
Few experiences are more prized in the foodie world than dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
These are the kinds of places where you’ll never have the same meal twice, thanks to their constant innovation and focus on seasonal products. In Barcelona, many of them draw from the same source of inspiration: the humble Catalan kitchens of decades past.
The Michelin Guide currently includes a total of 24 Michelin star restaurants in Barcelona, so if this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience is on your bucket list, you’re spoiled for choice. But narrowing down 24 restaurants that all boast the culinary world’s highest honor is a bit of a tall order.
Here, we’ve done the hard work for you and chosen a few of our all-time favorites.
3-Michelin Star Restaurants in Barcelona
A meal at Lasarte isn’t just a meal—it’s a full-on culinary journey that will transport your tastebuds to places you never dreamed were possible.
Lasarte’s bright, modern space perfectly complements that gastronomic wonders that are created within it. It’s evident that Spanish and Catalan ingredients are the pride and joy of this place, and indeed few others can transform them in such magical ways as acclaimed chef Martin Berasategui has.
The 12-course tasting menu will set you back €260, and they also offer a shorter but equally impressive Lasarte menu for €230. The a la carte options are nothing short of exquisite as well.
Chef Jordi Cruz and his team draw inspiration from flavors around the world, but it’s clear that their Spanish-Catalan roots hold a special place in their hearts. As a result, the menu is full of dishes that tell a story with every single bite—or, in the case of their wine cellar’s nearly 1,400 references, with every sip.
The tasting menu changes frequently to reflect the highest quality products available at the given moment, and is currently priced at €225.
2-Michelin Star Restaurants in Barcelona
Decorated with elegant shades of amber and gold, every corner of Moments exudes class and sophistication. Its setting in the renowned Mandarin Oriental on the Passeig de Gràcia only compounds its status as one of the most romantic restaurants in Barcelona.
Chef Carme Ruscalleda—who, with a whopping seven stars under her belt, has earned the title of Michelin’s most-decorated female chef—and her son Raül Balam run the powerhouse kitchen at Moments. While drawing clear inspiration from Catalan and Mediterranean classics, the dishes here feature pleasantly surprising contemporary twists with a simple secret: according to Ruscalleda, quality, fresh, seasonal ingredients make all the difference.
Order a la carte, or enjoy the tasting menu starting at €150. For a truly special experience, reserve the private Chef’s Table.
Enoteca Paco Pérez
The Mediterranean itself is the star of the show at iconic chef Paco Pérez’s eponymous restaurant. From the sweeping coastal views to the relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere to the exquisite fresh seafood, everything here has been inspired by its surroundings.
The colorful, beautifully presented menu options here come together with ingredients sourced not just from the nearby sea, but from the mountains and farmland surrounding Barcelona as well. The meticulously curated wine cellar is another standout, featuring more than 700 references from around the world.
Indulge in the tasting menu for €170, or create your own culinary experience by going a la carte.
Disfrutar‘s name means “enjoy” in Spanish. And that’s certainly what you’ll do while savoring the creative, tasteful Mediterranean dishes dreamed up by a team of not one, not two, but three of Catalonia’s most renowned chefs.
Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch met while working at Ferran Adrià’s legendary restaurant, El Bulli, and have since taken the culinary knowledge and skills gleaned there to the next level: first at their Cadaqués restaurant, Compartir, and next at Disfrutar, which opened in upscale Eixample in 2014.
Four different tasting menus are available, ranging in price from €155 to €195. None are available for viewing in advance, but trust us—you’re in store for the most pleasant of surprises.
Cocina Hermanos Torres
Perhaps the most personal and intimate of all the Michelin restaurants in Barcelona, Cocina Hermanos Torres (“The Torres Brothers’ Kitchen”) turns upscale dining into an inclusive, welcoming affair.
Sourcing inspiration from childhood memories, worldwide travels, and the flavors of Spain as a whole, twins Sergio and Javier Torres have transformed a onetime industrial warehouse into one of Barcelona’s most talked-about culinary spaces. The open kitchen adds a special touch: by breaking the fourth wall between customer and chef, the restaurant feels even more like a space where anyone can be at home.
The restaurant offers two tasting menus, which will set you back €185 and €165 each, or you can order a la carte.
1-Michelin Star Restaurants in Barcelona
The Japanese and Mediterranean culinary traditions both find themselves among the most highly regarded in the world, and no place manages to capture the magic of both quite like Koy Shunka.
With Toyota, Japan-born chef Hideki Matsuhisa running the show in the kitchen, it’s clear that koy shunka itself (Japanese for “intense seasonal flavors”) is exactly what this place is all about. The far-off flavors and textures of Japan arrive to Barcelona with the help of locally sourced Mediterranean ingredients to create a fusion experience which is nothing less than exceptional.
El Bulli may be no more, but the Adrià brothers have once again proven that they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of upscale Catalan cuisine. And there’s no way we can talk about Michelin star restaurants in Barcelona without mentioning their most famous current venture, Tickets.
Tickets takes your standard-issue tapas bar and elevates it to a whole new level of eccentricity, creativity, and all-around fun. The result: a surprisingly playful haute cuisine experience that the World’s 50 Best Restaurants guide aptly described as a “culinary amusement park.”
While they don’t offer a tasting menu, their a la carte options are plentiful.
The Hofmann name is among the most highly regarded on the Barcelona gastronomic scene. Their renowned culinary school has trained scores of the world’s most intrepid aspiring chefs, but you don’t have to have dreams of cooking professionally to experience the Hofmann magic—just make a reservation at their acclaimed restaurant.
Just a few blocks north of Avinguda Diagonal, Hofmann provides a magical dining experience in the heart of one of Barcelona’s most picturesque areas. Expect innovative Mediterranean-inspired cuisine that stays true to traditional Catalan roots with every bite. The menus change seasonally to reflect the finest products available.
In addition to a la carte options, their set menu costs €82 for dinner. They also offer an excellent value option for lunch at €42 (with water and a glass of wine included).
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.