Gluten Free Restaurants in Barcelona
Celiacs disease, and gluten free preferential eating in general, is finally something that European travel destinations are looking at seriously.
One can’t expect to find a gluten free restaurant around every corner at this point, but at the very least all restaurants should offer gluten free menu items of sorts, or an entirely separate menu.
If you are Celiacs and traveling to Barcelona, keep in mind that you should still make your server and the kitchen aware of your disease regardless of what you order off the menu. Cross contamination in kitchens that are only newly aware of gluten allergy is a big issue and extra precautions should be taken.
Here are a few spots in Barcelona that get it.
Restaurant Gut in Barcelona
Most of the menu at Restaurant Gut is gluten free, but the pre-starter bread that they serve is not and your allergies need to be articulate so that the kitchen can compensate.
This is a wonderful Catalan restaurant in the vibrant heart of Gracia. They cater to meat eaters, the gluten intolerant, lactose free, vegetarians and vegans alike.
The menu is extensive and you really must come hungry. Expect to nosh on starters, mains and desserts. All of the dishes are intended to be kind on the gut, hence the name. They source great produce from around Spain in order to ensure quality in every dish.
Note that the bread and water on the table when you arrive is not complimentary, even though it may look like regular tap water. You must request actual tap water or you’ll be charged.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 1pm to 4pm // 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: Carrer del Perill, 13, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Diagonal
M2 in Barcelona
West of Barcelona’s old town is where I’d expect to find guided walking tours and Spanish bakeries, not one of the city’s only gluten free eateries.
M2 is a hidden gem, and while it takes an extra metro to get there its well worth not having to think twice about whether something in the kitchen has been cross contaminated or not. The whole of M2 is gluten free; pastas, burgers, salad bowls, pizzas, wraps…
They create a great ambiance especially by night when there is music and projections across the walls. They have a full bar, so you can eat gluten free and drink until midnight.
The menu is clearly labeled for vegetarian, vegan and lactose-free eaters too. All pizzas can be substituted for vegan cheese!
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 10am to 12am
ADDRESS: Avinguda Diagonal, 505, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Hospital Clínic
La Lluna in Barcelona
La Lluna wasn’t always a gluten free restaurant, however they are situated within close proximity of the Coeliac Association of Catalunya and as a result took a closer look at their menu and where changes could be made.
They have since done away with the use of any wheat in almost all of their recipes; those that call for any kind of flour are now made with almond meal. The only risk of cross contamination comes in with their fried dishes.
It’s an upmarket traditional Spanish eatery in the Gothic Quarter. They only offer dinner service on between Thursday to Saturday, the rest of the week is purely lunch.
This area is a must for first time explorers in Barcelona. One can self-guide through the Gothic Quarter and old town quite easily, but there are many free guided walking tours available too.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Saturday – 1pm to 4pm (Thurs, Fri, Sat until 11pm)
ADDRESS: Carrer de Santa Anna, 20, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Jaume I
Bar Mut in Barcelona
The cuisine at Bar Mut is traditional Catalan, and the menu is naturally gluten free for the most part.
Bar Mut have put extensive training in place to educate their staff on the severity of gluten allergies and what to do if they are made aware by a customer that they cannot eat it.
Unlike most tapas restaurants in Barcelona, Bar Mut does not serve every dish with bread. So the risk of cross contamination is reduced significantly.
It might be pricy, but you can’t beat the quality of the food. The fish caught fresh daily and absolutely nothing comes into contact with a freezer.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 1pm to 12am
ADDRESS: Carrer de Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Diagonal
Pastisseria Jansana Gluten Free in Barcelona
There’s nothing worse than arriving in Europe as a Celiac and having to pass up all of the pastries that line the bakery windows in the streets. This bakery in Eixample is giving everyone the chance to enjoy the finer treats that Barcelona has to offer.
The entire bakery is gluten free, and some of the goods are dairy free as well. There is no risk of cross contamination and you are free to order anything made in their kitchen.
Sometimes one can taste distinct differences in gluten free flour compared to regular baking flours; at Jansana there is no difference. I love their lemon meringue tarts, “pigs ear” pastries and tiramisu.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 8:30am to 8pm
ADDRESS: Carrer de Balmes, 106, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Diagonal
Out of China in Barcelona
Out of China are unique because they are the only Chinese restaurants in Barcelona to have made the effort of creating a separate gluten free menu for their Celiacs customers.
The staff are well informed about all of the gluten free meals and the kitchen know to prepare them in stations free of possible cross contamination.
As far as Chinese cuisine goes this is wonderfully authentic and not overly greasy like so many Chinese take-out places in Barcelona.