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17 Best Paella Restaurants in Barcelona for 2024

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The best paella in Barcelona has come a long way. What was once simply a rice dish made by servants with the leftovers from royal banquets is now Spain’s most famous culinary export.

But don’t pick up that fork just yet! There are pricey, pre-made Barcelona paella restaurants fleecing tourists daily.

Let me find you some good paella in Barcelona – whether you’re a first-time feaster or somebody looking for the gourmet paella of your life.

The Best Paella Restaurants in Barcelona

seafood paella at bodega joan in barcelona spain
The surf and turf at Bodega Joan – too good to be true!

Bodega Joan – Best Authentic Paella in Barcelona

Area: Eixample  |  Carrer Rosselló 164  |  Metro: Diagonal (green line, blue line)

This affordable paella restaurant punches way above its weight, even though it’s been in the Barcelona paella ring since 1942.

This is a three generation family restaurant that keeps tradition alive, but also evolves with the times.

If you want to eat, drink, and be merry like the Spaniards do, this is my suggestion.

I sent so many satisfied customers here that they offered me a tasting menu promo exclusively for Barcelona Hacks readers: a 25% discount on a paella-tasting menu for €27.00 pp, including three classic Spanish tapas plus wine and coffee.

Most good paella-tasting menus start at €35 per person and push €50, so if you’re looking for a cheap paella in Barcelona that doesn’t skimp on the quality you may want to click the banner below.

a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain
Get 25% off a paella tasting menu at the legendary Bodega Joan!

The Paella Club – Best Barcelona Paella Cooking Class

Area: Raval  |  Carrer del Dr. Dou 5  |  Metro: Liceu (green line)  |  Booking

Why not eat the best paella in Barcelona that you made actually yourself under the guidance of a top chef?

The slick decor, fancy aprons, and Masterchef-like workstations for cooking paella may look like a TV competition, but I assure you this experience is all about learning how to cook a gourmet version of Spain’s iconic dish – without pretense.

Did I mention it’s 5 courses and bottomless wine, with one of the desserts being a frozen gin and tonic?

For more info on the workshop that’s got a 5-star rating on Tripadvisor, check out my Paella Club page.

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Xiringuito Escribà – Best Meat Paella

Area: Barceloneta  |  Avenida del Litoral 42  |  Metro: Llacuna (yellow line)  |  Website

Some of the best paella in Barcelona with a sea view to match.

It’s right on one of Barcelona’s best beaches, so you won’t have to walk far after a day in the sun. Seafood lovers will marvel at its delicious paella negra (the best squid ink paella in Barcelona) but be careful!

They kick out generous portions, so make sure you have room for dessert.

Reservations are a must, or you’ll be waiting at least 30 minutes.

Ideal for a post-beach meal or romantic night out.

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Restaurant Envalira – Best Chicken Paella in Barcelona

Area: Gracia  |  Plaça del Sol, 13  |  Metro: Fontana (green line)  |  Website

This charming hole-in-the-wall, family-style restaurant has been serving authentic paella in Barcelona since 1972.

I love the location of Envalira in the emblematic Plaça del Sol because it gives you the chance to really soak up the Catalan community vibes of the chain-free Gracia neighbourhood.

In fact, if you’re looking for traditional Catalan dishes, then the arrós a la Milanesa, a type of paella-risotto hybrid with chicken broth, parmesan cheese, and saffron this, is a delicious rice dish.

Have a drink at Sol Soler before or after, it’s one of the best bars in Barcelona for a casual vermut with friends.

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Cheriff – Best Local Paella in Barcelona

Area: Barceloneta  |  Carrer de Ginebra 15  |  Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line)  |  Website

When I was new to Barcelona, I had friends visiting, so in a panic, I polled my English students on the best paella restaurant in Barcelona. One of them, a cop from Valencia (the home of paella), swore on this place.

The lobster paella and fresh seafood tapas really delivered here. I imagine this is due to its seaside location and longtime connections with the fishermen in this area. Go here for the fish paellas.

Tasting menus at Cheriff start from €45 per person, which puts it mid-range price-wise.

7 Portes – Good Paella in Barcelona for a Romantic Evening

Area: Barceloneta  |  Passeig Isabel II 14  |  Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line)  |  Website

Here it’s all about old-world charm. They’ve been making paella here so long, we can’t help but crown them the best authentic paella in Barcelona, even if rejecting new-age techniques means they aren’t the tastiest.

Picasso was a regular at this classic Barcelona paella restaurant that opened in 1836. Named after the spacious restaurant’s seven entrance doors, it’s not only home to some of the best paella in Barcelona, but the piano players create a Casablanca-like vibe to add an impeccable touch of class to the meal.

Ideal for couples visiting Barcelona or business trips on the company card, it’s a tad pricey.

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Hotel Restaurant La Ciudadela – Best Paella Restaurant for Wine Lovers

Area: Eixample  |  Passeig Lluis Companys 2  |  Metro: Arc de Triomf (red line)  |  Website

This new entry on the list made it not just for the quality of the paella but for the different rice specialties available for people who don’t like fresh fish (wait, who doesn’t?).

The duck paella really hits it out of the park here. You’ll also love the appetizers like their melt-in-your-mouth bellota ham. There’s also some amazing shrimp carpaccio if you just have to have seafood.

The two medium-sized dining rooms have a family atmosphere ideal for groups.

The Catalan wine list is also one of the best in the city if you want to sample local vineyards.

Diània – Best Paella in Gracia

Area: Gracia  | Carrer de Mozart, 20 |  Metro: Diagonal (green line, blue line)  | Website

If you’re looking for some truly authentic Valencian paella, I’ve got just the spot for you! Tucked away on a narrow street in the bohemian Gràcia district, you’ll find a small and unassuming taverna that’s a real hidden gem.

This place is run by twin brothers from Valencia’s Safor province, who take pride in sourcing most of their ingredients from local farms and small producers. And let me tell you, their paella is out of this world!

They may only offer a handful of rice dishes, but trust me, they do them exceedingly well.

The classic Valencian meat-based paella with chicken, rabbit, and fresh artichokes is a must-try, and at €17.50 per person (about £15), it’s a steal! But the real star of the show is the cuttlefish-and-prawn arroz del senyoret.

It’s exceedingly rare to find both authenticity and value, particularly in one of the city’s most affluent districts. So don’t miss out!

Restaurant Martínez – Best View of any Barcelona Paella Restaurant

Area: Montjuic  |  Ctra. de Miramar, 38  |  Metro: Espanya (multiple)  |  Website

This Barcelona paella restaurant is the only one that gives you a dreamy panoramic view of the city, Tibidabo Mountain, and the Mediterranean sea.

Perched on top of Montjuic, which is a tourist attraction in its own right and home to the famous Poble Espanyol, this luxurious ‘mountain bar’ would make the ultimate honeymoon or special occasion paella.

Their authentic paella menu features dishes with produce from Boqueria Market – the standout here is the traditional Valencian paella made with rabbit and chicken.

Tasting menus start at €55 per person.

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L’Arrossería Xàtiva – Best Gluten Free Paella Restaurant

Area: Gracia  |  Torrent d’en Vidalet 26  |  Metro: Fontana (green line)  |  Website

Finally, a Barcelona paella restaurant outside the tourist nonsense.

This family-run gem is something to behold – they recommend the house’s special paella de mar y montaña (surf and turf paella). It’s a menu apt for celiacs – all the fried food is battered in gluten-free chickpea flour.

The entire menu is allergy sensitive, so whether you’re celiac, lactose intolerant, or looking for Barcelona’s best vegetarian restaurants, you know you’re playing it safe.

The best paella in Barcelona for a night out in the picturesque Gracia district or a low-key family dinner.

Los Pergaminos – Best Paella in the Gothic Quarter

Area: Gothic Quarter  |  Carrer Ample, 19  |  Metro: Drassanes (green line)  |  Website

If you’re touring around hard in the busy Gothic Quarter and need to know where to eat paella in Barcelona, that is not a tourist trap this is it.

If a small menu, no-nonsense place that carts out modernized versions of tapas in a classic setting sounds good, this is the Barcelona paella restaurant for you.

If we had one complaint, it’s that it’s only a paella of the day selected by the chef, so you won’t have much choice – but expect some unique paella dishes like foie gras with pork ribs and tart apple.

Manà 75 – Best Terrace for Eating Paella in Barcelona

Area: Barceloneta  |  Passeig de Borbo 101  |  Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line)  |  Website

Manà 75 (Manà = gift from the sky, 75 = the best temp for paella broth) not only offers a stunning array of 14 different paella varieties, but also provides a captivating culinary show.

Skilled chefs prepare these top Barcelona paella dishes in an open kitchen, adding an interactive and engaging element to your meal.

Additionally, the outdoor seating area invites you to eat paella under the beautiful Barcelona sky, enhancing your experience with a delightful ambiance.

Make sure to use the Mana 75 reservation link, especially if you’re visiting Barcelona in summer.

Restaurant CruiX – Best Paella Set Menu in Barcelona

Area: Eixample  |  C/ d’Entença, 57  |  Metro: Rocafort (red line)  |  Website

If you’re looking for a casual vibe that’s not afraid to unload some gourmet, signature tapas in addition to their rice dishes, you’re in for a treat – this is arguably the best paella in Eixample, which says a lot.

Restaurant CruiX is just a couple minutes away from Plaça Espanya and the Magic Fountain, making it a great post-event paella.

What stands out here are the €35 set menus that include their arròs de gambes a l’allet, a paella with garlic prawns.

The chef here has trained at some of the best restaurants in Barcelona, including Michelin-starred ABAC.

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Reserve your apron at Barcelona’s five star paella cooking class with no money down.

Barraca – Best Paella in Barcelona near the Beach

Area: Barceloneta  |  Paseo Maritim 1  |  Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line)  |  Website

Their slogan is ‘Rice and Sea’ – enough said.

This so-called urban beach restaurant in tourist central at Barceloneta beach is overseen by double Michelin-starred chef Xavier Pellicer. It naturally serves some of the best paella in Barcelona – just make sure you get a seat in the upstairs dining room because the view from there is incredible.

Expect to pay 30-35 euros, which is a great price-quality ratio for the neighbourhood. The organic vegetable paella is a great vegetarian option.

Ideal for beach lovers and people-watching.

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La Fonda – Best Cheap Paella in Barcelona

Area: El Gotico  |  Carrer dels Escudellers 10  |  Metro: Liceu (green line)  |  Website

With great prices usually reserved for previously frozen paella, this Barcelona paella restaurant offers ridiculous lunch menu specials that’ll have you full for about a tenner a head.

If you’re visiting Barcelona with kids, they’re also one of the few places with a full kid’s menu.

This is the best paella on Las Ramblas, probably because it’s just around the corner 😉 But don’t let the touristy appearance fool you – locals chow down here daily. The traditional paella Valenciana (paella with rabbit and chicken) is a favourite.

Ideal for bargain hunters and those ready for a night out in the Gotico.

Can Solé – Biggest Paella Portions in Barcelona

Area: Barceloneta  |  Calle Sant Carles 4  |  Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line)  |  Website

This place has been recommended to me by more than one local – if you don’t trust them, then I can only say that a hundred years of history doesn’t lie! It’s a bit pricey because of the location, but the big portions and Master-chef-like presentation are second to none.

A little place occupying a two-story house that’s a real throwback to a time when Barcelona was more than tourism. The owner came by for a chat which was a personal touch not seen in more touristy options.

Ideal for rice dishes with a bit of real Barcelona and a modern touch.

Restaurant Arume – Best Paella for One Person in Barcelona

Area: El Raval  |  Carrer d’En Botella 13  |  Metro: Universitat (L1/L2)  |  Website

I said at the top that most places serve paella for a minimum of two people: so I’m putting Arume because it’s the best place to eat paella for one in Barcelona.

If you’re dining alone or simply with somebody who doesn’t want a rice dish, this is a great shout. You’ll have a choice between Galician seafood paella or duck paella with padron peppers.

It’s also one of Barcelona’s best tapas restaurants in its own right. Here you’ll find a modern execution of classic Galician dishes with eye-catching presentation.

This isn’t just about the best paella in Barcelona – so grab the crunchy octopus and a blackberry mojito.

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7 Tangy Tips for Eating Paella in Barcelona

  • Spaniards eat dinner at around 10:00 pm, so 8:30 is a great time to get in without a reso.
  • Prices on menus are usually per person (minimum two people).
  • Paella is traditionally eaten on Thursday, so restaurants may be more crowded then.
  • The soccarat (‘singed stuff’) toasted rice at the bottom of the pan has the most flavour.
  • Avoid picture menus! Many Barcelona paella restaurants like this serve it previously frozen.
  • You can learn how to cook it yourself at a unique paella workshop with bottomless wine!

Types of Paella to Eat in Barcelona

Keep in mind that most authentic Barcelona paella restaurants will have their paella listed in both Spanish (paella) and Catalan (arròs) – if you’re in a really local place, it may just be Catalan.

Since most English paella menus in Barcelona use the Spanish version, I’ll be using that as well.

  • Paella de marisco: aka paella marinera, this traditional Spanish paella includes roasted red peppers, peas, clams, mussels, and prawns cooked in a seafood broth.
  • Paella Valenciana: the original paella recipe from the city of Valencia includes chicken, rabbit, and green beans and is cooked in chicken broth with saffron and paprika.
  • Paella del señorito: this Barcelona seafood paella is cooked with squid, langostines, and clams.
  • Paella mixta: the ultimate indulgence! A type of surf and turf paella that includes chicken breast, prawns, pork ribs, and clams.
  • Arroz negro: This is almost identical to the paella de marisco, only this one gets cooked with squid ink turning it an imposing black colour. The dish is also traditionally served with aioli (a type of garlic mayonnaise).
  • Fideuà: this traditional Catalan dish utilizes a very short noodle similar to spaghetti (but broken into smaller, 5 cm pieces) that’s cooked the same way as paella. It can be made in any of the traditional paella styles.

Best Places to Eat Paella Outside Barcelona

  • El Mirador de Can Cases (Llavaneres): Nestled in the hills of Llavaneres, El Mirador de Can Cases offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Their paella, known for its rich flavors and fresh seafood, is a culinary delight. The serene hilltop setting makes it an ideal escape for a tranquil dining experience.
  • Cal Padrí (Castelldefels): Overlooking the beautiful beaches of Castelldefels, Cal Padrí offers a paella experience with a view. The combination of their expertly cooked rice dishes and the relaxing beachfront ambiance provides a perfect blend of gastronomy and leisure, just a short drive from Barcelona.
  • Nui Beach (Calella): Nui Beach in Calella is known for its exquisite seafood paella, made with the freshest catch from the local coast. This is the best paella on the beach, and their high-quality dishes offer a memorable dining experience that combines great food with picturesque scenery.
  • El Racó de la Calma (Sitges): Situated in the quaint coastal town of Sitges, El Racó de la Calma is a hidden gem for paella enthusiasts. Their dishes are a fusion of traditional flavors and modern culinary techniques, served in a cozy, intimate setting that captures the essence of Catalan hospitality.

Best Paella in Barcelona Spain

  • Is paella popular in Barcelona?

    Paella is popular in Spain though contrary to popular belief, paella is not a dish that Spaniards consume constantly. That said, for family Sunday lunches or special occasions, paella is a go-to dish in Barcelona.

  • How much does paella cost in Barcelona?

    Paella in Barcelona usually costs between €30.00-€35.00 per person and there’s usually a minimum of two people per order – so expect to pay about €60.00-€70.00 for a quality paella.

  • What’s the best paella in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter?

    The best paella in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter is Los Pergaminos – in fact it’s probably one of the only authentic paella places in the area, which is usually full of tourist traps.

  • What is the best paella de marisco in Barcelona?

    The best seafood paella in Barcelona is at Xiringuito Escriba – they even throw in a great sea view to boot.

  • What’s the best paella mixta in Barcelona?

    The best paella mixta in Barcelona can be found at Bodega Joan.

  • Where can I eat the best vegetarian paella in Barcelona?

    The best vegetarian paella in Barcelona can be found at Barraca, which is famous for its market fresh vegetables and modern culinary approach

  • What’s the best cheap paella in Barcelona?

    Los Pergaminos offers the best value paella in Barcelona since it offers diners the chance to order single dishes, which can be around €15.00 during lunch.

    That said, if you want an affordable paella-tasting menu for the full experience, Bodega Joan is the place to be.

  • Where do locals eat paella in Barcelona?

    Locals eat paella in Barelona at the paella restaurants in Gracia, Eixample, and Barceloneta. The top paella restaurants in these areas would be Xiringuito Escriba, Bodega Joan, and Restaurant Envalira.

    Generally, locals don’t eat paella in the tourist areas of the Old City like the Gothic Quarter and El Born.

  • Is paella better in Madrid or Barcelona?

    Paella is better in Barcelona because it much closer to the original city of paella (Valencia) and it utilizes fresh seafood due to its coastal location.

Still Looking for a Paella Restaurant Barcelona?

You now know where to get the best paella in Barcelona, but maybe something isn’t quite clear.

If you need help getting your Barcelona paella plans in order – just write me.

Enjoy your Barcelona paella! 🥘

81 comments
  • April 22, 2024 at 7:17 pm
    Brian
    other than the Paella Club any other paella cooking classes you'd recommend. coming in July with my wife and two teenage daughters
  • February 19, 2024 at 3:33 pm
    Blaire Careford
    We followed your recommendation to visit Bodega Joan and thoroughly enjoyed it. We usually visit Xiniguito Escriba and would say the paella at Bodega Joan was as good. A lively, busy restaurant with friendly staff. We’ll definitely return.
    • February 22, 2024 at 6:39 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Great to hear! Honestly, both offer their own unique Spanish charm... the Bodega is a classic/lively/traditional spot... Escriba is a seaside favourite... you've named my top two! :) If I were on holiday I'd probably do them both haha
  • October 31, 2023 at 8:20 pm
    Jill
    Where can we get the best Fideuà? A friend suggestion Barceloneta near the water. But what do you think?I am allergic to shrimp. Any suggestions.?I can eat other seafood though.
    • November 1, 2023 at 4:36 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jill, Near the water is kind of tough as a lot of tourist traps to navigate... but my favourite is Xiringuito Escriba. Just ask them to take the prawns off and you'll be good to go :) Cheers,
  • August 14, 2023 at 7:06 pm
    Cheryl
    Hi, I will be travelling solo to Barcelona in October 2023, thank you for suggesting Arume for paella for one...
    • August 14, 2023 at 11:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      No worries! That's what we're here for :)
  • November 18, 2022 at 3:39 pm
    Angela
    Hi you know the paella picture at the top where can I eat that type of paella I like yellow paella and not dark
    • November 18, 2022 at 10:34 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Angela, The yellow paella like the one in the picture (made yellow by saffron) is the standard paella... the black squid ink ones are the exception. So in other words, you'll find them at all the paella places listed above! :) Cheers,
  • October 14, 2022 at 9:23 pm
    The Food Blogger
    Whoever said Bodega Joan’s paella is one of the best. Must have lost taste in their taste buds.
    • October 14, 2022 at 9:47 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Everybody is free to have their opinion for sure, but before calling yourself 'the food blogger' you should probably drop the gmail address and come up with something snappier than 'Foodblogger 727' lest it sound like some random hit piece by competitors :)
      • October 17, 2022 at 10:28 pm
        A disappointed person
        There’s no need. I’m just a tourist whose last meal you ruined thanks to the recommendation :)
        • October 18, 2022 at 12:17 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          We take these things very seriously so would appreciate you posting under your real name (or emailing us) so we can get to the bottom things. Over seven years of having this set menu we have never had a public nor private complaint about the quality of the food, service or otherwise.
  • September 23, 2022 at 9:21 am
    Mei
    Hello Ash. Glad I stumbled upon your page! A quick question, does Bodega Joan Euro25 tasting menu available for single diner?
    • September 23, 2022 at 10:34 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mei, Unfortunately as the paellas are cooked in those famous large pans, they need a minimum of two diners for this. That said, I would highly recommend booking Louro if you're a single diner as their single paella dishes are amazing. There is one veg option with aubergine or a seafood one with cuttlefish. We've got it listed with our best restaurants in Barcelona, where you can book your table with no money down. Hope this helps!
  • September 10, 2022 at 6:55 pm
    Rochelle
    Hi Ash...your site is so helpful! me and my friend will be in La Rambla area in November and wondering if you have any recommendation for cheap but good quality paella walking distance or near the area (outside the tourist spot)? Thank you
    • September 10, 2022 at 8:11 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Rochelle, Thanks so much for the kind words, glad to be of help :) Indeed, the tough thing about paella is that cheap stuff is almost certainly bad. That said, I've got a place for you which works well because it's (in my opinion) the only authentic/quality restaurant on La Rambla and they also sell single paella dishes which run about 15 euro. So with two people you can sample two different kinds of paella for cheaper than a normal paella... or just get one and have normal tapas. This restaurant is called Louro and it's on our list of best restaurants in Barcelona. Also, if you book using our link (recommended as tables tend to book up) you'll even get a free glass of cava for your troubles. Hope this helps!
  • August 8, 2022 at 2:19 pm
    Michelle
    Finally on my last night I went to restaurant Arume. It was a quaint out of the hustle. And bustle and I loved it. I met a friend and I ordered the duck Paella and she ordered the seafood Paella along with a couple of appetizers. The Duck was to die for. The place was awesome and our waiter was fantastic and easy on the eyes too. Highly recommend.
    • August 10, 2022 at 11:16 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Glad you liked it Michelle :) Always super stoked to hear our suggestions are to the liking of readers. The owner of Arume has also opened a spot on La Rambla called Louro... much bigger (easier to get a table!) but same great flavours. Our readers get a complimentary glass of cava should you reserve a table using our form. At any rate, glad you loved it!
  • May 23, 2022 at 3:54 pm
    Kathleen
    Any paella resultant you would recommend around Valencia and Claris? I would like something walking distance.
    • May 23, 2022 at 4:28 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kathleen, From Valencia and Claris the closest is our feature paella restaurant Bodega Joan. Slightly further you'll also find Restaurant Envalira... these are about 12 and 15 minute walks, which should be delightful given current weather :) Cheers,
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