Alicante is well known for its superb beaches and fantastic tourist amenities - this is the place to go if you want to enjoy a typical Spanish holiday on the Costa Blanca, soak up the sun and generally rejuvenate your body and mind. Did you know however that Alicante is also one of the best places to experience traditional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine and dishes such as Tapas and Paella? Many people don't know this, but Alicante actually has a thriving restaurant scene and the city center is packed full of brilliant restaurants and eateries.
If you enjoy fine dining, or simply sampling local dishes, Alicante has it all! Whilst there are many popular restaurants that tourists often flock too, we have searched the city to provide 5 hidden gems that will offer you a tantalizing culinary feast. These restaurants might not be at the top of everyone's list, but they certainly provide high-quality food and a magnificent dining experience:
1. L'Atelier, Calle San Nicolas
Located in close proximity to the gorgeous Alicante Cathedral, L’Atelier is a superb restaurant that boasts excellent meals together with a fantastic wine selection all at reasonable prices. It is clear that fresh and local produce is used in each meal as the taste and look is divine – you can choose from a variety of dishes including tapas, seafood, and other traditional Mediterranean courses. What makes this restaurant even more appealing is the friendly and attentive staff and the laidback and inviting atmosphere.
2. Olive Tapas & Restaurant, Calle Virgen del Socorro
Another magnificent but low-key restaurant in the center of Alicante, the Olive Tapas & Restaurant is a local delight for sure. If you want a cheap but high-quality dining experience this is the place to come – you can easily enjoy a meal for two for less than 40 Euro. The menu features a host of traditional Spanish dishes but with some exciting modern twists – make sure you try some of the seafood such as prawns or fish. The desserts are also to die for and are presented with a great amount of care and attention.
3. El Canto, Calle Alemania 26
This restaurant is tucked away in the side streets of Alicante but it still manages to attract a crowd due to its phenomenal tapas and authentic Spanish cuisine. If you want to sample some mouth-watering tapas then this is the place to visit – the ingredients used to create some sublime flavors and textures. If you don’t want a full meal, El Canto is also a fantastic place to visit for an afternoon snack and a beer or two – you can use the outdoor seating, soak up some sun, and have a tasty nibble whilst you drink.
This restaurant is located in an area near the beach where it is easy to find free parking zones, especially in the close neighbourhood called Benalua, so if you take a car from the Alicante airport, this is a great place to go.
4. Restaurante Casa Pepe, Avenida de Cataluna
Casa Pepe is well-known with the local population and it is actually advisable to book a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment. Located in the eastern part of Alicante, this restaurant is only a short distance from the popular Playa de San Juan and a great place to dine at if you have enjoyed a fun day at the beach. What makes Casa Pepe truly special is the fact that all ingredients are sourced from local markets where possible so everything is bursting with freshness – don’t forget to try the marinated sardines or one of the meat dishes – perfection!
5. Restaurant La Ereta, Parque de la Ereta
If you want to enjoy a meal with a view, then the Restaurant La Ereta is a superb choice. This high-quality establishment can be found in the grounds of the Parque de la Ereta, only a short distance from the impressive Alicante castle. The menu changes daily but always boasts a selection of Spanish and Mediterranean dishes – the portions aren’t huge, but the presentation and tastes are out of this world; this is fine dining taken to the next level!
If these five restaurants fail to impress then we surely don't know what will! If you decide to make a reservation at any one of these establishments we guarantee that you will have a memorable experience and enjoy some of the finest food available in Alicante! Don't forget that a car hire car from Drivalia could give you the freedom you need to visit all of these restaurants!