The Best Six Spanish Restaurants in the World

From the city of Valencia on the eastern Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain to the cooler climes of San Sebastian on the more rugged coastline of northern Spain there are famous chefs and fabulous restaurants. But which are the best? According to the Best 50 Restaurants in the World these are six of the best Spanish restaurants. Which one or ones will you choose to experience.

Spanish Restaurants

El Celler de Can Roca
Where – Girona  |  Chefs – Joan Roca, Jordi Roca, Josep Roca  |  Style of Food – Modern Freestyle  |  Standout dish – Vegetable Stock

El Celler de Can Roca is run by the three Roca brothers – Joan as a chef, Josep as a sommelier and Jordi as a patisserie. Girona is an hour north-east of Barcelona, with an incredible fantasy cellar, a triangular glass-walled modernist dining room and a contemporary tasting menu using local Catalan produce.

Spanish Restaurants

Where – San Sebastian  |  Chefs – Andoni Luis Aduriz and Juan Vargas  |  Style of Food – Techo-emotional Spanish  |  Standout dish – Bitter Ideas of Velvet

Andoni Luis Aduriz is behind Mugartiz and is said to be the natural heir to the title of Spain’s most pioneering chef following in the footsteps of Ferran Adrià. Basque cuisine combining is served with a sense of fun, which might be a mystery bottle of wine or the chocolate petit fours presented in stacked oak boxes alluding to the seven deadly sins.

Spanish Restaurants

Asador Etxebarri
Where – Axpe  |  Chef – Victor Arguinzoniz  |  Style of Food – Spanish wood-fired barbecue  |  Standout dish – Crunchy Corn and Sea Urchin

Victor Arguinzoniz was born in the northern village of Axpe, a self-taught cook devoted to the barbecue. Arguinzoniz’s personal favourite is grilled eel. Asador Extebarri’s produce comes from his own back garden. He grazes his own buffalo, has chickens, makes his own chorizo and produces fresh buffalo mozzarella for the restaurant every day.

Spanish Restaurants

Where – Larrabetzu  |  Chefs – Eneko Atxa, Ana Cortes  |  Style of Food – Modern Basque Cuisine  |  Standout dish – Cauliflower, Fried eggs and Truffle

At Azurmendi the dining experience starts at the rooftop vegetable garden where guests inspect the home-grown produce then to the indoor greenhouse for a selection of ‘snacks’. Eventually seated in the dining room which has temporary fabric walls projecting a variety of scenes for the various courses.

Spanish Restaurants

Where – Barcelona | Chefs – Albert Adria, Fran Agudo and Enric Monzonis  |  Style of Food – Contemporary Tapas  |  Standout dish – Basil Air Waffle with Scamorza Cheese

Tickets is an eccentric playful 90-seat restaurant open kitchens around the restaurant, specializing in different preparation methods serving traditional tapas but deconstructed and more imaginative.

Spanish Restaurants

Quique Dacosta
Where – Denia | Chef – Quique Dacosta  |  Style of Food – Cutting-edge cuisine with universal roots  |  Standout dish – Gleva Rice D.O Valencia between Straw and Mountain Dry Leaves

Quique Dacosta, master of techno-emotional cooking combined with Mediterranean cuisine such as faux dove’s eggs made from chicken stock gel and rose petals that are actually slivers of apple. Starting in the family restaurant at 17 he worked his way to head chef, took over the business and renamed it in 2009.


Source: World’s Best 50 Restaurant