The Space at El Nacional Barcelona
The Space at El Nacional Barcelona

I recently spent the weekend with friends in Barcelona. A local friend suggested I check out El Nacional Barcelona, an elevated restaurant concept located in the heart of the city. The restaurant has four different areas that serve a wide selection of food from the Iberian peninsula. All about our experience…

El Nacional Barcelona
El Nacional Barcelona


El Nacional Barcelona is located in the prestigious street “Paseo de Gracia”. The building itself was constructed in 1889 to host a show room. After the Spanish Civil War, it served as a parking area before it was repurposed as a dining space. The restoration was led by top interior designer Lázaro Rosa Violán who was inspired by the 1930’s and 40’s. He preserved the assets of the building, to include the authentic skylights which allow the entrance of natural light. With more than 3,000 square feet, it can accommodate up to 770 guests. It is open everyday from 12.00 pm until 2.00 am. Given its history, El Nacional Barcelona place is now considered a modern architectural jewel of the city of Barcelona.

Food at El Nacional Barcelona
Food at El Nacional Barcelona

The Food

This innovative concept of El Nacional Barcelona offers the guest many different ways to dine. Their menu focuses on Spanish ingredients from the many diverse culinary regions of Spain. When we entered the building, it gave me the vibes of being at a trendy market. As I learned about the menu and indulged, I realized it is so much more.

Food at El Nacional Barcelona
Food at El Nacional Barcelona

El Nacional has 4 restaurants: La Braseria, La Llotja, La Taperia y La Paradeta. Additionally, the space has 5 bars where you can have beers, wine, cocktails, champagne, Oysters and even Russian caviar. All products are Spanish with the exception of the Champagne and Oysters from France and the caviar from Russia.

Beer at El Nacional Barcelona

We chose to do a “Gourmet Stop” at La Paradeta

We got a very nice table and  ordered several plates from the menu. Marco Rocha, the manager of La Paradeta, was very kind to explain us the differences between “Cocas Artesanas” and “Cocas finas”. These are homemade pastries with different toppings.

All the dishes were delicious. I say try them all! Here are some of my favorites:

Coffee at El Nacional Barcelona

El Nacional Barcelona: The Verdict

The staff was very friendly and professional. During our dining experience, we observed many people enjoying their experience at El Nacional Barcelona. The space is loved by tourists and locals alike. From what we observed, it is the place to be in Barcelona! Dining Traveler Tip: Reservations will be recommended as it is always busy even between lunch and dinner hours.

El Nacional Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia, 24 bis 08007, Website 

  • Jorge Navarro

    Excelente recomendación gracias

  • Damerys Silva

    Thanks very much for your article. The restaurant is already on my list of places to visit in Barcelona next time.

  • Luisa Cristina Perdomo

    Excelente reseña!! Felicidades al chef!