Restaurants

Top Choice Spanish in Alicante

El Portal

Excellent in every way, this plush corner spot sports deliberately OTT decor that changes biannually but is always interesting. Grab a table or squeeze up at the bar to enjoy some of this part of Spain's finest prod…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Dénia

Quique Dacosta

In sleek, white, minimalist premises near the beach 3km west of Dénia, this coolly handsome place is one of the peninsula's temples to modern gastronomy. The eponymous chef employs molecular and other contemporary t…
Top Choice Spanish in Elche

El Granaino

Across the river from the centre, El Granaino, with its bar lined with people scarfing down a quick, quality lunch, is worth the 10-minute walk. Top seafood, delicious stews and a fine range of tapas showcase a clas…
Top Choice Tapas in Orihuela

Bodega La Venganza

It's impossible not to love this tiny, sassy tapas joint, which expands out to tree-shaded tables on a pretty plaza behind the Iglesia de las Santas Justa y Rufina. It makes a point of procuring excellent seafood – …
Top Choice Tapas in Alicante

Cervecería Sento

Top-notch montaditos (little rolls) and inventive grilled tapas (try the turrón and pork 'Chupachups') are the reason to squeeze into this brilliant little bar. Watching the cheeky, nonstop staff in action is quite …
Top Choice Valencian in Xàbia

La Renda

There’s more than you think to a paella, and this well-priced but classy, welcoming place at the port has numerous different rice dishes, including a delicious meloso (with broth) rice with lobster. For most dishes …
Top Choice Spanish in Calp

El Bodegón

Tried and true, this traditional Spanish restaurant hasn't changed in decades and is all the better for it. Reliably good classic meals such as rabbit, seafood and hearty steaks make this a favourite for locals and …
Spanish in Torrevieja

Bahía

Offering an ample range of fresh seafood and well-prepared meat dishes with sweet sauces, this traditionally run, but modern-styled place channels sweet-and-savoury traditions from past Mediterranean civilisations. …
Tapas in Dénia

El Baret de Miquel Ruiz

This is a real find for gastronomes. The chef had a Michelin-starred restaurant but chose to reject the pretension of that world in favour of a more normal existence. Delicious, exquisitely presented morsels of trad…
Bistro in Alicante

OneOne

It’s easier if you speak a little Spanish at this wonderfully eccentric place with its faithful following of regulars, but your ebullient host will make sure you get the best anyway. It’s a true bistro, with the wal…