Spain

Restaurants in Spain

Whether you're looking for light tapas, hearty seafood Paella or a gourmet dining experiences in the Basque country, you can find restaurants in Spain to cater to your culinary needs.

Spain's most popular dining category is tapas, which are typically small servings of cured meats, olives and cheeses, grilled squid or meatballs. There are regional variations of tapas, for example pintxos are small plates served in the north. You will find some of the best tapas restaurants in Spain in Madrid, San Sebastian and Seville.

Other Spain restaurants to try include asadores, which specialize in grilled meats and marisquerías, which serve fish and seafood.

Some of the best restaurants in Spain are now some of the best restaurants, with the now closed el Bullí putting Spain on the map as a culinary destination. It is possible to find great food all over the country, but Valencia, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Andalucía and Seville are among the best cities in Spain for a foodie holiday.

The glamorous see-and-be-seen scene merits attention with an inspired repertoire of seasonally inspired specialties—such as gazpacho with tuna tartare or bacalao al pilpil, cod in a tangy sauce with spring garlic and wild mushrooms.

For contemporary Catalan cuisine, consider the tasting menu at Michelin-starred Hisop. Located in the Eixample neighborhood, this is a special occasion spot for budget-minded gourmands.

Traditional dishes like serrano suckling pig and sautéed garbanzo beans are specialties at this restaurant in Córdoba.

At the elegant Bar Martínez one must select crab mousse molded between bright zucchini shavings into a clever "charlotte."

Don’t miss chefs Montse Moreno and Xavi Manero’s 14-person get-togethers. Best dish: Iberian pork confit.

Everything is magnificent here: the garlicky sauté of mini-mushrooms called perretxikos; the spicy, slender chistorra sausage in puff pastry; and the baby croissants that bulge with purplish curls of jamón, reason alone to move to San Sebastián—though the same can be said about the richl

Savor the decadent canapé of whipped blue cheese and cured-duck ham at La Castela, which still generously honors the ritual of serving a free nibble with each new drink order.

Computer screens light up with the 3,500-label wine list at Monvínic, a wine bar and restaurant featuring communcal tables and an unfinished oak–and–stainless steel interior.

The seafood is excellent and the setting romantic at this restaurant on a hidden stone terrace in the Old Town.

A manairó is defined in Catalan as a Pyrenean elf who might secretly complete a cobbler’s work overnight—and owner-chef Jordi Herrera might well be employing a culinary elf or two in his always surprising kitchen.