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El Xato

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$$$$
Mediterranean, Contemporary, Fusion, Spanish
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Avenida Iglesia, 3, 3530 La Nucia, Spain
+34 965 87 09 31
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1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 195
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  • 26
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 4
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A change from the normal plan

Before our annual girly weekend to the Costa Blanca I decided to look at trip advisor for any different eating out ideas and came across the reviews for El Xato . I was shocked as had been coming to La Nucia for over a decade and this restaurant had not caught my attention . I made the booking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Karen F
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Birstall, United Kingdom
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Birstall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Before our annual girly weekend to the Costa Blanca I decided to look at trip advisor for any different eating out ideas and came across the reviews for El Xato . I was shocked as had been coming to La Nucia for over a decade and this restaurant had not caught my attention . I made the booking online and... More 

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Thank Karen F
Montbrun-des-Corbieres, France
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We didn't know what to expect when we went to El Xato. We had dined in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and didn't expect too much. But the food was of the highest quality - innovative, interesting and above all full of flavour. The cosy atmosphere of the small dining room enhances the experience. Go for lunch it last all afternoon... More 

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Thank ProfAndy54
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We visited El Xato in La Nucia twice, in 2013 and 2014. Please treat yourself to the 8 course surprise diner. Very refined Spanish food, prepared and served by a family that continues the familytradition of cooking good food of high quality for their guests.

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Thank marionvanhoof
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This tiny but smart restaurant is pure joy. I have eaten here about four times and thought I would like to review it again having reviewed it on an earlier occassion. The food has always been exceptional but this time it was even better, mostly perhaps because I particularly liked the food offered. As before we opted for the 'taster... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Food was amaizing! Every dish was serving with different wine! I love it!! Smal restaurant with very cute atmosphere.

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Thank Karamelka2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

An anniversary dinner, of necessity turned into a lunch as the Xato was not open in the evening, simply put - to remember. The service - exemplary. The room - well laid out and decorated. The food - we chose the Temptation tasting menu. One "snack" aka amuse-bouche, three starters, one main course and a dessert for 33.50 euros a... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Again very good after our first visit over a year ago: food, wines, service, great value for money. As you may guess, it is very popular :-)

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Thank travellerfromholland
Helsingborg, Sweden
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Fantastic value on their set menu with their wine package! Some dishes were truly amazing in combination with the specific wine...and some dishes not fantastic but still very good! The service is impeccable and all their staff very attentive! Be sure to reserve a table in advance as it is a very small restaurant....but definately worth the visit for a... More 

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Lier
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Try the menu tentacion, you won't regret it. The restaurant would definitely get a Michelin Star would it be located in Belgium!

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Thank Marc D
Keerbergen, Belgium
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93 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Everthing here is perfect, from the food, the wine, the service, everything is really exceptional certainly for the price you pay.. One advice, if your in the neigbhorhood be sure to visit this restaurant. The only minor disadvantage is that is can become quite noisy when there's a lot of people.

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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: +34 965 87 09 31

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 55
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Fusion, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?