Since May 11, we’ve been able to eat on the terraces of our favourite restaurants under Phase One of the recovery from the Covid-19 outbreak that has kept Spain at home for more than two months. From Monday 25 May, provided these measures haven’t caused an increase in the infection rate, restaurants will also be able to open their dining rooms with 50 per cent occupancy under Phase Two.
It’s been so long since we were able to go out to eat, and this landmark is a great motivation to try a new restaurant, or treat ourselves to a different type of cuisine. Here at Spain Life Exclusive, we thought we’d make it a little easier for you by rounding up some of the best restaurants by the sea and slightly inland on the Costa Blanca. We’ve also broken them down into towns for you.
All the restaurants listed here are personally known to the staff at Spain Life Exclusive, and we’ve also included a Trip Advisor link, so you can be sure you’re getting a great taste experience, wherever you go. We’ve picked out one to three restaurants for each town, and if you enjoy our selections, we’ll do it again soon.
Facebook links and telephone numbers are included for your convenience, and we advise you to reserve your table to avoid disappointment.
There are lots of restaurants in Altea, down on the waterfront and in the main town centre, and also in the Old Town, high over the Mediterranean. No visit to Altea is complete without a visit the the spectacular Old Town, and once you’ve trekked up there, you’ll be ready for refreshment!
Restaurante Casa Vital:
One of our favourite places in Altea is Casa Vital, in the historic Old Town. Overlooking the Mediterranean, this is the home of Azul Mediterraneo, the famous blue wine. The cuisine is a mix of Spanish and Norweigian, and the restaurant owner, Age, also produces the wines he serves with the meals. If blue is not your colour, there are lots more to choose from. Casa Vital is now open for service. Call them on 965 84 09 36.
Oustau, also located in the Old Town, has been under the same management for 35 years now. Their speciality is French Provencal and other Mediterranean cuisine. Oustau will re-open by the end of May, when they will also be introducing a takeaway menu. So if you want restaurant food, but don’t feel comfortable eating out with strangers right now, this is a great option for you. Call Oustau on 965 84 20 78.
Benidorm is not all fish and chips and full English breakfasts. There are some real culinary gems hidden away in its streets, so why not try out these recommendations next time you are there?
This beautiful restaurant overlooking Poniente Beach in Benidorm Old Town has built a reputation for simple food, perfectly cooked. Chef Licinio puts it this way:
I respect the quality of my products by not adding much to the food other than a little garlic and salt and good quality oil. My cooking roots are grilled meats, rice dishes and seafood, and this is what we serve here.
ConBrassa is preparing to open very soon, so check their Facebook page for the latest news, or call on 965 86 60 36
Restaurante La Falua:
Located on the street behind the seafront in the heart of the Old Town, La Falua is another restaurant that concentrates on quality and simplicity, offering a good selection of traditional Mediterranean food. They are also flexible about producing something else if there’s a particular dish you fancy and it’s not on the menu. Call to check service times and reserve your table on 965 85 31 05.
Benissa is a small inland town in the north-east area of the Costa Blanca. With a population of around 11,000 and stunning views across the Mediterranean, it’s close to secluded coves and cliff paths. It’s also one of the Costa Blanca’s oldest towns, with a lot of history to explore.
Restaurante Pic D’Or
Pic D’Or is situated close to the Paseo Ecologico, a stunning coastal path where you really can get back to Nature. The restaurant is famous for its fish dishes, freshly sourced from the local ports of Calpe and Moraira. You can also enjoy the famous wines of the Marina Alta with your meal. Pic D’Or is currently open from Thursday to Sunday, with lunch available on Fridays and Sundays, and dinner on Thursdays and Saturdays. Call on 605 06 46 64 to reserve your table, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for news of latest developments.
Calpe is famous for Penon Ifach, or the Rock of the North. The huge structure is the twin to the Rock of Gibraltar, and it dominates the waterfront. It’s a beautiful town on the coast, with a large Saturday street market and some excellent restaurants. Ideal for a day trip or as a quieter coastal holiday base.
Iguana Beach Bar and Restaurante
Chef Bruno Guerra will be re-opening this beach side restaurant with a huge terrace on Friday 22 May, from 10 am. While fresh salmon and tuna are temporarily off the menu, there is plenty to choose from. All menu items at Iguana are available for take away too, if you don’t feel ready to eat out in public but want a rest from cooking. Check their Facebook page or call 965 06 43 66 for more details.
The only Michelin-starred Italian restaurant in Spain, Orobianco is also making plans to open very soon. Chef Ferdinando Bernardi has been producing meals for the social kitchens during lock-down, but he has found time to work on some new flavours for the menu. Check their Facebook page, or call 965 83 79 33 for more information.
Denia is a historical port in the North of the Costa Blanca, dominated by the walls and ruins of its large castle. There are a number of museums there, and a beautiful marina. You can also get a ferry to the party island of Ibiza, if you want a change of scene and more night life, but there is plenty to do in the area.
Restaurante San Giuseppe
At the time of writing, this fabulous Italian restaurant is open for take away and home delivery only. The full menu is available for delivery or collection from 11.00 am – 11.30 pm. There’s also a great selection of set meals, including a buffet breakfast and a three course meal for two for just €35. Check San Giuseppe’s Facebook page for further news on opening or call 675 21 88 29 to order from their extensive menu.
Gata de Gorgos:
This is a small inland village, close to the Montgo Natural Park in the mountains above the coast on the Northern Costa Blanca. The scenery is stunning, and there’s a beautiful hidden gem just outside the village.
Restaurante Vall de Cavall
‘Vall de Cavall’ means ‘Valley of the Horses, and the land on which the restaurant is situated is primarily a livery yard and stables owned by champion Belgian endurance Rider Peter Bastijns and his wife Ines. Diners can sit on the terrace in the shadow of the Montgo Mountain, watching the horses in their paddocks. Call on 965 05 84 75 to reserve your table.
This small town and resort is ideal as a beach holiday base, as it’s wide bay is sheltered between two headlands. There’s a great selection of shops, and so many excellent dining places you’ll be spoiled for choice – as were we, so there are some extra recommendations here!
Restaurante La Casa della Pasta
This Italian restaurant is ‘A temple dedicated to pasta,’ and it’s now open for service, and also take away food for collection. Serving authentic Italian food for lunch and dinner, with maybe a few surprises too. Call to reserve your table or order food on 966 46 13 47, and follow them on Facebook.
Part of the Vall de Cavall family, Masena re-opens on Wednesday 27 May. To celebrate, they are running a Facebook competition with a meal for two as the prize. The only thing better than eating in this beautiful hacienda is eating there for free, so enter their competition by Monday 25 May. Tables are available to book now on 965 79 37 64.
This fabulous restaurant offers stunning views over the Mediterranean from its spacious terrace. At the moment, they are open from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm for breakfast and lunch. Their speciality is fish and seafood, but there’s an extensive menu to choose from. Check their Facebook page for updates, or call 965 79 29 12 to reserve your table.
Tosca will re-open on Tuesday 26 May, for table reservations and take away food. Please give 24 hours notice for take away orders, since the team at Tosca use only the freshest ingredients. They have new menu items and a few surprises for you to celebrate their opening. Call 965 793 145 to book your table or order food to go, and follow them on Facebook for updates.
These are some of our favourite restaurants which we know are either open now, or will be open in the next few days. As the situation regarding the State of Alarm is changing all the time, we recommend you contact the restaurants before you go to ensure they are open, and that they can accommodate you. For your convenience, we have provided links to their Facebook pages and phone numbers. We will update the list as and when we receive updates. Buen provecho a todos!