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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. El Dorado Mar

    $$$ | Seafood

    Around the southern end of the beach at Sant Feliu de Guixols, perched over the entrance to the harbor, this family seafood restaurant offers...Read More

  • 6. El Raset

    $$$ | Seafood

    Across the harbor, this Valencian favorite has been serving traditional cuisine with a modern twist for more than 30 years. From a terrace with...Read More

  • 7. La Costera

    $$$ | French

    This popular restaurant focuses on fine French fare, with such specialties as house-made foie gras (simply called foie), roasted lubina (sea...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Patio de la Fuente

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    In an intimate little space with wicker chairs and pale mauve walls, this restaurant in the old town serves a bargain Mediterranean three-course...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Vivero

    $$$ | Seafood

    Perched on a rocky point above the bay at Playa San Sebastián, Vivero specializes in paellas and seafood; try the mariscada, a meal-in-itself...Read More

  • 13. 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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