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El Riu

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Carretera Callosa d'En Sarria, 03510 Guadalest, Spain
+34 965 88 05 07
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Bilbao, Spain
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The staff were very polite and friendly and was found to be a family that had it for 30 years. Cooking was done over a wood fire outside and done to paerfection. Our friends who were with us tried the rabbit caught locally. Stated it was very nice.

Thank Ray B
Antwerp, Belgium
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

T-bone, solomillo, octopus, rabbit liver, jamon, lamb: all perfectly prepared. If you like grilled food this is a must visit. Just plain honest food. Owner has been collecting motorcycles for 40 years which you can see in his museum. Just go and check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Thank jvanvers
New Delhi, India
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Dejar espacio para Los postres. Buenisima seleccion casera. Excellente servicio. Rica comida. Buen calidad precio. Al lado del museo de vehiculos. Una super agradable sorpresa. Wonderful service and friendly staff. Leave space for the homemade desserts! BarBQ- all kinds of meats. And as a vegetarian, the most delicious grilled veggies! The restaurant is part sustainable farm, store and museum. It's... More 

Thank Pilarcity
Elche, Spain
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Had menu del día for 13.50 which for the quality was over priced . Bread was nice. We ordered grilled chicken which was dry. Garlic chicken which was just bones. The salad was dry, olives extremely bitter. Not good. If you are going there eat off the menu.

1 Thank souxie999
Benidoleig, Spain
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68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I visited expecting something extraordinary but was met with an average meal in a very busy and noisy environment; so noisy in fact you couldn't hold a conversation with others on your table. Also 10% service charge is added to the advertised menu prices.

Thank Esparqui
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Service first class I would recommend this establishment to those who Like real Spanish food.Important that you phone for a booking only open lunch times. Closed on Mondays

Thank Malcolm T
Suffolk, Virginia
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Eaten here loads of time. Garlic soup, barbecued rabbit and wonderful orange almond desserts (my favourite meal). Lots of meats cooked outside over huge wood burning stove. Good service and friendly atmosphere with view over narrow gorge and river bed. Good shop in huge parking area plus a museum dedicated to motorbikes. Been eating here 2-3 times a year for... More 

Thank Timothy K
Chandler’s Ford, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

After visiting the motorcycle museum, we popped in here. What a wonderful surprise. Fabulous menu del dia, can't remember how much, but approx 12eur, three courses including wine. Best alioli and bread. Gets very busy, they take reservations, closed Saturday's.

Thank HampshireJudy
Shute, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

We have been making our annual pilgrimage to El Riu for several years now and it never fails to impress. The restaurant itself is very understated, almost basic, but the food is of a very high quality. An "amuse bouche" of soft boiled new potatoes and alioi precedes two of the stand out starters; the mixed sausages and the rabbit... More 

Thank Steve R
East of England
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

See my separate review on this restaurant, where we had lunch. The full review and photos can be seen at the Motorcycle Museum site. The museum is a popular destination.

1 Thank Nucia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Barbecue, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera Callosa d'En Sarria, 03510 Guadalest, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Valencian Country  >  Province of Alicante  >  Costa Blanca  >  Guadalest
  • Phone Number: +34 965 88 05 07

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?