Our favorite TOP 5 restaurants in Spain
A while ago, I wrote about how to find the best restaurants when in Spain. That post actually got started couple weeks ago when we were in Toledo and eating in one of our favorite restaurants in Spain. With my husband we started to wonder in how many restaurants we’ve eaten in Spain, how we’ve found those and if we would be able to come up with our own TOP 5.
We made some rough calculations that we’ve eaten easily in over 200 different restaurants in Spain and in cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Granada, Malaga, Cadiz, Almeria, Huelva, Toledo, Segovia, Denia, Altea, Albir, Torrevieja, Los Alcazares, Jaen, Almuñecar, Nerja, Torre Del Mar, Rota, Marbella, Benalmadena… and the list goes on and on.
After tough and careful thinking these are our TOP 5 favorite restaurants in Spain in random order because putting them from 1 to 5 is just impossible ?. And these are not some Michelin-starred restaurants but “normal” restaurants where the atmosphere, service, food and pretty much everything you could think of is always 10/10.
Fabrica de la Harina (Toledo)
Three weeks ago, we visited this restaurant second time and it was as good as we remembered. Fresh top-quality ingredients and amazing flavors in their every dish which have been carefully prepared every single time. Toledo is a beautiful city with full of history and this restaurant makes it even better.
What to eat: When you take a look the menu you see that there are a tapas option in many of the dishes. I suggest that you choose few different tapas if you are two people for example. Their tapas are huge and two tapas per person is far more than enough if you still want to have a room for a dessert which I highly recommend as well.
El Ochenta (Majadahonda, Madrid)
Located just few hundred meters from our home, this place is a true gem. Everything works here perfectly: atmosphere, service, food, drinks…I mean really everything.
What to eat: Our all-time favorite is their octopus salad (in the picture). That’s actually the first dish we ever tried there, and we fell in love with the first bite. Other dishes you often find in our bill is their artichoke, tuna tartar and burrata. Also, if you are meat person then this is your place and all their meat dishes are worth to try.
Mo’s Gastrotapas (Nerja)
The best restaurant in our “second home”. We’ve been here many times and every time it finds a way to amaze us. First of all, the location is hidden, and you really need to know where it is because it’s located in the middle of the normal town houses. Decoration is cool, atmosphere always really warm and the service super friendly. Their dishes are really creative and super tasty.
What to eat: Stick with the tapas. Check todays specials on the chalk board. Try many different dishes and enjoy. And yes, reserve a table beforehand. We are not the only ones who have found this place ?.
Xef Pirata (Altea)
If you haven’t visited Altea, you have no idea how beautiful and nice Spain can be. And if you ever find yourself in Altea, you need to visit Xef Pirata tapas bar. Every time we visit Altea, this is the restaurant we go right away! Or actually we book our table couple of days before our arrival because it’s small and tend to be super busy.
What to eat: No matter what you eat here everything has been always super tasty. Portions aren’t big but that’s why they’re called tapas ?. Order many different things and enjoy.
Bodega Biarritz 1881 (Barcelona)
This is a place we never miss while we are in Barcelona. It’s located right next to La Rambla and pretty much that’s why we had our doubts when we visited it for the first time. Restaurants located in the middle of crowded touristic areas, quite often aren’t that good that the reviews might show you. But Bodega Biarritz 1881 is truly as good or even better than their reviews they have on TripAdvisor, El Tenenor or Google.
What to eat: It’s a small place where the food is already on display on their counter which makes it actually easy for the first timers because you can see what to order and eat. So, squeeze yourself in, try their amazing dishes and have fun!
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