Picture the scene: you plan a long weekend trip in Barcelona. You are very excited about all of the gastronomic delights that await you. And then you realize one thing…. it’s Monday, meaning that the majority of restaurants are closed! Of course we don’t begrudge restaurateurs from having a well-deserved day of rest, but for the out of town visitor this can narrow the dining options. Below is a guide to some of our favorite spots that are open on Mondays.
Note: for brunch recommendations refer to our dedicated post on the subject.
This intimate, little restaurant in Eixample offers avant-guarde, molecular cooking worthy of a Michelin-star, but without the associated price tag. Although their website doesn’t give anything away, do check them out on TripAdvisor. Reservations recommended.
Address: Carrer Provença 230, 08036 Barcelona. Telephone: 934 51 61 93. Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 13.30 – 15.30, and 20.30 – 22.30. Friday and Saturday 20.30 – 22.30. Closed Sunday. Metro: Diagonal (L3/Green Line / L5/Blue Line). Website: www.gresca.net
Overlooking Plaça Sant Felip Neri, one of the most picturesque squares in the Gothic Quarter, you will find this charming boutique hotel. The restaurants offers a number of seasonal set menus, as well as tasting and a la carte options.
Address: Carrer de Sant Sever 5, 08002 Barcelona. Telephone: 933 04 06 55. Opening Hours: Daily 07.30 – 11.00, 13.30 – 16.00, 20.30 – 23.00. . Metro: Jaume I (L4/Yellow Line). Website: www.hotelneri.com
Situated immediately next to Sant Antoni Market, Bar Ramon is an excellent choice for those looking for good quality, traditional tapas. Reservations are always necessary as it is a very popular spot.
Address: Carrer del Comte Borrell 81, 08015 Barcelona. Telephone: 933 25 02 83. Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 20.30 – 23.30. Friday and Saturday 09.00 – 16.00, and 20.30 – 24.00. Closed Sunday and public holidays. Metro: Sant Antoni (L2/Purple Line). Website: www.barramon.com
For those looking for more high-end, gourmet tapas Bar Cañete is the place for you. Sit along the bar whilst you watch the chefs prepare your food right in front of you. Reservation in advance is recommended, especially for larger groups.
Address: Carrer de la Unió 17, 08001 Barcelona. Telephone: 932 70 34 58. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 13.00 – 24.00. Closed Sunday. Metro: Liceu (L3/Green Line). Website: www.barcanete.com
Nestled between Mercat del Born and Passeig Picasso you will find Big Fish, which specializes in Mediterranean and Japanese sea food.
Address: Carrer Comercial, 9, 08003 Barcelona. Telephone: 932 68 17 28. Opening Hours: Daily 12.30 – 16.30, and 17.30 – 24.00. Metro: Arc Triomf (L1/Red Line) or Barceloneta (L4/Yellow Line). Website: www.bigfish.cat
Springing from humble beginnings, Els Pescadors originally cooked the catches of local fishermen who traded their merchandise in the neighboring square. These days this restaurant could no longer be described as humble, and would fit very comfortably next to the other fine dining suggestions listed above.
Address: Plaça de Prim, 1, 08005 Barcelona. Telephone: 932 25 20 18. Opening hours: Daily 13.00 – 15.45, and 20.00 – 23.00. Metro: Poblenou (L4/Yellow Line). Website: www.elspescadors.com
Asador de Aranda
Within Barcelona this chain of restaurants, specializing in roasted lamb, can be found at a number of locations. Perhaps our favorite is the one located on Avenida del Tibidabo as it is set within a beautiful modernisme building. Reservations recommended for larger groups.
Address: Avenida del Tibidabo 31,08022 Barcelona. Telephone: 93 417 01 15. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 13.00 – 16.00, and 20.00 – 23.00. Sunday 13.00 – 16.00. Train: Av. Tibidabo (L7 Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya). Website: www.asadordearanda.com
Buenos Aires Grill
Although not Catalan, from time to time only a good steak will do. And when it comes to steaks few do them better than the Argentines. Aside from steaks they offer homemade pastas, salads and fish options, plus an excellent range of Argentinean wines.
Address: Carrer de València 189, 08011 , Barcelona. Telephone: 933 284 633. Opening Hours: Daily 13.00 – 24.00. Metro: Universitat (L1/Red Line) or Hospital Clinic (L5/Blue Line). Website: www.bairesbcn.com
Address: Carrer de València 227, 08007 Barcelona. Telephone: 934 61 80 44. Opening Hours: Daily 11.00 -24.00. Metro: Passeig de Gracia (L2/Purple Line and L4/Yellow Line). Website: www.facebook.com/Hummus-Barcelona
This Nepalese café is a great spot to have a light lunch. Firm favorites include their thali and juices, all made from fresh, organic ingredients.
Address: Carrer dels Àngels 3, 08001 Barcelona. Telephone: 931 80 23 34. Opening Hours: Daily 12.30 – 23.30. Metro: Universitat (L1/Red Line and L2/Purple Line) or Liceu (L3/Green Line). Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Veggie-Garden/
Hopefully the above has given you food for thought, literally. If you are still in need of inspiration why not get in touch. Visit our website www.HiThisIsBarcelona.com