Eat delicious meals, tailored to your dietary needs, at these gluten-free restaurants in Barcelona
Eating out can be a challenge when you have specific dietary requirements. In Catalonia, where staples include bread, potato croquettes and patatas bravas, you might imagine finding gluten-free restaurants would be difficult. However, there are now dozens of restaurants which specialise in dishes for those following restricted diets throughout the city, plus many which offer gluten-free options as part of their menu. Here are some to try.
Enjoy gluten-free pancakes at Copasetic
An ethically minded café, bar and restaurant, Copasetic offers a Mediterranean-based menu. The interior is 20s-inspired and crafted with ecological materials. Using seasonal and organic produce wherever possible, the menu includes gluten-free crèpes, pancakes and carrot cake, plus plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Gluten-free dishes are clearly labelled on the menu and all milk used is lactose-free. Typical gluten-free dishes include eggs Florentine, hamburgers and beetroot chocolate cake. Cocktails are available plus there’s a gin and tonic menu, and clients are encouraged to pay a little extra for a ‘suspended’ coffee or sandwich for someone in need. The restaurant is open Tuesday–Thursday 1030–0000, Friday–Saturday 1030–0100, Sunday 1030–1730. Closed Monday.
Entirely gluten-free, Messie Pizza on the edge of the Gràcia and Eixample districts serves entirely gluten-free pizza, pasta and salads, as well as offering takeaway and delivery. Pizzas offered include all the usual options such as three cheeses, four seasons and Hawaiian, while pasta dishes include a cream-free carbonara and one with Gorgonzola, rocket and pancetta. There’s also a variety of salads to choose from, as well as soups and fruit juices, plus a weekday set lunch menu for around €12. The restaurant is open daily 1800–0000.
Established in 1951, family run Conesa works with the Coeliac Association of Catalunya and offers a large menu of entirely gluten-free sandwiches on certified gluten-free bread. Spot analysis of their products is carried out periodically and the lab results are available to customers. Hot gluten-free sandwich options include bacon and cheese, Spanish omelette and sausage sandwiches, while cold options include chorizo, Manchego and botifarra (a type of black pudding). Salads are also on offer and all food is available either to eat in the simple seating area or to take away, and 95 per cent of the menu is available gluten-free. The restaurant is open Monday–Saturday 0815–2215.
Around a 10-minute walk from the Sagrada Familia, this Italian restaurant established in 2007 has included a clearly marked and separated extensive gluten-free section on its menu for many years. Gluten-free starters offered at Il Piccolo Focone include fried artichokes or garlic bread with rosemary and oregano, and several salads. There are numerous versions of pasta and risotto to choose from, a large pizza menu and many meat and fish dishes. The restaurant is open Monday–Saturday 1330–2330.
Il Piccolo Focone serves scrumptious fried artichoke
Specialising in providing interesting food for people with all kinds of dietary needs, most options on Gut’s clearly marked menu are gluten-free. There are also options for vegans, vegetarians and those who don’t eat dairy. The restaurant offers various set weekday lunchtime menu including drinks which start at around €10, and many items on the à la carte menu are available in half portions for children or those with small appetites. Gluten-free options on the eclectic, international menu might include Thai mussels with deluxe fries, grilled octopus on cod brandade with tomato and onion confit, or ox sirloin tataki with miso sauce and yucca chips. The restaurant is open Monday–Saturday 1300–0000, Sunday 1300–1600.
Established in 1996, Els Pollos de Llull is a Barcelona institution famed for its speciality of roast chicken. Chicken is naturally gluten-free and the menu is clearly marked to indicate which other items are similarly gluten-free – plus there’s a dedicated fryer for gluten-free potatoes to prevent cross-contamination. There are now two branches in the city where you can choose from three types of chicken, including an organic option. Other gluten-free dishes on the menu include chicken liver brochette, grilled vegetables, green curry, lentils and organic rice. The restaurant is open daily 1200–2300.
Dig into leg of lamb with mint sauce at La Lluna
Most dishes on the clearly marked menu at the elegant and traditional La Lluna are gluten-free. The Catalan-style menus which rotate on a nine-day basis are based around seasonal ingredients. Gluten-free options might include dishes such as goats cheese salad with apple compote or 18-hour roast leg of lamb with mint sauce. There’s also a good value lunch menu which includes an entirely vegetarian option. The restaurant is open Monday–Saturday 1300–1600, Thursday–Saturday 2030–2330.