Alicante 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 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 …
Bistro in Alicante


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…
Valencian in Alicante


This quality restaurant is strong on rice, seafood and fish, which arrives fresh daily from the wholesale markets of Dénia and Santa Pola. There’s a huge variety of tapas and a valenciano speciality that changes dai…
Fusion in Alicante


Fusing retro and modern styling, with a comfortable L-shaped space, Velvet appeals for its quality food, whether you're tempted by the bar-counter snacks on crusty bread or a fuller list of cocas (Catalan pizza-like…
Valencian in Alicante

Cantina Villahelmy

One wall is rough stone, another bright orange and blood red, and it’s luridly painted with skeletons, creepy-crawlies and a frieze of classical figures. Intimate, funky and popular, this atmospheric cellar-like spa…
Spanish in Alicante

La Barra de César Anca

Upmarket and buzzy, this is a fun place to sit at the bar and try some high-class gastro creations using plenty of excellent fish and showcasing fine presentation. There's always something new on the go. There's sit…
Fusion in Alicante


Sparky service and a comfortably modern space are the framework for a short menu of internationally gleaned snacks such as ceviche, tuna tartare, pulled pork and several vegetarian options. We were in doubt, but the…
Tapas in Alicante

El Palé

This one-man show doesn't look like much, but the friendly young owner produces some really exquisite little snacks, many of which are combinations of smoked fish on toast. He smokes the fish himself and is delighte…
Tapas in Alicante

¡Chico Calla!

A short but delicious selection of montaditos and other tasty tapas, supplemented by fresh seafood specials, is the stock-in-trade of this handsomely lit bar. Service couldn't be friendlier.