La Cantina

Address: Nueva Lonja s/n, Javea, 03730, Spain
Telephone: +34 965 792 190

- Budget

4

The fisherman’s friend.

You could never accuse La Cantina of being the most elegant restaurant in Spain, but you can be pretty sure that it’s going to serve you some of the freshest fish possible, as it is owned by the Cofradia de Pescadores, Javea’s fisherman’s association, and its produce travels from the auction house to kitchen in less than one hundred metres. Draped fishing nets, lifebelts and the odd bit of cork float give it a slightly jaunty nautical feel, and from the window you have views over the harbour to the Cabo de San Antonio on the other side of the bay. Everyone eats there; the fishermen, locals, foreign residents and holidaymakers alike, enticed by the simplicity of place and freshness of food.

Food and drink
4.3
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Ambience
3.9
90%
Location
4.1
90%

Food and drink

The menu lists a few simple meat dishes, but, obviously, people go mainly for the fish. One of the pleasures of a visit to Javea for me is to sit in the window of La Cantina watching the fishing fleet come in in the afternoon, seagulls circling and screaming around them, with a plate of pescadito frito and perhaps a ration of calamares, and a big chunk of lemon to squeeze over them, accompanied by a glass of pretty basic chilled white wine. Paella marisco, the regional rice dish made with seafood instead of meat or vegetables is always a favourite, but there are other varieties of paella and rice dishes on offer.

Ambience

Basic café style, bright and amiable.

Service

Usually quite quick, depending on time of day, but always friendly and neighbourly.

Location

On the fishing port.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • No fuss

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