Believe it or not but Marbella is fast becoming a real foodie destination. The choice of restaurants in the city is exciting with something to suit every budget and taste. Whether you’re looking for a crowded, convivial taberna or a Michelin starred restaurant for romantic fine dining, Marbella will have the perfect place for you. From tapas bars to places that prepare the best local fresh seafood, and from delicious pizzas, risotto and ice cream to Mediterranean and fusion foods, the variety of quality foods available in Marbella means that you never have to eat in the same place twice!
As you can imagine trying to pick the best restaurants in Marbella would be hard to call especially when everybody has different tastes but we have put together a quick list of 5 of the Best Marbella Restaurants to get you started.
1. Dani Garcia’s Creative Cuisine
The elegant bungalow-style and sub-tropical Andalusian setting of the spacious and comfortable Dani Garcia Restaurant is the perfect place to taste Italian-style cuisine with a twist. Opened in April 2014 by famous restaurateur Dani Garcia (who has two Michelin stars tucked in his apron), the restaurant has a wonderful location on the Golden Mile, at the Puente Romano Beach Resort. The Dani Garcia restaurant is formal, so whether you go there for the weekend brunch or to dine, you will need to be dressed to suit. The menu is very innovative. Expect to find contrasting textures and temperatures that you never imagined could go together, such as cauliflower soup and sea snail. They offer a tasting menu as well as a la carte. Enjoy bold, daring experiments with traditional Andalusian recipes at prices befitting 2-Michelin Star quality. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible and has valet parking, and pets are not allowed.
Address: Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella, Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 Marbella.
Tel – (+34) 952 764 252
email – [email protected]
Yet another in the range of creative Michelin restaurants in Marbella, Skina is tiny but stylish and has been around since 2005. While it is far from the beach and located in the Old Town of Marbella, it offers stellar cuisine that makes up for the lack of a view. Inside, the focus is on the food. The decor is simple, with stark white walls with bold artwork, high-backed leather chairs and some colorful crystal glasses and porcelain plates. The double chef kitchen led by Daniel Rosado and Victor Trochi recently won a Michelin star for its creative tasting and a la carte menu of international and Spanish cuisine. Seafood and meat are strong features on the menu. Expect mains like Iberian pork with red butter ice cream and eel risotto topped with sea bass. Start your meal with a fig martini topped with shaved truffle and enjoy other items like duck foie gras Moroccan style.
Address: Restaurante Skina,C/Adúar 12 – 29601 Marbella
Tel – 952 76 52 77
Small but charming Garnacha is a delightful tapas bar run by a husband and wife team, and it has a traditional ambiance in which to enjoy a variety of flavors. The interiors are warm and quaint, ideal for a romantic meal surrounded by big mirrors and quirky furniture. The menu offers tapas, full or half portions of exotic combinations of items. Expect items like ox tail, cherry and carrot cream-stuffed spring rolls, Gravlax salmon with an enticing topping of guacamole, pistachio and orange gelatin and other such innovative items.
Expect the fois gras to be combined with apple crumble and caramelized pineapple to go with your duck magret. The unique and perfectly balanced flavors of the compact yet attractive menu are complemented by a fine wine list. To treat your sweet tooth, try the New York Cheesecake or the chocolate coolant served with passion fruit sauce. Reasonably priced, Garnacha is popular with locals and visitors, but be sure to make reservations before you go.
Address: Opposite Hotel El faro in C/ Vergen del Pilar, No 9, Marbella
Call for reservations (recommended for evening meals) on 951968870, 686410768
email – [email protected]
4. Paco Jimenez
Located in the lovely Plaza de los Naranjos in Marabella’s Old Town, this restaurant offers a warm and intimate ambiance and high quality cuisine. Owner and Chef Paco Jimenez is a gold medalist from the World Gastronomic Meeting held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. The menu he offers is a seasonal one that changes constantly. Expect eclectic and innovative Mediterranean dishes such as rack of lamb served with marmalade sauce or the rosemary rabbit confit. Good portions of side dishes accompany each item, and desserts like the tarta de queso complete a fantastic meal.
Address: Paco Jimenez Plaza de los Naranjos – P.IVA 10%
Phone: +34 627 62 59 52
E-mail: [email protected]
5. Restaurante Messina
This contemporary open-plan restaurant near the Old Town, with red chairs and wooden floors offers a high-end gastronomic experience. The menu is creative and designed by Chef Mauricio Giovanni using local produce, and new textures and flavors to local delicacies- try the taster menu if you’re feeling adventurous. Items include tuna with papaya, crab curry ravioli served with banana, squid sandwich, sea urchin, yoghurt chantilly and strawberries etc.
Address: Avenida Severo Ochoa, 12
Reservations: 951 236 979
I think you will agree five mouth watering options there. If you have any other recommendations please leave them in the comments below