The area of Aran Valley, where Baqueira is located, is one with a rich and proud gastronomic culture. So delightful and memorable is authentic Aranese cuisine that you simply have to experience it when visiting the valley. Visit one of the many fine restaurants in the area and you’ll enjoy a wide a variety of choice. From traditional local recipes you’ll find at family eateries to refined fine dining at restaurants you’ll find in the Michelin Guide 2020 selection, Aran Valley truly offers something for everyone and every taste.
The most famous traditional dish associated with Aran Valley is Olla Aranese, which is a warming winter stew containing succulent pork, beef, beans, chicken and winter vegetables. It’s something any visitor should try whilst in the area, however, you should be warned that one of the ingredients found in Olla Aranesa is pig’s ear! Look on the menus of many of the restaurants in Aran Valley and you’ll also find a wide range of delicious dishes, including those including fish, game, fresh berries and pates.
Read on and you’ll find out our favourite restaurants in Aran Valley so that you can enjoy the very best gastronomic delights during your stay.
Era Caseta des Deth Mestre
📞 +34 973 644 651
📍Plaça Major, 8, 25598 Tredós, Lleida, Spain
Opening Hours – 1.30-5pm & 8.30-10.30pm
Restaurant Style: Traditional Spanish
Situated on the River Garonne, Tredos is an Aranese village that’s remained largely untouched by the effects of tourism. Featuring old houses and winding streets, it’s a locale that can be found just off the main road, close to Salardu. Once in the village, you’ll find this restaurant in the main square and with enough room for around 30 dinners, you’ll get friendly, personalised service.
All dishes are cooked to order and wherever possible, local, fresh ingredients are used. On the menu, you’ll find a selection of 14 starters, 14 main courses and a range of mouthwatering desserts. We’d recommend Tortilla da Patatas, Olla Aranesa, meat-stuffed cabbage, meat-stuffed aubergines and oven-baked chicken with grapes and red fruits. And why not finish off this feast with Cheesecake with a dash of Roquefort?
Es Arraitzes – Michelin Guide 2020 Selection
📞 +34 973 449 361
📍Plaza Mayor, 7, 25539 Garós, Lleida, Spain
Restaurant Style: Spanish/Peruvian fusion
Opening Hours – 1.30 pm – 2.45 pm & 8 pm – 10:30 pm
Our next choice is a restaurant where you’ll find the flavours of Peru and Aran Valley blended perfectly together. This establishment is something of a hidden treasure and it comes highly recommended both by ourselves and it’s previous patrons – as can be seen by looking at just a few of their excellent reviews. When dining at this wonderful eatery, you’ll get to try fantastic food, attentive service, and a vibrant atmosphere. We’d recommend the Pisco Sour and their amazing Cerviche.
Eth Bistro Gastro Espai – Michelin Guide 2020 Selection
📞 +34 628 803 747
📍Passeig dera Llibertat, 18, 25530 Vielha, Lleida, Spain
Opening hours – 12-3.30pm & 8-11pm (closed Wednesdays)
Restaurant Style: Traditional Spanish – Michelin Guide
Also located in close proximity the River Garonne, is this fabulous restaurant whose menu has been dubbed ‘bistronomic’ by its owners. Featuring 2 delicious appetizers, one entree, a main course and a dessert, you’re guaranteed of dining of the highest order. Carefully blending the best savoury and sweet flavours, their chefs pay homage to the best of local traditional food. You’ll also find the only caviar tasting menu you’ll find anywhere on the planet, with 11 different varieties to be enjoyed. Amazingly, you’ll also find ‘gold’ on their menu, as well as caviar. Dining opulence at its finest.
When dining here, we’d recommend Pichon de bres – “ave con una coccion arroz de sus huesos” (Swiss-style melted fondue inside a loaf of bread).
El Portalet – Michelin Guide 2020 Bib Gourmand
📞 +34 973648200
📍Carrer Sant Jaime, 33, 25550 Bossòst, Lleida, Spain
Opening hours – 12:30-3pm Tue-Sun, 8.30-10pm Fri & Sun (closed Mon)
Restaurant Style: Traditional/Contemporary Aranese
Having opened back in 1984, El Portalet is a family-run restaurant that has been passed down through the generations, retaining its original passion for fine cuisine. The dining at this amazing restaurant has evolved over time, with fresh, seasonal, high-quality ingredients used in all of its dishes. Mixing traditional flavours with contemporary cooking techniques, this establishment even earned a Michelin star in 2019. They have ample parking too.
📞 +34 973 645 246
📍Carrer Sant Jaume-ag.gessa, 8, 25598 Gessa, Lleida
Opening hours – 1pm-3pm & 8pm-11pm
Restaurant Style: Aranese
Another fantastic, high-quality traditional restaurant in Aran Valley is Casa Rufus. They take local produce and combine with skill and elegance. Offering a cosy setting, it’s the perfect place to take the whole family for an enjoyable meal.
When visiting Casa Rufus, we’d highly recommend their Onion Soup, Olla Aranesa and Deer Medallions.
Casa Irene – Michelin Guide 2020 Selection
📞 +34 973 64 43 64
📍Carrer Major, 22, 25599 Arties, Lleida
Opening hours – 8-11.30pm (Reservations necessary)
Restaurant Style: Spanish/French
With more than 5 decades of dining experience, Casa Irene offers refined simplicity and a menu full of exquisite dishes. Using only the very best ingredients, this lovely restaurant has kept its links to local traditional dishes, whilst incorporating tastes from around the world. Whichever dish you try, it still has that unmistakable Aranese charm. Widely known as a top restaurant by tourists and locals alike, it’s somewhere we’d recommend visiting at some point during your stay in the valley.
Come, Dine and Enjoy!
So, there you have it, our definitive list of top restaurants to visit whilst in Baqueira Beret. We hope you have a wonderful and mouthwatering time wherever you go. For a map with all of the restaurants mentioned, please follow this link. If you’d like to know more about the wonderful, rich gastronomic delights that can be found in Aran Valley, you should follow this link.
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