Where to eat? 20 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 twenty places to eat well in Marbella and Estepona. Take note and enjoy the menu offered by each of these restaurants.
1. Soleo Marbella and El Chiringuito Beach Club Estepona
Fuerte Hoteles has Soleo Marbella beach restaurant in Marbella and Chiringuito Beach Club 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11. Suite del Mar, Marbella
Suite del Mar is located in Marbella’s Milla de Oro. The most distinguishing feature of this locale is that it has many facets: a beach club, disco and exclusive chiringuito.
Suite del Mar comprises two parts. Outside, deckchairs with beach umbrellas can be hired and inside you can enjoy the chill out lounge. It has a beautiful restaurant that turns into one of the best discos at night.
The summer months are unique at Suite del Mar; a meeting point chosen by the Marbellan jet set and a place to hold events.
12. The Beach House, Marbella
The Beach House is a beach restaurant and club located on one of the Marbella’s best beaches, Real de Zaragoza.
As well as the exquisite food served in its restaurant, you can hire deckchairs and hammocks at the club. It also has showers and you can do water sports like rowing and kayaking.
Daytime live music concerts are organised at the weekend with some of the most talented music artists of the area.
The relaxed ambience makes this a great option for young families, groups of friends and couples who what to enjoy a romantic atmosphere.
13. Aquí Te Quiero Ver, Marbella
The Aquí Te Quiero Ver restaurant offers everything its diners expect from a chiringuito on Marbella’s prettiest beach. It has private parking, disabled access, deckchairs, umbrellas, showers, etc. You will find a lovely Mediterranean restaurant, where you can enjoy the best fish and seafood delivered from the entire Andalusian coast. Be sure to visit!
14. Copacabana Restaurant, Marbella
Copacabana Restaurant is located on the beach with an unspoilt view of the sea. This family business par excellence welcomes its Spanish and international clientele, who that enjoys its cuisine, whether it be on the terrace or in the indoor dining room. Copacabana Restaurant offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine which includes: hot and cold starters, salads; a wide range of small plates; fish; mixed paella; shrimp in garlic sauce; grilled sole and sole Meuniere; meats such as chicken cordon bleu and rabbit with garlic; salt fish to order; a variety of deserts; and an extensive Spanish and international list of white and rosé wines, cava and champagne.
15. Victor’s Beach Club, Marbella
Victor’s Beach is located on El Ancón Beach. The road to this beach is near the Rey Abdul Aziz Mosque, along the motorway linking the centre of Marbella with Puerto Banús.
It has a relaxed atmosphere and very good service. It’s always full of Spanish and international diners and offers an extensive menu that includes fish and traditional grilled sardines, seafood and Afro-Caribbean cuisine prepared on the barbecue.
16. Sonora Beach, Estepona
Sonora Beach is located on a beautiful beach between Estepona and Marbella. It is not a typical luxury jet set beach club, nor does it host wild and crazy champagne parties. At Sonora Beach you will find a more relaxed, bohemian atmosphere combining reggae with rock concerts.
Sonora Beach is located right on the beach. Deckchairs and hammocks can be rented by those looking to get a tan. It also has a first class restaurant with a very extensive menu. If you visit Sonora Beach, be sure to pop into its little shop with its own clothing line, Mucholarala, selling high quality clothing and lovingly designed India and Bali inspired jewellery.
The restaurant offers an extensive, original and reasonably priced menu. You can enjoy Spanish specialities, salads, meat and fish dishes, burgers, panini, wraps and stir fries.
17. Chiringuito El Madero, Estepona
Chiringuito El Madero is a beach restaurant where you can eat traditional Malagan fried fish in Estepona, along with grilled sardines, wild bream, king prawns and calamari, all prepared on our traditional boat. The restaurant distinguishes itself by offering an extensive selection of salads, starters and meat and fish dishes, as well as value for money. It has a spacious terrace, kids play area, hammock service and chill out zone with WiFi.
18. Golden Mile Beach, Estepona
The Golden Mile Beach restaurant is located on the sea in the Malagan locality of Estepona. Having a good time at the Golden Mile Beach restaurant means taking a seat, relaxing and taking in the views while savouring cured Iberian acorn-fed ham or Galician octopus, or sharing a lamb’s lettuce salad. Stand out main courses include salted red snapper, seafood paella and grilled rib eye.
19. Salduna, Estepona
Salduna Beach chill out restaurant is located on the sand of Benamara Beach in Estepona and is where you can enjoy the best sunsets on the Costa del Sol. You can see Africa just before the moon falls from this intimate corner far from the tourist hustle and bustle of Marbella’s nightlife.
Salduna Beach restaurant invites you to experience the signature Mediterranean and international cuisine of Chef Gontzal Martín Pereda. Spinach salad, fried baby squid, duck confit on mashed potato with orange sauce and salmon with cava sauce and grilled vegetables are just some of the recommendations from the menu that is based on top quality fresh produce.
20. Jardines de la Cala, Estepona
The Jardines de la Cala restaurant is located in Estepona, and you can reach it by taking the road alongside Arroyo de la Cala. This establishment specialises in Andalusian cuisine and has lovely gardens, where you can enjoy memorable times with your loved ones.
As for its food, the Jardines de la Cala restaurant fuses Moroccan and Spanish recipes. Enjoy some brewas, the taste of authentic couscous or a kefta tagine. Croquettes, cod scramble, moussaka and burgers are some of the other dishes that complete the kitchen’s gastronomic offer.
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, Amare Marbella Beach Hotel (Marbella) or Fuerte Estepona (Estepona) if you travel to these cities in Costa del Sol.