Barcelona Cheap Eats: 8 delicious lunch deals

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La Rita restaurant in Barcelona
La Rita offers a three-course lunch, with wine, for €10.40.

Note: This article was updated on September 19, 2014 with new links, photos and information.

Menu prices around Barcelona. have risen over the past few years, but fixed-price lunch menus still remain an excellent value throughout the city. That’s good news for Cheapos.

Here’s a brief list of budget-friendly restaurants that offer great lunch deals. We’ve tried to cover all the central neighborhoods, so that no matter where you are in the city, you can always find something good to eat.

And if you’re still hungry after reading about these deals, we have plenty of other articles on Barcelona cheap eats including recommended outdoor eateries, cheap restaurant picks and tips to keep your eats cheap in Barcelona.

Lunch near Las Ramblas

If it’s lunchtime and you’re walking down Las Ramblas, you will want to avoid the ridiculously over-priced drinks and over-cooked food that lurks nearby. Instead try:

La Fonda (Carrer Jerusalem, 3): An elegant yet modern setting sets the tone for the Mediterranean menu using ingredients from the nearby Boqueria Market. Lunch set menu is around €15.

Related: Cheap hotels near Mercat de la Boqueria

Fonda de España  (Carrer Sant Pau, 9): This restaurant, located inside the Hotel España, sparkles with an ornate, tiled, and chandeliered modernista dining room designed by architect Domenech i Muntaner. It’s a wonderful backdrop for a substantial €27 (inc. tax) lunch. That’s not so cheap, but it’s worth a splurge for a special meal.

Divinus offers up a tasty Mediterranean lunch for €10.50. Photos: Courtesy of Divinus

Divinus offers up a tasty Mediterranean lunch for €10.50. Photos: Courtesy of Divinus

Lunch near Passeig de Gracia

If visiting Gaudi’s La Pedrera or Casa Battlo, head for the short stretch of Carrer Aragó between Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Pau Claris, where you’ll find three excellent lunchtime restaurants.

La Rita (Carrer Aragó, 279):  Given its consistent quality, service and value, La Rita is my favorite lunchtime restaurant. The menu costs just €10.40 (including tax) for a three-course lunch with bread, wine and water. Desserts are excellent. The restaurant is very popular with local office workers, so expect to wait in line for ten minutes or so.

Madrid-Barcelona (Carrer Aragó, 284): If you’re looking for a classic lunch experience, this traditional Spanish cafe serves up excellent food. The menu here is a great value at €15.

Divinus (Passeig de Gràcia, 28): For a filling Mediterranean meal, it’s hard to beat the deal here in this modern dining room. For €10.50 diners get three choices for each course including an appetizer, main course and dessert.

Xaica

A hearty lunch at Xaica. Photo: Ang

Lunch near Plaza Catalunya

Xaica (Calle Jovellanos, 5-7): For a cheap and cheerful meal at a set-price, with self-service menu, check out Xaica. They serve three-courses, wine, beer or a soft drink, from €10.

Lunch near El Born

Origen 99’9% (Pg. del Born 4): Just across the street from the gorgeous Santa Maria del Mar church, you’ll find Origen 99’9% with a tasty €17 set menu (for lunch or dinner) featuring a sample of dishes form across Catalonia. They also have a location in Gracia.

Lunch near La Sagrada Familia

By all means, avoid all of the fast food joints and head for…

• Els Pollos de Llull (Carrer Nàpols, 272): Els Pollos serves a delicious two-course lunch for €6.95 (three-courses for €7.95). The pickings often include organic chicken with rice and a variety of organic yogurts. It’s a five minute walk from Sagrada Familia.

Related: Tips for visiting La Sagrada Familia

About the author

About the author: Born next door to an infamous London prison, Bill Sinclair has been on the run ever since. He now resides in Barcelona where he works as a writer, translator and independent visitor guide.

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4 thoughts on “Barcelona Cheap Eats: 8 delicious lunch deals”

  1. Hi! I was last year in Barcelona, I found a good and cheap restaurant placed in the center of Barcelona city, Divinus restaurant in my opinion is a really good restaurant with quality food and service.

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  2. Xaica is a popular place but I don’t think that it meets the EuroCheapo requirements of “cheap but not shabby”. Last time I went there there was a cockroach on one of the walls of the dining area. Of course I decided not to eat there again. This is not the kind of standard I would support for visitors who come to Barcelona.

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  3. Just returned from a 3 night stay in Barcelona with my wife. Stayed at the Europarc Hotel which is a 10 min walk from the Sagrada and the main square. Couldn’t fault it on quality, location or price.

    Before we left I reviewed your website hoping to find a few quality restaurants at affordable prices and I’m glad I did as we had good food all holiday.

    First night we went for dinner at La Rita (Carrer de Arago) and had the set menu 3 courses for 40 Euro/2 people which included water and wine. Food and service were 1st class, so good infact we returned a second night. Also went to Madrid Barcelona Restaurant on the opposite side of the street – also excellent food. My wife had the Catalan Stew which arrived in a pot on the table complete with ladel to serve. I had the sirloin steak which was delicious.

    Els Pollos de Llull was an experience and not what we expected – a huge space opens up from the street and a wall of spit roast chickens are ready for serving. We had half a chicken each with chips. Unfortunately the set deal wasn’t on at the weekend but however it was still good value and great food!

    Thanks

    Steve and Mel Fox
    Chester

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