BARCELONA RESTAURANTS FOR NEW YEARS EVE
Spending New Year’s Eve in Barcelona? Last year we shared the best places to attend a New Year’s Party in our city. But what about dinner? It’s something to absolutely plan in advanced if the party you’ll be attending doesn’t include dinner. And absolutely do not leave it to play by ear, or you’ll be horrified to discover that everything is booked up and there aren’t decent choices anymore… And eating pizza in your hotel room doesn’t seem like the best way to start a new year, does it?
These are our recommended New Years Eve restaurants in Barcelona:
El Palace Hotel
Why are we such fans of Christmas and New Year in this hotel? Because of its gorgeous old school classical design that feels so cozy and Christmasy. Just like a Christmas Disney movie decor, but live. And it’s so difficult to find this kind of atmosphere in Barcelona, now that most hotels go for contemporary design and high tech!
Here instead you get that classic feel of the perfect Christmas and New Year, with a Barcelona touch. Their New Year’s menu includes a spectacular cocktail with 13 snacks and two buffets (Iberian ham and a rice and noodle station), a very refined 5-course menu, pairings with champagne and the very best Spanish wine, plus the traditional grapes for the count down. This year party only accepts kids over 12 years old.
Do you actually like classic, but a bit more bohemian? We get you, and we know where to send you, too! 4 Cats is the restaurant where Picasso and the modernist artists used to gather in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s to pass on the news about what was trending in Paris and the rest of Europe, and the place still keeps its old-fashioned decoration with that special Paris-meets-Barcelona touch.
On New Year’s Eve they offer live music and an elegant 8-course menu with a special presence seafood (oysters!) and fish and some elegant poultry, and a delicious dessert with edible gold and raspberries, plus wines and cava. Online reservations are available on their website, and it is a very central location very close to the Gothic Quarter and Passeig de Gràcia, so you are likely to be able to walk back to the hotel after dinner if you aren’t planning to party for the rest of the night.
You might instead prefer a more laid-back dinner, away from other tourists. In such case, head to the wealthy uptown where you’ll find the restaurant Dos Torres, located in a gorgeous modernist house surrounded by gardens. The cuisine of the Chef Carlos Casas is worth the longish taxi ride to this quiet neighborhood (and by the way, you can take the FFCC train from Plaça Catalunya and Provença: the Tres Torres station is very close and the trains will work all night long – just a safe 10min ride from the city center).
Their Gala menu includes 7 courses for a much affordable fee than most hotels in town, and after dinner you can take another taxi to any of the glamorous uptown nightclubs of Pedralbes, or if there aren’t any taxis around (it’s a difficult night with so many people out), the subway and train services are running all night long exceptionally on New Year’s Eve. You can make your dinner reservations on their website.
Want some city views instead? We love the ones from the restaurant on top of the Museum of History of Catalonia! There are some spectacular views over the Port Vell from the terrace, with the Hill of Montjuic at the back. Their New Years menu is an elegant 6-course presentation with wine and cava pairings, plus a gin-and-tonic or other cocktail, and the bread they serve is handmade with stone-milled flour. Reservation and full payment in advance is required.
After the count-down, you’ll be in the perfect location to head walking to the many parties that will be taking place along the Barceloneta beach and the Olympic Village (or just take a taxi if it is too cold: it shouldn’t be difficult to find one in that area, that will be busy all night long).
Restaurant la Garriga
If instead you prefer something very casual and fun (and affordable), what about this restaurant inside a “charcuteria” delicatessen gourmet shop? The shop will definitely be closed (too bad, if you are a foody), but in the few tables of the adjacent restaurant will be served a menu composed of a variety of tapas (croquettes, shrimp, calamari, meats, Spanish ham and other Iberian cold cuts…), a desserts assortment and a nicely selected choice of wines.
It’s a relatively small space frequented by groups of friends and coworkers and very centrally located near La Pedrera. Perfect for an authentic local and unsophisticated experience.
AND BONUS! This is the most spectacular New Years dinner in Barcelona:
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