Eating Out in and Around Marbella
Although you will find it difficult to leave the luxury and comfort of Villa La Sorpresa in the exclusive El Madroñal estate, we believe it is fun to eat out from time to time. While eating out in and around Marbella, Puerto Banús and Benahavís you will find a wide range of options including local specialities, international classics and some of your favourites. There is something for every taste. Below are a few personal favourites to try out.
TheFork.com is an excellent booking platform that is well used in the area. Restaurants regularly give great deals and discounts when you booking through the platform. If you’re planning to eat out it’s worth taking a look at TheFork first.
Marbella Restaurants – Round the Corner from El Madroñal estate
Just one minute in the car, La Heredia area has a butcher, delicatessen, bar and restaurant. Ideal for fresh bread in the morning. Location here.
Marbella Restaurants – Tapas & Restaurants in San Pedro de Alcántara
There are hundreds of tapas and restaurants to choose from while eating out in and around Marbella. These are a few we go to regularly in San Pedro de Alcántara.
If you like pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus) then this is the best in the area because the owner is from coastal Galicia in Northeastern Spain. Everything on the menu is great. Easy to find in the pedestrianised part of the main street, Marqués del Duero. Here’s their Facebook page. Location here.
Possibly one that many tourists would pass by, located on the corner of Calle Lagasca and the main road near the bus stop. Used by local businessmen for a quick lunch and residents in on the secret, it is one of the best. Specials on the blackboard changed daily. Here’s their Facebook page. Location here.
Located in the main street, just before it becomes pedestrianised, there has been a restaurant on the site for 40 years. The new owners of Barbulla have developed an innovative and modern menu. Try the prawns wrapped in crispy filo with dipping sauce. Location here.
Calle Linda Vista:
The further away you go from the main street in San Pedro the more local it becomes. There are several eating places in the Calle Linda Vista area, very popular with local business people and families. El Comercio is one of the best. Location here.
Down on the Beach
It’s hard to get closer to the water and eat at the same time than at Nuevo Reino. This restaurant is probably the oldest and most famous seafood restaurant on San Pedro beach and has been frequented by many of the rich and famous celebrities over the years. Book early and grab your spot right on the beach and watch the sun go down. Location here.
Alabardero Restaurant & Beach Club:
Great anytime but especially good for families at weekends as the staff at Alabardero amuse the children with face painting and other activities while parents eat in peace. What a good idea. Location here.
Not on the promenade itself, but El Ancla is so close to the water you have the sensation of being on a ship. Very popular with local Spanish families and packed on Sundays, perhaps try another day. Location here.
There are lots of other options on the promenade so stroll along and make your choice. If you see a fire being lit in an old boat near Chiringuito Nini (location here) that’s the sign they’re barbecuing sardines. Order them by the espeto – that’s a bamboo skewer of 6 fish.
Restaurants Marbella – Marbella
Eating out in and around Marbella is always a pleasure. Sitting under the orange trees in Plaza de los Naranjos in the heart of Marbella’s Old Town is one of life’s great pleasures (location here). Great for churros and chocolate in the mornings, there are dozens of restaurants and cafes to choose from. There are a lot of tourists so if you fancy eating with the locals, leave the square (we can recommend La Lonja, location here) where you can find dozens of hidden gems lanes of the Old Town and the Divina Pastora area. This guide is a great reference to eating out in Marbella old town.
Restaurants Marbella – Benahavís
A village in the hills with many famous restaurants and close to La Sorpresa. Benahavis is a typical white village (location here). Park at the entrance and stroll around to make your choice. One of our personal favourites is the intimate Amigos with great food and atmosphere It located in a vibrant alleyway full of restaurants and shops. Here is their Facebook page. Location here.
Many Spanish menus will have prices for tapas, if they do them, media ración (half portion), or ración (full portion). If you want a full main course order a ración, while a media ración is ideal for a light lunch and great for children. It’s also very common in fish restaurants to order several media raciones or raciones and have them placed in the centre of the table to share.
‘Aproveche’ as the locals say.
Enjoy Eating Out in and around Marbella!