Costa del Sol restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Málaga

El Mesón de Cervantes

Cervantes started as a humble tapas bar run by expat Argentine Gabriel Spatz but has now expanded into four bar-restaurants (each with a slightly different bent), all within a block of each other. This one is the HQ…
Top Choice Fusion in Málaga


Located at the city's contemporary art museum with white-on-white minimalist decor, Óleo provides diners with the unusual choice of Mediterranean or Asian food, with some subtle combinations such as duck breast with…
Top Choice Spanish in Marbella


First, it’s not a farm but rather an exceptionally pretty restaurant in Marbella’s old town consisting of a patio, a terrace and a dining room furnished with modern ‘chill-out’ flourishes. The food's all farm fresh …
Top Choice Seafood in Nerja

Chiringuito de Ayo

The menu is listed in nine languages, but the only word you need to understand at beachside Ayo is ‘paella’. They cook the rice dish every day in a huge pan atop an open wood-burning fire right next to the sand. A p…
Top Choice Seafood in Torremolinos & Benalmádena

El Gato Lounge

Gato Lounge tries to be a little different from the other places on the beach, so you won’t find the default sardines here. The menu leans towards international dishes with a bit of Asian flair: Thai fish cakes and …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Fuengirola

Arte y Cocina

The Italian-inflected food here is as fresh as the decor. Expect handmade pasta, and arty renditions of rabbit ravioli and creamy prawn-and-courgette risotto.
Seafood in Marbella

Lobito del Mar

Chiringuito restaurants are usually on the beach, but if you're a well-known chef called Dani Garcia with several Michelin stars to your name you can break the rules a little and open one on a main road a few blocks…
European in Estepona

Venta García

Venta Garcia specialises in superbly presented and conceived dishes using local produce, and the countryside views are similarly sublime. There's an emphasis on meat like venison (served with a red fruit sauce) and …
Cafe in Málaga

Casa Aranda

Casa Aranda is in a narrow alleyway next to the market and, since 1932, has been the place in town to enjoy chocolate and churros (tubular-shaped doughnuts). The cafe has taken over the whole street, with several ou…
Breakfast in Málaga


Set on Málaga’s scruffy but increasingly trendy Calle Carretería, Brunchit, despite the name, is open all day ready to serve freshly made sandwiches, melt-in-your-mouth cakes, pizzas you'll want to order on sight an…