Restaurants - Eating Out

One of the joys of eating out in this region is the sheer sociability of the Andalucians. Familys and friends, often with children in tow, start early with tapas and continue eating until well into the night. Some of the best restaurants have grown from ventas and tapas bars serving food based on fresh produce and home cooking; all of which are excellent value for money.

Below are just a few options in and around the area: for a wider selection of restaurants, bars and cafes log onto

La Cala

Mijas Playa - Mediterranean

The Mijas Playa restaurant is located front line beach where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Mediterranean. Famous for years, the Mijas Playa is the perfect place for that special occasion. An extensive delicious menu is complemented by live music and a wonderful atmosphere.

Tel: 952 49 37 49

El Gusto - English

El Gusto Restaurant on the Bulevar de la Cala de Mijas, serves consistently high quality English-style food, with the owners being the most welcoming of hosts. Especially good value is the two course menu Del Dia.

Tel: 952 58 75 38

El Jinete / International

Venta El Jinete restaurant is located in the hills of La Cala Golf  resort overlooking the mountains, with a large terrace and great views. The quality cuisine allows the client to appreciate and taste a fusion between traditional and innovative cuisine. Their signature charcoal grill offers new flavors and unique aromas to be enjoyed in a very cozy environment.

Tel: 952 11 91 70

El Potro / International

El Potro is a large popular well kept family restaurant in urbanization La Sierrezuela just outside Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in Spain; our clients are mainly drawn from international expatriate community, our food is a delicious combination of all the popular dishes that we have successfully served to our guests over the years. We have a lot to offer at El Potro, a large dining room comfortably seating 60 guests, two separate outdoor covered terraces which can accommodate a further 40 guests, a causal but stylish lounge bar and a separate sports bar for your more    relaxed moments. 

Tel: 952 470 284


Tipi Tapa / Tapas

What started as a brewery restaurant in Fuengirola, was quickly converted into a fashionable place were many people could enjoy the exquisite tapas and small snacks in a relaxed atmosphere. Nothing is better than a few tapas, washed down with an ice cold beer to enjoy the real taste of Spain.

Tel: 951 31 16 30

El Toston / Tapas

What started out solely serving Iberian luxuries and traditional cheese, has itself developed to match the high quality of the wines served at the bodega (wine cellar). The elegance of the terraces, the bar area and good sized tables, all contribute to making a unique and special atmosphere, that invite you to enjoy it with every sense you possess.

Tel: 952 47 56 32/ 952 46 61 90

Suave / International

With a fabulous terrace, this restaurant and lounge bar is run by a dynamicand attentive teamand offers manydining options for snacks to full meals. Offering a 3 a la carte course menu for €13.95pp

Tel:  952 661 985

Ponchos Argentine Steakhouse / Argentinean

Situated in Fuengirola this Argentinian restaurant never disappoints. The staff are excellent and prices are reasonable. It is often said that it would be hard to find a better steak anywhere else.

Tel: 952 47 06 95

Porto Fino / International

Beautifully presented international dishes, served in a magical setting with sea and mountain views, on a flower covered terrace, where you can dine “Al Fresco” in the Summer, has been the key to building a faithful clientele. There is also a complete entertainment program, including Dinner Dance, Live music, Flamenco dancing and Opera. The Valparaiso is included in the Michelin Guide.

Tel: 952 48 59 75/ 96


Mirlo Blanco / Spanish (North)

This restaurant serving traditional Basque Cuisine comprises of two elegant dining rooms both with chimneys, perfect for the chillier days of winter. From the outside terrace you enjoy the panoramic views of the charming village of Mijas and the Mijas Mountains.

Tel: 952 48 57 00

The ValParaiso / International

Beautifully presented international dishes, served in a magical setting with sea and mountain views, on a flower covered terrace, where you can dine “Al Fresco” in the Summer, has been the key to building a faithful clientele. There is also a complete entertainment program, including Dinner Dance, Live music, Flamenco dancing and Opera. The Valparaiso is included in the Michelin Guide.

Tel: 952 48 59 75/ 96

Calahonda West

La Dispensa

La Dispensa is located in Cabopino and is open all year, with an exceptional location overlooking the mountains. There is an extensive menu of international dishes, homemade pastas and various pizzas. There is a large outside terrace and the décor creates a relaxed and informal dining experience.

Tel: 952 83 74 90

Jaipur Palace / Indian

The fabulous Jaipur Palace in Cabopino specializes in North Indian dishes and delivers the exotic flavours and distinct taste of India’s finest cuisines.

Tel: 951 31 00 04

La Hermosa / International

Hermosa is a modern Californian Bistro and grill that serves dishes which typically combine the flavours of the old and new world from Tuscany to the Pacific Rim and feature modern interpretations of traditional European, American and Asian cuisine. The menus also offer a unique dining experience, ‘The Grill’, which will enable you to comfortably stray from the confines of a traditional A la carte and actually design a main course to suit you.

Tel: 952 83 74 83

Da Bruno / Mediterranean

Located at the exit of the Puerto Cabopino , Da Bruno Cabopino offers a Mediterranean atmosphere surrounded by tall pines and sunny terraces. Besides the traditional menu they offer grill dishes of both meat and fish. Da Brunos also offers an outdoor play area for children

Calahonda East

Miel Y Nata Mountain / Italian

There are two Miel y Nata restaurants in Calahonda and the one at the top is well worth the drive. The large outside terrace has breath taking uninterrupted views over the Mediterranean where you will often be able to see Africa and Gibraltar. The restaurant is very good value for money and the quality of food and the portion sizes are brilliant. The staff are extremely friendly and efficient and waiters remain the same season in and season out. It is this atmosphere that brings back locals as well as tourists year after year.

Tel: 952 93 04 43

Mona Lisa / Italian

The Mona Lisa are open every day from 8 am, where you can  enjoy a real Italian cappuccino or superb English breakfast. Their lunch time menu has been carefully chosen and all dishes are freshly prepared by their chef with flavour in mind. Why not try their fantastic “Afternoon High Tea” which includes cucumber and salmon sandwiches, homemade scones with traditional clotted cream and jam, homemade carrot cake, biscuits and tea or coffee, which can be enjoyed with or without a bottle of Prosecco. Prices start at 15€ for 2 people. A     delightful experience that you will not find anywhere else on the coast!

Tel: 951 272 668

Le Bristot Suisse / Swiss

Le Bristot Suisse is a traditional Swiss restaurant with a great menu serving chocolate, cheese and meat fondues. The small cosy restaurant is situated on the Calahonda strip and has helpful friendly staff. The steaks and rosties are recommended, as well as the deep fried brie in breadcrumbs.

Tel: 952 93 29 49 /  952 93 15 75

Villa Paradiso / Italian

Villa Paradiso Italian Ristorante was opened in 1989 and has been popular ever since. There is an elegant lobby and sumptuous terraces, decorated and adorned with special care, transporting customers to a paradise. Villa Paradiso Italian Ristorante offers a menu of typical Italian dishes, with a great variety of pastas and Pizzas as well as many other dishes of Mediterranean and international cuisine.

Tel: 952 93 23 79

Rivera Del Sol

El Oceano / Mediterranean

The El Oceano is located on the beach at Miraflores, dinner is served each evening in the Oceano Veranda, a glass enclosed dining room seemingly “suspended” over the Ocean. The Water Front Terrace serves lunch and cocktails can be had on the Ocean Veranda; all with fabulous views over the Mediterranean. Live music is provided every evening.

Tel: 952 58 75 50

Max Beach / Belgium

Situated right on the beach in Riviera del Sol, simply enjoy a cocktail from their extensive cocktail menu or try some of their Belgium inspired cuisine with a glass of wine as the sun goes down.

Tel: 952 93 27 80

La Plaza Restaurant / Italian

La Plaza offers typical Italian dishes without leaving out some typical Spanish ones. The restaurant has a large informal panoramic terrace, perfect for summer al fresco dining with relaxing background music.

Tel: 952 93 50 73


Sloanes / International

This fantastic restaurant is a hidden jewel in the heart of Elviria.  The restaurant itself is small and very elegant creating a secluded intimate atmosphere. Efficient and extremely friendly staff make you feel very welcome and special and their innovative international cuisine will stimulate your senses 

Tel: 952 53 55 60

The Beach House / International

The Beach House Restaurant is a unique destination where you can enjoy exquisite food and wines in a perfect beach location. The combined facilities of a rustic chirinigito lounge, immaculate stretch of sand and beautiful waterfront restaurant give the overall feel of a chic beach club. At night the character of The Beach House is transformed to become the perfect venue for a romantic dinner under the stars – a stone’s throw from the edge of the Mediterranean.

Tel: 952 83 94 58

El Lago / Spanish

Situated in the beautiful backdrop of Greenlife Golf, Elviria Hills, the restaurant offers views of the golf course and picturesque lake. Years of dedication have made El Lago a reference point for Andalucian Cuisine being awarded a prestigious Michelin star in 2005.

Tel: 952 83 23 71


Da Bruno Sul Mare / International

The light of the Mediterranean invades this restaurant with airs of the Florentine palace. Overlooking the Mediterranean, Da Bruno Sul Mare offers an extensive menu selection of the best Italian cuisine.

Tel: 952 90 33 18

El Patio de Los Perfumes / International

Located in the heart of the old town of Marbella, not far from the Plaza de los Naranjos. The restaurants cosy and warm atmosphere, its rustic and bohemian decor, makes this place a must for an evening rich in flavour, aroma and magical moments. There is no other restaurant in Marbella where you can enjoy such a culinary and aesthetically unique universe.

Tel: 952 82 86 50

Restaurante Skina / International

Skina Resturante serves Mediterranean cuisine based on products of the highest quality, capturing the flavors of traditional Andalusian cuisine sensations and pleasures.

Tel: 952 76 52 77

Villa Tiberio / International

The villa is set in sumptuous grounds in the glamourous Marbella and at this restaurant, client satisfaction is at the top of their list of priorities. Dine in luscious gardens choosing from an extensive menu of Italian and international dishes made from the finest fresh ingredients. In their extensive bodega comprising of Spanish, French and Italian wines, champagnes and spirits, there will be something to suit all tastes.

Tel: 952 77 17 99

Puerto Banus

Dallis Pasta Factory / Italian

Toni Dalli’s Italian Restaurant is located in the exquisite Oasis Club, on the Golden Mile, with breath taking views over the Mediterranean. The menu is well planned and appetising in the best Italian fashion and the wine list is equally as impressive. 

Tel: 952 77 00 35

Thai Gallery / Thai

A serene courtyard approach encompassing the traditional Thai ambience, is offset by the lively cosmopolitan atmosphere of the inside of this restaurant, where a colourful collection of art elegantly mounts the walls. The colourful cuisine is a reflection of this setting. Their menu is an electric combination of perfectly presented creative dishes, inspired by traditional Thai cooking but finished with modern tones. 

Tel: 952 81 83 92

Polynesian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar / Polynesian

Come into Polynesian’s world and enjoy an exotic hiding place. Taste their traditional Polynesian cuisine, tropical cocktails and their unique sushi, sashmi and maki. 

Tel: 952 81 61 00