Cambrils is a big-hitter in the food stakes and it has earned the title of 'Gastronomic Capital of Costa Dorada' through its selection of more than 200 top notch restaurants and full calendar of gastronomic events. Many of the town's eateries are situated on the seafront or marina's edge, so you can treat your taste buds and have a peaceful evening in a picturesque setting. Holidays to Costa Dorada wouldn't be the same without a thorough exploration of the local cuisine.
Chiringuitos – small, shack-style, beachside restaurants – can be found all along the coast in Spain, and Denver is one of the best around. The first chiringuito on the long stretch of beach that leads towards Salou, Denver's wide menu covers all bases with seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. We advise telling the waiter what your budget is and asking for the catch of the day, which is sure to be some of the freshest fish you've ever tasted. If you're not a seafood fan then the tapas is equally good and for something more substantial why not go for the set main course.
A friendly ambience accompanies the classic haute cuisine at this restaurant, which has one Michelin Star. Expect to pay slightly more for the cuisine here, but it's well worth it. If you've saved money booking an All Inclusive Costa Dorada holiday, use those extra euros here.
Can Bosch have a range of menus including lobster, degustation, sea and pica pica, commonly known as tapas, as well as a la carte. It's always a good sign if the chef comes out to ask customers how their meal was.
Mentioned in the Michelin Guide for offering very good value for less than €31, Acuamar is the choice if you want top grub but not at top-level prices. Situated facing the port, it does fish and seafood simply and really well, with oven-baked sea bream and baby octopus from Cambrils. You will need to make a reservation even during week days, as it's always full of locals and returning tourists.
Ranking highly on TripAdvisor out of the multitude of restaurants in Cambrils, Rias Baixas is doing plenty right in terms of food and service. Tucked away off the main harbour area, its pure white interior lets the food do the talking – and if the food could talk it would definitely say 'Eat me'! Mouth-watering fresh fish, meat, salad and tapas is served with simple garnishes on wide platters.
This Italian gem offers pasta dishes cooked to perfection, wide pizzas and impressive salads drizzled in a house dressing. Great for refuelling after an active day, the portions are very large but the prices are only medium. It does get busy, particularly on weekends, so it's best to book ahead.
Somewhere to keep the whole family happy on Costa Dorada holidays, you'll smell the delicious flame-grilled food before you get to the restaurant. You can sit and eat in the pretty garden with a fountain at its centre. From rib eye steak to chorizo or lamb chops, everything is cooked perfectly on open flames to give a chargrilled flavour and is served with chips or salad.
This unique restaurant specialises in fondue, but there are other options if you don't like cheese or are being health-conscious, such as roast beef. The decor is quirky and has oodles of rustic charm. Starters are traditional Spanish or you could be brave and try the surprises option. The main event, however, is the fondue, which costs around €21 for two people plus €2 for each extra person – making it 'the more the merrier' at La Cua Curta.
Located at the port with some of the best views in town, this large restaurant has a contemporary, airy style, where the Mediterranean cuisine has been given a creative touch. With the DJ playing in the background it has a lounge feeling, enticing people to have a leisurely meal. The average price for two courses is around €35 without drinks, so it's a little more expensive than other restaurants but worth it for the quality ingredients, presentation and ambience.
Behind the sometimes more tourist-focused seafront, this small restaurant is traditional and understated, serving simple and classic food and only the freshest seafood. The set menus are a good way of sampling all the restaurant has to offer – top food at reasonable prices. You might have to get your phone out to translate though, as the menu only comes in Spanish and the staff speak little English.
If you fancy a taste of home in familiar surroundings, The Rugby Tavern serves good old British pub grub and drinks. From fish and chips to curry and kids' menus, everything is good value. Sitting watching sports on the big screen, you might think you're in Camberley not Cambrils.