We have covered all the most popular restaurants in the city, but there are also a selection of other restaurants in Alicante where visitors can enjoy meals from around the world such as American, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, French and seafood. Indeed, I'm sure with a bit of exploring visitors will find many other restaurants in Alicante that we haven't mentioned but, being a predominantly Spanish working city, the majority of the eateries need to cater for locals and nationalities that choose to holiday here in order to get people through the door.
American/Mexican – There are a selection of American restaurants throughout the city, many also featuring Mexican dishes on their menus in order to cater to a wider clientele. One of the most popular, especially for their great choice of delicious hamburgers, is The Big Boy Snack Bar & Cafe which is centrally located on Calle Valdes 1. Here you will find a selection of Mexican dishes too and some of the burgers look like a challenge for ‘Man vs Food'.
If you are spending the day on San Juan Beach and fancy hearty American portions cooked with typical French flair, Frankies is an American themed diner run by French owners. Rock & Roll takes centre stage here and the fantastic burgers even have rock legend names such as Buddy Holly and Fats Domino. Frankies is located near the beach on Av. Costa Blanca.
Japanese/Sushi – If you are looking for a tasty bowl of miso soup, tempura vegetables or fresh sushi, there are both Japanese restaurants and sushi bars in the city offering a taste of Asia. Centrally located on Calle Medico Manero Molla 5, Wasabi is the place to go for beautifully prepared and presented sushi and maki, and they even feature a wasabi flavoured ice cream!
Out of all the other restaurants in Alicante, Japanese tend to be quite expensive but then you are paying for top quality ingredients. For hungry diners looking for good value, Restaurante Akasaka offer an extensive a la carte menu as well as an ‘all you can eat buffet' and are located on the popular Rambla de Mendez Nunez. The Japanese certainly love their karaoke and for a great meal accompanied by much song & dance, the novel Restarante Platea offer both. Located on Calle Medico Pascual Perez 3 in the centre of the city.
Thai – Anyone that has visited Thailand and been brave enough to try the notoriously spicy somtam (papaya salad) or yellow curry, will surely agree that Thai food is the hottest on the planet! Fortunately for visitors to Alicante, the Thai restaurants understand western palates and tone down their dishes unless asked to do otherwise.
Located in the old town on Calle Labradores 12, Thai Corner is not to be missed and the staff will endeavour to cater for all dietary requirements. The tom yam kung soup is wonderfully fragrant with just the right amount of kick, and if you don't like spicy then try the delicious honey duck. Ask for a milder taste if you are going for a spicy dish and can't take the heat!
French – Of all the other restaurants in Alicante, those looking for fine dining should try one of the city's French restaurants. Located on the edge of the city centre on Av. General Marva, La Cave a Fromage specialise in gourmet cheese and wine, two things the French certainly know how to produce well, as does this restaurant where the selection is just mouthwatering.
Located on Calle Diaz Moreu 49, in a quiet area of the city, Bistrot de Llevante receives rave reviews and is the ideal venue for a romantic dinner. With elegant decor and attentive service, diners can choose from a superb a la carte menu accompanied by an excellent choice of wines. A range of cheese and indulgent desserts round off what many say is the best meal in Alicante.
Seafood – An article on the other restaurants in Alicante would not be complete without mentioning seafood, which is both delicious and plentiful on the Costa Blanca. Located in the old town on Calle Santo Tomas 9, La Marisqueria del Barrio is a quaint little Spanish place that serves unpretentious fish and seafood either as a main or tapa. For a starter the quick steamed cockles are bursting with the flavour of the sea, and their range of prawns, plump and perfect.
Boasting a prime location in the marina with lovely views, Me Apetece have got their menu spot on. Included is a good value menu del dia, great 4 course combo of salad, cured ham, fish and steak, excellent grill choice, and the most indulgent three tiered shellfish platter. Centrally located on Calle Mayor 22, Pesca Al Peso is one of those great seafood places where diners can choose their fish/shellfish and also choose the way they want it cooked. Everything on the counter is wonderfully fresh and they also offer a choice of reasonably priced set menus.