Ziryab Fusion Tapas and Wine Bar
…Who are we?

A street with an old legend…

Location:  Ziryab is a cute little wine bar in the backstreets of Barcelona’s old medieval town. It sits hidden in a winding alleyway near the Picasso Museum on carrer de Montcada, the street that from the 17th century onwards was used for the rich merchants and noblemen of Barcelona to build their palaces, which were expansive, charming, had an Arabesque feel to their welcoming inner courtyards and housed horse stables, servants quarters and rooms for entertaining visitors… these old palaces have now been converted into museums and galleries, and Ziryab is right round the corner. Ziryab’s tapas restaurant itself evokes the charm of this part of the old city with its brick walls, its low wooden beamed ceilings and typical Catalan inner mezzanine balcony overlooking the bar area.

Boniato al horno
Baked sweet potato

Food & Wine: Apart from our dynamic wine list, with a selection of fine wines from all over the rich vine-dense Catalunya region as well as great wines from the Bekaa Valley on the Lebanese-Syrian border or the wine regions of Morocco, Ziryab serves super tasty tapas, all made fresh and in-house, using quality ingredients and blending more traditional local tapas with Middle Eastern flavours to create interesting, spicy and flavoursome dishes, healthier and lighter than the regular deep-fried tapas you often find in Barcelona’s many eateries. Its pa amb tomaquet (local traditional tapas) comes with olive oil, Lebanese pitta, and zaatar thyme mix.

Grilled Halloumi cheese with the Chef's Pesto!
Grilled Halloumi cheese with the Chef’s Pesto!

Its patatas bravas are oven-baked in rosemary and garlic, and other dishes like grilled halloumi cheese and jamón serrano, the fine local cured ham, or Arabian medjoul dates wrapped in bacon leave the customer salivating for more! The idea is to have a selection of the different tapas-mezze, as Ziryab calls them, cover your table with the sights and colours of these dishes, and share the wonderful flavours between your group. Our team is always ready to welcome guests, explain different ingredients on the menu and recommend a wine to go with your meal. Tapas in Barcelona comes aplenty, but tapas in Barcelona coupled with ambience, recommendation and a unique flavoursome menu is less readily found.

Music and atmosphere: The atmosphere is always homely at Ziryab, with a light background musical playlist that includes jazz numbers, bossa nova, swing…. and Ziryab also holds a number of events, where the atmosphere is great and people are meet-worthy.  Ziryab also organises wine tastings and caters for group bookings. There are always different events happening for different occasions.

Come and check Ziryab. It’s intimate, it’s cute, it’s lively, it’s Barcelona with a twist…

lamb thyme casserole
Spiced lamb thyme casserole