Best Paella Restaurants in Barcelona

Xiringuito Escribà Paella Cooking

Beautiful paellas being prepared at Xiringuito Escribà

While paella traces it’s origins to Valencia, the dish can be found all around the Spanish Mediterranean, with each region having a unique variation.

Paella means pan in the old Valencian language and the word is likely derived from the Latin word for pan; patella. The first paellas were made by farmers in Valencia using rice and available local ingredients such as rabbit to cook lunch in a pan over a wood fire.

Restaurant 7 Portes

Restaurant 7 Portes, Barcelona

The emblematic 7 Portes Restaurant in El Born has a rich history reaching back to the 19th century. Josep Xifré i Casas (1777-1856) was an ‘Indiano’, a weathly Catalan businessman who made his fortune in Cuba.  He built the Porxos d’en Xifré building taking a hand in the design himself, inspired by the Rue Rivoli of Paris. Making his home and office in the new building, he also chose to include a luxurious cafe on the site. The cafe opened in 1836 and had seven doors through which the public could enter.

In 1929, 7 Portes was turned into a restaurant. Paco Parellada, owner of the famous Fonda Europa in Granollers, took over the restaurant in the early 1940’s. At that time 7 Portes began serving the famous Paella Parellada, which has since become the specialty of the house. A long time favorite of politicians, journalists, writers and artists, famous 7 Portes patrons have included Alexander Flemming, Orson Welles and Pablo Picasso.

Neighborhood: Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
Opening Hours: 13:00 – 01:00
Address: Pg. Isabel II, 14 – 08003 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 93 319 30 33
Website: www.7portes.com

Restaurant Elche

Restaurant Elche

Restaurant Elche is located off the beaten tourist track, in the neighborhood of Poble Sec. Andrés Iborra and Carmen Vicente opened “El Elche” in 1959, the restaurant named after the couple’s hometown in the province of Alicante. The bar and restaurant soon attracted many artists and celebrities in show business along with the patrons of the nearby theatres on the Avinguda del Paral·lel. Later, their sons Eduardo and Andrés took over the restaurant, maintaining a rich family tradition.

Neighborhood: Poble Sec
Opening Hours: 13:00 to 16:00 and 19:00 to 00:00
Address: Calle Vila i Vilà № 71, 08004 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 93 441 30 89
Website: www.elcherestaurant.es

Can Majó

Can Majó

The family run Can Majó was founded in 1968, a time when Barceloneta was still a fishing village. Specialties of the house include caldero de arroz con bogavante (cauldron of lobster with rice) and appetizers such as chipirones a la Andaluza (Andalusian style baby squid).

Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Opening Hours: 13:00 to 16:00 and 20:00h to 23:30
Address: Almirall Aixada, 23, 08003 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 93 221 54 55
Website: www.canmajo.es

Can Solé

Can Solé Barcelona

Opened in 1903, Can Solé is situated in a two-floor house in the heart of Barceloneta. The restaurant offers classic paella dishes and accomodates groups, families and the occasional celebrity.

Can Solé Paella

Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Opening Hours: 13:30 to 20:30 and 16:00 to 23:00 | Closed Sunday and Monday night. Address: Carrer Sant Carles, 4 08003 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 93 221 50 12‎
Website: www.restaurantcansole.com

Restaurante Barceloneta

Restaurant Barceloneta, Barcelona

Restaurant Barceloneta, established in 1966, offers Catalan-Mediterranean cuisine with views over Port Vell. Sea snails are a popular appetizer along with the classic paella dishes on offer.

Paella Moll Rellotge

Paella Moll Rellotge

Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Opening Hours: 13.00 to 00.00
Address: Carrer de l’Escar, 22 Moll dels Pescadors – (Port Vell) 08039 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 93 221 21 11
Website: www.restaurantbarceloneta.com

Roig Robí

Roig Robí

Roig Robí means ruby red in Catalan; a reference to the color of certain wines. Based in lower Gràcia just above Diagonal, the restaurant is a short walk from the majestic Hotel Casa Fuster. Known for its excellent rice and cod dishes, Roig Robí’s traditional Catalan cuisine is served in a charming setting including a terrace and ratan chairs.

Arroz con espardenyes (Rice with sea cucumbers)

Arroz con espardenyes  (Rice with sea cucumbers)

Neighborhood: Gràcia
Opening Hours: 13:30 – 16:00 and 20:30 – 21:30
Address: Carrer Sèneca 20, 08006 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 932 189 222
Website: www.roigrobi.com

Pitarra Restaurant

Pitarra Restaurant Barcelona

Pitarra Restaurant was founded in 1890 in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The restaurant is in the house where Frederic Soler, better known as Pitarra lived. Soler was an eminent figure in Catalan theatre of the mid-19th century.

Neighborhood: Gothic Quarter
Opening Hours: 13:00 to 16:00 from 20:00 to 23:00. Closed Sundays.
Address: Carrer d’Avinyó, 56 Barcelona 08002 | View Map
Phone: +34 93 301 16 47
Website: www.restaurantpitarra.cat

Xiringuito Escribà

Xiringuito Escribà Barcelona

The Escribà family, also famous for their pastries, founded this classic beachfront restaurant in 1992. Xiringuito Escribà‘s sumptuous Paella de mar y montaña (sea and mountain paella) includes clams, shrimp, chicken, sausage, pork rib, asparagus, and mushrooms.

Neighborhood: Poble Nou
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 13:00 to 16:30 and from 20:00 to 23:00 hrs. Saturdays and Sundays from 13:00 to 17:00 and 20:00 to 23:00.
Address: Avenida del Litoral, 42, 08005 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 93 301 16 47
Website: www.xiringuitoescriba.com

Restaurante Cheriff

Restaurante Cheriff, Barcelona

Tucked away in the heart of Barceloneta, Restaurante Cheriff has a neighborhood feel while serving paellas of legendary repute. The restaurant is named after its founder and the family run business has been passed along to Cheriff’s daughter and son-in-law.

Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Address: Carrer de Ginebra, 15, 08003 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 933 19 69 84

Can Ros Restaurant

Can Ros, Barceloneta

Barceloneta’s Can Ros Restaurant started out as a wine cellar in 1911 before becoming a restaurant in the 1950’s. It is still run by the 5th generation descendants of the founders Ramon Cid and Carme Blanch.

Neighborhood: Barceloneta
Opening Hours: 13:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 23:00. Closed on Mondays except holidays.
Address: Carrer Almirall Aixada, núm. 7 08003 Barcelona | View Map
Phone: +34 93 221 45
Website: www.canros.cat