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La Pepica, Valencia

6–8 El Paseo Neptuno
Port District
Spain 46011
Tel: 34 96 371 0366's insider take:

In his bullfighting memoir, The Dangerous Summer, regular client Ernest Hemingway wrote that "Dinner at Pepica's was wonderful"—and the recommendation is still valid today. The family that runs this huge paella restaurant on Arenas Beach, next door to the Port America's Cup marina, is now into its third generation; since 1898, it's been feeding local and international celebrities, from toreros and artists to film stars and European royalty. The seafood paella might be pricey (dishes made with fresh lobster often are), but you'd be hard put to find a more assured version of Valencia's trademark dish. In summer, ask for a table on the beach terrace.

No dinner on Sundays.

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