As a holiday hotspot for the 20th century artistic elite, Llafranc has some seriously creative twists on traditional cuisine to match. Today, the cuisine that can be enjoyed during holidays to Costa Brava keeps true to its first-class roots, as most establishments dish out fresh, Catalan favourites like seafood covered in rich garlic sauces. Eateries here range from quiet breakfast spots to Michelin starred fine dining and waterfront cafes to Japanese cuisine from a cliffside lighthouse terrace.
Be sure to book at this family-owned favourite, as its fresh seafood, authentic Spanish dishes and charming courtyard are sought out by tourists and locals alike. The option to have either half or full portions of both starters and mains makes a varied meal possible. While carefully chosen wine pairings by expert and attentive staff ensure each flavour is fully savoured.
The supreme food and views overlooking the Mediterranean are unmissable at this restaurant, which holds a coveted Michelin star. Here, diners are treated to highly-prized Spanish dishes presented with creative flair, such as meals floating in clouds of dry ice. It's followed with delectable desserts such as impressive cheese boards or chocolate-dipped marshmallows.
Tucked a little bit away from the seafront rush, Restaurante Leon has a warm, family-run atmosphere that makes diners feel at home instantly. Dishes here are sea to table, highlighting fresh catches from just outside in generous bowls of paella and mains with whole fish steeped in garlic. If you're visiting in the high season, be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
With an outdoor terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, it's no wonder tables at this Spanish spot fill up fast. La Llagosta primarily specialises in seafood – including a much-talked-about paella. It also features prime cuts of steak and favourites like gazpacho, but served quiet differently to how you'd expect as it's topped with ice cream.
Far Nomo wins our award for best restaurant location in Llafranc, as it's situated inside the original buildings of the San Sebastian lighthouse. Here, diners can sample Japanese cuisine, with a few Spanish dishes to keep things local. Perched atop a cliffside, needless to say, the views at this restaurant are gorgeous.
Diners find a different experience to the waterfront restaurants and hotel eateries at this local spot, considered a hidden gem. Bertu himself cooks the seafood-heavy cuisine, whose menu is small but mighty in flavour. Plus, there's a television available in case visiting sports fans don't want to miss the big match.
A visit to this low key restaurant is a great start to the day as it offers breakfast and lunch options like fresh coffee, orange juice, salads, baguettes and, as the name suggests, croissants. Sit down and enjoy while gazing out at the seafront.
Nestled beside a boat-filled marina, La Sirena is a quiet spot with ample outdoor dining. The relaxed atmosphere and unobtrusive staff make it easy to enjoy some simple, authentic Spanish food and a glass of sangria as you watch the boats glide in and out of the harbour.
This hotel-restaurant is also located near the San Sebastian lighthouse, but this time slightly higher on the cliffside, so you know the views are superb. The cuisine revolves around traditional Catalan dishes that won't break the bank, mainly comprising of seafood and veggies.
As part of a hotel that's seen the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Salvador Dali grace its halls, this locale's elegant setup alludes to its storied past. Nowadays, visitors still enjoy the same seafood-based, Catalan-style cuisine the hotel's restaurant is known for. Enjoy your meal from the dining room, where bay windows give views over the sea, or on outdoor terraces overlooking Llafranc's stunning coastal landscape.