Six months into 1992, “Restaurante Chapeau” opened its
doors in Alicante to coincide with Las Hogueras Festival.

Back then, Alicante was a different city, a quieter place, with
no tram, no Marq, no Volvo Ocean Race...

After many years working in Alicante’s restaurant sector,
Emilio Urrea decided to set up his own fine food project in the
city centre, supported, as always, by his mother Paquita.

It wasn’t long before Chapeau became a local favourite for its
top quality home-made Mediterranean food, and for much
more besides

The kitchen...

In charge of the kitchen, Paquita is the mainstay of Chapeau.

She is completely at home amongst her pots and pans. Only
the very best locally sourced raw ingredients are used for
her recipes, cooked with tender loving care over a gentle heat.
This simple method allows her to produce delicious, exquisite
dishes and bring out all their natural flavours, just how we like

When you try her Yecla gazpacho, her rice with rabbit and
snails, her "olleta" stew or Chapeau salad... you'll understand.

Emilio, Chapeau's "host", is to be found front of house,
ensuring everyone gets a friendly, hospitable welcome.
Lots of people have visited us over the years and we've shared
countless stories and anecdotes with them.
Some of our customers admit that they really feel at home
here and many of them are like part of the family.

All this makes El Chapeau a place to take your hat off to!