Spain is renowned for its fantastic cuisine, from the classics such as paella and gazpacho to the heavy seafood-influenced dishes such as Suquet (seafood stew) and empanada (bread pies filled with shellfish) – there are thousands of new and exciting flavors to try while holidaying in Spain.
If you are a bit of a foodie and are looking to try out some of the finest dishes while you’re away, then take a look at our guide to 10 of the best restaurants to visit in Spain.
- El Bulli
El Bulli, the Michelin 3-star restaurant on the north-east tip of Spain, is regarded as being one of the very best restaurants in the World. El Bulli has been featured as the number one restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine a record five times and is run by head chef Ferran Adria.
Typical dishes include hot and cold trout roe tempura and “tapioca” of Iberian ham.
Mugaritz features head chef Andoni Aduriz, who was an apprentice at El Bulli. Situated in San Sebastian, and similar to El Bulli, has been recognized as being one of the best restaurants in the World, with two Michelin stars. A fire destroyed the kitchen of Mugaritz in February 2010, but it was quickly restored to working order and opened back up for business.
Typical dishes include ceramic potatoes and monkfish cheek.
Another fantastic Basque restaurant is Arzak – situated in San Sebastian, with the cooking done by a unique father-daughter combination. Arzak mixes robust Mediterranean flavors with the 21st Century, delivering a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Consider opting for the highly-recommended 16-course taster menu while visiting.
Typical dishes include smoked white tuna with fresh figs and pine nuts.
- Can Fabes
Can Fabes is dedicated to delivering some of the finest Spanish cuisines in the country, with classical dishes at the forefront of the menu. “The clock never ticks at Can Fabes” with it stands out as one of the unique restaurants in which you are encouraged to stay, talk, and have an all-around enjoyable evening after you have finished your meal. Can Fabes be also the first Catalan restaurant to become a Michelin 3-star establishment.
Typical dishes include hot-and-cold mackerel and tender pigeon with duck tartare.
- Martin Berasategui
Spain’s Martin Berasategui is one of the most unique restaurants in Spain in the sense that you will very rarely hear about a bad experience being had by diners. Traditional cooking techniques are blended with science to coax out the most wonderful flavors in the boldest of dishes. As with some of the other big-hitters on this list, Martin Berasategui holds 3 Michelin stars.
Typical dishes include grilled soles with liquid chili and smoked fish snout.
- El Celler de Can Roca
Headed up by Joan Roca, El Celler de Can Roca is the work of three brothers. Along with a stunning Spanish menu, the popular restaurant is most well known for the dining experience, featuring a wine cellar offering diners a complete audio-visual journey through the five key wine regions in Spain, and a phenomenal dining space crafted with organic materials.
Typical dishes include baby squids with onion rocks and Tahitian vanilla ice cream.
A favorite amongst celebrity visitors to the region, Madrid’s Jockey blends traditional cuisine with French tendencies. The cuisine is “elaborated to satisfy the most demanding of tastes”, with each new chef priding themselves on developing new and creative dishes. Along with the Michelin-starred food, there is also a modest choice of over 700 varieties of wine and spirits to choose from.
Typical dishes include grill-roasted young pigeon and sole filets with figs in Chardonnay.
- La Terraza del Casino de Madrid
La Terraza del Casino de Madrid is another of the restaurants by El Bulli owner Ferran Adria and lies on the top floor of Madrid’s casino. The experimental yet mouth-watering restaurant, La Terraza offers some of the finest cuisines in the Spanish capital, featuring attentive staff and service that is regarded by most as being perfect.
Typical dishes include Asturian bean soup and Jamon jab go (cured ham from acorn-fed pigs).
- Sant Pau
Sant Pau is a three Michelin starred restaurant headed up by Carme Ruscalleda – the only woman in Spain to receive 3 stars. Situated just north of Barcelona, Sant Pau is a fusion of traditional Catalan cuisine blended with Ruscalleda’s modern twist. The dining area of the restaurant is split between a romantic first room with a contrasting summary second.
Typical dishes include Iberian pork shoulder and stuffed calamari.
- Cal Pep
Although one frequented by many tourists to the region, Barcelona’s Cap Pep is famous for its fresh seafood tapas and fantastic atmosphere. Cal Pep is known for being a truly local experience, serving up a whole manner of Catalan classics in a warm and welcoming environment. This two-Michelin star restaurant aims to push the boundaries of the traditional palate.
Choosing restaurant names in Spanish is one way to attract your customers apart from your competitors and helps you create a brand for yourself. Our business name ideas listed below are inspired by all things related to Mexican and Spanish cuisines.
- Albahaca: translates to “basil”, a famous diner in Granada, Spain.
- Bueno, Bonito y Barato: translates to “beautiful, delicious and cheap”, based in Madrid.
- Cuchillo y Tenedor: translates to “knife and fork”, located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
- Delicioso: which translates to “delicious”, is a famous restaurant in Huesca.
- El Antojo: which translates to “craving”, is located in both US and Canada.
- El Árbol: which translates to “the tree”, is famous for tacos.
- El Aroma: translates to “aroma”, located in Spain.
- El Arrecife: translates to “the reef”, situated in Ecuador.
- El Arte de Los Sabores: translates to “the art of flavors”.
- El Barco: translates to “boat”, famous for seafood and Mexican in Chicago.
- El Boliche: translates to “bowling”, based in Buenos Aires.
- El Botín: translates to “the loot”, now run by the third generation of the González family.
- El Coste: translates to “the cost”, famous for grilled food.
- El Encanto: which translates to “the charm”, is situated in Guatemala City.
- Broken Spanish: famous for its retro ambiance, located in Los Angeles.
- El Ermitaño: translates to “the hermit”, famous for its beautiful ambiance.
- El Espectador: translates to “the looker”, another famous diner in Quito.
- El Galerón: translates to “the shed”, located in Ohio, US.
- El Galiciano: translates to “the Galician”.
- El Gallo y La Luna: means “the rooster and the moon”.
- El Gastrónomo: which translates to“the gourmet”, is a typical Spanish diner.
- El Glotón: translates to “piggish”, situated in Bogota.
- El Huerto: translates to“the kitchen garden”, a vegetarian restaurant in Chile.
- El Huerto Secreto: which translates to “the secret garden”, serves healthy food in Madrid.
- El Insatiable: translates to “the insatiable”, famous for its lively atmosphere in Torrevieja.
- El Jardín de los Encantos: translates to “the garden of delights”.
- El Jardín de los Sabores: translates to “the garden of flavors”.
- El Jardín Encantado: translates to “the enchanted garden”.
- El Lugar de la Abuela: translates to “grandma’s place”.
- El Mejillón: translates to “the mussel”.
- El Mercado: translates to “the marketplace”.
- El Molino de Harina: translates to “the flour mill”.
- El Mono: translates to “the monkey”.
- El Muro: translates to“the wall”.
- El Nido: translates to “the nest”.
- El Palader: translates to “the palate”.
- El Parapeto: translates to “the parapet”.
- El Pecado: translates to “sin”.
- El Pecado de la glotonería: translates to “the sin of gluttony”.
- El Pescador: translates to “the fisherman”.
Traditional Spanish Restaurant Names
For catchy Spanish restaurant name ideas, you can use fun words using the location in your name.
Each restaurant has a unique style of serving food. You can use the same menu as every other restaurant, but you need to spice the menu up and then serve something super tasty with a bit of a twist. Check out some cool traditional names for a Spanish restaurant below.
- El Pirata: translates to “the pirate”.
- El Placer: translates to “pleasure”. A perfect business name for a small and quaint place.
- El Puente: translates to “the bridge”.
- El Puerto: translates to “the port”.
- El Rincón de los Sabores: translates to “the corner of tastes”.
- El Rincón de Paco Paco’s Corner: translates to “nook”. Such names for a restaurant are unique and rare.
- El Sabor Rico: translates to “the good taste”.
- El Torero: translates to “the bullfighter”.
- El Toro: translates to “the bull”.
- El Trébol: translates to “clover”.
- El viejo Restaurante: translates to “the old Restaurant”.
- Encantado: translates to “charmed”. A restaurant name like this is all about food and ambiance.
- en el Horno: translates to “in the oven”. A cool business name for your new venture.
- Especialidades al Horno: translates to “baked delicacies”.
- Homenaje a Los Gordos: translates to “let’s hear it for the fatsos”.
- Increíble: translates to “unreal”.
- La Abadía: translates to “the abbey”.
- La Bahía: translates to “the bay”.
- La Barra: translates to “the counter”.
- La Boca Feliz: translates to “happy mouth”. Such interesting Mexican restaurant ideas are hard to come across.
- La Braseria: translates to “brasserie”.
- La Brújula: translates to “the compass”.
- La Casa de la Abuela: translates to “grandma’s house”. A business name that invokes trust in your customers.
- La Casa de Los Sabores: translates to “the house of flavors”.
- La Casa de mi Abuela: translates to “grandma’s house”.
- La Cazuela: translates to “small house”.
- La Catedral: translates to “the cathedral”.
- La Caverna: translates to “cave”.
- La Chalupa: translates to “shallop”.
- La Cocina de la Abuela: translates to “Grandma’s Kitchen”.
- La Cocina de Mamà: translates to “my mommy’s kitchen”.
- La Cocina de Paco Paco: translates to “kitchen”.
- La Cortina: translates to “the curtain”.
- La Cuchara: translates to “the spoon”.
- La Cuchara de la Abuela: translates to “grandma’s spoon”.
- La Cuchara Vieja: translates to “the old spoon”.
- La Ermita: translates to “the hermitage”. The use of the word hermitage inspires faith, trust, and a sense of authentic dining.
- La Escalera: translates to “the ladder”.
- La Estufa or El Horno: translates to “the stove”.
- La Fabrica de Chismes: translates to “the gossip mill”.
Fancy Spanish Restaurant Names
A great many things must be kept in mind while choosing names of restaurants, you should unique words from Spanish or any other language, be creative and imaginative, and voila, you have the best restaurant name. We hope our selection of Spanish restaurant name ideas is just what you are looking for.
- La Fábula: translates to “the fable”.
- La Glotonería Inocente: translates to “innocent gluttony”.
- La Gulait: translates to “greed”. The use of the word greed here is a good way. The greed for good food.
- La impresión: translates to “excellent” or “the excellent impression”.
- La Jaiba: translates to “crab”.
- La Langosta: translates to “lobster”.
- La Llave: translates to “the key”.
- La Mansión: translates to “the mansion”.
- La Mesa: translates to “the table”.
- La Nevera: translates to “the fridge”.
- La Olla: translates to “the pan”.
- La Orza: translates to “the daggerboard”.
- La Paella Paella: after the traditional Spanish dish ‘Paella.’
- La Parrilla: translates to “the grill”.
- La Pelota: translates to “the ball”.
- La pequeña Madrid: translates to “the small Madrid”.
- La Roca: translates to “the rock”.
- Las Arroceras: translates to “the rice makers”.
- Las Brasas de Paco Paco’s: translates to “embers”.
- Las Buenas Migas: translates to “the good migas”.
- Las Cuatro Veces: translates to “the four times”.
- Las Tapas: translates to “snack foods. Some places specialize in these famous Mexican appetizers.
- Las Virtudes: translates to “virtues”.
- La Taberna: translates to “the little tavern”. A cool name for a restaurant with great drinks and food.
- La Taberna: translates to “the tavern”.
- La Taberna de los Sinvergüenzas: translates to “the scoundrels’ tavern”.
- La Tienda de Los Sabores translates to “the shop of flavors”.
- La Trinidad: translates to “trinity”.
- La Ventana: translates to “the window”.
- Mar y Montaña: translates to “sea and mountain”.
- Marzapan: translates to “marzipan”.
- Migas: translates to “traditional dish”.
- Mucho: translates to “too much”.
- Naturalmente Rico: translates to “naturally delicious”.
- Nuestro Amigo, el cocinero: translates to “our friend, the chef”.
- Pizza Loca: translates to “crazy pizza”.
- Que Aproveche!: translates to “enjoy” or “have fun”.
- Sabor del Mar: translates to “taste of the sea”.
- Tierra y Mar: translates to “land and sea”.
- Viejo Madrid translates to “old Madrid”.