For many people, gastronomy is a very important part of their trips. I'm one of them. A real trip includes all the gastronomic visits and to taste all the typical dishes. I'm convinced that if you have just a few meals on a city, then you have to be sure that you will eat at the best places. I don't mean to go to the most expensive ones, I mean that you have to be sure to get the best food for the price that you pay.
In big touristic cities like Barcelona, it's very easy to fall in restaurants for tourists. Scammers that offer a mediocre service for high prices. Generally you will find them in areas of high tourist affluence, as Las Ramblas, Barceloneta or around Sagrada Familia.
In the future we will write more articles about where to eat in Barcelona: which are the best tapas restaurants in the city, which are the restaurants with the best views and maybe even we will make a list with the best cheapest restaurants in Barcelona. But now, let's focus on one of my favorite foods: the steak.
Meat lovers we are special and we know it. We are demanging customers. We want the best and everything counts: the quality of the ingredients, the cooking, the service. That's why I wrote this article. Because I want that my readers eat in the best places. I want you to have dinners that you will enjoy and remember, at places that you would hardly find by yourself.
The big question then: Where to eat the best steak in Barcelona ?.
1 - Gilda by Belgious - Fusion of Belgian and Spanish Cuisine
Very famous among locals, Gilda by Belgious is a cozy restaurant located on the heart of Gothic Quarter. Home of authentic Spanish tapas and Belgian dishes, Gilda offers the best of best worlds serving unique fusion tastes impossible to find anywhere else!
The first time I went there I was shocked. I know they will go far. Gilda is that kind of place where everything is better, from the simplest things to the most difficult. If you don't believe me just order Patatas Bravas, the simplest thing on the menu. They're incredible. The best I had (and I had a lot of them...).
Gilda is a gourmet tapas and Belgian food restaurant, it's not a steakhouse. However, I think they serve the best steak in Barcelona. Why? I think raw material is their secret. If you look at their dishes menu, the lamb comes from New Zealand (the best lamb in the world), the Salmon from Norway and the steak from Belgium...they only use the best and, believe me, you will see the difference.
For less than 15€ you will get Belgian Steak and Fries with salad and green pepper or blue cheese sauce.
Gilda by Belgious is open on weekdays from 18:00 to midnight and on weekends from 18:00 to 00:30.
Location: 24, Carrer del Ample.
2 - Restaurante 9 Reinas - The Best Argentinian Restaurant in Barcelona
A real hit on TripAdvistor. Located on one of the chicest ares of Barcelona, near of La Pedrera (Casa Milá), 9 Reinas is an Argentinian restaurant and one of the favorites among tourists and residents alike.
Their winning team is made up of a welcoming and intimate atmosphere (with private rooms), attentive service and a very good selection of meats from Argentina and around the world.
For around 20€ you can get Argentinian Angus steak or Nebraska Black Angus for 26,50€. Sauces are either blue-cheese one or green pepper (3.50€), so let's say that main dishes cost around 30€.
9 Reinas is open on everyday from 13:00 to 15:30 and from 19:30 to 23:00.
Location: 267, Carrer de Valencia.
3 - Patagonia Beef & Wine - The best meat from Argentina charcoal grilled
Located on Passeig de Gracia, one of the most beautiful areas of Barcelona, Patagonia Beef & Wine is definitely one of the best places to eat steak in Barcelona.
When we talk about meat, we can't avoid thinking on Argentina. It's unavoidable. Innate. They do it all in an Argentinian way: they serve the best Argentinian meat and they cook it like they do in Argentina. It's a great experience and a real must for meat lovers.
It's open every day from 13:30 to 15:30 for lunch time and for dinner from 19:00 to 23:00 from Monday to Thursday, to 23:30 on Friday and Saturday and to 22:00 on Sunday.
Location: 660, Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes.
4 - Asador de Aranda, Tibidabo - A magical meal and an unique experience in Barcelona
Even if food and service are fantastic, Asador de Aranda of Tibidabo is not just about that. Ambiance and atmosphere plays a very important role.
I think that is a place for those who are looking for something different, for those who looking for some calm after the high energy and the dynamic rhythm (almost frantic) of Barcelona.
Situated in a wealthy neighbour above Barcelona, the restaurant is an ancient and large villa of architectural merit. If weather is good, we recommend to book a table on the terrace, a wonderful place to dinner.
Restaurant is of course, meat focused (the name shows it) and you will spend around 50€ per person.
Open every day from 13:00 to 16:30 and from 20:00 to 23:30.
Location: 31, Avenida Tibidabo.
5 - La Malandrina - Good barbacue for less that 15€
If you're a meat lover but you're looking for a cheaper option, then La Malandina is exactly what you need. Far away from luxuries, it's the typical small neighbourhood restaurant. They serve very good meat and you're not going to spend more that 15€/person.
Located near Barceloneta Beach, the most popular beach in Barcelona, is the perfect place to go for meat with friends after or before a beach day. You can have the parrillada (different types of grilled meat and sausages with salad, rice, fries or boiled potatoes) for 13€ or sandwiches.
Open every day from 13:00 to 00:00.
Location: 5, Carrer Almirante Cervera.