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Restaurante Nautilus – beautiful food on the beach in Punta Prima

THE RESTAURANTE NAUTILUS is more than just an established and locally renowned Spanish fine dining and casual eatery, it’s a local institution. With an extensive menu that caters for all tastes and stunning sea views, Restaurante Nautilus is not to be missed.

Restaurante Nautilus, Punta Prima

Situated on the beach in Punta Prima, the restaurant is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike due to its amazing beachfront location, a spotlessly clean nautical-themed dining room, and spacious outside terraces offering year-round al-fresco dining and speciality cocktails.

The chic bistro has been welcoming guests since 1975, enchanting diners for the better part of a half-century with its unique mixture of panoramic Mediterranean vistas and a resplendent Spanish menu.

Restaurante Nautilus, a part of the culture and history of the area

The terrace has casual seating overlooking the sea with ample car parking provided to the rear. A covered gallery runs the full length of the restaurant offering beachfront seating immediately adjacent to the water’s edge, while a smaller terrace at the front of the property offers further seating with views over Punta Prima’s smaller Cala Piteras sandy beach.

Indoor seating downstairs is arranged in American style booths offering a personal and informal dining space beside the bar (one of three bars on-site serving beverages to diners), with oversized porthole windows to the gallery.

An upstairs dining hall provides an extensive formal dining space with elevated panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea, with a floor-to-ceiling folding glass wall to two aspects that retracts to fuse both inside and outside space.

An extensive fusion menu, with plenty of choice for all palates

The menu offers a fine selection of starters including cheese and meat platters, freshly prepared soups, and Spanish speciality dishes such as Andalusian-style grilled calamari, beef or salmon carpaccio, and steamed mussels.

Salads provide a lighter dining alternative when the weather is warmer, and Restaurante Nautilus offers a variety of delicious salads that pair familiar ingredients in imaginative ways such as chicken and apple, or salmon and avocado.

Continuing the Mediterranean theme, the restaurant offers an extensive choice of authentic wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes to choose from, including several vegetarian options.

Restaurante Nautilus is not the cheapest eatery you’ll find along the Costa Blanca coastline, so expect to pay for quality food and you won´t leave disappointed. A typical Prawn Cocktail starter comes with a €12.75 price tag and you should expect to pay €7.50 for the soup of the day.

Restaurante Nautilus, one of the finest restaurants on the Costa Blanca

Whatever your budget, Restaurante Nautilus proves that while quality has its price, sometimes quality is worth paying for.

The Mediterranean influence of the menu and the Spanish cooking style renders some truly unique dishes you’ll want to go back for.