Restaurants in Orihuela City are predominantly Spanish with a few international choices. This may put some foreign visitors out of their ‘foodie' comfort zone however, Spanish cuisine is delicious and usually prepared with the freshest ingredients. You will also find, some of the best restaurants in the city do not advertise. These have usually been established for many years and their reputation is spread by word of mouth. Orihuela City is pleasant to explore, and strolling the streets and plazas is one of the best ways to discover superb traditional Spanish restaurants.
Orihuela City Restaurants
Casino de Orihuela – Don't be fooled by the name. Many cities in Spain have what they refer to as a casino but is actually more like an exclusive club offering fine dining. These are often located in wonderful old buildings that were once a glamorous gambling casino. Boasting a lovely setting close to the Segura River, Casino de Orihuela is no exception. A majestic lobby leads to the dining room where customers can choose from an a la carte menu or set menu of the day.
Restaurante Trocadero – Located on Av. de España, this is a well established restaurant with a pleasant outdoor terrace. The establishment is clean, service attentive and dishes good value. Their house specials receive rave reviews. Try the Trocadero chicken or tempura eggplant in a Camembert batter. Steaks are also a favourite and they stock some excellent wines.
Restaurante Pizzería Giorgio – Another well established place, these guys have been going for over 20 years. Pizzas are loaded with fresh ingredients, and the extensive menu features many superb pasta dishes. Try the house special spaghetti Giorgio.
Meson Pepe – This recently renovated restaurant is located on Calle Valencia in the heart of the city. Tapas here are lovely and the mains include some unusual but delicious dishes such as meatloaf. Their tenderloin steaks are perfection as is the montadito beef. If visiting with kids, they will surely enjoy the tasty ham croquettes.
Casa Pepe – Located on Calle Pedro Maza close to the river, this popular place can get crowded. The menu is not too big but dishes are traditional with a modern twist and fresh ingredients. Prices are reasonable and they offer a good choice of tapas and wines.
Restaurante China Town – This is another well established restaurant with a faithful following of satisfied diners. One of only a few Chinese restaurants in Orihuela, they are located on Av. Teodomiro. With set menu's including a drink starting from 6.95€, you can't beat this place for value. They also offer Japanese set menus at a higher price and delicious Vietnamese spring rolls.
Orihuela Costa Restaurants
Many visitors staying in Orihuela will spend some time in the municipality's coastal resort area of Orihuela Costa. Where Orihuela City is rather lacking in international restaurants, Orihuela Costa offers a mind boggling choice. This is due to the area being extremely popular with Irish and British holidaymakers and expat residents. Bordering the municipality is Torrevieja City boasting a further choice of excellent Spanish and international restaurants. Many of the Orihuela Costa restaurants are located along entertainment ‘strips' or in commercial centres.
Cabo Roig Strip – Visitors who are undecided on what they fancy to eat will surely find something to their liking along this lively strip. There are no less than four Indian restaurants. Also featured highly are Chinese and Italian restaurants. A great choice for an ‘all you can eat' buffet that includes seafood is Wok Buffet Asia Garden. You will also find steak houses, fish & chips, tapas and a selection of British and Irish bars serving traditional breakfasts. Further entertainment strips featuring bars and restaurants can be found in Punta Prima and La Florida.
Restaurante Nautilus – This is a local institute in Punta Prima with a comprehensive menu. Located right on the beach, Nautilus boasts a fantastic large terrace over the sea. Fresh fish and seafood features highly on the menu, although meat lovers are also well catered for. Being so popular, service can be a bit poor but with the wonderful sea views it's a very pleasant wait.
The Captain's Table – Holidaymakers and expat residents in the know head to this lively place for the best value full English breakfast. This is located just a short walk from the Nautilus in the Punta Marina Commercial Centre. Also popular are the fish & chips, steaks and burgers.
Restaurante Chino Nan King – If you can handle the crazy owner (picture the restaurant scene from Mickey Blue Eyes) then you are in for an Asian treat. The southeast Asia prawns are super tasty and quite spicy. Duck soup is another favourite, with generous servings of tender meat. The restaurant is handily located opposite the popular Villamartin Plaza. This offers a further great choice of restaurants and vibrant bars, with regular live music and the area's only nightclub.
Chimi Churri – Meat lovers may want to fast for a day before tackling the huge skewers at this excellent ‘all you can eat' Argentinian restaurant. As you would expect, diners are tempted by a vast array of sides such as salad, pasta, rice, and bread but this will just fill you up. Save your appetite for the great selection of meat skewers that are regularly brought around the tables. Chimi Churri is located in the Flamenca Beach Commercial Centre.
Las Cuevas – Located in the traditional Spanish village of San Miguel, this place is famous for its wonderful cave setting. Run by two lovely Spanish ladies who on occasion serenade their guests with beautiful traditional songs. The cuisine is delightful and should you wish a certain type of vegetarian dish the chef will endeavour to please. However, it's the cave setting with intimate little grotto seating areas and a lovely outdoor courtyard that make this place unforgettable.
Marisqueria – A restaurant review for Orihuela would not be complete without mentioning fish and seafood. Located on Calle Ramon Gallud in the centre of Torrevieja, this is the place to head to for a taste of the ocean. Although all sorts of fish and meat dishes are served, it's the huge seafood sharing platters that bring in the crowds. So, go on and treat yourself to shellfish galore.