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El Potro

Carretera Istan, 29660 Istan, Spain
+34 951 97 94 87
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
24 Jan 2017
“Marbella's secret? ”
27 Nov 2016
“Lovely relaxing secluded location, oozing character, with very pleasant service.”
Closed today
Mediterranean, European
££ - £££
Carretera Istan, 29660 Istan, Spain
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Great ambiance, friendly service and wonderful food. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant. So close to Marbella and Puerto Banus and yet hidden away.

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank peter o
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Have lived in the area for fifteen years and always looking for something new and special. Lovely relaxing secluded location coupled with very pleasant service. We visited on a sunny day for lunch and can imagine that it is also an equally charming characterful location...More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank Marbella-local
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

So looking forward to having a Sunday family lunch, the service was that bad that flies were realy enjoying our half eaten starters they were left that long, the food was appalling the worst I have had in a long time. Service was non existence...More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank Dawn M
Charlotte C, Owner at El Potro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

Hi Dawn, I am really upset to hear about your experiance at El Potro and would like the chance to rectify this and hope to invite you back. I will be addressing these issues immediatley, If you could please e-mail any more information to info@elpotro-restaurant.com...More

Reviewed 26 October 2016

Have been here three times in the months of September & October, once as a couple and on other occasions with other friends. I have found that the real test of a restaurant is to visit on a number of occasions, with company with varying...More

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank Michael O
Management response:Responded 1 November 2016

Thank you Michael for your wonderful review. We have made a note of the sound of the music and are looking into getting a system where by we can adjust the volume per area. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Reviewed 19 October 2016

Called in here for a quick drink, ended up staying for several hours. Wonderful Location, delicious home cooked food, excellent staff service and overall ambience. Looking forward to my return visit, well done El Potro.

Date of visit: September 2016
1  Thank Patricia F
Management response:Responded 1 November 2016

Thank you for your lovely review! We look forward to your return.

Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here on a rainy Wednesday evening in October. We only came across the restaurant as it was on the cool deals newsletter. A little off the beaten track in lovely surroundings the service was attentive and friendly. Food was excellent well cooked and...More

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank RobboElviria
Management response:Responded 19 October 2016

Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful converted casita off the beaten track on the Istan Road 5 mins drive from the golden mile. Very pretty entrance and even greeted at the entrance by super attentive staff. Shown to a lovely table inside with a live singer and 2 roaring log...More

Date of visit: October 2016
1  Thank MarbellaMoose
Management response:Responded 19 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed the restaurant and the fires. It was the first week we had customers inside due to the drop in temperature outside. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Out of the way restaurant but worth the effort to find . Brilliant staff led by the chatty Lucy made the night . We drank outside , ate inside and then moved back outside for a G&T before we left. The food was excellent and...More

Date of visit: October 2016
1  Thank peterm62
Management response:Responded 19 October 2016

Thank you for your brilliant review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Take a little trip up the road and you never know what you might find. Great food. Lovely setting. Service was super friendly. If you want silver service you are perhaps in the wrong place. Great buzz so it.

Date of visit: October 2016
2  Thank J_and_R_AKL
Management response:Responded 19 October 2016

Thank you for your review. It was lovely to meet you and I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

Reviewed 4 October 2016

Take the winding road up to Istan. Before the high level motorway viaduct comes into view, a rocky side road takes you down to a rough stoned carpark; then only a short walk into the magical garden of El Potro restaurant.......a surprise and a delight....More

Date of visit: September 2016
2  Thank russell p
Management response:Responded 19 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review. Really like the description of the entrance to the "magical garden". We look forward to seeing you again soon and maybe this time inside by one of our roaring log fires with the chillier nights approaching.

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29 March 2017|
Response from Michael O | Reviewed this property |
This is not a really scary road and if you are going to El Potro the distance from the exit at the tunnel on the A7 west of Puerto Banus is very short
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
13:00 - 23:30
13:00 - 23:30
13:00 - 23:30
13:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera Istan, 29660 Istan, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Province of Malaga  >  Costa del Sol  >  Istan
  • Phone Number: +34 951 97 94 87
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We are delighted to welcome you to our atmospheric restaurant set in a unique venue. Based in a traditional Spanish finca with open fire places it has been given a fabulous new and chic look. Situated in the idyllic countryside of Istan only minutes away from Marbella, our grounds are filled with Bougainvillea vines and hand crafted wood washed furniture.
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