Ferran Centelles: 10 great wine restaurants in Barcelona 2023
In Barcelona, hungry for some good food and great wine? Here, sommelier/wine writer Ferran Centelles shows you his favourite wine restaurants in the city.
Phone: +34 936 24 78 86
Address: Carrer de València, 225, Barcelona
Compartir Barcelona opened its doors in June 2022 under the direction of Nil Dulcet. Behind its doors: Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas, three chefs who spent a total of 15 years at elBulli, part of the most influential cuisine of the 20th century. Its name is a nod to its older brother Compartir Cadaqués, which is a benchmark restaurant in the province of Girona. The offer is totally in line with its name: a place to order dishes and share them with all the people at the table. They have 200 wine references, but they change them constantly as they like to work with small-scale...
Phone: +34 933 32 02 41
Address: Passeig de la Zona Franca, 228, Barcelona
Granja Elena is one of those places you can't get enough of. It is located in a popular neighbourhood (that happens to be where I was raised). They have been open since 1974, therefore it is a spot that has seen different generations come and go. It's a modest place, just recently renovated, but only with the intention of updating the space a bit and offering some more tables. The decoration is simple; the essence is on the plate. Two siblings are now in command: Borja in the kitchen and Patricia in the dining room, but behind there is a joint family effort. Authentic delicacies reside in it...
Phone: +34 934 51 61 93
Address: Carrer de Provença, 230, Barcelona
In the heart of the Eixample (Provence-Enrique Granados) Rafa Peña leads this authentic project, with exceptional produce and a natural wine list like no other in Barcelona. This bar stands out! The open kitchen allows you to see everything that is cooking. If you prefer, they also have a more ”formal” area, the restaurant next door (that is connected and shares the open kitchen inside) which offers ”signature” cuisine. The food at Gresca is extremely savoury and authentic, a high-end cuisine without being pretentious. A selection of Iberian ham and Comté, as well as veal sweetbreads with ma...
Phone: +34 934 39 51 07
Address: Carrer de Casanova, 155, Barcelona
Maitea is one of those places with its own and unmistakable personality. It's a Basque family tavern in the Eixample of Barcelona, open since 1998 and a classic in town. Nico Montaner is always at the forefront, and his personal touch makes all the difference. The food menu consists of fresh products arriving every week from northern Spain: txistorras (spicy sausages) from Arbizu, cheeses from Uitzi, chilli peppers from Ibarra, vegetables from Navarra, peppers from Lodosa, black pudding from Beasain, baby lamb chops from Burgos, pork sausage from Cal Rovira, and much more. They also offer...
Phone: +34 933 23 95 90
Address: Carrer de la Diputació, 220, Barcelona
Mont Bar is a top bar-restaurant that opened in March 2013. It has been one of Barcelona’s benchmarks for a decade, and always offers products of the highest quality. The name of the restaurant, Mont Bar, comes from the name of the small mountain Mont in Vielha, where Iván Castro has part of his hotel-dedicated family. Ivan's original idea was to choose that place because he wanted the products that were produced on the Mont farm to form part of the Mont Bar selection, pure romanticism. Currently they work with more than 250 references. It is impossible to get bored, and they even change th...
Phone: 932 37 69 98
Address: Carrer de Còrsega, 232, Barcelona
Palo Verde is on that list of restaurants that opened just before the moment when we all had to stay at home. In February 2020, Andrés Bluth's restaurant was born with the intention of returning to the ancestral way: low-tech cooking, fire and charcoal and a search for the primitive heritage. The essence of the product is paramount and if it can be in a brochette format, so much the better. This is the key point to get into the name of the restaurant: palo because of the brochette theme and verde because in Uruguay, Andrés' country of origin, it is the most common name for dollars. Palo Verde...
Phone: +34 937 14 73 93
Address: Carrer de Casanova, 134, Barcelona
Of the wave of exquisite places that have opened in Barcelona, Suru is one of the most recent. It opened in December 2022 and with a very special name. In Catalan, “suro” means cork. In Japanese, it is a conjugation of the verb “to make”, but it also has a sensual connotation if used without conjugation. They have about 100 references on the menu, but as they love dynamic menus, they try to change many of them on a weekly basis. They love tasting the wines they have available to see how they are evolving and thus having a complete mastery of everything they store in the cellar. This way of w...
Phone: +34 938 58 37 60
Address: Carrer d'Aribau, 143, local 1, Barcelona
Torpedo opened its doors in December 2018. While its name carries several funny connotations for its creators, for the moment they’re letting us play with our inventiveness and come to our own explosive conclusions. Although they have almost always 75 references available, two or three change every week and their idea is to always have a short but dynamic menu. They decided not to introduce too many references in order to rotate a little more, and thus make every visit more entertaining. The menu has two different parts: the first one where we find wines that are closer to us because of thei...
Phone: +34 932 84 42 02
Address: Carrer de les Guilleries, 10, Barcelona
In a charming street in Gràcia, Carrer Guilleries, there is a charming wine temple which opened its doors in 2008. Small, with very careful attention to detail and a totally white decoration, it invites us to enter through the door because to discover is its motto. Its name leaves no room for doubt: ‘vi’ is ‘wine’ in Catalan, and it plays with the concept of a library, which is the translation for “biblioteca”. It is a place where wine and cheeses are kept in order and classified, just as in a library. Instead of having books, however, we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy authentic offerin...
Phone: +34 676 64 37 85
Address: Carrer de Violant d'Hongria Reina d'Aragó, 150, Barcelona
Macot is a charming and elegant wine bar in the Sants neighbourhood. It opened in March 2018, and then in 2020 closed for a year due to pandemic restrictions. In November 2022 they reopened their doors with more energy than ever. "Els Macos" or "Macots" are the names by which the family of the owner's grandmother, Rosita, was known in Batea (Terra Alta, Tarragona). The family also has a wine project named La Furtiva in Terra Alta. Recovering the name was a way of honouring and linking the project to his origins. They currently have a wine list of more than 150 references, but in total they w...