La Barceloneta Restaurants
Suquet de l’Almirall
65 Passeig de Joan de Borbó, La Barceloneta
The philosophy behind Suquet de l'Almirall, helmed by Quim Marqués, a fourth generation chef, is to feature seafood caught and sold in Barcelona's harbors—most of their ingredients are purchased at the local fish market, which is just steps from the seaside restaurant. The menu is filled with classically Catalan (but often adventurous) seafood dishes like fried anchovies and an insanely good paella. Don't leave without ordering the suquet, the signature huge bowl of steamed shellfish. Try to get a seat on the beautiful outdoor patio.
19-21 Passeig del Mare Nostrum, La Barceloneta
Gallito is part of the Barcelona-based, family-affair restaurant group that is also behind Madrid favorites Ana la Santa and Bosco de Lobos. The really delicious Mediterranean food at Gallito is matched by its seaside view and easy, LA-meets-Spain vibe (picnic-style tables, bright pillows lining bench seating, and a mix of fresh bouquets and potted plants). The terrace is great on warm days, but you can still glimpse the beach from Gallito's glassed interior, which has that inside/outside feel.