Michelin Starred Restaurants

3 Stars

Quique Dacosta A delightful Mediterranean villa with an avant - garde design. It features pleasant dining rooms defined by lots of light and designer features and a chef’s table in the kitchen. This is the domain of the culinary genius Quique Dacosta, who leaves his mark on every aspect of what is a unique gastronomic experience.

 

2 Stars

BonAmb. A rite of passage in the Marina Alta where local culinary roots combine with Mediterranean culture to produce highly innovative cooking of the highest order. The restaurant’s location, in a restored old farmhouse that now has a thoroughly contemporary decor and superb landscaped grounds, is particularly impressive.

L'Escaleta . A tranquil family-run restaurant in a superb setting on the magical slopes of Montcabrer. The aim of the enticing cuisine prepared by chef Kiko Moya is to convey concepts, emotions and stories through his dishes, while at the same time showcasing the core values of the local area. Make sure you try L’Escaleta’s famous “arroces al cuadrado”!

Maralba A tranquil and elegant restaurant with a striking glass-fronted wine cellar. Here, everything has been designed to please guests via creative cuisine that combines fish from the Levante region with the most typical ingredients and flavours from La Mancha. Its wine pairing options are well worth a look!

 

1 Star

Audreys This elegant and modern hotel within the AR Diamante Beach hotel is named after the legendary star of the film "Breakfast at Tiffany’s". Extensive à la carte of contemporary and Mediterranean - inspired cuisine where the focus of every dish is on flavour and presentation in equal measure. Impressive choice of tasting menus.

Beat The Cook Book hotel’s culinary showcase bases its cuisine around three exquisite menus, although it also offers contemporary Mediterranean - inspired à la carte dishes with an international flavour. The standout feature here is the cohesion between the colourful and fun dishes on offer, which boast a harmony of flavours that is worthy of the highest praise.

Casa Pepa An iconic address in the gastronomy of the Marina Alta area which, following renovation work and a change in management, has had a new lease of life. Choose between the terrace dotted with palm and olive trees or the bright and airy dining room. The contemporary Mediterranean cooking on offer here still retains a strong connection with different classic combinations. It is now run by Bon Amb

El Xato A family restaurant with over 100 years of history, dating back to the simple wine cellar that opened in 1915. Here, chef Cristina Figueira conjures up menus that showcase her highly personal cuisine that is still deeply rooted to the local area, including delicious, traditional rice dishes alongside other recipes that demonstrate much more creativity, all complemented by an interesting selection of wines.

Orobianco A luxury, panoramic restaurant with a pleasant terrace offering impressive Italian cuisine of an exceptionally high standard. The chef here reinterprets Italian cuisine using the very best local products, adding his own personality to create cooking teeming with flavour. You’ll also fall in love with the views from the terrace!

Sents A restaurant with a minimalist look run by two brothers, one working as the chef, the other as the sommelier. Traditionally based, contemporary cuisine that is well researched and shows a certain taste for combining ingredients from different origins. Minimum 24hr advance booking required.

Tula This simple restaurant just a few metres from Arenal beach is professionally run by a couple with plenty of experience in the kitchen. The menu features numerous market-inspired specials and half-“raciones”, all of which showcase the best local and seasonal ingredients with a focus on textures and flavours.

 

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Cami Vel One of those instances where the passing of the generational baton has brought new energy to a business, although it is not uncommon to see its founder, Antonio López, still putting in an appearance around the restaurant from time to time! Toni, front of house, and Iván, in the kitchen, are now running the show on their own, something they have both trained for over the course of their lives. In the dining room, which is divided between several spaces with a rustic-contemporary decor, attractive azulejo tiling and an open-view kitchen, guests can enjoy an extensive tasting menu and dishes that flirt between tradition and modernity, with a constant nod to local products.

Casa el Tio David Run by the owner and his wife, this is one of those restaurants that receives plaudits from everybody who eats here. It occupies an early 20C family property with a rustic-regional feel, enhanced by its myriad decorative details, wood beams and the open fire that is often lit here. The locally inspired regional à la carte is complemented by two set menus, one called “Tradición”, the other “Degustación”. Specialities here include the potpourri of assorted croquettes, the popular “pericana” from the Serra Mariola, and the Al-Ándalus-style shoulder of roast lamb.

Eliana Albiach An intimate restaurant with an impeccably classic ambience and a somewhat surprising location just a few steps from the Racó beach popular with tourists. The owner-chef wanted to pay homage to his mother, hence the name of this restaurant, where the cooking focuses on quality products and creativity, a culinary style that he showcases via an à la carte with a strong Mediterranean flavour, a second dedicated exclusively to his popular rice dishes (over 20 to choose from), and several interesting tasting menus that can only be served to the entire table.

El Raco de Pere i Pepa. Run with great passion and enthusiasm by the couple that owns it, this restaurant on the avenue leading into town from Jumilla boasts a terrace at the entrance and an interior with two floors decorated in a rustic, contemporary style. The chef here conjures up traditional and regionally inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist, including an array of rice dishes (eight different options) alongside house specialities such as sirloin steak with foie gras and a port wine sauce, and the constantly delicious shoulder of kid roasted in the oven. The restaurant also hosts interesting food events dedicated to truffles, Galician seafood, suckling pig from Segovia etc.

Erre que Erre Octopus with a potato parmentier, veal with wild mushrooms and truffles, and red tuna tartare all feature on a menu created with the very finest products. Located close to the centre of town, this restaurant with a simple contemporary decor and a large glass-fronted wine cellar in the dining room has quickly gained a loyal following thanks to its attractive combination of quality products, excellent flavours and fair prices, with the option of smaller dishes for sharing. The town’s ice cream-making tradition lives on in its superb desserts!

Juan Vaintitres Impressively run by three brothers, with one in charge of the kitchen and the other two front of house, this restaurant initially started life as a simple bar, but now features two contemporary-style dining rooms. It has the unusual feature of not having a written menu in order to create a more direct relationship with diners, so dishes available are announced at your table. Traditional seasonal cooking with a modern twist, with a focus on fresh fish (monkfish with linguine, hake with a “pil-pil” sauce) and savoury rice dishes including “arroz a banda”, and rice with lobster, artichokes etc.

Komfort An interesting option despite its location in the Marisol Park residential development on the outskirts of Calpe. Its facilities are part of the gastro-boutique Cook Book hotel and feature a modern bistro-style dining room with large picture windows, bare tables of differing heights, plus countless lamps which define its personality. Enjoy well-prepared traditional and international cuisine based around high-quality products and excellent presentation, all of which highlight its attention to detail. The name of the restaurant pays homage to the current culinary trend for comfort food.

L'Amagatall de Tota. One of those restaurants where the name has plenty of personal sentiment behind it. Here, chef Jorge Sanus was keen to acknowledge the culinary skills of his mother, Carmina Pastor (Tota), whom he considered a great cook despite her never having worked as a professional chef. The single dining room has a contemporary feel, with a central counter, attractive furnishings in various tones of grey, and an unusual ceiling dotted with tiny lights. The reasonably extensive menu features a variety of tapas dishes for sharing, with a focus on seasonal Mediterranean cuisine which has incorporated the flavours of bygone days but with a tasteful modern touch.

Natxo Selles An interesting restaurant occupying a 18C house with an elegant interior that comes as a pleasant surprise with its classic-rustic dining rooms featuring attractive architectural details in wood and stone. Its owner-chef, Natxo Sellés, conjures up traditional cuisine with a seasonal twist, including a few more contemporary dishes and two set menus, “Picaeta” and “El Laurel”. However, the stars of the show here are the savoury rice dishes and the traditional oxtail stew. The à la carte changes five times a year.

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