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The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 21/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Serving up delicious, home cooked food with a selection of drinks and fine wines, within stylish surroundings, The Lilac Tree is a friendly, contemporary restaurant and bar. Located in the beautiful, white-washed, traditional village of Benalmadena Pueblo, The Lilac Tree finds the perfect balance between traditional dishes and a vibrant, modern menu set in warm and friendly surroundings.
PRICE RANGE
US$4 - US$23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Mediterranean, European, British, Fusion, International
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service
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All reviews pork belly mackerel pate tapas steak quaint streets chunky chips benalmadena pueblo nothing is too much trouble return next year lovely place to eat great host fantastic restaurant feel very welcome cooked to perfection at lunchtime great food and service lovely meal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and beatiful location on a side alley. However, the food was not quite what we were expecting, the tapas was more like deep fried british finger food. It was good, but not very complex or diverse in flavors. However, we had a delightful...evening and would recommend this to friends of british style cuisine.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 30 July 2021 via mobile

Amazing food and great service, accommodated large group at short notice. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Terry D, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2021

Thank you for your amazing review We were happy to accommodate you and glad you enjoyed you evening Thanks Terry

Reviewed 30 July 2021

A group of 18 of us have just eaten in The Lilac Tree and we can’t believe we didn’t find here sooner in our holiday! The food was gorgeous, such tasty tapas. Staff were even better! So friendly and efficient and drinks were kept full....With such a large group we struggled for the last week to receive good service and good food in Benalmadena and this place left all 18 of us full and smiling. Thank you all at the Lilac Tree!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Terry D, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2021

Hello Aoife1506 What a great evening we had with your company & the birthday boy Shame it was your last night but i hope we sent you away very happy We pride ourselves on the service and food and you made it a pleasure for...More

Reviewed 26 May 2021 via mobile

Haven’t been to the lilac Tree since lockdown.Went for lunchtime tapas with “her indoors”. We had the chilli beef,fish cakes and mackerel pate.Fantastic...can’t recommend this place highly enough.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Terry D, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2021

Hello Keith thanks for such a lovely review Tapas is perfect at lunch time and happy you enjoyed your favorite Mackerel Pate hope to see you again soon Thanks Terry

Reviewed 19 September 2020 via mobile

I am absolutely delighted the restaurant had reopened and I have already returned twice! The food is cooked to perfection, from fillet steaks to salmon and cod. Nothing is a problem, as with my family typically we want different sides and the chef just makes...the dish exactly to what you want. The portions are big and the quality of food is superb. The starter I have had each time, mackerel pate is to die for, absolutely beautiful. My mum had the prawn pil pil , sister the duck, and her husband the brie. All dishes just outstanding. We will absolutely return and already can't wait. Thank you the Lilac TreeMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Terry D, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2021

Hello Ruth Thank you for your amazing review Its always a pleasure to see you and your family Thanks Terry

Reviewed 27 July 2020 via mobile

We booked a table for 12 in advance of our visit. We were met by the owner who made us all feel very welcome. The location is idyllic, and laid back. The food was absolutely out of this world. Very reasonably priced and worth the...short taxi ride . We even got to meet the chef and have our photo taken. I can’t speak highly enough of this hidden gem. Will 100 % return next year.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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K1364EDterryd, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2020

Hello Kerry Thank you for your amazing review it was our pleasure to host you and I am delighted that you thought the food was out of this world we try to provide the freshest menu at a reasonable price. We love our location in...More

Reviewed 26 July 2020 via mobile

Before arriving I dropped them an email to make sure they had survived the lockdown and were open again. Thankfully yes and despite it being an 80 mile round trip we booked for the Saturday night. Glad to see most tables were occupied and trade...was good. We both ordered the smoked mackerel pate and the beef fillet Stroganoff. The Mackerel was fantastic and the portion huge but I finished mine and the bit my wife left!!! Stroganoff was also good with a lot of meat. Could have been a touch creamier for my likening with a touch more Paprika but having said that I cleared my plate!!! Service was good, attentive and friendly and the final bill represented good value for money. Thanks Terry and staff. See you next year and good luck.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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K1364EDterryd, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2020

Hello Jan Thanks you for making the trip it was a pleasure to see you both and I’m glad you enjoyed your food the mackerel pate is one of our best sellers. I’ve passed the feedback to the chef about the stroganoff being a little...More

Reviewed 25 July 2020

Visiting the lovely Benalmádena Pueblo, first time since lockdown. Decided to visit the Lilac tree after looking on trip advisor for recent recommendations. The lilac tree stood out with excellent reviews so we decided to book a table, nestled in the quaint streets of pueblo...was this real gem. Cleaning of both table and chairs impressed us upon being seated, The staff showed us the menu on chalk boards bringing them to the table for all to read, excellent choice of mains and starters catering for all tastes. Our small group went for the fillet steak, and beer battered cod both served piping hot and the cod was pure white with a very light fresh batter. Chunky chips with The steak and excellent choice of sauces. Over all impression fresh quality food cooked fresh when ordered, We would definitely visit again hopefully in September for a family celebration. We would recommend this 5* restaurant to anyone who appreciates quality in a relaxed safe environment in these mad times of COVID 19.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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K1364EDterryd, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2020

Hello I’m so pleased you enjoyed your meal with us last night we love our setting in Calle San Jose nice peaceful & beautiful and only a minute from the squares . We realise in these times the cleaning of tables and chairs is very...More

Reviewed 24 July 2020 via mobile

What a fantastic restaurant. We were recommended the Lilac Tree and it absolutely lived up to our expectations. Nothing was too much trouble, the chef altered the menu to suit the children and every single bite of food was superb. A lovey location on a...picturesque and quiet street. We had steak, halloumi, chicken, pork belly, kofta and fabulous desserts. The prices were very reasonable and the service exceptional. We will be back next year!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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K1364EDterryd, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2020

Hello Kerry It was a pleasure to host you and we are always pleased to accommodate our guests we know how important it is to keep the children happy. You even invented a new halloumi starter. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and...More

Reviewed 23 July 2020

The best food. We were here twice on our holiday and both times the food was fantastic and really good service.

Date of visit: July 2020
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K1364EDterryd, Owner at The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2020

Hello Jannie Thanks for your review I so glad you returned for a second time and enjoyed all our different dishes it was a pleasure to host you & the boys I hope FC Copenhagen win the weekend Best regards Terry

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whiteswanuk
3 August 2019|
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Response from K1364EDterryd | Property representative |
Yes the restaurant is fully air conditioned
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Stacee81
4 September 2018|
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Response from K1364EDterryd | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes there are a number of bars around the Pueblo, all in walking distance. We also have a bar, separate from the restaurant where you can have a drink. Hope to meet you soon.
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Gerry S
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Response from K1364EDterryd | Property representative |
Or, turn down Calle Real from the main road, turn left after La Cepa and left again onto Calle San Jose. The Lilac Tree has a sunny terrace here.
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Yes, The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Lilac Tree Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5