This little restaurant is definitely what you’d call a hidden gem, tucked away right in the centre of Marbella’s Old Town on the second floor overlooking the Plaza de Naranjos. Due to its size and its reputation for quality of food and lovely service, it can be hard to get a table, so early bookings are a must.
This is a family run, traditional Spanish restaurant, with the owner and head chef Paco cooking alongside his son and small team, while wife Nancy runs front of house. They offer a very warm welcome and exceptional service, which is both attentive and relaxed at the same time.
There is a small menu of Spanish classics with interesting twists, prepared with care and beautifully presented. The TripAdvisor reviews are exceptional, with diners praising every dish and saying that whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed. However, particular favourites seem to be the thinly sliced Jamon Iberico and the Foie Gras to start, the grilled selection of fish and shellfish and the crab filled “tulips” of pastry from the fish selection, and the rack of lamb from the meat selection. It’s nice to see a small menu of well thought out, simple food, with great ingredients and a clear theme.
The location is hard to beat, right in the centre of the Old Town, in a 500 year old home. There is a cozy, traditional dining area, with art on the walls and beautiful old chairs, wooden beams and metal chandeliers. In the winter months, there is an open fire and the candles so it’s really warm and cozy. The place is full of unusual objects, photos and momentos from the family’s past which makes it unique and entering the restaurant is like being welcomed into someone’s home and taken back in time.
Insider tip – If you want a romantic meal that will really impress your significant other, book one of the two tables on the tiny terrace overlooking the beautiful and bustling Orange Square, it’s a very special experience.
Vacation Rentals near to Paco Jimenez
Paco Jimenez restaurant is slap bang in the middle of Marbella’s beautiful and historic Old Town. This charming part of town is a must see for every tourist, but we wouldn’t recommend it as a location for a holiday rental. The reason for this is it is primarily pedestrianised, with very limited parking and one of the most hair raising public car parks in the area, with a hugely steep ramp to get in and out and very tight spaces with columns everywhere. So we would recommend leaving your car well away from the Old Town and walking in to do your sight seeing!
When you’re looking for a Marbella vacation rental look for somewhere with parking, or which is far enough out of the centre of town to have sufficient on street parking, as this is a problem for the centre. Look for something which is close enough to the action to walk, or be just a short drive into the centre, but with peace and quiet which will allow for a good night’s sleep and peaceful days by the pool or down by the beach.
We like the Golden Mile area and the area to the east of Marbella centre, as both of these locations offer great access to Marbella, without too much hustle and bustle and with more space and better parking. Choose the Golden Mile if you want to be close to Puerto Banus and Nueva Andalucia’s golf courses, or east Marbella to be near to the golf courses of Santa Clara, Marbella Golf and Country Club, the stunning beaches of Elviria and the legendary Nikki Beach.