Barcelona is an incredible food city.

From the excitement of La Boqueria market to dozens of quiet family run restaurants serving local specialities, you’ll find an abundance of delicious food to eat.

One of the most memorably delicious meals I had in Barcelona was at a very small restaurant called Can Maño that specializes in seafood.

In this blog post I’ll share all the details with you about this gem of a restaurant in Barcelona.

Can Maño
Can Maño Restaurant

Can Maño Restaurant

Located in La Barceloneta, a neighborhood in Barcelona located along the sea, Can Maño is small but friendly family run restaurant that specializes in seafood.

They mostly serve raciónes, which are similar to tapas, but usually bigger in size – they are more considered full plates of food that can be a full meal.

Menu
The menu at Can Maño Restaurant

The Menu

The menu is filled with mostly seafood – from squid to shrimp and occupying about half the menu, a selection of different types of fish.

The preparation of most of the dishes is quite simple, deep fried or grilled with garlic and parsley. The menu really focuses on the freshness and quality of the seafood itself.

They do also have some non-seafood dishes on the menu, but when I ate here, I saw almost everyone eating only seafood.

coffee
I started with a coffee

Since it was mid-morning when my wife Ying and I arrived to eat at Can Maño, I decided to start off with a coffee.

The coffee was alright, but it’s definitely not their speciality (which was a type of house wine served in a porron).

Fried eggplant
Deep fried eggplant

Deep fried eggplant

We started off our meal with an order of deep fried eggplant.

Just like the rest of the meal would be, the deep fried eggplant was just simple and good.

The eggplant was sliced into thin rounds, coated in a thin batter (just enough to make it crispy), and then deep fried until the eggplant was creamy soft in the center.

Price – 3 EUR

Fried anchovies
Fried anchovies

Fried anchovies

One of my favorite things to eat are small little fish, because you can eat the entire fish, bones and all.

Both anchovies and sardines are heavily featured on the menu at Can Maño Restaurant and I decided to get the anchovies deep fried.

Just like the eggplant, the anchovies came in a very thin and light batter, just enough coating to make them crispy like French fries, but full of protein in the middle.

With a squeeze of fresh lemon, they were wonderful. I especially enjoyed the fried anchovies as soon as they were served, right out of the oil so they were hot and crispy.

Price – 6 EUR

Grilled sardines
Grilled sardines with garlic and parsley

Grilled sardines

For the sardines I decided to order them grilled.

If you order grilled seafood at Can Maño Restaurant they not only grill it up, but they add on quite a generous amount of olive oil (I think), and a pungently flavorful mixture of garlic and parsley.

Price – 5 EUR

Sardines
Grilled sardines topped in garlic and parsley

Although not even close to being as small as the anchovies, you could eat through the entirety of the sardines.

They were grilled until the skin was slightly crisp, and everything from the head to the tail was delicious.

In addition to the sardines themselves, what I especially loved was the oily dressing with lots of garlic and parsley.

The flavor of garlic was such that it was strong and pungent, but it didn’t burn; It was amazing.

Along with sardines being incredibly tasty, they are also one of the healthiest types of fish to eat as well.

Grilled shrimp (gamberi)
Circular plate of grilled shrimp (gamberi)

Grilled shrimp (gamberi)

While all the fish were fantastic, nothing even came close to the grilled shrimp.

I ordered the grilled shrimp, and just like the sardines, they came drizzled in what I think was olive oil and topped in a layer of sensationally delicious garlic and parsley.

Price – 15 EUR

Grilled shrimp
Reminded me of spokes on a wheel

What was also attractive, was how the shrimp came on a plate, neatly arranged in the pattern of bicycle wheel spokes.

Barcelona food
Incredible grilled shrimp

After peeling the shell off the shrimp, the meat underneath was cooked all the way through, but not overly cooked. They were creamy rather than rubbery, and the texture was incredible.

The fresh shrimp, grilled to perfect doneness, with that beautiful combination of garlic and parsley made these shrimp some of the finest I’ve had in a long time.

These shrimp go on the list of best plates of shrimp I’ve had along with Ayutthaya river prawns.

Watch the video of this meal:

(If you can’t see the video, you can watch it on YouTube here)

Can Maño Restaurant
Our full meal at Can Maño Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain

Conclusion

Located in the pleasant La Barceloneta neighborhood of Barcelona, Can Maño is a family run restaurant that serves mostly seafood.

While the deep fried anchovies were incredible, the two best dishes I ate at Can Maño were the grilled sardines and the grilled shrimp, both of which I would consider dishes worth flying to Barcelona just to eat.

If you’re looking for local Barcelona seafood, Can Maño serves delicious food and has plenty of local character.

Can Maño Restaurant – Barcelona, Spain

Address: Carrer del Baluard, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Open hours: 8:30 am – 4 pm and 8 – 11 pm on Tuesday to Friday; 8:30 am – 4 pm on Saturday; closed on Sunday
Prices: I thought the prices were very reasonable for being seafood and being a restaurant in Barcelona. The most expensive dish I had was the shrimp, but they were still reasonable for how quality they were and they were well worth every Euro.
How to get there: Can Maño Restaurant is located just about a 5 minute walk from Barceloneta Metro station in Barcelona.



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  • Grampa

    4 months ago

    aw, looks delicious. However, the thing with seafood is that it tastes good only in the original destination:)

  • Sonali Chauhan

    6 months ago

    Hmmm
    Nice it looks really wonderful. I wish to visit this “can mano restaurant barcelona”

  • Greg

    6 months ago

    Barcelona is such a cool place for seafood. One of the best places in Europe for seafood.

  • Alan Cuthbertson

    8 months ago

    We are visiting Barcelona for a week in July so now looking forward to it more than ever. The seafood looks amazing can’t wait to try the shrimp. Looks mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing Matt

  • EDWARD

    8 months ago

    Food looks So much delicious.That makes me hungry.

  • Nischal Karki

    9 months ago

    Hey Matt, I loved sea food as well as your blog. Thank you for make us known about different cultural foods.

  • Carrie Zylka

    9 months ago

    Barcelona is on my bucket list and now I want to go on a food tour!!

  • Nana

    10 months ago

    Great! I will write about Spanish food. I am seeking some idea, experiences. I really like your writing style. But you have many creative ideas than me. I just back from Bagan, Myanmar, I will write as you. Let it be!

  • Lies

    10 months ago

    I loved most of the food I tried in Barcelona, especially the seafood. I missed this little gem apparently, but I’m sure I’ll be back in Barcelona at some point 🙂

  • Hurghada

    10 months ago

    Great! I will write about Spanish food. I am seeking some idea, experiences. I really like your writing style. But you have many creative ideas than me. I just back from Bagan, Myanmar, I will write as you. Let it be!

  • Niko

    11 months ago

    Hi Mark, I’m currently living in Barcelona and eat my way through the city day by day. Can Maño is one of my favorite authentic restaurants of the city. Best place to have some incredibly fresh seafood in a local environment.
    Amazing article! Thanks a lot for your work.
    Niko

  • David

    11 months ago

    Hello, I am from Barcelona. My englis is bad, sorry. The sardinas head no eat!

  • Nguyen Huong Giang

    11 months ago

    Great! I will write about Spanish food. I am seeking some idea, experiences. I really like your writing style. But you have many creative ideas than me. I just back from Bagan, Myanmar, I will write as you. Let it be!

  • Ankit

    11 months ago

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  • Lucas Silva

    11 months ago

    Hey Mark….I want to congrat you! Searching for foodies, food travel blogs….ect….I just confirmed my feelings about Migrationology!
    Migrationology.com was ranked 1st at TOP FOOD & TRAVEL BLOGS OF 2016 (http://www.hellotravel.com/stories/top-food-travel-blogs-of-2016).
    Once again, thank you very much for sharing you experiences with us!

    P.S. I’ve been watch you since I started planing my honey moon. Curious fact: we first wanted to go to Bangkok>Phuket> Phi Phi. Than, because of costs and other issues, my bride and I decided to switch planes toward Europe. As you, I do travel for food! And on this searching for best seafood we got to Portugal and Spain (it changed before we noticed that you were there).
    Coincidence or not, we bought our tickets to Portugal…….So, from April 24th – May 08th we will be checking you advices over there!!!!

  • Alan

    12 months ago

    This eatery sounds wonderful, I find that Spanish food generally disappoints, but if you can find a good place it can be some of the best food anywhere in Europe

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hi Alan, thank you for reading, and especially when the ingredients are fresh and good quality, like a place like this, it can be incredible!

  • Nat

    12 months ago

    Barcelona is an amazing city! I was lucky enough to live there for 3 months back in 1999 and fell in love with the architecture and the seafood. I’ve been back since and it’s changed a bit but only for the better 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hi Nat, wow, awesome to hear that you lived in Barcelona, it really is an amazing city!

    • John

      11 months ago

      Lucky you Nat. I am reading about Spain because I am planning a trip for next year and I have read so many wonderful things. Including this post.
      Mark, your photos are making my stomach rumble!

  • Pranish Rai

    12 months ago

    That looks absolutely delicious

  • Lini Antony

    12 months ago

    Looks so good. I am a great fan of sea foods.

  • Mahee Ferlini

    12 months ago

    Everything looks great!!

  • digamber rana

    12 months ago

    hey mark , i am an ardent follower of yours . could you please tell me which software you use to edit your videos . I pray all good luck to be showered upon you and your family . love from india

  • Ferry

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,

    First of all, I would like to congratulate you for becoming a dad. You must be very ecstatic! Nothing can compare this kind of emotion. Congratulation!

    Second of all, I always enjoy your travel vlogs on youtube and check it every Wednesday and Saturday. When I heard that you both were going for a around the world food trip, it reminded me of one of Jules Verne novel! Your blog this time should be named after his novel (with a twist of course): Around the World in 80 Dishes by Mark and Ying Wiens.

    I have been to Barcelona a couple of times, but your food vlogs make me want to visit Barca again. Amazing city with amazing foods! I will probably go to Istanbul first to taste the foods (I love kebab!)

    Finally, keep up the good work and bring your son someday to travel with you.

    Ferry

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hi Ferry, great to hear from you and thank you very much. Definitely nothing I’ve ever experienced can compare to this! Glad you’ve been to Barcelona, we had such an amazing time here, unlike anywhere I’ve been elsewhere. Thank you again for all your support!