7 restaurants to visit in Cuenca, the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2023

We take advantage of the fact that Cuenca is the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2023 to recommend 7 restaurants you can't miss. Take note!
Cuenca, Capital Española de la Gastronomía 2023

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This city of La Mancha has been a World Heritage Site for more than 26 years. And this 2023, in addition, Cuenca has become the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy, relieving Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz). Undoubtedly, one more incentive to visit the city of the hanging houses. We have selected 7 restaurants that you can try to enjoy a unique gastronomic experience eating morteruelo, zarajos, migas with egg or alajú, among other typical delicacies of the region.

Casas Colgadas

It is located in one of the emblematic monuments of Cuenca, as its name suggests. The new proposal of the renowned chef Jesús Segura opened its doors last summer and has already become a gastronomic reference in the city. With a modern aesthetic and preserving the beautiful Castilian-inspired exposed beams, here they offer a unique tasting menu with a modern touch, based on local products and with a special role for both sauces and creams.

Tasting menu COCINAMOS CUENCA €95. Wine pairing €50. This menu of 15 passes is a journey through the present and the environment of Cuenca’s cuisine. Dishes vary according to seasonality.

Casa de La Sirena

This is another project of Jesús Segura. A space almost parallel to the restaurant Casas Colgadas, but with a more affordable ticket (Menu CASA DE LA SIRENA €50 and wine pairing €30). It is a traditional and innovative cuisine, of essence and change, of memory and surprise, as explained on the website.

Raff San Pedro

Located in the heart of the old town of Cuenca in a former stables of the sixteenth century, Raff San Pedro restaurant (part of the hotel Leonor de Aquitania) offers an updated traditional cuisine by chef José Ignacio Herráiz. A good way to travel through the history of the city through its recipes, smells, flavors, textures and memories. In addition to the menu, they have the ‘Raff’ menu at €50.

Olea Comedor

In this restaurant, chef Eduardo Albiol proposes a quite personal and different cuisine, with traditional dishes but updated with details and products of other trends. We will find proposals with Mediterranean and Asian conrasgos. A gastronomic hotspot not to be missed.

Mesón Nelia

It is the predecessor of Raff San Pedro. It is the family restaurant since 1967 where the chef José Ignacio Herráiz began his career. It is only 15 minutes from Cuenca. Located in the middle of nature, in the Natural Park of the Serranía de Cuenca, it is an icon of Cuenca’s gastronomy.


Jesús Segura’s original project is now in charge of Pablo Rocamora as executive chef. Segura’s former right-hand man leads a project that offers a simple and tasty cuisine. There is a Tasting Menu for €30,00. Although in 2022 it lost the Michelin star it had held since 2018, Trivio continues to be a gastronomic reference in Cuenca.


This is the restaurant of Parador of Cuenca and is located in the former dining room of the monks of the Convent of San Pablo. With incredible views of the city, the cuisine is prepared by chef Miguel Ángel Martínez Blanco. A proposal of updated Manchegan cuisine that offers traditional dishes such as lamb zarajos, migas, ajo arriero, morteruelo and mellow alajú.

And if you want to extend your visit to Castilla-La Mancha, we leave you other culinary recommendations of this community.

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