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#21/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Fabulously eccentric crêperie with exceptional food amidst restored buses and old cinema seats.

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Castell Vell

Price guide: Mid-range
#22/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Classic, old-style Catalan cooking with wonderful sea views in Tossa’s medieval old town.

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Cafe Le Bistrot

Price guide: Mid-range
#23/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A great value Art Nouveau bistro in the heart of Girona’s old town.

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Casamar

Price guide: Expensive
#24/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Chic fusion dining on a terrace looking down on Llafranc bay and the Costa Brava.

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Can Climent Platillos

Price guide: Mid-range
#25/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

An innovative, contemporary take on tapas in this fun little restaurant in medieval Begur.

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Restaurante Bar Royal

Price guide: Mid-range
#26/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A family-friendly terrace overlooking a sandy bay – the taste of a Mediterranean summer.

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La Gavina

Price guide: Mid-range
#27/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Charming, good value bistro minutes from the beach at Calella de Palafrugell.

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La Farinera

Price guide: Budget
#28/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Best for Cheap eats -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Great value three-course menus in this converted Art Nouveau flour factory.

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#29/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A wonderfully old-fashioned Art Nouveau cafe in central Girona.

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Restaurant Xado

Price guide: Budget
#30/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Great value Catalan and Moroccan cuisine at this untouristy favourite in Palafrugell.

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La Lluna

Price guide: Budget
#31/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A wonderfully traditional, good value tapas bar high up in Tossa’s medieval old town.

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Vintage Lounge

Price guide: Expensive
#32/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Trendy bar and restaurant with stunning coastal views amidst the pines.

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Cap d'Or

Price guide: Budget
#33/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Classic beach-front terrace by the ruined castle at Tossa de Mar.

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La Cala

Price guide: Budget
#34/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Good value fresh fish with the Cadaqués locals. Ideal for escaping the tourist trail.

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El Far

Price guide: Mid-range
#35/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Spectacular panoramic coastal views and seasonal food at this cliff-top restaurant.

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Rems

Price guide: Expensive
#36/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Classy Catalan cuisine at this chic restaurant in Calella de Palafrugell.

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Restaurant Victoria

Price guide: Mid-range
#37/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

A good, traditional Catalan seafood restaurant overlooking the marina at Tossa de Mar.

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Vinil

Price guide: Mid-range
#38/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Excellent, good value Catalan cuisine at this untouristy little gem in Girona’s old town.

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La Sirena

Price guide: Mid-range
#39/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Laid-back seafront cafe on the harbour at Llafranc. A place to while away the afternoon.

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Lizarran

Price guide: Budget
#40/40
expert-rated restaurants in Costa Brava
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Excellent Basque-style tapas on one of Girona’s main squares.

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If there was ever any doubt about the Costa Brava as a top foodie destination that all changed when Ferran Adria’s El Bullí was repeatedly voted the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’.

This wasn’t just a one-off blip. The Costa Brava and Barcelona now have one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain. But that’s not to say that the only great restaurants round here are of the fine dining variety. There’s no shortage of other top class eateries which are often just as good, even without the tyre firm’s rosette. I personally love traditional Catalan food with its hearty, rustic dishes like butifarra and white beans and roast chicken and chips with aioli.

One of the things that’s different about eating in the Costa Brava compared to bigger Spanish cities is that you won’t necessarily find a huge choice of different international styles round here. Having said that, many menus will feature international dishes like steaks and freshly cooked fish and if you (or your children) are desperate for some pasta, a lot of menus will often feature canellonis or spaghetti.

The exception to that rule is that you will find pizzerias in most of the more popular towns. There are also individual exceptions like Restaurant Xado in Palafrugell which specialises in Moroccan tagines and couscous as well as Catalan staples.

The other thing worth mentioning is that unlike many other parts of Spain, restaurants do tend to close earlier here in the evenings. You still won’t find many places opening before 8pm but they do tend to close around 10.30pm. Whereas in Barcelona, Madrid or Seville you could happily roll up for dinner at 10pm and find yourself queuing for a seat, here you’ll find the kitchens about to close, so the best time to arrive is usually between 8-8.30 and 9pm.
 

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I’ve purposely included a mix of styles and price ranges so that as well as some of the more top-end, Michelin-starred places, you’ll also get local cafés and bistros with great value menu del dias (menus of the day) and the kind of sized portions that mean you won’t be hungry for a week. They are all places that I’ve eaten in myself and I think are the best in the area.

I should also point out that although I’ve tried to include as broad a range of price levels as possible, the Costa Brava is unquestionably one of the pricier areas in Spain when it comes to eating out. Whereas in Andalucia, you’d be spoilt for choice for good value tapas bars and local restaurants, the Costa Brava tends to be where well-heeled Barcelonans head for their weekends and holidays and prices inevitably tend to reflect that.

Finally, it’s probably worth my mentioning that I’ve not included El Bullí itself on my list on the basis that for one, if you’re into food, you won’t need to me to tell you about it and secondly, it’s due to close in 2011 and has a waiting list that stretches from Roses to Hong Kong. So even though it’s obviously one of the top places on the Costa Brava, unless you’ve already booked or are royalty, it’s going to be extremely difficult to get a table. Besides, to my mind, there’s plenty of equally impressive cooking elsewhere on the Costa Brava.