5 best restaurants in Alicante
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Elegant fine dining
Not to be confused with the adjacent tapas bar of the same name, Monastrell is a gastronomic Michelin-starred restaurant. Reflecting the chef’s extensive world travels and Mediterranean roots, the cuisine is based on the local favourites of Alicante and the rest of Spain. Upmarket and stylish, the restaurant also has a sommelier-selected wine list to complement dishes such as octopus, succulent salmon and suckling pig.
Rafael Altamira 7, 03002 Alicante
Tel: 00 34 965 146 575 www.monastrell.com/restaurante.php
La Cuina de Ponent
Spanish style by the sea
Set on the shores of the Mediterranean on Poniente Beach in the west of Benidorm, La Cuina de Ponent is a family-run restaurant surrounded by palm trees and serving traditional Spanish rice dishes. A seven-course tasting menu and a unique list of vegetarian cuisine is available as well as local favourites, providing a welcome escape from the British-style pubs of Benidorm. Sample fresh seafood or treat yourself to homemade almond cake with caramel ice cream, sitting alongside Spaniards.
Calle Santander 18, La Cala de Benidorm, 03502 Benidorm
Tel: 00 34 966 80 70 63 www.lacuinadeponent.com
Tel: 00 34 96 514 3250 www.laereta.es
Restaurante La Ereta
Scenic and sumptuous
With its views from La Ereta Park, below the walls of Santa Bárbara Castle, Restaurante La Ereta combines Spanish tradition with modern innovation. Chef Dani Frias has created delicacies like pepito de cabrito, a sandwich of goat between slices of crispy fried bread, and a new version of authentic tomato-based Andalucían gazpacho updated with avocados. Elegant and refined, with formally dressed staff, this venue offers ever-changing tasting menus with unmatched vistas of the city, port and sea.
Parque de la Ereta, Alicante
Benidorm’s best bistro
Choose from a three-course menu or the a la carte at The Vagabond, a boutique restaurant with only a few coveted tables. Family-run, clean and comfortable, it serves fine French food from mussels to filet mignon on foie gras toast. Rave reviews compliment the pumpkin soup as well as generous portions and free house liqueur, all served in style by friendly staff and a charming owner. Finish off with a caramel flan or Catalan Cream - just don’t forget to book in advance!
Carrer De La Palma 17, 03501 Benidorm
Tel: 00 34 636 146 985 http://the-vagabond.webnode.fr/
La Taberna del Gourmet
Best tapas bar on the Costa Blanca
Trendy and super-friendly, this is the place to go for authentic Alicante tapas. In fact, it has even been voted the best tapas restaurant in Spain. Hams hang from the ceiling, reflecting the organic deli-style cuisine that ranges from cured meats and cheeses to sandwiches and seafood. Reasonable prices, a buzzing vibe and a great location in the old town are all complemented by fine wines and a selection of products to take home, including prestigious Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
Calle San Fernando 10, 03002 Alicante
Tel: 00 34 96 520 4233 www.latabernadelgourmet.com