Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Restaurants

Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2015 in the annual critics’ poll conducted by British magazine Restaurant, and a host of other first-rate establishments continue to offer inspiring fine dining in Catalonia, which began in the hinterlands at th
Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2015 in the annual critics’ poll conducted by British magazine Restaurant, and a host of other first-rate establishments continue to offer inspiring fi
Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 20

Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2015 in the annual critics’ poll conducted by British magazine Restaurant, and a host of other first-rate establishments continue to offer inspiring fine dining in Catalonia, which began in the hinterlands at the legendary Hotel Empordà. You needn’t go to an internationally acclaimed restaurant, however, to dine well. Superstar chef Ferran Adrià of the former foodie paradise elBulli dines regularly at dives in Roses, where straight-up fresh fish is the day-in, day-out attraction. Northern Catalonia's Empordà region is known not only for seafood, but also for a rich assortment of inland and upland products. Beef from Girona's verdant pastureland is prized throughout Catalonia, while wild mushrooms from the Pyrenees and game from the Alberes range offer seasonal depth and breadth to menus across the region. From a simple beachside paella or llobarro (sea bass) at a chiringuito (shack) with tables on the sand, to the splendor of a meal at El Celler de Can Roca, playing culinary hopscotch through Catalonia is a good way to organize a tour.

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  • 1. Els Fogons de Can Llaudes

    $$$$ | Spanish

    A faithfully restored 10th-century Romanesque chapel holds proprietor Jaume Soler's outstanding restaurant—one of Catalonia's best. A typical...Read More

  • 2. Hotel Empordà

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Just 1½ km (1 mile) north of town, this restaurant run by Jaume Subirós–-housed within a rather nondescript, 42-room hotel–-has been hailed...Read More

  • 3. La Seu

    $$$ | Spanish

    Under co-owners Fede and Diana Cervera and chef Xicu Ramón, this distinguished restaurant in the center of town continues to reinvent and deconstruct...Read More

  • 4. La Taberna del Gourmet

    $$$ | Spanish

    This wine bar and restaurant in the heart of the casco antiguo (old town) earns high marks from locals and international visitors alike. A...Read More

  • 5. Pa i Raïm

    $$$ | Spanish

    Bread and Grapes" in Catalan, Pa i Raïm is an excellent restaurant set in writer Josep Pla's ancestral family home in Palafrugell. It has one...Read More

  • 6. Bubbles Gastrobar

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Excellent Catalan tapas with Mediterranean-fusion touches are served here in a simple setting just across the river from the Força Vella. Choose...Read More

  • 7. Ca l'Enric

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Chefs Jordi and Isabel Juncà have become legends in the town of La Vall de Bianya, just north of Olot, with exquisite cuisine that’s firmly...Read More

  • 8. Cal Ros

    $$$ | Spanish

    Tucked under the arcades just behind the north end of Plaça de la Llibertat, this restaurant combines ancient stone arches with crisp, contemporary...Read More

  • 9. Can Segura

    $$ | Spanish

    Half a block in from the beach at Sant Feliu de Guixols, this restaurant serves home-cooked seafood and upland specialties. The dining room...Read More

  • 10. El Buen Comer

    $$ | Spanish

    On the edge of the old town, this relaxed two-tier restaurant serves enticing dishes in plentiful portions. Downstairs, indulge in tapas and...Read More

  • 11. La Cuina de Can Simon

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Elegantly rustic, this restaurant right beside Tossa de Mar's medieval walls serves a combination of classical Catalan cuisine with up-to-date...Read More

  • 12. La Pepica

    $$$ | Spanish

    Locals regard this bustling, informal restaurant, on the promenade at El Cabanyal beach, as the best in town for seafood paella. Founded in...Read More

  • 13. La Riuà

    $$ | Spanish

    A favorite of Valencia's well connected and well-to-do since 1982, this family-run restaurant a few steps from the Plaza de la Reina specializes...Read More

  • 14. Les Cols

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Chef Fina Puigdevall has made this sprawling 18th-century masia (Catalan farmhouse) a triumph. In the restaurant, the cuisine on the prix...Read More

  • 15. Les Coques

    $$$$ | Spanish

    If you have time for only one meal in the city, take it at this elegant little restaurant in the heart of historic Tarragona. The menu is bursting...Read More

  • 16. Les Voltes

    $$ | Spanish

    Built into the vaults of the Roman Circus, this unique spot serves a hearty cuisine within one of the oldest sites in Europe. You'll find Tarragona...Read More

  • 17. Restaurant Ibèric

    $$$ | Spanish

    This excellent pocket of authentic Costa Brava cuisine serves everything from snails to wild boar in season. The terrace is ideal for leisurely...Read More

  • 18. Sagardi

    $$$ | Ciutat Vella | Spanish

    The upstairs dining room at this popular Basque restaurant is dominated by two huge wooden cider barrels, long rustic tables for 10—they're...Read More

  • 19. Villa Mas

    $$$$ | Spanish

    This Moderniste villa on the coast road from Sant Feliu to S'Agaró, with a lovely turn-of-the-20th-century zinc bar, serves up typical Catalan...Read More

  • 20. El Torreón de Paula

    $$$ | Casco Antiguo | Spanish

    This pleasant little restaurant specializes in the cuisine of Castile–Léon, especially lamb and suckling pig roasted on a spit in the asador...Read More

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