Marbella is heaven for foodies and the rise of gourmet tourism is encouraging more and more visitors to come in search of the most delicious produce, authentic Spanish food and of course fine dining restaurants with Michelin stars. You can find it all here in Marbella!
There are 1,146 restaurants in the Marbella area according to TripAdvisor and many more that aren’t listed, so the choice can be a little baffling. So to help you choose the right restaurant, we’ve chosen our favourites and listed them below. These offer a good selection of different cuisines and experiences and there are 14 of them, so one per night for a two week holiday! J. Just click the name of the restaurant to read our full review.
Top Tips for eating out in Marbella
To enjoy your experience in Marbella to the full, follow these 5 tips from the Vacation Marbella team
- Get Your timing right – Locals eat lunch at 2pm and arrive at the restaurants en mass at that time. To be sure of a table, but also get the atmosphere and hustle and bustle, arrive just before 2, get your order in and then watch the crowds descend. In the evening, they eat dinner late, so if you want to be a part of the authentic atmosphere don’t eat before 9pm.
- Be adventurous and ask for advice – It can be easy to get stuck eating the same things you’ve always eaten, but there are so many great things to try, so be adventurous. Tapas bars are great because you can look at what other tables are having and ask to have the same if it looks good, or ask “¿Que recomiendas?” (what do you recommend) and just try a tapas sized portion.
- Spend one night on a tapas crawl – You don’t have to stay in just one place to eat tapas, it’s more fun and more varied to go from place to place, trying one dish and having a drink in each. A tapas crawl is a great way to find your favourite place, and also try different styles of food.
- Eat in at least one chiringuito – Chiringuitos are beach side restaurants, often right on the sand, which specialise in fish cooked over wood (espeto), paellas and traditional Spanish favourites. The best ones in Marbella are on Playa de Fontanilla, underneath the promenade. We recommend Europa and La Red, but they are all great and always packed.
- Eat Paella like a local – Paella is an emblematic dish and many people can’t leave without it, but there are a few things you need to know about it. They are always massive, so if you want to have starters, always order for less people than want to eat it – a paella for 2 people can easily feed 4! They take a long time to cook in good places where they are being made from scratch, so expect to wait 30 to 40 minutes. Order some fried fish, salad and beers to start and enjoy the atmosphere while you wait. There are some places that serve paella in the evening for the tourists, but it is not considered the done thing to eat it at night, so choose it for lunch and feel like a local.
When you book a holiday rental, you can also enjoy eating at home, shopping at some of the lovely markets and enjoying cooking in your fully equipped kitchen. You can also order out from a variety of restaurants via Just Eat, an online service where you can order from 25 restaurants on the website and have it delivered to your vacation rental. Pop the website address into Google Translate to see it in English.
We hope our tips and restaurant reviews help you to enjoy the wonderful restaurant scene Marbella has to offer. For more information, check out our Vacation Guide to Marbella with lots of useful holiday information to help you have a wonderful stay.
Please browse our website for the best selection of Marbella vacation rentals, and ask us if you need any special extras to make your next holiday even better. We can help you with welcome packs, fridge stocking services, car hire, transfers from the airport, organising babysitters, boat charters, day trips and more. Please don’t hesitate to tell us what you need and we’ll get it sorted for you.