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Where to eat at Montserrat | Delicious meals for all budgets

Montserrat is a popular spot for day trips outside Barcelona, drawing many visitors. It's less than an hour away by car, though longer by train, and boasts beautiful scenery, nature, and a rich history. Plus, the boys' choir adds a musical flair to the experience.

However, dining at Montserrat can be a challenge. Mornings are bustling with tourists and pilgrims, making it crowded. Staying for lunch allows for a quieter experience. And if you're staying overnight, you'll need dinner options too. Here are some of the best places to eat.

Restaurants near Montserrat

Restaurant Abat Cisneros

Located within Hotel Abat Cisneros, Restaurant Abat Cisneros is a cozy spot perfect for smaller groups. Housed in what used to be the monastery stables from the 16th century, its stone arch ceiling adds to its charm.

  • Capacity: Despite its smaller size compared to Restaurant Montserrat, it accommodates group bookings with two rooms, Salo de Pedra and Salo Rosa, collectively seating 220 diners.
  • Cuisine: Specializing in traditional Catalan dishes, expect hearty seafood and meat options, available either à la carte or through a set menu.
  • Booking: Reservations are recommended, either by phone or email. Ensure confirmation from the reservations department before assuming availability.

Food shopping, supermarkets, and more

  • Food shopping in Montserrat is a convenient option for picnickers thanks to the stunning views and ample outdoor seating available. If you're in need of picnic supplies while at Montserrat, you'll find a small supermarket and local market stalls selling fresh produce.
  • For picnickers, there's a designated area at Montserrat located on the terrace of the Mirador dels Apostols building, offering picturesque mountain views and picnic tables.
  • An important tip is to consider the change in temperature as Montserrat is situated atop a tall mountain. Even if the weather seems pleasant at the mountain's base, it can be much cooler and windier at the top. Only plan a picnic if you're confident the weather will be suitable for outdoor dining.
  • Queviures Supermarket in Montserrat offers basic supplies including bread, local products, beverages, and sweets, although prices may be slightly higher than those in city supermarkets.
  • Opposite the Mirador dels Apostols building, you'll find market stalls selling regional specialties such as local honey, cheese, fig cakes, and the renowned 'Mato' fresh cheese.

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Frequently asked questions about restaurants near Montserrat

What are my dining options closest to the Montserrat Monastery?

Right inside the monastery, you'll find several convenient choices. The two sit-down restaurants are Restaurant Montserrat and Restaurant Abat Cisneros, offering Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine in a more formal setting. For a quicker bite, La Cafeteria provides a cafeteria-style service with a variety of sandwiches, salads, and snacks. There's also a Self-Service Restaurant with similar options.

Are there vegetarian or vegan options available near Montserrat?

While vegetarian options might be limited on monastery grounds, especially at the cafeterias, you have a few possibilities. Restaurant Abat Cisneros usually has vegetarian main courses on their menu. Another option is checking out La Barca Restaurant in the nearby town of Monistrol de Montserrat, which offers vegetarian and vegan choices alongside their Mediterranean fare.

Do any restaurants near Montserrat cater to families with children?

All the restaurants mentioned previously are family-friendly. The cafeterias and La Barca Restaurant tend to be more casual, with ample space for little ones. They also offer options like kid-sized portions or familiar choices like pasta and fries.

What kind of views can I expect while dining near Montserrat?

For an unparalleled dining experience with a view, head to Restaurant Montserrat. It boasts panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Restaurant Abat Cisneros also offers some tables with mountain views, while La Barca Restaurant has a pleasant outdoor terrace overlooking the town of Monistrol.

Are there any restaurants open late near Montserrat?

Finding late-night options near Montserrat is limited. The monastery restaurants all have set closing times, usually around 9:30pm. La Barca Restaurant in Monistrol de Montserrat closes at 5pm most days, with extended hours until 7pm on weekends. Your best bet for a late-night bite might be grabbing something from the on-site supermarket at the monastery before it closes.

Do I need to make reservations at restaurants near Montserrat?

Reservations are generally not required at the monastery restaurants, especially the cafeterias. However, they can get busy, particularly during peak season. For Restaurant Montserrat and Restaurant Abat Cisneros, especially if you have a large group or prefer a specific time, making a reservation in advance is recommended.

Are there any local specialties I should try while dining near Montserrat?

Catalan cuisine is a highlight of the region. Be sure to try dishes like "pa amb tomàquet" (bread with tomato), "escalivada" (roasted vegetables), or "botifarra" (Catalan sausage). Sample local cheeses like "manchego" or indulge in fresh seafood paella. Don't forget to try some "crema catalana," a delicious Catalan custard dessert.

Is parking available at the restaurants near Montserrat?

The monastery has a large parking area, but it can get crowded, especially during peak tourist season. There's also limited street parking around the monastery itself. La Barca Restaurant might have on-site parking available, but it's best to check beforehand.