Torrevieja has a lovely cosmopolitan feel to it and there are hundreds of businesses, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The town is home to many permanent Spanish residents as well as being a popular holiday destination and, therefore, offers a fantastic choice of eateries catering to locals and holidaymakers alike. Many of the restaurants on the seafront tend to cater to the tourist trade and this will often be reflected in the prices. Visitors who are looking for a great value and tasty meal, and can do without the sea views are in for a real treat. Of course there is a good deal of restaurants and takeaways that serve full English breakfasts, fish & chips, burgers, pie & mash, pizzas and pasta but those willing to explore the areas, not on the beach front will be amazed at the wonderful Spanish cuisine on offer at excellent prices.
Torrevieja is one of those towns that still uphold the tradition of a free tapas when ordering a drink in one of the many small tapas bars. There are also restaurants dedicated to serving a whole range of tapas, as the locals prefer to eat smaller quantities of food more often, than having 2 or 3 large meals a day. A great place to explore is the small streets off Calle Ramon Gallud, one of the main roads through the centre of the town where every twist and turn offers traditional bars and restaurants. No matter where in the world, if you want to enjoy the best of the local cuisine, eat where the locals eat. Euro Mania is a chain of restaurants that serve a large variety of fresh tapas for a euro or less as well as set menus that combine a snack and drink. Another great establishment for tapas, fresh fish and seafood and a choice of menu del dia’s (set deal of the day menu’s) at prices that won’t break the bank, is Restaurante Los Zamoranos, located just off Paseo de la Libertad Rd, near the marina.
Also near the marina, on Av de la Purisima is Restaurante Gourmet, a real taste of France with beautifully presented dishes such as fillet of beef with a foie gras sauce, and fantastic desserts as well as a choice of set 3-course meals. The decor is lovely and the window seats offer sea views. El Pescador is a long established family run restaurant specialising in fish and seafood that won the 2012 Golden Fork Award. Diners can enjoy specialities such as salt-baked sea bass, seafood cauldron, lobster rice, a tasty variety of paellas and a choice of meat dishes and desserts. The restaurant is large, with a choice of lounges and terraces and a seating capacity of 120. El Pescador is located on Calle Torrevejenses ausentes 5, next to Acequion beach. Another great seafood restaurant and easily recognised by the giant prawn at the entrance is Marisqueria Torrevieja 2, located in the centre of town on Calle Ramon Gallud. This is the place where seafood platter dreams are made, from a platter for 1 to an enormous platter for 10. There are also light bites at excellent prices such as a bottle of beer and 6 grilled prawns for 2€.
For lovers of hearty meat and veg dishes, El Dorado restaurant is the place to go. Run by a friendly German couple, the restaurant serves homemade soups, all sorts of meat dishes including a hunger busting mixed grill and various vegetable and potato side dishes. There are set 3-course meals at very reasonable prices and a choice of German beers. Throughout Torrevieja visitors can find fast food choices such as pizza parlours, kebab shops and favourites like Burger King and McDonalds.