Where to eat? 10 essential beach bars, restaurants and terraces for this summer in Marbella and Estepona
In Costa del Sol, good food is a marker of identity. Without a doubt, food is another attraction in the offer of Malaga’s coast, and it is a true pleasure to enjoy the Mediterranean diet in a privileged setting. Marbella and Estepona are clear examples of two Malaga cities that make the most of its gastronomic corners to delight both local people and tourists. Seafood, meat, tapas, exotic food, typical dishes or international recipes can be found in both cities. Here we recommend ten places to eat well in Marbella and Estepona. Take note and enjoy the menu offered by each of these restaurants.
1. El Chiringuito Beach Club, Marbella and Estepona
Fuerte Hoteles has Chiringuito Beach Club in Marbella and Estepona, a spot to enjoy the best cuisine. A menu with classic dishes of the Mediterranean cuisine, with a modern touch. Paella, ham, fish and beef, all of this accompanied by the best wines. These magnificent restaurants share a particular feature: your main table companion is the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to try high-quality dishes while enjoying the sea breeze and the sun of Malaga, do not hesitate to come to these spots, which will reassure the prestige of Spanish cuisine.
Calle El Fuerte s/n. 29602. Marbella (Málaga). Avda. Severo Ochoa, 8. 29603. Marbella (Málaga). Arroyo Vaquero Playa. Ctra. A-7 KM 150. 29680. Estepona (Málaga)
2. Garnacha, Marbella
Garnacha is a small charming restaurant in Marbella. This place is one of the most highly rated by TripAdvisor users, and has the trust of Marbella’s residents. The wine list is excellent, and you can taste a wide variety of meat dishes. The chestnut cake with rum cream is one of the most prominent pastry specialties. A simple space with capacity for a few people, so you can have intimacy while you give a treat to your palate.
Calle Virgen del Pilar, 9, 29603 Marbella, Málaga
3. Paco Jiménez, Marbella
The central Plaza de los Naranjos of Marbella houses one of the most emblematic restaurants in the city. If you want to enjoy good food while smelling the scent of orange blossom, do not miss this spot. The chef’s careful and creative decoration of each dish is one of the strengths of this restaurant. Mediterranean food in the old quarters of Marbella, to enjoy a delicious food and then stroll around the narrow streets of the city center. A must-try if you visit Marbella.
Plaza de los Naranjos, 11, 29601 Marbella
4. Abrasa BBQ, Marbella
The wood roasted beef with potatoes is one of the star dishes. This grill, with over 30 years’ experience, offers a cozy environment where you can also find great recipes like the spinach pie with goat cheese. If you are looking for a taste of Argentinian barbecue, do not hesitate to come to this spot, which has become one of the most visited in Marbella. Its home-made desserts prepared with utter care, and are the finishing touch for a unique gastronomic tour.
Calle Haza del Mesón, 9, 29601 Marbella, Málaga
5. Restaurant and Terrace Carmen, Marbella
The flavor of Andalucia in its greatest expression. The environment of this place is typical of Southern Spain, with its cattail chairs and the bullfighting posters on the walls. In its private terrace filled with geraniums one can enjoy the most unforgettable summer evenings. Its cuisine, predominantly Spanish ,allows you to try out the Mediterranean diet variety, with dishes like paella and Malaga’s typical fresh fish. A recommendable option to experience the Andalusian essence.
Avda. Los Girasoles 341, Nueva Andalucía, 29660 Marbella
6. Bodega San Bernabé, Marbella
If you want to go out for “tapas”, Bodega San Bernabé in Marbella is one of the best options. Ham legs and sausages hang from the ceiling in this delightful corner located in the city center. Its traditional tasca environment is one of its charms, together with the fine wine you can taste. A very recommendable option to try out the fine Spanish cold cuts.
Calle Carlos Mackintosh, 3, Local 17 (junto a la Alameda), 29602 Marbella
7. El Cazador, Estepona
In the middle of Estepona’s marina there is El Cazador Restaurant, a very advisable place, especially if you are hungry. Its huge portions will leave you satisfied with good Mediterranean food. Under the sea breeze, you can order sole with champagne sauce, cazador-style entrecot or lamb chops, all of this within a family environment, while you enjoy the quay views.
Estepona, Puerto Deportivo 14, 29680 Estepona
8. Lola´s Tapas, Estepona
In Estepona, one of the “tapas” restaurants par excellence is Lola´s Tapas. The kind treatment of the owners is what customers like the most, as they let them give advice on the menu’s many options. Ham, cheese, grilled snacks and Spanish omelet, are just some of the varieties you can taste in this spot located in the heart of the city’s promenade, where you can accompany your lunch or dinner with a delicious house-special cocktail.
Plaza García Caparros, 3, Estepona
9. El Tejar, Estepona
A good “poor man’s” potato casserole with egg and chorizo (local sausage) makes anyone satisfied. El Tejar de Estepona restaurant offers you the chance to eat typical town dishes, as well as a broad variety of tapas coming from the North of Spain. The pintxo vasco is the great star in the menu. So, in this restaurant you can combine the nice flavors of the North and South within a pleasant environment, with a customized service. Do not miss trying out its culinary offer while you enjoy a good wine.
Calle Manuel Navarro Mollor, 6, 29680 Estepona
10. Los Rosales, Estepona
If you are in the mood for high-quality seafood, do not miss Los Rosales Restaurant in Estepona. Grilled prawns, crayfish, wedge clams in garlic and large red shrimps are just some of the options, together with Malaga’s fried fish, for a sea-flavored culinary outing. If you travel to Estepona, do not hesitate to visit this spot, where waiters will suggest the day’s specials and their freshest products. A recommendable option if you are looking for treat yourself to a sea dish.
Calle de las Damas, 12, 29680 Estepona, Málaga
Note down these suggestions, all of them are highly rated by TripAdvisor users, and have become must-see spots for good cuisine in Marbella and Estepona. A broad variety for all tastes, depending on what you feel like eating. Do not leave Costa del Sol without enjoying its outstanding gastronomy to the fullest.
WHERE TO STAY
Without a doubt, the best option to stay in Marbella and Estepona es Fuerte Hoteles. This chain, with over 50 years’ experience, offers you an outstanding service, leader in quality. Holidays for two, with the family or friends, any way you decide to travel is perfectly suitable for these hotels where, in these destinations, you can practice countless outdoor activities, and find facilities to practice your favorite sports. And, for the little ones, these hotels offer fun animation programs for children. Do not hesitate to stay at Fuerte Marbella, Fuerte Miramar (Marbella) or Fuerte Estepona (Estepona) if you travel to these cities in Costa del Sol.