Looking for a place to eat in Marbella?. You could be wandering around all night as there are hundreds to choose from. To narrow your search a little, you can always contact us via our Malaga Facebook Page and ask for recommendations if you need. Between us, our followers on Twitter & Facebook and regular readers, Im sure we can find a great restaurant for you.
Whilst there are other websites with lists as long as your arm with all the restaurants, what we have found is as soon as one opens another closes and its so difficult to keep the lists up to date. This is why we would love you to get in contact so we can give you the most up-to-date advice instantly.
There are all sorts of restaurants at all different levels and you may be interested to know that there are 3 Michelin Star Restaurants in the area, 2 of which our team have visited. The 3 Marbella Michelin Restaurants are El Lago, Marbella which I have been told was some of the best food they have ever eaten and the price was amazing for a restaurant at that level. Calima has also been visited by a Team Member a few times and has never been disappointed. You can read the review below. The third Michelin Star restaurant is Skina in Marbella Old Town. What a great opportunity to experience some top draw food!
We regularly go to Marbella for something to eat and generally stick to the same restaurants. Smallworld, our favourite for Internatlonal food in a very trendy, relaxed atmosphere. Patagonica we love for a good steak and meaty tapas. Mas Que Pizza is a cheap Argentinian restaurant that serves everything, pizza, pasta, steaks & burgers all at great prices. Another favourite of ours near La Cañada is Nueva Cascada. This is run by a German Chef who is a wonderful chef especially with kids, well, kids that love food. He has often been happy to prepare whatever the child wishes as long as he has the ingredients.
Personally, for us, we love the little places that the Spanish people go to, because its busy, fresh and normally a good price.
A few pointers…
Having lived here for quite a few years now, we really enjoy tapas and sharing. Even when not eating in a tapas restaurant, we often share a couple of plates between us. Dont be worried about everyone having their own dish, especially with young kids, who may not eat it all. Spanish are used to people sharing dishes. Its the way it is!
Regarding choosing a wine, Spanish wines are great wines, so when you receive the wine list, the house wines really are a good choice. Don’t feel you have to go for the more expensive.
Regarding tipping, restaurants and waiters are now used to their 10% or more that us Brits have made them accustomed to. It wasn´t like this before, and in big groups the done thing was to leave 1 euro per person. If you are just taking a quick coffee, there isn´t a need to leave a tip, although we do usually leave 10 cents per person.
In the Old Town of Marbella (Casco Antiguo) there are some great tapas restaurants, and the best ones are up the cobbled streets hidden behind large wooden doors. There are also some elegant and stylish restaurants situated near the church and in Orange Square in the centre.
One of Marbella’s top Spanish restaurants constructed in typical Andalusian style located in a quiet corner in Marbella’s old town next to the Iglesia de la Encarnación church in the centre of the Old Town.
Has charming indoor and outdoor patio areas for summer dining. Famous for excellent red wines, including the best vintages from the vineyards of the province. The chef is known for his roast pork, perfectly flavoured with cumin. He serves the freshest of fish from the day’s catch, which he then grills. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
One of my favourite Spanish restaurants located in cobbled street off Orange Square. Also offers an extensive and different tapas menu.
Juan Lozano has been serving guests in Marbella for 26 years with specialties including savoury rice dishes (fabulous paella) and braised meats cooked over an open fire.
Open Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 24:00. Saturdays 18:00 to 24:00.
Restaurant for meat eaters serving excellent Argentinian steaks, Chateaubriand and other selected grilled meats. Also serves some very creative salads.
It is located up a narrow street just just off Orange Square. Open Monday to Saturday from 19.30.
A highly recommended upmarket international restaurant located in an old converted house just off Plaza Altamirano, a few blocks away from the Main Church Square.
Zozoi offers the finest Mediterranean Cuisine off a select menu that changes by season and includes some great daily specials.
It offers cosy interior dining with al fresco dining on the patios in the warmer months.Great atmosphere and open every day for dinner except Sundays. Great food and excellent service.
All of the restaurants below are on the main esplanade which runs between Marbella and Puerto Banus and have sea views. They can be reached via the promenade or from the main street (Avenida Ricardo Soriano) which runs through Marbella Town.
There are also loads of chiringuitos directly on the beach which serve excellent fish including grilled sardines during the season.
Newly reopened Michelin star restaurant which is home to local chef Dani García situated alongside the legendary 1st Century Roman Bridge in Plaza Village at the Puente Romano Hotel. A really special place to eat offering a choice of menu degustacions (tasting samples of selected menu items) a various prices.
This is truly fabulous food but it is not a cheap night out. Main courses include jumbo prawns or slow-roasted lamb served sizzling to the table. Andalusian ham and alocally produced sherry complement dishes of lobster or spring salad with olive oil clouds and snails or cherry gazpacho with anchovies and queso-fresco snow. Booking essential.
Bibo Dani Garcia Restaurant
Bibo is a new restaurant concept created by Michelin-starred chef Dani García,which opened in April 2014 situated in the heart of Marbella in the central square of the Puente Romano Hotel,.
It has an excellent and exensive menu offering something for everyone including typical Spanish dishes like Iberian ham and mancheso cheese dishes, lamb and hicken baked in a wood oven grill , steraks, chicken and salads made with organic produce from the kitchen garden. Comes recommended with moderate prices. Very popular so make a reservation to ensure you get a table.
Very Spanish restaurant which is attached to the port authority and serves catch of the day
Always paella and sardines on the menu and very fresh fish cooked in traditional Spanish style. Usually very busy at lunch times (Sunday it is packed) and Venus restaurant next door is also very good.
On beach side of espanade with tables and chairs normally outside and inside seating area.
Da Bruno Sul Mare
Overlooking the Mediterranean, Da Bruno Sul Mare offers an extensive selection of the best Italian cuisine.
There are several Pasta da Bruno Italian restaurants on the Costa del Sol which are very popular all year round with local residents and tourists.
You will find plenty of choice on the menu including fresh pasta, pizza, fish, steaks or vegetarian options. Their house wines are good and reasonably priced. Particular favourites of ours are the the cream of tomato soup and fresh pasta with pesto sauce.
Garum overlooks the sea in Marbella with a large outside terrace and modern interior with a conservatory like appearance.
They offer a menu del dia which is very reasonably priced or a table d’hote menu with dishes including cold gazpacho with ratatouille, herb oil and balsamic vinegar, chicken fillet lasagne with tarragon cream cheese served with fresh tagliatelle and green asparagus and foie gras vienetta with white chocolate
You will find the largest selection of cheesecakes here that you are ever likely to see.
Children can choose between rosada fish with chips and chicken or pasta bolognaise. The cellar offers a good selection of Spanish wines produced in small vineyards.
Traditional Spanish restaurant located just a few metres from the stepped entrance to the Paseo del Maritimo. Look for a restaurant with suit of armour at the entrance.
Good place to sit on the seafront in Marbella and watch the world go by. Serves a good range of paellas at excellent prices as well as a three course menu del dia which usually costs about €8. Their fried fish Malaga is easily enough for two and is so fresh you can almost taste the sea! Very friendly staff and good service.
These restaurants can all be accessed via the main road which runs from Marbella to Puerto Banus parallel with the sea front. Small World is situated in the Le Village Complex which is accessed via the exit opposite Puente Romano Hotel. It is signposted.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 12 noon-16:00 & 19:00-23:30
Small house situated on its own in the middle of apartment blocks half way down the pedestrianised street running down to the seafront from the taxi rank and horse and carts in central Marbella.
One of our favourites serving great original tapas and raciones based on dishes from northern Spain. Great selection for €10,50 per head with friendly staff who are happy to explain dishes and make recommendations.
Marbella Club Cafe is situated in the Marbella Club Hotel . It is open daily for lunch and dinner and is buzzy offering a brasserie style menu.
It is a popular meeting place for locals, with its elegant contemporary design and European/Asian fusion cuisine and famous low-calorie menus. It is a perfect choice for any occasion: morning coffee, breakfast or lunch being my favourite times to go there. There is a very good wine list and fresh food cooked to perfection. Not cheap!
Small World Cafe
Small World is a cozy, laid back café serving fresh food at reasonable prices. Very extensive menu offering large portions of good quality, local produce at low prices.
We often go here for a quick bite to eat and never dissapointed. Food is always consistent and good value, although at very busy times you could wait a while, but its all worth it when the food comes. Our favourite dishes, the laksa, the burger, goats cheese salad, chicken milanese & steak specials!
Originally the Polo House and latterlyChowka, Cibo is located
Sandro Morelli has been the owner of Villa Tiberio for over 18 years and it is known for its high standards and excellent service. It’s a place for couples or a family rather than a "girls night out".
Dining ´al fresco´ is a real treat as the gardens have been designed to include fountains, statues and romantic lighting to make you feel as though you are eating in the ground of a fabulous Italian villa.
The pasta is home made, the sauces rich and full of flavour and the osso bucco made with Dutch veal is exceptionally good. The fettuccine salmone is made with the finest Scottish smoked salmon or you can try Capesanti e gamberoni alla thermidor (scallops and jumbo prawns served in a cream and brandy sauce); porchetta alla Villa Tiberio (crispy roast suckling pig – my favourite): anitra a l’orange (duck baked with orange and curaçao liqueur) and baby lamb braised in Barola wine. These are only a few of the restaurant’s signature dishes.