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El Xato

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Avenida Iglesia, 3, 3530 La Nucia, Spain
+34 965870931
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful !

We dined at El Xato last night and it was wonderful. Our young waitress was charming and professional without being too formal - just right and the manager / owner ? was also professional and very knowledgable regarding the wine. We opted for The Temptation menu including wine and this was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We dined at El Xato last night and it was wonderful. Our young waitress was charming and professional without being too formal - just right and the manager / owner ? was also professional and very knowledgable regarding the wine. We opted for The Temptation menu including wine and this was extremely good value at 44 Euros all in. The... More 

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Alicante, Spain
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Visited El Xato after having learnt about it from a presentation of top Spanish restaurants. The restaurant is not very big so you should reserve a table. The menu offers two 'Gourmet' options with or without a selection of wines as well as an 'a la carte' choice. We chose the first Gourmet menu with suggested wines and were not... More 

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Villajoyosa, Spain
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Fantastic atmosphere and the best food ever, ( and i have been on restaurants all over the wolrd for years as stewardess in SAS). Nothing over and nothing beside---

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

deserves every bit of accolade Not sure why this has not overtaken lot of Michelin star cuisine - have been to quite a few!! Understated, mesmerising food, knowledgeable sommelier, mouth watering wine collection. We had taster menu - could barely finish all- wish I was walking so could have more of the wine Divine food - all for €34 per... More 

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Wildervank, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We went for a saturday lunch to this little restaurant in La Nucia. The place was almost completely booked and we now know why. We wouldn't be surprised if El Xato's 'bib gourmand' soon will be replaced by a first star. After visiting quite a few Michelin star restaurants in Europe it is clear that this is only a matter... More 

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Scotland
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111 reviews 111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We ate here as a party of 7 taking trip advisor reviews as recommendation ..... we were not disappointed ! We opted for the taster menu with accompanying wines ......Fantastic ! I had never eaten some of the foods before ( such as raw cuttlefish ) but was intrigued to try because of the wonderful presentation Everything on the menu... More 

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Windermere, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food at El Xato is the best either of us have ever tasted. I have been coming to the surrounding area for years but had never discovered this restaurant until this year. We found it on Tripadvisor & couldn't believe the reviews. I decided we had to visit & we were not disappointed. The service is excellent and every... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is the second time we visited El Xato. This restaurant is the most perfect restaurant in the Alicante area. We will return next year:)

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Benidorm, Spain
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Made reservation forehand because of my sons food allergi, and to get a nice table. Was met by a smiling woman by the door - felt taken care of from the first minute we entered. The interior is modern but cosy, and the atmosphere is calm and relaxing. Ordered a menu the house had put together (not my son though,... More 

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Grimbergen, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Probably the best restaurant in the whole area. Great Spanish food brought on a modern way, very friendly service and excellent wine selection. We have been there 4 times the last 5 years.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Iglesia, 3, 3530 La Nucia, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Valencian Country  >  Alicante Province  >  La Nucia
  • Phone Number: +34 965870931

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 32 - 53
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?