Spain | 20 Best Restaurants in Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa

Situated on the Spanish Costa Blanca, Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa is a haven for expats. With it's almost year round promise of sunshine and beautiful beaches stretching along the coast, it's not hard to see why. Our family has been visiting the area for a few years now and have established a list of favourite restaurants and cafés between us that we return to again and again.

Enjoying cocktails at Rumours by Gatsby in the Villamartin Plaza

On my first visit to the Orihuela costa, I'll admit I wasn't too taken with the foodie scene.  An eclectic mix of residents from all over the world has resulted in a plethora of cuisines being available with eateries popping up on every corner; the good ones can be hard to find. Avoid the tourist traps with their cheap plastic tables and overpriced paella, and dig a little deeper - you'll soon discover some of the best restaurants in Torrevieja and the surrounding areas. From Punta Prima to Cabo Roig, and all the way to San Miguel de Salinas, this guide has got your holiday dining covered.

Gyoza and loaded wedges at Lolyta Food and Coffee in Torrevieja

1. Lolyta Café, Torrevieja - A beautifully styled café in the heart of Torrevieja, specialising in cake! The menu here is simple with a selection of tostadas, coffee, cocktails and freakshakes to compliment the incredible sweet treats.
£ Calle Clemente Gosalves 30, 03181, Torrevieja

2. Lolyta Food & Coffee, Torrevieja - Lolyta Cafe's sister restaurant is equally beautiful with a more eclectic food offering. We enjoyed burgers, loaded wedges and gyoza for lunch!
££ Calle Joaquin Chapaprieta 26A, 03181, Torrevieja

Stylish interiors at Rame, Torrevieja

3. Rame, Torrevieja - Not far from Torrevieja's marina, this is a place to dress up and drink cocktails. If you like sushi, you'll love Rame - even Gordon enjoyed the chicken sushi!
£££ Calle Clemente Gosalves 5, 03181, Torrevieja

4. Beet Vegetariano, Torrevieja - As the name suggests, Beet is a vegetarian restaurant and comes highly recommended by my veggie sister! I hear good things about their chocolate brownie and menu del dia.
£ Calle de Pedro Lorca 13, 03181, Torrevieja

Croquettas at Coffee and Tapas Torrevieja

5. Coffee and Tapa, Torrevieja - This unassuming little tapas bar is a lovely spot to stop after a stroll along Torrevieja's beach front. We shared croquetas de jamon, calamari, patatas bravas and albondigas (meatballs) plus bread and soft drinks for less than 20 euros. The best part? The outdoor seating looks right onto the dog beach!
£ Calle Navegantes esquine Calle la Sal 2, 03182, Torrevieja

Breakfast at Makai Cafe, La Zenia beach

6. Makai Café, La Zenia - One of my favourite spots for breakfast in the Orihuela Costa area, is Makai. Just a short stroll from La Zenia beach, it's a bright and airy laid back space serving breakfast and lunch, with lots of healthy options at affordable prices. I also recommend checking out Makai's sister company - Sun Sea Adventures - if you fancy trying your hand at stand up paddle boarding!
£ Calle San Antonio Zen 7, Local 14, 03189, La Zenia

7. Fresco, La Zenia - Another casual eatery serving fresh fast food made with local ingredients. Think salads, shawarma, sandwiches and some of the tastiest pizzas on the costa. My mum loves the spicy e picante!
£ Carretera de Villamartin 2, 03189, La Zenia

Inside Brown's gastro bar, La Zenia

8. Alejandro's Bar & Restaurante, La Zenia - Across the road from Fresco, you'll find Alejandro's. I'm yet to eat at this German influenced restaurant but I can highly recommend sipping fresh margaritas on their sunny terrace!
££ Carretera de Villamartin 2, 03189, La Zenia

9. Brown's Gastro Bar, La Zenia - Another one at the Centro Comercial La Zenia, Brown's is a super chic cocktail bar with an Asian influenced menu. We shared a selection of tapas plates including croquetas, gyoza and delicious bao buns! This would be my top pick for going "out out" on the costa!
£££ Carretera de Villamartin 1, 03189, La Zenia

Tapas and cocktails at The Hen's Teeth in Villamartin Plaza

10. The Banana Tree, Villa Martin - This is one of the most popular spots for Thai food in the area. I love the authentic décor and the sound of their menu del dia for £9.95, however I hear the service can be lacking at times.
££ Calle Azafran 1, 03189, Villamartin

11. The Hen's Teeth, Villamartin Plaza - The Plaza is well known across the Orihuela Costa for it's array of bars and restaurants, and live music events. We've enjoyed tapas and great service at The Hen's Teeth which is currently undergoing refurbishment and due to reopen soon!
££ Avenida de las Brisas, 03189, Villamartin

Trio of desserts and cocktails at Rumours by Gatsby in Villamartin Plaza

12. Rumours by Gatsby, Villamartin Plaza - My favourite restaurant in the Plaza is Rumours by Gatsby. It's a little on the pricey side but the interiors are stunning, staff are lovely, cocktails top notch and the food is outstanding. I had no idea what to expect when I ordered "Tetris" from the dessert menu but was blown away by the flavours in the trio of chocolate puddings!
£££ Avenida de las Brisas, 03189, Villamartin

Almond croissants and coffee at Lucie's

13. Obrador de Lucie, Campoamor - A great little French style bakery serving an array of breads, cakes and pastries. Their almond croissants with café con leche make the perfect breakfast!
£ Avenida de las Adelfas y Calle Julian Maria, 03189, Dehesa de Campoamor

14. Maritao's Kitchen, Campoamor - There are lots of Chinese restaurants on the Orihuela Costa but our favourite so far is Maritao's, next to The Royal Oak. I recommend the crispy chicken with cashew nuts.
££ Calle de los Pirineos 1, Crta de San Miguel de Salina, 03189, Campoamor

15. King Grill, La Fuente, Campoamor - La Fuente centre (across from Aldi) is home to a whole host of bars and restaurants but of all the ones we've tried, King Grill stands out the most. Gordon had a massive T-Bone steak here that he's still talking about to this day!
££ Centro Comercial La Fuente, by Golf Las Ramblas, 03189, Campoamor


16. Isabela's, La Fuente and Cabo Roig - Isabela's is an Italian institute on the costa. You'll find them at La Fuente and their new location in Lomas de Cabo Roig, serving classic pasta dishes and pizzas with a good atmosphere and super friendly staff.
£ Centro Comercial La Fuente & Centro Comercial Lomas de Cabo Roig, Calle Caspio, 03189, Orihuela Costa

17. Maria Limon, Cabo Roig - Also recently opened at the new commercial centre in Lomas de Cabo Roig is this beautifully styled rooftop restaurant and bar. Unfortunately the cocktail bar was closed when we visited mid afternoon, but I hope to return in the evening on our next trip!
£££ Centro Comercial Lomas de Cabo Roig, Calle Caspio, 03189, Orihuela Costa

Chicken curry with pineapple at Nautilus, Punta Prima

18. Restaurante Nautilus, Punta Prima - We like to sit on the terrace and soak up the sun by the sea at Nautilus. They're known for their seafood and paella but my personal favourite dish is the pollo al curry con pina - chicken curry served in a pineapple.
££ Calle Acantilado 1, Urbanizacion Rocio del Mar, 03185, Torrevieja

19. Gandhi Restaurante, Punta Prima - For Indian food head to Gandhi's, just off the N332. My parents must be their biggest fans; I'm pretty sure they go every single time they're over there!
££ Calle Cala Dorada, Local 9, Urbanizacion Rocio del Mar, 03189, Torrevieja

Table inside Las Cuevas, San Miguel de Salinas

20. Las Cuevas, San Miguel de Salinas - For a unique dining experience, you must visit this restaurant in an old cave house from the 1500s! Enjoy the San Miguel de Salinas Wednesday morning market then head here for lunch. Three courses cost us just 25 euros each when we last visited!
££ Barrio Primero de Mayo 13, 03193, San Miguel de Salinas

Have you visited the Orihuela Costa? Leave a comment to tell me about the best restaurants you've found in Torrevieja.

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3 comments:

  1. Mario Limon looks so cute inside!! And I love that there is a stellar vegetarian place to eat here too.

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    1. Agreed, the décor is beautiful in Maria Limon! Always good to have veggie options too :)

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