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.
Known for its waterfront view, this Barceloneta port restaurant brings in ingredients fresh from the fish market, located a mere 100 meters away.
At Carles Abellán's new-wave asador inside the Ricardo Bofill–designed W, steaks from 10 kinds of pedigreed cows (we loved the domestic Rubia Gallega) are grilled to uncanny perfection over freshly made oak coal.
Lhardy is a grand 19th-century museum piece famous for its burnished interiors and cocido (boiled dinner).
Chef Paco Ron's restaurant combines a lively tapas bar with a handsome basement dining room in various shades of gray.
This gem in the arsenal of every businessman and artist in town is nevertheless missed by many tourists. Inside the modern, uncluttered Scandinavian-style dining room, walls alternate between bold red, mustard yellow, and carved blond-wood panels.
Located on a side street off the Gran Via, this small, intimate restaurant serves creative Spanish cuisine from chef-owner Juanjo López.
Four-poster beds and views of Gaztetape Beach.
A luxe salon is decorated with Andalusian tile while the stand-up tapas bar carries a more casual nautical theme. Try the zesty gazpacho-like salmorejo with shrimp or a heartier entrée of venison in a blue cheese sauce. Book in advance or be prepared to stand in the bar.
The boho café near El Born is so green that even the beer is organic. The earthy spelt bread dunks superbly into the saucy meatballs enriched with a hand-pounded almond sauce, and the fluffy brandada de bacalao is painstakingly beaten with olive oil.