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Torrevieja’s Top Tapas in 2019

11th April 2019

Some people come to Spain for the climate, some people come for the culture – and then there are those of us who visit España for the food. Spain’s food culture is one of the most exciting in the world, combining centuries’ old traditional dishes with vibrant, contemporary gastronomy.

Spanish food can be a real breath of fresh air for foodies, as delicious dishes are released from the confines of a sit-down dinner. Served as tasty little platters during casual drinks, tapas is a brilliant, relaxed way to enjoy the true flavour of Spain. With a long and much-debated history, today tapas has become an incredibly versatile cuisine in its own right. Enjoy a couple of tapas as a bar snack (far better than a packet of peanuts!) or craft a sumptuous dinner made up of all your favourite tapas dishes.

Feeling hungry? We’ve created a brand new guide to tapas in Torrevieja for 2019. Here are our favourite spots for a plate of boquerones or a pile of patatas bravas. Don’t forget to visit Torrevieja around November and April to take part in the town’s biannual Tapas Route (here’s a link to the November 2018 one for reference), where over 40 establishments across the town offer special deals on tapas, so you can sample a little of everything!

1) Playa Flamenca Mercdona Supermarket

A supermercado may not be the first place you think of when browsing for top tapas, but if you want to really eat like a local, you’ll find very authentic tapas and ingredients in this supermarket’s little cafe. This isn’t the kind of location you’ll want to unwind in after a long day’s relaxation on the beach, but if you’re a real foodie, it’s worth a peek (and a snack!).

2) Donde Rodrigo

Combine tapas with flamenco at Donde Rodrigo on Friday nights, but make sure you book ahead – these evenings are hugely popular thanks to Donde Rodrigo’s friendly atmosphere and well-loved menu. The menu includes a simple but good quality selection of tapas dishes including magra con tomate (pork in tomato sauce), Spanish omelette and Spanish cheeses. The restaurant is a little tucked away in a residential area, but well worth seeking out.

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3) El Patio Chico

This restaurant is one of Torrevieja’s most enduringly popular tapas spots, so don’t forget to book during the summertime to avoid disappointment. El Patio serves up tapas classics and some more unusual options too. From Iberico ham and octopus croquettas, to cured sheep cheeses and more innovative dishes, you’ll find a tapas dish for everyone. You might not want to order one each, however – portions are surprisingly large. The lunch menu does not include tapas and the restaurant is not open on Sundays, so make sure you visit at suppertime.

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 4) El Meson del la Costa

What’s your favourite tapas dish? If you’re partial to seafood dishes, El Meson del la Costa might be a good choice for your Torrevieja tapas experience. Be warned however: the tapas starter is substantial – but also a little pricey. For a special meal out, with plenty of seafood treats, El Meson is a highly recommended option. To keep things a little cheaper, make your own choices from the menu, so you can stay on top of costs. If you’re ready for a decadent treat however then let the waiting staff bring dish after dish of delicious seafood, meats, cheeses and breads.

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Author: Holly

Holly was one of LosLocosBeach.com's resident writers, having posted on our blog about Torrevieja and the surrouding Costa Blanca area from 2016 to 2021.

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