Buil & Giné Winery Restaurant
Buil & Giné have opened their very own restaurant on the top floor of the winery near Gratallops. Views are excellent from the restaurant and both service and food are excellent, as the chef recently moved here from the Economat de les Mines restaurant in Bellmunt. Open from Tuesday to Sunday at lunch-times 12pm to 4pm and also open in the evenings for groups of minimum six diners by appointment. Non-smoking, seating around 40 diners.
Fonda El Recó
CORNUDELLA DE MONTSANT
Modern restaurant set in an old historic building which has always been the inn of the village. Typical traditional and home-cooked food, well prepared and served with a smile. Great value for money. Seats 100 diners. Non smoking. Price per person: between 14 and 18 Euros.
Restaurant El Cairat
This one-storey building huddled between taller houses on a cobbled street in the centre of Falset is home to Mercè Pallejà. Mercè and her partner, Juli earned themselves a reputation in this region for using traditional recipes to create modern creative dishes. They were the pioneers of modern cuisine in Priorat when the area was known only for its rustic wines and heavy stews. Sadly Juli passed away in 2011 and Mercè now runs this very special little restaurant hidden down a side street in the Priorat’s main town. This restaurant is small and everything is personalised with the customer in mind. Seats just 19 diners. Price per person: between 16 and 40 Euros.
El Celler de l’Aspic
Chef and sommelier, Toni Bru returned to his roots in the Priorat to open this restaurant following his success near the Ebro delta. It is on the main street in Falset and part of the historic building that houses the cooperative winery. It includes a well-stocked wine shop where wine can be bought at shop prices and served with a small corking fee. Great rice dishes and food and wine pairings. Seats 50 people. Non smoking. Price per person: between 28 and 45 Euros.
Young chef, Matías Fernandez runs this restaurant on the main street in Falset, expertly aided by his mother. She specialises in delicious salads, whilst Matías creates amazing rice dishes and desserts. Well-presented, inventive cuisine at prices which can’t be beaten anywhere in the Priorat. Good option for vegetarians. Seats 50 people. Non smoking. Price per person: between 12 amd 25 Euros.
Fairly new establishment in the upper part of Falset opposite the primary school. Bright colours and pleasant service where English and Italian is spoken, make this a very nice lunch-time venue. Dishes served individually at 4 Euros each which is a good option for busy office workers. Vegetarian options. Summer terrace with colourful chairs and tables. No smoking. Prices between 8 and 14 Euros. Seating for 25 diners.
La Llesqueria de la Font Vella
Open mainly in the evening, this pretty establishment offers simple dishes such as cheese platters, quality cold meat platters, salads, all served in the best possible taste to accompany the spectacular wines of the region. Called “llesqueria” as it serves “llesques” which are thick pieces of toasted Catalan bread rubbed with tomatoes. Smoking allowed. Summer terrace and seating for 45 diners. Price per person between 12 and 18 Euros
Hostal Sport Restaurant (Hotel)
For many years this was the only hotel in the area. Recently refurbished, it has 18 rooms (one a top floor suite with two balconies) and is based on the main street in Falset, the capital of the Priorat region. Great location. Price per person around 25 Euros. Very good traditional food. Try the wild mushrooms, rice dishes or “calamars a la romana”.
Restaurant Fonda La Figuera
This is one of the longest standing restaurants in the region. Speciality Catalan and Priorat dishes, traditional fare. “Festa Major” and “Crestes” potatoes being one of their hallmark recipes. Prices between 16 and 21 Euros. Seating for 75 people. Closed over the summer months.
Recently opened restaurant in the upper part of Porrera. Great views over nearby vineyards. Pilar offers simple traditional food as well as “tapas” at very reasonable prices. No frills, but pleasant service and feeling of well-being in this tiny restaurant on the first floor of a village house. Seating for 20 people and prices range from 10 Euros (lunchtime set menu) to 20 Euros. No smoking. Open on Sunday evenings too!
Traditional restaurant in the centre of Gratallops opposite Cecilio winery. Family restaurant which also runs the Bon Viure wine shop next door. The owner’s son, Jaume speaks excellent English. Seating for 100 diners and price per person around 20 Euros. No smoking.
Hotel-Restaurant Cal LLop
Perched at the top of the village of Gratallops, this hotel and restaurant was opened a few years ago by Cristina and Waldo, who came to the Priorat from Madrid. Àngel Bellota is in charge of the superb restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. He likes to base his cuisine on traditional Spanish meals especially rice dishes from his native València. Two rooms, one for smoking and one for non-smoking (unfortunately no door between) in what was once the stables and wine cellar of three old village houses. Seating for 35 people and a summer terrace with wonderful views. A la carte service. Price between 30 and 40 Euros.
Set in one of the most important historical buildings of the region, the Marçà-Falset train station. A few years ago, this building was in a very sorry state, but it has been renovated through the creation of this restaurant. Pleasant bar and restaurant which serves lunchtime menus for around 10 Euros and is also open most evenings. Summer terrace with live music. Smoking allowed. Seating for 40 diners. Price per person between 11 and 30 Euros.
LA VILELLA ALTA
A good excuse to visit the pretty little village of La Vilella Alta. This restaurant offers simple good food at lunchtime and in mornings at great prices. It is very near the church and well signposted from the main road. The building was once a three storey building which has been left more open plan with recent refurbishments. Seating for 35 diners. Smoking permitted. Price per person from 10 to 20 Euros ( weekend prices). Set menu during the week for 10 Euros.
Mia and Litus run this pretty restaurant on the lower floor of the village cooperative offices. Includes a wine tasting area in what was once the cooperative’s bread oven. Traditional recipes taken from Mia’s grandmother’s cookbook intermingled with curry dishes and delicious desserts. Seating for 35 people and prices range from 12 Euros (lunchtime set menu) to 30 Euros. Good selection of Porrera wines. Smoking permitted.
This is not a restaurant, but worth a mention thanks to its wonderful coffee and great hot and cold sandwiches (especially the bacon and cheese hot mini sandwich). Popular bar, which is frequented by locals, including many smokers, however still worth a visit. Open most days except for Sundays. Coffee and mini sandwich on country bread for around 3.50 Euros. It is on the main street in Falset.
Restaurant Cellers de Gratallops
This restaurant is linked to Costers de Siurana winery in Gratallops. Carles Pastrana and Mariona Jarqué set up this small establishment in the centre of this little wine village where many famous winemakers are based and of which they are one. Recently re-opened serving modern cuisine. Price from 35 Euros with seating for 32 diners. No smoking.
Hotel La Siuranella – Els Tallers Restaurant
Hotel-Restaurant which has opened in the last few years in one of the remotest villages of the Priorat, Siurana. The hotel is a new build which blends in perfectly with the older village houses. Spectacular views from the open air garden terrace towards the Monstant mountain range. Great place for a romantic evening watching the sun going down. Run by Anaïs Chauveau, a charming French woman and her Catalan partner, Pau Escriu. Price per person from 30 Euros upwards. Tasting menu for around 57 Euros. No smoking. Seating for 30 diners.
El Racó del Priorat
LA VILELLA BAIXA
This great traditional restaurant has recently come under new management. Owner and chef Maria Victoria Masip has appeard on regional television explaining her recipes and retired in 2011. She will be sorely missed! Seating for 100 diners. Price per person from 11 to 22 Euros (weekday and weekend prices). Set menu during the week.
Restaurant Clos Figueres
This restaurant is set in beautifully decorated surroundings in what was once a chicken run on the outskirts of the village of Gratallops. Clos Figueras & Les Figueres are a new concept in wine tourism in the very heart of Priorat wine country. Owned by Christopher Cannan and headed up by his daughter, Anne Joséphine Cannan, this new Fine Wine & Food complex is destined to become the hub of Priorat wine tourism. The restaurant was recently acquired by Clos Figueres who already own the winery in the same building. Light meals, tomato bread, cheeses, grilled meats, sausage and great salads. Price around 25 Euros per person plus wines. Outdoor terrace and garden – one of the most relaxing places in the Priorat. Seating for around 25 diners indoors.
Restaurant Espai Tapa
Modern restaurant on Falset’s main street. Modern decor with transparent green perspex furniture and clean white walls make this an inviting location for a romantic dinner or weekend treat. Recently converted to tapas (although don’t try to share them as they fall to pieces!), this is a great option for a light meal especially during the week and evenings. Seats 30. À la carte dining and set lunchtime menu. Approximate price per person: 20-35 Euros, wines not included.