A guide to the best restaurants in Denia

Holidays to Costa Blanca aren’t complete without some traditonal Spanish cuisine. Enjoying an enviable location along the Mediterranean coast, Denia has been popular with tourists for years. With gorgeous beaches, a pleasant climate and healthy, hearty Mediterranean meals on offer at the wide array of restaurants throughout the town, it’s not surprising really. Seafood and fresh fish dominate menus here, along with plenty of olive oil, fruit and vegetables, but, there is a clutch of international restaurants too. Below is a short list of some of the recommended eateries in this cosmopolitan town.

Set menus at El Raset

With two set menus – one for lunch and one for dinner – offering impeccable value on three and seven-course meals respectively, El Raset is a great place to sample exquisite cuisine without an extortionate price tag. The terrace also offers a nice spot to relax and soak up some of the afternoon sun while you enjoy your meal.

Keep a secret at La Seu

Hidden away in a back alley, La Seu is an insider’s secret that is finally leaking out to the tourist community. Though its prices might be higher than some other restaurants in Denia, it compensates for this with truly delectable dishes, an excellent wine menu and exemplary service. The covered, two-storey inner courtyard offers interesting views of the restaurant – including directly into the kitchen – which makes for an innovative dining experience.

Mediterranean delights at Agua de Mar

Positioned right on the marina, this lovely little Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect pitstop to watch the dying rays of the sun across the harbour. The set menus offer decent value for sizable portions, while the wine menu and waiting service are as expected in a top-class Costa Blanca eatery. One word of warning – young children might not like much on the menu, though staff will do their best to cater to most needs and tastes.

Unusual flavours at Quique Dacosta

In the mood for something completely different? Quique Dacosta often feels more like a theatrical work or an art exhibition than a restaurant, since every course is presented like a separate act, complete with plot twists in the form of unlikely combinations and unusual flavours. Though the novelty and peculiarity of some of the dishes won’t be to everyone’s taste, it truly is a once in a lifetime experience, and one not to miss on your holiday to Costa Blanca.

A variety of cuisine at Babeca Restobar

This English-speaking restaurant/bar combines a variety of different styles of cuisine, including Spanish, South American and Italian, to produce a menu that is both exciting yet not overwhelming. The selection of tapas is extensive and each individual dish is freshly made to order, guaranteeing high quality. What’s more, the service is invariably impeccable, leading many patrons to keep coming back year after year.

Tasty tapas at Tapes i Vins La Xara

If you’re looking for tapas with a difference, this international fusion restaurant is certainly the place for you. The chef manages to add a unique twist to each dish, without compromising its traditions or authenticity, to achieve a mouth-watering and unique experience. You can bring your own wine with you, but with a lengthy wine list, you may well cave in to the temptation of trying something new… you won’t regret it if you do.

Indian/Nepalese at Kathmandu Nepali Indian Restaurant

This Indian/Nepalese restaurant attracts a mixed clientele with its great-tasting food, friendly service and superb value for money. Vegetarians will be in heaven – as is often the case, Asian cuisine is a safe bet when it comes to avoiding meat, poultry and seafood. With seating both inside and out, it’s a good place to visit any time of year, day or night, and often puts on live entertainment, as well.