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Travellers' Choice2023
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£30 - £74
CUISINES
European, International, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Super evening, very good and exciting food, calm and relaxed atmosphere, wonderful people and very good value for money. We really enjoyed the evening!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 December 2023

Wow what a place the sweetest people and the best food experians. The chef came Down to aur table and told us about the food an when he was finish White his job he cam and Said bye

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023 via mobile

If there is a better restaurant than La Mar Chica, in Andalusia, then I’m yet to find it. It is a small, intimate restaurant which has 8 or 9 tables. Situated in Benalmádena Pueblo. It offers tasting menus of between 4 to 7 courses. We...chose the 7 course menu, priced around €74. The menus are available online. The food is exquisite, dishes are superbly presented with imagination. They taste extraordinarily good. Service is exemplary, the two front of house ladies are friendly, efficient and make the place run like clockwork. The magnificent chef visits the tables every now and then giving an explanation of the contents of the dishes he is delivering. This is done by the staff every time they deliver. Our recommended wine matched or dishes perfectly. I recommend you visit the restaurant unreservedly.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 October 2023 via mobile

This was the perfect dining experience from start to finish. Booking was easy but necessary as the restaurant is small and deservedly very popular. All the staff were very friendly, even spotted we were hot as we had rushed to be on time and provided...us with hand fans - lovely touch. They were all extremely knowledgeable about the food. The evening started with a refreshing aperitif. We chose a reasonably priced bottle of wine. What then followed an amazing amuse bouche and then 4 courses of the most delicious and beautifully presented food I have ever eaten. Think taste explosions and works of art. Each course was explained in detail. The owners Kikki and Dennis (chef) and their staff attended our table with each course explaining dishes and making sure we were happy. We were more than happy and will return every time we visit. What a find!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023 via mobile

We saved the best till last, absolutely loved this small but fabulous restaurant. The moment we entered we were made to feel at home by friendly smiling staff, the atmosphere was great and so welcoming it was like being in someone’s home. The food was...absolutely stunning and each dish was explained to us as it was served including all the ingredients including herbs & spices. We didn’t go with the wine to match as we prefer to keep to one type and the wine we had was fabulous, so glad we could go this visit and will definitely be going again when we return to Benalmadena Pueblo again and let’s hope you get recognition for the fabulous food & experience Thank YouMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023 via mobile

The most intimate, spectacular dining experience we’ve had. Literally like being in someone’s dining room. Paired back decor, unpretentious, friendly and knowledgeable service. Beautifully presented, skilful, fun and wonderfully flavoursome taster menu complimented superbly by the wine pairing. Dennis & Kikki make a formidable team...and I can’t recommend a visit to La Mar Chic highly enough.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023

Great place, great food, great and lovely people! They put so much effort and love in the food. We had a wonderful evening!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 September 2023 via mobile

We ate here recently to celebrate a birthday. It was the first day of the new menu (I think the menu changes every six weeks or so). We were warmly welcomed into the fabulously decorated restaurant area. We both had the 6 course vegetarian menu...and what a delight it was. Each course was a success. What we particularly loved was that each dish had such imagination poured into it. We are looking forward to returning!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

What an experience! I don’t know how to begin, but I’ll try! If you haven’t tried this restaurant, you need to to try it! The service was superb and the food was so good. It’s a little gem in Benalmádena Pueblo - we would definitely...come back every time we are in Spain. 5 VERY big stars from us!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023 via mobile

Without compromise the best meal in this area. Totally greedy and went for the seven course only to be bowled over by every dish. Impeccable service in the company of an outstanding chef. Absolutely put on my to go back list. Incredible! Crab dish was...superb and the Turbot! well go see for yourself 👍🏻More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023 via mobile

Dennis & Kikki delivers (as always) beyond everything else on the coast, hospitality and food on an nother level! See you soon again🥂

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023 via mobile

We went with 2 friends and weren’t impressed atall. I’d suggest some customer service training! It might go well with the dishes!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Kikki Godskesen, Marketing at La Mar Chica, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2023

Dear blackvelvet12 We’ve been trough our system and don’t have any bookings for 4 persons from the UK. We’d really appreciate if you can please send us an email at info.lamarchica@gmail.com with information on the date and name of the reservation and your concerns why...More

Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

Visited for a second time and once again I cannot fault this restaurant. All the dishes are very well presented but more importantly taste as good as they look. I went for the 7 course tasting menu again which was totally different from my first...visit. The dishes are well explained by all the staff but I always feel it adds to the experience when the chef does that as well. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough and will definitely visit again if I’m in the area.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023

We dined on the last day of our hol and wow, Im glad we did! The taste and love that goes into the dishes is the best around. Paired with friendly and attentive service, you would be crazy to miss out!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023 via mobile

Not visited for a while because of the chef being poorly (his back is much better, he tells me), but wow, totally worth the wait. Dennis, Kikki and the rest of the team are purveyors of a wonderful dining experience. Last night’s asparagus soup was...incredible. Overflowing with flavour. Did the wine flight too, which picked some tasty Spanish wines. Not the cheapest meal you’ll have, but certainly one of the most memorable and enjoyable.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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La Mar Chica is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5