Where to eat in Alicante. The best restaurants in Alicante is not places where you can easily find them. They are hidden treasures outside the middle of the tourist areas, and if they are, they do not stand out so that everybody sees them. Therefore most tourists end up in a average restaurant. And it’s a shame, because the food is not much more expensive in Alicante’s gourmet restaurants, but the experience you get is just so much better.
Locals in Alicante often don`t eat lunch before kl. 14.00. Nevertheless, there are restaurants in tourist areas serving lunch from kl. 13:00. Dinner is served often not before kl. 21.00 at the town’s restaurants. Traditional cuisine from Alicante consists mostly of rice, seafood and tapas. This applies to the other Spanish coastal towns. The most popular dishes in Alicante includes rice – like, paella. However, there are more than 300 varieties of this dish. Tapas is originated in Alicante and in the old town of El Barrio is many pleasant and popular tapas bars.
13 Top Restaurants in Alicante
The decline in the Spanish economy makes it possible to eat Michelin-quality food at affordable prices. Try Alicante’s top restaurants. Enjoy yourself!
#13 Restaurant Monastrell – Alicante
In Alicante there is a special a person who manages the kitchen scene. We are talking about Maria José San Román who owns a number of restaurants in the town, and most of them has been recommended in the Michelin restaurant guide. The most exclusive restaurant and one of the most expensive, is Monastrell. Restaurant Monastrell is an exclusive gourmet restaurant located in central Alicante area between the marina and Calle Mayor. The restaurant is housed in a beautiful historic building, adjacent to the Hospes Amerigo Hotel.
Here you find class and exclusivity of the interior and fabulous cuisine. Just inside the door, there is a wall of fame, where some of the world’s best chefs praised his colleague and friend. Monastrell is famous for its delicious Mediterranean cuisine as well as its tapas bar. The restaurant serves both the lunch and dinner menus, and also has an extensive selection of quality wines.
Tip: Restaurant Monastrell has its own small bookstore where you can buy a variety of gastronomic books, carefully selected and definitely not cheap. If you fancy a drink before dinner, we recommend a trip up to the roof terrace where you can enjoy the view with one of their pretty good cocktails in hand.
Contact information restaurant Monastrell
Calle Rafael Altamira 7, 03002 Alicante
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday. From 12.00 to 24.00.
#12 Restaurant La Taberna del Gourmet – Alicante
This award-winning tapas restaurant you will find on two locations in the city, and is the place to come for traditional tapas served in a contemporary setting. With a focus on organic foods and classic favorites, it is recommended to taste the most of it, but especially the grilled baby octopus, scallops or filet steak. La Taberna del Gourmet is both an elegant restaurant and a delicatessen that has existed since 1994. It is located near Postiguet beach in Alicante, not far from Hotel Explanada. The place has also a renowned wine bar, and the prices are slightly above average. La Taberna del Gourmet is a gourmet landmark and is well recognized internationally in the gourmet world. The restaurant serves both Spanish and international cuisine, and you can book the lunch and dinner menus as well as tapas.
Contact Restaurant La Taberna del Gourmet
Address: Calle San Fernando 10, 03002 Alicante
Hours: Daily at. From 12.00 to 24.00.
Phone: 960 520 423
#11 Restaurante Casa Pepe
With a large number of local guests, it is worth making a reservation in advance for this wonderful restaurant. The food is made from ingredients bought at the local market each morning. From salads to marinated sardines to good meat dishes, there is much to enjoy here.
Contact Restaurant Casa Pepe
Address: Avenida de Cataluña, 14, Alicante, Spain
Phone: 965 154 523
#10 Cerveceria Sento
Cerveceria Sento is a small and charming tapas bar, located centrally in the city. Here comes both tourists and locals to consume small cold or hot dishes at a reasonable price. Cerveceria Sento advertises that it has “the best sandwiches” and here you can order a gorgeous ham sandwiches, tuna salad or fresh squid. The tapas bar is very popular and is known for its friendly staff.
Contact Cerveceria Sento
Address: Calle Teniente Coronel Chapuli 1, 03001 Alicante
Hours: Monday – Friday. 10.00 to 17.00 and noon. From 20.00 to 01.00. Saturday. 12:00 p.m. to 1:00. Sundays closed.
#9 Tribeca Music Bar
If you’re looking for an affordable option among Alicante’s dining options, you should head to Tribeca – located near the beautiful Explanada d’Espanya (opposite Hotel Explanada). Tribeca Music Bar has a nice atmosphere, good music and the best burgers in town. With a rich tradition for over 40 years, you’ll find this place is definitely worth a visit. Here you can enjoy great wines and cocktails, and a wide variety of sandwiches. TriBeCa seeks his inspiration in the artistic and creative atmosphere in the New York area in lower Manhattan. The perfect place to relax and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. Tribeca offers tasty American hamburgers and hot dogs, salads, sandwich and fries. One can also get kids menu here as well as gluten-free bread for hamburgers.
Contact information Tribeca Music Bar
Address: Calle San Fernando 18, 03002 Alicante
Hours: Every day at. 12:00 to 2:00. Friday and Saturday has Tribeca open until. 03:00.
#8 Restaurant La Ereta
The restaurant La Ereta Alicante offer two daily changing menus based on traditional Spanish flavors. The menu contains between 3 and 5 different dishes. Portions are small, but gourmet, so that you can taste everything. The staff is friendly, attentive and quick. This is probably one of the best restaurants in Alicante, refined decor and an exceptional view over the bay of Alicante.
Contact information restaurant La Ereta
Address: Parque de la Ereta, Alicante, Spain
Phone: (96) 514 3250.
#7 Restaurant Sabor de Cine
Sabor de Cine is a pleasant restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is located in the northern part of downtown, and has a medium price level. It seats up to 66 people, you can order breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features salads, soups, fish, – bird – and meat dishes as well as tapas. Sabor de Cine has a great atmosphere and enthusiastic staff.
Contact information Restaurant Sabor de Cine
Hours: Monday – Wednesday. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday. 08.00 to 23.45 and Sunday. From 08.00 to 16.30.
Address: Calle Belando, 03004 Alicante
#6 Restaurant El Bocaito
This Alicante restaurant offers a wide variety of fish tapas at the bar, and the main dishes at the restaurant. There are two of this restaurants in Alicante, both serving the same delicious traditional Mediterranean dishes. The new Bocaito, in Alicante marina, has a breathtaking view of the harbor. People who want a tapas meal are advised to go to the first Bocaito restaurant located in Calle Isabel la Catolica.
Contact information Restaurant El Bocaito
Address: Calle Isabel la Catolica 22, Alicante, Spain
Phone: (96) 592 2630.
#5 Restaurante Amalia
Amalia is a cozy restaurant with a central location in Alicante. The restaurant is located just 2 minutes walk from the Avenida Maisonnave. Restaurante Amalia opened in 2011 and has a creative and varied menu – with tasty dishes from the Mediterranean. The restaurant’s price level is considered medium, and you get gorgeous meat or fish dishes (often with an Asian twist) from 20-50 Euro. The wine cellar has a wide selection of quality wines, and in some menus included a glass of complimentary wine. Restaurante Amalia has a nice atmosphere, and has already gained a loyal clientele.
Contact information Restaurant Amalia
Address: Calle General Lazy 12, 03003 Alicante
Hours: Open Monday – Saturday, but Monday and Tuesday evening closed. Sundays closed.
#4 Restaurant O’Pote Gallego
This is the best restaurant in Alicante to try Galician delicacies. Excellent value for money. Located in a beautiful square in the center of Alicante and with chime of bells from a bell tower make this a beautiful place to eat and soak up the atmosphere.
Contact information Restaurant O’Pote Gallego
Address: Plaza Santa Faz 6, Alicante, Spain
Phone: 965 208 084
#3 Restaurant Marco Polo
Marco Polo restaurant is about 5 km north of Alicante – in the neighborhood Albufereta and offers tasty dishes of French cuisine. Marco Polo has a warm and romantic atmosphere, serving both the lunch and dinner menus. The restaurant has a medium price range, you get a lunch menu for 16 Euro. The price includes one glass of wine or beer. Marco Polo has appetizers, entrees and desserts on the menu. Sample entree can be pork with tropical salsa. Otherwise, there are both pasta and fish dishes to choose from. The place also has a nice outdoor terrace, which is available for the restaurant’s guests.
Contact informastion Restaurant Marco Polo
Address: Avenida Albufereta 18, 03016 Alicante
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday. 13.00 to 16.00 and noon. From 20.00 to 23.00.
Sundays only at. From 13.00 to 16.00.
#2 Restaurant Darsena
This is the place for anyone who want to try a proper Spanish “Paella”, since it is one of the restaurant’s specialties. This restaurant is also one of the oldest in the area and has a fantastic view of the coastline. The restaurant is a family run business that has passed from father to son for generations. Darsena is famous for serving more than 150 different rice dishes (paella), fresh fish and seafood. The place has good service and a maritime atmosphere. It is advisable to pre-book a table here, especially if you eat late dinner.
Contact information Restaurant Darsena
Address: Marina Deportiva, Muelle de Levante 6, 03001 Alicante
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday. 13.00 to 16.00 and noon. From 20.00 to 23.00.
#1 Restaurant Nou Manolin
There is hardly a better tomato salad in Alicante than the one they serve at tapas bar Nou Manolin. Simple and tasteful. Just a few years ago it was unthinkable to go to Nou Manolin clock 9:15 p.m., and fit in the bar. For although local in Alicante usually eat late and many not until after the clock 22, then Nou Manolin is something for themselves. For many considered Nou Manolin to be one of the best tapas restaurants in the world. Newsweek has Nou Manolin on the list of 101 eateries in Europe, you should visit.
Tip: If you want to try something special, order roasted lamb brain or kidneys in sherry. If you prefer the classics, then Nou Manolin is especially known for its Spanish ham. Rinse it down with one of the over 230 wines from the wine list. If in doubt, take a wine from Priorat, which is one of the most exciting wine areas in Spain right now.
Contact information Restaurant Nou Manolin
Address: Villegas 3, Alicante.
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