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 North Ciutat Vella

La Salvaora

Refined, elegant but not expensive, this intimate spot is decorated with black-and-white portraits of flamenco stars. At first glance, the menu of Spanish favourites – think beef cheek, bull tail, ham, croquettes – …
Top Choice Fusion in Barrio del Carmen

Refugio

Named for the civil-war hideout opposite and simply decorated in whitewashed brick, Refugio preserves some of the Carmen barrio's former revolutionary spirit. Excellent Med-fusion cuisine is presented in lunchtime m…
Top Choice Gastronomy in South Ciutat Vella

El Poblet

This upstairs restaurant, overseen by famed Quique Dacosta and with Luis Valls as chef, offers elegance and fine gastronomic dining at prices that are very competitive for this quality. Modern French and Spanish inf…
Top Choice Tapas in Castellón

Bodega La Guindilla

Sit around barrels, grab an outdoor table or head downstairs to the dining room at this bright corner spot, an expansion of its crowded Calle Barracas tapas bar. There's a seafood focus, but everything is delicious …
Top Choice Tapas in Valencia's Beaches

Bodega Casa Montaña

One of Valencia's most characterful spots, with venerable barrels and an other-era atmosphere, this place has been around since 1836. There's a superb, changing selection of wines and a long list of exquisite tapas,…
Top Choice Spanish in Morella

Daluan

Daluan is run by Avelino Ramón, a cookery teacher by trade, and his wife Jovita: a very friendly team! Its small upstairs interior is satisfyingly contemporary and its terrace, filling a quiet alley, is equally rela…
Top Choice Valencian in Sant Mateu

Farga

This quality restaurant at a former monastery perched on a hill 2.5km from town offers sublime views of the surrounding plain from its terrace, and a characterful vaulted interior space. It's run by a friendly young…
Top Choice Tapas in Western Valencia

Bar Ricardo

Ice-cold beer – one of the best cañas in Valencia – and a fabulous array of tapas and other dishes characterise this gloriously traditional place with its old-style mezzanine and pleasant terrace. Snails, top-qualit…