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“Paella saves the day.”
Review of El Cranc

El Cranc
Ranked #55 of 282 Restaurants in Altea
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Paella saves the day.”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Ok, so honestly it's a 2.5 rounded up. The paella and the ocean views are very good. The restaurant has a decent atmosphere even though I think it hasn't changed for decades. That's fine I guess and who can argue with sitting on the water with vistas of the beautiful Mediterranean. So why not score it higher you might ask. Let's start with their Tapas - seafood meatballs that tasted like rejected ground down fish waste. Tuna, fresh yes, unfortunately cooked well done on the griddle and served with fresh lemon and what appeared to be homemade french fries. Props for the fries even though they were a bit under cooked. I think if you order the tuna medium rare it might impress a few purists but for myself I would like to see it grilled with some more interesting sides. The baby squid had their ink sacks attached when cooked. Maybe that's a traditional Spanish technique but what it does is give them an extra strong fishy taste that becomes almost unbearable by the time I had my second bite. This seemed to be the theme throughout, seafood seared a la plancha and served with fries and lemon, which is fine I guess but it feels a bit out dated and a little lazy. Service was a bit disorganized but ok. Prices were quite steep for the quality of the food. Dear owner if you read this (I highly doubt) please stop relying on your excellent location and inject some passion in the food and service. It will reward you more than all the money you are making from your already very busy restaurant. I'm sorry but I think if you were located across the street with the current standards you would be out of business a long time ago. Don't change the paella however, it was very nice. Over and out.

  • Visited September 2013
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best paella!”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

We have tried many restaurants for paella, A great location in front of the Arenal with very friendly staff. Have a large menu with lot´s of dishes to choose from. The paella is very tasty and cooked to perfection.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Rick74971
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El Albir, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing beach location, great fresh fish”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

A great chiringuito style beach restaurant, we asked for table number number one, which is on the wooden terrace almost touching the sea. Was not disappointed, nice atmosphere, wonderful fresh fish and paella, could not fault the food or service. Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
Thank Dinoalicante
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Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit to chill”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Prebook a table for sea views as you partake in delicious seafood. After the heat of the nearby beach it offers an airy and relaxed atmosphere with attentive service. Seafood paella is a standout.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank ReviewInternational
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Alicante Spain
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not a good experience”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Miserable staff, very average food and high prices. We will not be going again! Although it is a superb location right on the beach.

Visited August 2012
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