Finding The Best Spanish Food In Benidorm

Too many people go on holiday to Benidorm and eat exclusively at their hotel. And I get it – a lot of people pay for all-inclusive because they’re on a strict budget and want a holiday in the sun at minimal cost. Others though, are just lazy.

I was invited to experience the ‘other’ side of Benidorm – far away from the drunk Brits abroad and sunburnt pensioners – by Visit Benidorm and icelolly.com. We were treated to some amazing meals at restaurants around the city. I also managed to try the sangria at every single establishment – for research purposes, obviously… My trip showed me that there is good Spanish food to be had in Benidorm, and that the holidaymakers stuck in line for their kebabs are missing out on something special.

Where to eat Spanish food in Benidorm

Stray from the hotel buffet at least once or twice during your trip to Benidorm and you’ll find that this multifaceted Spanish resort has a delicious foodie scene. Here are some of the best high-end restaurants in Benidorm.

Where to eat in Benidorm

Restaurante Ulia

This laid-back restaurant on the beachfront of Playa Poniente serves a wonderfully sticky, flavourful paella. It was the perfect post-flight, pre-bike ride fuel and the view of the beach gave me that heady “Yep, I’m on holiday” vibe. I loved that the rice was almost caramelised and the seafood and vegetables were perfectly cooked. We also had calamari with aioli and fresh salads. And sangria. Lots of sangria.

Best paella in Benidorm

 

Llum del Mar restaurant

Another restaurant with stunning ocean views that really add to the ambiance, Llum del Mar is inside five-star  Villa Venecia Hotel in Benidorm’s Old Town. Our menu was presented on a scroll! Serious Harry Potter vibes. Their silver service and experimental but still decidedly Mediterranean offering was probably my favourite meal from the trip, not least because we ended it with an amazing candy floss dessert with strawberry compote and popping candy.

Villa Venecia Llum Del Mar restaurant Benidorm review

 

Son De Mar

We ate lunch at Son De Mar one day, which is on the corner of the beachfront leading up to the Old Town. This was another experimental multi-course extravaganza and while some of the dishes left us a bit puzzled at the flavour combinations, everything was beautifully presented and the duck in particular was delicious. This eatery also happened to serve the best sangria we tried during the trip, so it’s worth dropping in for a sundowner at least.

Son del mar restaurant in Benidorm review

 

Tapas

The most authentic Spanish food to be found in Benidorm is served in the many tapas bars dotted around the Old Town. Just walking through this area takes you a world away from the rowdy streets of the newer areas of town, and you can linger over your small plates with a cold beer. We ordered a few raciones (large plates) and some of our favourites were the tangy patatas bravas and salty Jamon Iberico.

Tapas in Benidorm old town

 

Solotula

Solutula might be nestled among British bars and takeaways in the city centre, but this place serves delicious food with a few surprises. Their ‘Russian salad’ came deep fried (and better for it), and their ‘ravioli’ was wrapped in fresh avocado slices and filled with seafood.

Best places to eat in Benidorm

 

Rooftop cocktails

After the food comes the cocktails and we headed to Hotel Madeira Centro to toast our final night in Benidorm. They have a rooftop bar with panoramic views over the coastline, and drinks that go down all too easily.

Rooftop cocktails in Benidorm

 

I hope this shows you that there are gourmet dining options in Benidorm and that it’s not all about the cheaper-than-home fry ups! Even if you are determined to keep a holiday in Benidorm cheap and cheerful, I urge you to have at least one evening meal at one of the restaurants I visited. You might just be surprised!

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TELL ME: Have you ever been to Benidorm? What’s your favourite Spanish dish? You can learn more about gastronomy in the city on the Visit Benidorm website.

All photographs were taken on my Olympus Pen E-PL7.

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9 Comments

  1. May 24, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Oh my god how AMAZING was the food?! Literally so first class! I couldn’t believe there was such fine dining in Benidorm! Wonderful post babe, love your images! Xx

    • Dannielle Lily
      May 24, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Seriously, I need to detox after it! Multiple courses at every meal of the day! Not that I’m complaining. Did you go to the same restaurants? Thanks lovely xx

  2. May 24, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Oh wow so much foodpron here, I want to try so many dihes. And thank you for your sangria research 😉 Yeah it is important to get out of a resort and explore.

    • Dannielle Lily
      May 25, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Haha yep, it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it!

  3. Tami
    May 25, 2017 / 12:42 am

    I don’t care what these restaurants were serving – your photos make everything look so amazing (I guess they score points for presentation, too)! I’ll take one of each, please!

    • Dannielle Lily
      May 25, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Thank you! I’ve definitely improved recently when it comes to food photography – but when dishes are as beautiful as this, it helps!

  4. May 25, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I have always loved Spanish food, and hopefully I get to visit Spain soon again to get some authentic antipasto and other delicious dishes. Looks like you have found all the best spots of Benidorm.

  5. May 25, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I had never heard of Benidorm before reading your post. Awesome! Love all the great photos, some really original culinary creations there. I would pick that tasty paella and the sangria. yum!

  6. Sam | North East Family Fun Blog
    May 26, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Spanish food is my absolute favourite – in fact we are going out for tapas tomorrow. It all looks delish and very well presented too x