Benidorm may be better known for its British ‘bangers and mash’-style cafés and fried breakfasts than for quality dining options, but if you know where to look you’ll find a good variety of places to try, from elegant fine dining to classic Spanish fare and fresh seafood.
This modern restaurant with coastal views has been going for 10 years and offers both Mediterranean and international dishes. From the a la carte menu, you can choose artisanal cheese and fresh seafood, such as red shrimp or oysters for starters, followed by a variety of paellas. Desserts include chocolate pudding and apple tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream. The restaurant has refined neo-classical features with a wood panelled floor and soft lighting, making it somewhat of a romantic choice.
Views of the sea accompany you while dining at Llum del Mar (light of the sea) – part of the Villa Vanecia Boutique Hotel. Mediterranean dishes include fine Iberian pork smoked with eucalyptus and a teriyaki dressing. For mains, wild fish with artichokes, fennel juice and coriander will certainly go down a treat, while dessert includes a chocolate fondant cake with vanilla ice cream.
This friendly and cosy restaurant based in the Old Town of Benidorm is English-run and features an array of international dishes. Plates to choose from at Two Palms Restaurant include tuna-mayo cocktail for starters, and gammon steak with pineapple for main. You can finish off with homemade apple pie or a ‘hot pudding of the day’.
Casa Toni has a homely Spanish feel and is popular with the locals. Among the favorites are cocas (toasted bread with choice of toppings) and bocatas (mini sandwiches with an array of fillings). If you are feeling a little more indulgent, there is also steak and a good wine list. The staff are attentive and friendly and you can expect to be treated as family.
Amigos prides itself on its Galician steak fillets and it has good reason to – the Galician steak tower is massive, and a favorite with locals. It includes a roasted red pepper and sweet potato mash, garlic spinach, caramelized red onion and blue cheese to top it all off. One to make the mouth water. You can even order steak marinated in tequila or Jack Daniel’s for that extra kick.
Starting from humble beginnings in Benidorm Old Town, La Cava Aragonesa used to serve only champagne. Today, however, it has expanded to include dining options too. Famous for its Catalan-style toasted bread and tomato (pa amb tomàquet), it also boasts a large variety of local cheeses, meats and sausages. You can also choose from around 700 different wines to enjoy in its rustic, yet elegant atmosphere.