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Best restaurants in Ontinyent

Ontinyent is a small but vibrant entrepreneurial town well known for its gastronomy, with a fantastic range of restaurants, locally sourced food, exceptional wines and craft beers. Home to 35,000 people it has over 70 restaurants, serving a working community year-round without charging tourist prices. There are many high-quality eateries and Michelin star options that cost a fraction of the price you'll find at similar establishments on the coast. There also many cheap but good quality restaurants too, to suit every occasion and budget. Smaller towns inland might only offer one or two options, with very limited days/hours and often seasonal openings. Here's our guide to some of our favourites. It is by no means the complete list and we're still a long way off trying everywhere. We've listed some of the better options for a Menu del dia too (exceptional value 3-course lunches, usually served with a coffee or drink). In our next post will cover the coffee shops and perhaps the bars. Fine dining restaurants La Cuina Perhaps David's favourite restaurant. Owned by and shares the same kitchen as the Michelin starred restaurant Sents. Menu del dia available - in the 12-14€ range

Paixixi David likes the fish from here and the glassware made nearby in L'Olleria Menu del dia available - in the 12-14€ range

Blanc i Negre Perhaps Emmeline's favourite restaurant. Best steaks in town? Menu del dia available - in the 12-14€ range

Sents Michelin star restaurant, which usually only requires 24-48 hours notice. Locals don't book in advance and some of the other restaurants are comparable. 8-course taster meal for approximately 50

Borinot Bistro A tiny restaurant owned by a Michelin star chef. We had our best meal here and we've not found anywhere in the region that serves better rice and fiduea dishes. They also make their own craft beers.

Bar Jauja Award-winning restaurant serving high-quality tapas and meals on a tree-lined theatre square.

Meson del Rey Modern Spain meets tradition. This is often is our guest's favourite restaurant, with perhaps the best Menu del Dia and certainly the best traditional salads. Menu del dia available - in the 12-14

Debosc Sister restaurant to Bigfoot, with a fantastic wine cellar. Another guest favourite. Menu del dia available - in the 12-14€ range

El Tinell de Calabuig Traditionally furnished traditional restaurant serving classic dishes

NAC Small eatery at the other end of town serving exceptional tapas and good meals. Menu del dia available - in the 12-14€ range