The choice of Marbella restaurants is astounding - there's quite simply something for every imaginable budget, taste and occasion. Which means that, over the course of a trip to Marbella, you'll never have to eat in the same place more than once.
For Somewhere Typically Spanish...
Calle San Lazaro is a narrow, picturesque street that has three small, and very reasonably priced tapas bars on it: Bar Bartolo, which does a daily special (for around €5), Taberna La Nina de Pisto and Bar El Estrecho - both of which are small in proportions but big on character.
For Somewhere a Little More Rough and Ready...
It's worth taking a walk along the promenade away from Marbella Old Town to the east. Pass Playa de la Venus and Playa de la Bajadilla until you reach the Fishermen's Port. A lovely setting with one storey fishermen's houses, it attracts more Marbella locals than tourists to a handful of cheap and cheerful restaurants specialising in fish. A couple of the highlights are Restaurant La Relojera, Los Canizos and El Luca.
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Chiringuito Las Dunas
This chiringuito (a typical place to eat) on the beach is the perfect spot for lunch; it's been around for 30 years and is an old stalwart of fish cooked in the traditional way of the area. From the outside it doesn't look much, but once inside it's buzzing with great service and tasty food.
Address: Playa de Cabopino
The Loving Hut
With its simple clean lines and vegan food, the Loving Hut isn't only a restaurant it's a whole way of living. Serving up delicious pizza, risotto, wraps and ice-cream (to name just a few dishes), it pleases vegans and non-vegans alike.
Address: Avenida Miguel Cano 11; Marbella.lovinghut.es.
For a slightly more special occasion, the head chef at Calima is Dani Garci, one of the most celebrated chefs in Spain at the moment. One of the finest of all Marbella restaurants, it has two Michelin Stars and the food is innovative, creative and cool. This is fine dining at its very best and booking well ahead is required.
Address: Gran Melia Don Pepe, C/ Jose Melia; Restaurantecalima.es.
Bijou Bar and Bistro
Bijou Bar and Bistro provides an atmospheric patio with tables dotted around it and cascading plants that makes for a wonderfully romantic setting to have dinner. The chef is Richard Daal and his menu includes fresh, locally sourced produce - think the likes of duck, Beef Wellington and fresh fish on the menu - in generous portions that won't break the bank.
Address: Plaza Juan de la Rosa 6; Bijoumarbella.com.
Right in the centre of Old Town Marbella, Tempora has an ambitious menu stylishly presented on black slate. A small establishment with seating inside and out, it offers a modern take on Mediterranean food at reasonable prices with a good wine list to accompany the food.
Address: Tetuan 9a
Nikki Beach restaurant plays second fiddle to the party atmosphere, music and entertainment. This is probably one of the most expensive venues in Marbella (bottles of champagne start at €100 and a sun lounger is €125) but it's the place to party. The cuisine in the restaurant is international and, again, decidedly on the pricey side, but the people-watching potential and exuberant feel is second-to-none.
Address: Playa Hotel Don Carlos, Carretera De Cadiz, Km. 192
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