It has oftentimes been stated that being a vegetarian in Spain is somewhat challenging if not difficult. The typical dish in Spain usually contains some type of meat so it is recommended that you choose cautiously when selecting a restaurant with a vegetarian cuisine. However, with a simple search using “best vegetarian restaurants in Spain”, you’ll find two very good sites to investigate in order to assist you in your search for vegetarian cuisine.
The best site to look at on the internet is Happy Cow’s Vegetarian Guide because it is a global directory of vegetarian cuisine. When you search the listings for Spain alone, there are 40 cities in the index with a total of 203 restaurants listed therein. The next choice is EuroResidentes which specifically targets Spain only.
Though Happy Cow’s showed more listings, EuroResidentes listed restaurants throughout Spain that were actually field tested by culinary experts who do nothing but write reviews of their experiences. Basically, the restaurants listed here are rated as the “better” to the “best of the best.” There are even cautions as to pricing, hours of operation, and so on.
Vegetalia in Barcelona got top billing on the list due primarily because the menu was rated overall as an excellent value for the money, and it was one of the friendlier atmospheres that the reviewer dined in as well as having a tremendous variety of dishes to choose from. Additionally, this was the only restaurant of the 12 that had an adjoining vegetarian shop, making this location of greatest benefit to the consumer.
The Garibolo in Bilbao took the next spot on the list because of their 4-course midday menu that they serve Monday through Saturday. Consequently, as a result of this menu feature, their reasonable price structure, and the atmosphere, the visitor is warned about the crowds and the long wait to finally sit and dine.
Finally, we had a toss-up between the Yerbabuena in Madrid and the Santacilia on the island of Palma de Mallorca. The Yerbabuena stole the show with its atmosphere, menu variety, and pricing. The Santacilia was one of only two vegetarian restaurants on this highly visited island destination but they had atmosphere, selection, and value and that was what probably made it a toss-up between them and the Yerbabuena.
Picture of vegetarian paella originally posted by Noonch