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Dining Delights… See What the Locals Say

by Loraine Gostling

We had a thread on the Javea Connect group, by veteran member Karl Adrian Haycock, who posed a question to the local “gastro gurus”. There followed quite a few suggestions and recommendations for restaurants that are not sitting on the Arenal, SO you will have to get your visa stamped at the clot for a day pass to pastures new if you want to savour some “sin Javea” establishments 😉 

Anyway, without further ado… this is how it started and after two days of copying and pasting, here is the finished resume which now can be accessed for all eternity.”

Karl asked “What is your favorite restaurant – but not in Javea?”

We have had some lovely meals in Javea so it’s nothing negative about the local area but would love to hear what other areas in the Costa Blanca anyone has had spectacular experiences and what type of food / service / price etc they have paid. Thanks in anticipation


Paulene Beach Inland from Alicante in Yecla. The bodega Barahonda have a spectacular restaurant of the same name. Fine dining at its best. Taster menus ranging from 27-55€. Top price is 10 courses each paired with their own wines. Fantastic experience, and don’t be in a hurry . Lunch takes at least 4 hours. Experience it with a group of friends. Check out Barahonda here

Karl Adrian Haycock ….. The Royal Buddha Tandoori, Moraira

Royal Buddha Tandoori

Ruth Thornley Nothing fancy but we like the Chicken Shack (now BB’s) at El  Vergel. Food is always good, generous portions and the prices have remained the same for years….oh and their house red is very drinkable.

John Smith BB’s in El Vergel. Whole leg of lamb for about 25-30 euros.

Warren Bennett also recommends BB Grill in Vergel

Link to BB’s  here

Steve Beech Soqueta in Oliva. 

Had amazing food here but suggest you book.

Next to a lovely long beach if you fancy a stroll after. About 30 min from Javea.

Link to Soqueta here

 Rosario Carder Casa Salvador in Cullera. Best paella!!

Mentioned by Rick Stein in his tour around Spain.

Link to Casa Salvador here

Eileen Thomas I was recommended this restaurant while in Valencia.. We were in a bar where we asked a few Spanish patrons where they would go. When they realized we were heading to Javea they said we had to stop at Casa Salvador.. It’s on a quiet back road next to the estuary OUTSIDE of Cullera not in it.. Sunday Lunchtime on a nice day is a great day to go and ‘people watch’  We were told that many Spaniards from Valencia travel there for Sunday lunch together. The boquerones fritos were the best I have had ever!! Not a great Paella fan myself but we had to go for it, hubby loved it as he’s a rice eater..lovely ambiance and the experience.

Ems Hope Mena, Las Rotas, Denia. Traditional Spanish family restaurant in a glorious setting.

FB Page Here….Restaurante Mena Restaurante Mena

Jill Bangay There’s a small family restaurant in Teulada called La Brisa.

You get to choose from 6 different starters , 6 main dishes (or more) plus choice of desserts, (appetisers arrive as soon as you sit down) plus endless drink refills , all for 14 euros (meal of the day) totally homemade , superb quality , and such friendly staff  Go once, you’ll return again an again.

Link to La Brisa FB Page here

Steve Boxall Agree with that. Good food at a cracking price!

Silvia Giuliano La Tasca de Jesus Pobre

Pauline Scott Good but a bit pricey

Kelly Tyler Yes! Was going to say that. Best restaurant for miles.

Link to La Tasca FB Page her

Evelyn Bisson Lasry …..

Casa Federico

In Denia

Link to Ca. Federico website here

Pauline Scott Verd i Vent at the top of the Bernia above Jalon. Set menu, 5 courses with choice of main course, all beautiful home prepared food, nothing resembling frozen ready prepared stuff, as much local cask wine as you can drink, 18e a head when I last went. A unique old finca, only open lunch time as no mains electric, wonderful place. We drive up from Jalon, then continue on to complete the circuit of the mountain finishing up back down in Benissa. Lovely day out if you have visitors, go on a Saturday, do Jalon rastro, bodega & honey shop, drive up have your leisurely meal do the mountain drive with all its fantastic views. You must book as they are always full, that speaks for itself! They charge a couple of euros more on Sundays, most popular day. ( Cash only)  

Ruth Thornley “Totally agree Pauline, we always try to take our guests there….lovely food and mountain surroundings.”

Michelle Gray I love it there too. Good value and stunning views. 

Jane Longden I adore this restaurant, so Spanish, so homely, so good.

Link to Verd i Vent

Susan Clifford……. Opera in Altea Favourite of all.

Link to Opera

Marc Moonraker Basta in the Marina de Denia.

Excellent food, very good service and normal prices! 

Also a good music venue ( JC Admin )

Link to Basta here

Inge Venema Vista Ifach ( Looch del Poble) sitauated opposite the harbour in Moraira

Link to Vista here

El Toro in Calp if you like meat / steak that’s the place to go. It has a nice atmosphere, mid-range prices but quality is top of the range.

Link to El Toro FB Page

Danisa Gentina Val del Cavall En Gata de Gorgos

Michelle Gray This is fabulous too.

Link to Val del Cavall FB Pag

Sandra Fraser-Venables Parcent Victoria Station is brilliant!

Link to Victoria Station

Paul Irwin Tast’am in Ondara is wonderful.

Mediterranean cuisine and signature touches. Daily menus, tapas

Link to Tasta’m FB page

Cynthia Moné .. Venta del Colleo.…………Absolutely spectacular!

Great to walk in the surroundings and you can sit inside or on the big terrace with great views. It is for a drink or lunch. Menu del dia 14 euros and you can choose 3 courses. Food is fresh and lovely. Nice staff too. The drive up there is worth doing! Wonderful with guests to show them the beautiful backdrop. You must make reservations in advance.   Link to Facebook Page

Robert Vandevelde…. Quique DaCosta Denia

Valerie Hughes “Lovely but need a second mortgage” !

Link to this pretty costly DaCosta

Sharlie Melly Akasaka (Alacante) Japanese Rte.

All you can eat, cooked fresh, huge menu €18 pp.

Link to Alaska page

Veronique Mina Flaschner XqNo Denia 

Restaurant “XqNo? Authentic Taste of Mexico with Mediterranean Essence” enjoys its cuisine with Authentic Flavors, Different: MEXITERRANEAN FUSION.

Link to FB Page

Louisa Newton I love our little Nou bar in Benimeli square ! 9.50 menu del dia during the week, awesome tapas !

Link to Nou Bar Hogar Benimeli.

Jacky Colecliffe “So many restaurants so little time !!”

Dara Wilson Sentous

La Font Restaurant,

Vall de Gallinera

Trip Advisor review:

Dara Wilson Sentous Corral del Pato, Gata de Gorgos.

Beautiful terrace.

Mirjam van der Weijden also says “Real Spanish kitchen. All prepared on wood.. really good!

Link to Corral del Pato FB Page

Michelle Cansick Casa Caty in Jalon,  Lovely family run restaurant

Link to Casa Caty Fb Page

Jean Kenley House of Tormos, Tormos

Link to Fb Page

Jill Sutherland The Republic in Denia.

Amazing setting great clean food

Link to Republic Fb page

Tina Chalmers Casa Marina (Benissa)

This looks wonderful !!!!! Watch the video on the page…..

Link to Casa Marina

Nicola Jane Wilcox Terrazas de Torres 

El Secreto de Tomate

On the road from Gata to Lliber, amazing Spanish experience……. Corral del Pato (previously mentioned) same road, famous for its “Carne de Torro a la Brasa” ……..and then La Solana in Alcalali, set menus all inc…… El Secreto del Tomate on road out of Javea towards Gata is excellent too, home produce, and BBQ…… oh yes and Montevideo in Benitachell, amazing for its meats al BBQ too..Those are my favourites. 🙂

Terrasses Torre

France Fradet The Terrazas del Torre is still open? We first went there in the 1980s: what an experience! Run by a mad hippie. It really was travelling to another country for a few hours.  And of course the Corral del Pato and their lush pumpkin pie…

Nicola Jane Wilcox….. Yes it is, it was started by a guy who smoked hashis and for his mates, he was rude and if you didn’t book even though there were tables, he would say no! people loved it, no electric and very rustic, it has now been reformed and it is the same families  run it, but they have brought up the standards, and public relations. I send all my clients there and they love the experience. The food is amazing, We normally order the selection of tapas followed by a pascua berinada y unos cocas caseras then a selection of desserts. The wine is their wine and the herbal liqueur that is put on the table afterwards is heaven.

France Fradet…. Yeah that’s it! It was a total adventure! I really hope they haven’t over-restored the property… I was a kid but I loved the ceremony of him placing the food on the table… Magical place. I think he told us to bog off too once, and the place was deserted.

Review here

April Pollard Oceana Club ..the best food on the Costa Blanca..outstanding service by all the staff and a view out of this world of the med.

Great music venue too ( JC Admin)

Be sure to watch the video here

Marshall Worsnop Sabor.….

Opposite Altea Marina….great quality and service….about €18 menu reservation needed

Link to Sabor

Bridget Comyns Olive Tree, Moraira

Modern European Restaurant , plus Vegetarian/Vegan Options

Link to Olive Tree

Monroes, Pedreguer

Christopher Thomas

Monroe’s Carvery in Moraira is very good for Sunday lunch and other days.

Fish and Chip Friday also excellent value. Link to Monroes Moraira

( Also in Pedreguer)

Harry Seymour

Ca Pepe Moraira!

European restaurant in Rada De Moraira,

Dawn Stallwood Wonderful welcome,super staff, fantastic food

Eileen Thomas Friends of mine love Ca Pepe,, Hubby enjoyed it I thought it ho-hum.

Link to Ca Pepe

Karen Rimmer 

Latitude at Denia Marina is pretty good – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Easy Parking and nice surroundings too.

Link to Latitude

Mike Beaudro Masena Benitachell


Link to Masena

Amanda Kingman Artesano

For super fresh tasty menu & great coffee!…… And regular music nights. In Moraira.

Link to Artesano

Amanda Kingman Mandala

At La Fustera Beach Benissa Costa

Karin Lotz Too expensive.

Link to Mandala with video

Amanda Kingman

Tribus Diner Benitachell

Link to Tribus

Amanda Kingman Museum Maserof

Weekends only great fun

Read JC Article about Maserof history here

Amanda Kingman Kosta and Enzo, Moraira


Kosta……Great service not no.1 on trip advisor for nothing.


Peter Cornes Pepe’s Alcalali

Link to Pepe’s

Kath Dickson “Wow, I’m saving this post for reference! Right, our favourites… Val De Cavall outside Gata de Gorgos (above) Wonderful environment, inside and out, and fabulous real foody menus.”

Arrels, Gata de Gorgos. Excellent food and the best Cafe Quemada we’ve had anywhere.

Tasta’m, Ondara (above). Smart restaurant, very good food.

Bistro Selene, Jalon. Very good food in a pleasant environment.

House at Tormos, Tormos.(above)  Gorgeous house and courtyard, great food.

Nancy Dean :- 

Casa Aleluja

Casa Aleluja in Jalon
Bistro Seline in Jalon beautiful food and a great garden setting the prices are great too a very reasonable menu del dia but you need to book.

La Piscina in Parcent

La Piscina

Is rough and ready but the food is good and sometimes do a flamenco show. By rough and ready I mean it’s in a pine tree / woodland setting under a tarpaulin with plastic garden furniture but I think it’s family owned and they are very pleasant with good food.

There’s also a great place that I know as the Pensionista’s but not sure if that’s the correct name

It’s in Parcent , it looks like a church hall and I think it’s opposite a convent. Absolutely fabulous food , all home cooked and so inexpensive.

Lynda Ann Hadley

Maxim Moriara

Calpe Road excellent food and service, around 18 euros per head.

Link to Maxim

Alex Hind Casa Toni Moraira

Link to Casa Toni

Valerie Wood We tried the Solpark Tennis restaurant a couple of days ago (previously Los Leones) and loved it!!!!

“Moraira’s newest Bar and Restaurant. For great food, just a light bite or to enjoy a relaxing drink is now Innate Active Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar. 

Victoria Cornwell

Le Seu Denia

Health food restaurant · Mediterranean restaurant

Link to La Seu 

Los Di Matteo

Teppaniaki Moraira

Kirstin Dale …We go once every couple of weeks, it’s my favourite place!

Link to Profile Page

Cindy Hopkins

Movida Denia 

Amazing food !

Link to Movida

Sylvana Scannapiego Japo Japi in Denia. 

Authentic (and fresh) Japanese. Menu del dia doesn’t include wine, cost I think is €15.95. love it.

Kirstin Dale I agree, loved it there!

Niamh OSheehan.


In Denia…..Amazing place

Link to Lalaland

Eve Bennett

La Cova del Mero Denia

Great for Sole Llandetta and on the beach with lovely views, fantastic food.

Link to La Cova del Mero

Karl Adrian Haycock OMG will take me about 27 years to visit all these – but thanks for the recommends – I am overwhelmed

David Harris  I’ve eaten in many of the eateries mentioned here, most of them serve amazing food and have lovely staff.
Try Casa Parra in Gata de Gorgos,
it’s a Spanish family business and if you like vino, Paco is a budding sommelierIt’s not gourmet but it is homemade and delicious 5*Link to Casa Parra

Dawn Abbs Le Dauphin    

On the cliff side of El Portet beach in Moraira

Link to Le Dauphin

Philip Haley Castellvi in Alcalali and Paulino’s in Albir.


Douglas Horne Brou in Pedreguer,

Link to Brou

Tapas with a nouvelle cuisine twist. Something special.

Carolyn Ash L’Escoleta Denia

Kenn Walters Try Brauhaus Calpe  

If you like German food and beer.

Link to Brauhaus ( Profile only)



Pauline Scott The fish & seafood restaurants at Calpe port are fun & very reasonably priced for what you get. Most offer free tapas & Sangria whilst you contemplate their wares all laid out on counters of ice displaying the price of each combination plate plus they will usually offer other ‘free’ inducements such as tapas, bottle of wine etc. Be prepared for a bit of banter, but all in good fun if you don’t take it too seriously. (Some people hate it, we love it & ‘play’ it to get the most benefit!) It’s another ‘fun’ one to take guests too plus a very good nosh ranging from a simple plate of fish, chips & salad to a huge plate full of mixed shellfish/fish. If you go early you can see the fish being landed & watch it being sold in the fish market. Another little trip out around a meal.

Jane Peter Dale Mexygo Moraira  

Take away beautiful x

Link to Mexygo

Well, there we have it… over 60 restaurants from Javea to Mexyco!!!

We hope that you will go try out some of these “mouth-wateringly” tempting places… and if you do, please leave a comment on this article and also go to their Facebook pages and take 5 minutes to give them a review, even if it is just some stars. As a previous bar owner, it really is appreciated if customers put a few words together if they have enjoyed their experiences.  All the links are on this page where I have been able to find them.

Thanks to all those who made this article possible, especially Karl, without whom, I would have had far more time on my hands this week! 🙂 🙂

Bon Appetit you wanderers!


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Karl April 22, 2018 - 6:49 pm

Excellent resource – well done Loraine 🙂

Chris Pettit April 19, 2018 - 9:07 pm

Great article bookmarked and saved for future reference. Well done to all who contributed, personal recommendations beat Trip Advisor any day 🙂

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