A guide to the best restaurants in Benidorm

Benidorm is ideally placed to cater to the tastes of international visitors enjoying holidays to Costa Blanca. If you plan on eating out you should be aware that the locals traditionally eat later in the evening, around 9pm or 10pm, but restaurants generally open earlier. Here’s a selection of some of the best dining spots to be found in the city.

Beautiful beach views at Amigos Bistro

Run by brothers Nas and Dino, Amigos Bistro is famous for its fantastic service, beautiful beach views and even better food. All of the fare on offer, such as the gammon steak, is cooked to order. Though the restaurant is a little more expensive than others on this list, it’s second to none for quality.

Mussel time at La Mejillonera

This stylish tapas bar is so popular with tourists and locals alike that during the summer months, you can expect to see a queue stretching right around the block. Don’t be put off though – it’s generally quite fast-moving and your wait will be well-rewarded with the quality of the grub on offer at the finish line. While all of the tapas options come recommended, the speciality is mussels, so make sure you don’t miss out. Smaller portions are also available for the less hungry.

French-Spanish fusion at The Vagabond

Another slightly pricier option, this French-Spanish fusion restaurant delivers succulent dishes from both sides of the Basque region. The delicious food is complemented perfectly by the great atmosphere created by the staff, especially owner and Chef Fred, who often personally greets diners with an infectious enthusiasm. This is an unmissable dining experience.

It's all about choice at Paradiso

Can’t decide what kind of cuisine you’re in the mood for? This jack-of-all-trades is a master of many different cuisines. Serving an international blend of food from around the world, it offers great value and lovely service in a relaxed setting. It also hosts live music events and bingo nights and even has giant TV screens.

Full English at Wooky Hollow 2

Forget the silly name, this cheap and cheerful English pub delivers food of a far higher quality than might be expected from its no-frills approach. Accommodating of large parties, the staff are attentive and the prices affordable – and they offer a full English breakfast to die for. A real home away from home for Brits abroad.

Pizza party at Topo Giggio

Boasting the largest garden terrace in Benidorm, Topo Giggio delivers homemade pizzas oven-cooked to perfection and some of the most delicious garlic bread you’re likely to ever taste. Authentic live Italian music adds a unique atmosphere to the place at weekends and the staff do their utmost to make sure you have a pleasurable experience.

A taste of China at China Garden

As is often the case with Chinese restaurants, China Garden offers huge portions at very reasonable prices – but with an high level of quality. The owners welcome their guests with open arms like old family friends and every effort is made to ensure you leave feeling satisfied. For the size of the meals and the taste of all of the dishes, you won’t find better value – on your holiday to Benidorm, this is one place you shouldn’t miss.

Indian fare at Clay Oven

This Indian restaurant might be a little off the beaten track but it’s well worth the extra effort it takes to hunt it down. The authentic Tandoori specials are given the traditional treatment, slow-cooked inside a real clay oven, which adds a unique flavour that just can’t be replicated elsewhere. If you’re looking for delicious Indian cuisine in Benidorm, look no further.

American cuisine at Country Ribs

Hankering for some good, old-fashioned American cuisine on your Costa Blanca holidays? This rib house serves up all manner of comfort food from the United States, from onion rings to rib-eye steaks and everything in between. And in keeping with American tradition, the portions are eye-catchingly massive, especially those steaks.