Dining in Lloret de Mar, you'll find a whole host of first-class restaurants presenting authentic Spanish and Catalan cuisine – but that's not to say that each eatery is the same. In fact, the recipes, ingredients and hands that lovingly prepare each dish are so varied that no two dishes taste the same, with each restaurant experience providing a unique culinary adventure that your taste buds will thank you for.
From the moment you arrive and you're greeted with a glass of cava to when you polish off dessert, a dining experience at Atics la Carpa is five-star quality. The views at this restaurant are unrivalled, with a terrace overlooking Lloret beach. As for the food, the house speciality is beef tartar, but the menu gets even more adventurous with starters like sea urchin. For seriously good food at low prices, stop by for lunch.
True to its namesake, the quirky Orient Express restaurant is modelled after the famous train, with locomotive-inspired decor and booths fashioned like railway carriages. The menu here is fairly standard, with crowd favourites like burgers and chips, and for a niche eatery the Orient Express provides a low key ambience for a classy evening.
This cosy, family-owned restaurant might at first appear unassuming, but don't let its diamond in the rough appearance fool you, Portions here are the definition of generous, with prime cuts of steak and whole pans of paella. You're wise to book in advance, as the small space is short on tables – and remember to arrive hungry.
At El Romani, you won't find traditional tapas. You will, however, discover your new favourite tapas dishes, as here the chefs put their own creative spins on Spanish classics. Pair this with a glass of wine or beer from the bar's epic selection and you've got yourself a night to remember.
With creative presentation and quality ingredients, the chefs at Restaurant Sant Pere del Bosc display an incredible eye for detail. Once visitors arrive at the restaurant's somewhat remote yet gorgeous location, they're treated to a tour around the kitchen and a meet and greet with the chef. Then comes the unique gastronomic experience in a romantic atmosphere, complete with Spanish wines.
Tucked away in a side street just a few streets from the coast, this modest restaurant's menu makes great use of its seaside location by featuring fresh seafood dishes. You'll want to keep your options open here though, which is made possible with set menu deals plus wine. A pitcher of sangria to kick off the meal is a must.
While Sa Xarxa's menu of traditional tapas and its large outdoor terrace are nothing to stick your nose up at, it's the restaurant's drinks list that's most impressive. Choose from an extensive list of wines, cocktails, and both local and imported beers and stick around for dinner, or just pause here for drinks on your way out.
If you're looking to unleash your inner carnivore, La Pampa should be your top dining destination. The menu is heavy in meat like chicken, pork and of course steak, but also features seafood dishes like paella and a long list of wines.
Food at this intimate restaurant is simple but done well. Diners here are often greeted by the owner himself. He takes the time to go through the menu of authentic Catalan dishes with customers and ensure they select the meal best suited to their tastes. Dishes are then cooked just for them and served in an atmosphere whose décor gives off the appearance of being straight from somebody's living room.
A favourite among locals, Al Freskito serves seafood cuisine at its finest. They dish up authentic dishes of paella – rich in flavour and presented in a traditional pan – and tasty starters like seafood soup and fish carpaccio. There are also more meat-centric dishes like pork with creamy manchego for starters and Catalan sausages as a main.