Best Restaurants In Alicante, Spain – And A Tip For Great Breakfast maj 25, 2022 – Posted in: Spain, Travel – Tags: Alicante, Food, Holiday, Restaurants, Spain, Vacations, Weekend Breaks
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A guide to restaurants in Alicante
Are you looking for great restaurants in Alicante? Whether you are looking for traditional tapas or new Spanish cuisine, the resuarnts in Alicante have it all – but you have to know where to go! As for all other cities, a few minutes of googling is well spent, and you will find the really good restaurants in the Michelin Travel Guide app. However, it is also possible to find inexpensive restaurants in Alicante, and the locals like to grab a quick montadito, a small bread with delicious filling, along with a glass of wine.
Before you go out for dinner, it is important to mention that there is also too many cheap restaurants with deep fried food. A rule of thumb is to avoid the most touristy cafés on the Esplanade d’Espagne and the first few streets up from the marina – with La Taberna Del Gourmet as an exception.
Be on the lookout for restaurants where the locals eat. If there are only tourists, it is often not a place where you want to dine. However, this only applies for eating out after 9 pm, because here you save the dinner, until the temperature i bearable. The restaurants that were completely empty a moment ago are then quickly filled up with locals who know where the best restaurants in Alicante are located. If possible, it is therefore a good idea to book a table from home.
About the recommendations for restaurants in Alicante
Before we take you to the good restaurants in Alicante, we want you to know what restaurants we usually go for – so you can decide if you want to follow our recommendations.
We love to eat well and eating out is usually a big part of our vacations. We do not necessarily eat expensive, but always locally and with local ingredients. We are also always on the hunt for the great dining experiences and prefer to eat something we have never tasted before.
4 great restaurants in Alicante
The brown interior is reminiscent of a local inn, and that’s exactly what it is! El Canto is a tapas bar full of traditions, where you eat really good, local food! Be there in front of the door when they open, because the palce fills up very quickly. The serving is slightly chaotic, but very entertaining, and the turnover among the dining guests is big – the queue outside never stops growing.
Go for the traditional tapas with ham, cheese and shrimp and also try one or more montaditos, the small breads with fillings. Do as the other Spanish guests and choose a good, local beer.
Read more here: El Canto
One of the stars of the city that you must not miss is the fashionable restaurant El Portal. Here you get an experience for both stomach and eye! While you wait for the food, you can enjoy the sight of the professional bartenders who mix colorful cocktails at the bar in the middle of the room.
The food is exquisite and definitely worth traveling for. In Alicante you can eat gourmet food at affordable prices. Try, for example, the fixed menu with snacks, two starters, fish, meat and dessert as well as the accompanying wine menu.
Read more here and remember to book a table: El Portal
La Taberna del Gourmet
If you are looking for good tapas, and preferably something you have never tasted before, book a table at La Taberna Del Gourmet. In addition to the large menu, the restaurant also offers a small and a large menu.
The “small menu” is somewhat misleading, because there is much more food than most people can eat. A good piece of advice is to be a bit picky in a way to work to make room for the many dishes.
Read more here and book a table: La Taberna Del Gourmet
La Tasca del Barrio
Where the first three restaurants all had indoor dining, it is a little bit tricky to find a good restaurant out in the open air. There are many restaurants that would like to offer you a place where you can enjoy the Spanish summer evening, but the food at the tourist restaurants along the Rambla can sometimes be downright tacky.
If you go further into the old part of town, however, you can find excellent restaurants in the small, narrow streets. At La Tasca Del Barrio you get good and affordable tapas. The menu offers the well-known tapas and also pintxos, toasts with filling. Order a good glass of wine and enjoy life in the small street!
Read more here: La Tasca Del Barrio
Excellent bars in Alicante
The locals love to go out and especially on Friday and Saturday it gets crowded in the bar streets around Carrer Castaños. Do visit the wine bar Syrah Wine Bar for a good glass of wine or go to the small street Calle San Pascual, where the tables are quickly filled with locals and tourists.
A good breakfast in Alicante
If you, as recommended below, choose to stay at hotel Suites Del Mar, you can enjoy the large breakfast buffet at the hotel. Here is everything the heart can desire of delicious bread, eggs and bacon, ham, fruit – and as the best – freshly squeezed juice from the sweetest oranges. After the tasty breakfast, there is only room for a small afternoon snack before the evening’s restaurant visit.
However, a bit less can also do the magic, and breakfast can easily consist of a good cup of café con leche and a crispy croissant, as it is served at Cafe El Mirador. You will find the cafe at the north end of the beach, close to the lift up to the Castillo de Santa Bárbara. The trip up the hill is worth it because here you have a view of the sea in the morning sun.
Find a great hotel in Alicante
Booking a hotel in Alicante you get a lot of value for money, and you won’t be ruined if you splurge on a little more luxury than usual. Here you will find recommendations on fantastic hotels in Alicante, all of which can be booked directly through Booking.com. See more hotels by doing your own search here:
The hotel with the very best view to the sea
At the hotel Suites del Mar by Melia you live right on the quay by the marina. Here you get a great view of the sea, the castle and the beach. Suites del Mar is one of the city’s best hotels with large rooms and spacious balconies, where you can enjoy the sun. Do pay a little extra to have the beautiful view over the beach and the sea. The other side of the hotel there may be noise to out in the wee hours. The breakfast at Suites del Mar by Meli is fabulous; with juicer, freshly baked croissants and Cava. The hotel also has a spa area and a small pool – but who needs that when the beach can be reached in a few minutes?
Read more here: Suites del Mar by Meli
NB! Suites del Mar is built together with Melia Alicante. This hotel is further inland, but you still get the same amazing views.
5 stars in the old monastery
In the cozy streets right next to all the Michelin restaurants and close to the harbor and the beach is the luxury hotel Hospes Amerigo with the five stars. Here you can sleep tightly in the Egyptian sheets in the large and bright rooms and get your day off to a good start with a gourmet breakfast buffet. The hotel has its own restaurant, the Fondillón Restaurant, which is famous for its minimalist aesthetic and good ingredients. End the day in the beautiful pool at the top overlooking the castle of Santa Bárbara.
Read more here: Hospes Amerigo
Aparthotel close the the beach and the shopping streets
If you are a family or a group of friends who want a little more space on your holiday, there are many apartments in Alicante. The apartment hotel S30 Reina Victoria has taken all the good things from a hotel holiday, daily cleaning and a cozy, small bar, and combined it with the freedom of living in an apartment. The apartments are rustic and tastefully decorated and with a well-equipped kitchen. The apartment hotel is located in a residential area close to the castle and with a ten minutes walk to the port. The large market is just around the corner and there are many bars and restaurants in the area.
Read more here: S30 Reina Victoria