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Best Restaurants in Malaga City
Oscar Wilde Quotation: " I have very simple tastes. I am satisfied with the best!"
1. Good Spanish food.
2. Clean and good ambiance.
3. Moderately priced (less than 25 euros for main course).
4. Good service.
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1. Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Restaurant
Pasillo Santa Isabel, 7
Hours: 1300 to 1600H, 2000 to 2400H.
The dining room restaurant of this five star hotel is quite cozy and quiet, as well as elegant. One would expect a great dining experience, and one is not disappointed. The chef of the restaurant is Pedro Castellano, who previously worked in Cafe de Paris, and is very experienced in creating fine cuisine. The presentation of the food is perfect and the dishes are very delicious, and very original. The menu shows a very wide selection of fish and meat. The mushroom risotto is excellent and eating it is a marvelous experience. The carrillada (pork cheeks) is wonderful. There is also a wide variety of delicious desserts. The waiters are very well trained and attentive and are expert in serving the food and the timing of each dish. The house white wine is very fruity and an excellent wine choice. The restaurant plans to gradually have changes in the menus, so that clients do not get tired of the same menu. This restaurant is now one of the finest restaurants in Malaga. Surprisingly, the prices of this restaurant are moderate and competitive with other fine restaurants.
Calle Strachan, 5
This restaurant is located near Calle Larios in downtown Malaga. The dining room is elegant. Moderately priced.
3. El Cafe de Bolsa
Hotel Molina Lario
Calle Bolsa, 14
The hotel has a very quiet restaurant and for lunch (starting at 1:30 pm), it has a menu of the day for 17 euros. The food is excellent and the service is one of the best. This restaurant was chosen as the best hotel restaurant in Malaga for 2010.
4. El Rescoldo
Calle Bolsa, 7
This is a very good traditional Spanish restaurant conveniently located near Calle Larios and the Cathedral. Very good service. The restaurant is one of the few that does not close after lunch and is open for those who want to have an early dinner at 6 or 7 pm. This is convenient for foreigners used to having early dinners.
5. La Reserva del Pastor
Calle Sanchez Pastor, 3
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 1 pm to midnight; Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm.
This is a new and elegant first class restaurant. The tables near the entrance are high, with high stools, and this section is for taking tapas. At the back are regular tables and chairs. There are also tables outside. The restaurant is a vinoteca, meaning that it has a large collection of wines. The pillars in the restaurant are decorated with pictures of grapes. The tables are set with white table cloths and large white plates. When one enters, one is served with a warm bun shaped like a ring, which is delicious. The menu is traditional and the plates are presented very well. The pulpo a la Gallega is served with the pulpo on top of sliced potatoes, and is covered with a wonderful olive oil. The revuelto de ajetes has ham and small shrimps. The carrillada (pork stew) is probably the best in the city. Portions are very big and designed for healthy appetites. The service is expert and very attentive. This restaurant is one of the best in Malaga now.
6. Restaurante Real Club Mediterraneo de Malaga
Paseo de La Farola, 18
The restaurant is open 7 days a week. Lunch is served at 1:30 pm and dinner at 9:00 pm.
The Real Club Mediterraneo is a very private club by the Farola (lighthouse) at the port of Malaga. The members of this exclusive club are the cream of Malaga society and it is very expensive to join the club. However the restaurant in the club is open to the public and anyone can have a meal at this very good restaurant. The ambiance is terrific and the restaurant has huge picture windows with some of the best views of the city, such as the Cathedral, the Alcazaba, Gibralfaro, Malagueta Beach, and the gardens and three pools of the club. The decoration is sophisticated and the food is very good. The prices are moderate and the service is very friendly and efficient. The a la carte menu has a very wide variety of Spanish food.
7. Meson Mariano
Calle Granados, 2
This restaurant has the form of a meson, a more cozy format. The decorations have wine bottles artistically arranged on the wall and there are pictures of actors, actresses, and celebrities on the wall. The place is very clean and has plenty of light. The menu is extensive and moderately priced. The food is very good and the service is very attentive and professional. The house wines are chosen with care and the food presentation is excellent.
8. Los Mellizos Malaga
Calle Sancha de Lara, 7
Hours: 12:30 to 16:00H. and20:30 to 00:30H.
This restaurant is a first class restaurant that specializes in fish dishes. Although the majority of dishes consist of seafood, there are meat dishes and paellas too. The tables have white tablecloths, the dishes and cutlery have class, and the waiters are well trained in serving and are friendly. There is a menu card that has pictures of the dishes, so a tourist can understand the menu. The mixed salad is very large and serves three persons. The fish dishes are very, very good. One can eat on the sidewalk, on the ground floor for tapas, or eat in the very large dining room on the second floor. This restaurant is now one of the best fish restaurants in Malaga. The owners have three other fish restaurants in Torremolinos and Benalmadena and have been in the restaurant business for the last 30 years, so they have made a name for themselves already.
9. La Reserva 12
Calle Bolsa, 12
Hours: Everyday, 1-5 pm, 8 to midnight.
This restaurant is quite big. There are tables on the sidewalk and the bar and place for tapas is on the first floor. The second floor has the main dining room, which is very big and the wallpaper has elegant black and white stripes. There are two dining rooms on the third floor. The whole restaurant is very elegant, with white table cloths and comfortable beige chairs. The menu is very varied with many fish and meat dishes, as well as a long list of appetizers. The boqueroncitos are very well prepared and presented well. The solomillo iberico al ajillo is a wonderful dish, prepared with garlic and served with French fries. There is a fresh salad dish of Kumato tomatoes that is served with olive oil that is very delicious. The Kumato tomatoes are gourmet tomatoes that are colored reddish brown and are sweeter than normal tomatoes and this specialty comes from Almeria. For dessert the lemon sorbet is great. One can have an after dinner drink of the caramel vodka, which is very good. Service is very good and attentive. This restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Malaga. Surprisingly, the prices are moderate.
10. Lounge Bar Plaza
Muelle 1, Local 54
Hours: 9 am to 2 am
The Lounge Bar Plaza is an elegant restaurant at Muelle 1. The restaurant decoration is in white and black. The chairs are white, the tablecloths are black, the floor is black, and at one corner there is a white piano. The menu is traditional Malagueño and the prices are very moderate. The ensalada mixta (vegetable salad) is very well prepared and costs 5.50 euros. The rosada a la plancha (rock cod) includes vegetables and costs 10 euros. The pulpo a la Gallega (octopus with boiled potatoes and paprika) is excellent and costs 13.80 euros. The service is friendly and efficient. A very good thing about this restaurant is that you can order any food from the menu from 9:30 am to 2 am and it will be fixed immediately. This is good for tourists who are accustomed to have lunch and dinner at different hours from the Spanish, who eat later. So you can have a meal at any time between those hours. There are very few restaurants in Malaga where you can eat at any time. There is a pianist on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, which gives the restaurant atmosphere. Also one has a very good view of the port and there are many tables outside on the terrace, great for days with good weather.
11. Los Patios de Beatas
Calle Beatas, 43
This restaurant is a vinoteca, which is a wine tasting room and this restaurant will be enjoyed by wine connoisseurs. This restaurant has a collection of 450 wines and one can taste 30 wines that cost from 2.50 to 25 euros a glass, the wine coming from a machine that prevents oxidation of the wine. The restaurant is upscale and very spacious, and has an enclosed patio with a stained glass ceiling. On the second floor there is a beautiful mural by the artist Svetlana Kalachnik. The prices for entrees are moderate and tapas cost between 2 and 4 euros. There is a very long bar where one can drink wine and have tapas. Service is very good and friendly.
12. La Reserva del Olivo
Plaza del Carbon, 2
Hours: 1-4:30pm, 8-12 pm
This restaurant is upscale, large, with two floors. The predominant colors for the interior design are grey and white, and the chairs have upholstery with a gold color. The menu has a large variety of plates to choose from, with salads, seafood and meat dishes. The food is delicious. The service is expert and excellent. Prices are moderate.
13. La Reserva Malaga
Plaza del Siglo, 3
La Reserva Malaga is different from the other La Reserva restaurants because it is a more casual place, without white tablecloths. The interior is quite beautiful and modern, with small black tables and with chairs using simulated leather material in colors of pink, blue and light grey. The bar is one of the most beautiful bars in the city, with a beautiful mirror and with stools in pink and light grey. The food is quite good and the croquetas are very tasty.
14. Mercado del Herrero
Calle Compositor Lehmberg Ruiz, 28
Hours: 9 am to 11:45 pm. The restaurant is open every day.
The Mercado del Herrero is a restaurant that specializes in grilling and roasting food, with food from Andalusia and Castille-Leon. The decoration of the restaurant is that of a rustic country inn, with plenty of faded red brick, and the restaurant has plenty of light. The restaurant is quite elegant and soft, pleasing and sophisticated music can be heard in the rooms. The restaurant has plenty of atmosphere. There is a large bar in the center of the restaurant and one can see the brick oven where the roasting of food takes place. The oven is used for roasting cochinillo (suckling pig) and cordero (lamb). Jamon iberico can be requested as tapas and the brand used is Joselito, one of the best known ham brands in Spain. As a starter one can ask for the very delicious croquetas (8 pieces) and ask for a combination of 4 different flavors (9 euros). The menu has a wide variety of fish and meat dishes. Prices are very moderate and entrees cost between 15 and 20 euros. There are very good desserts. The food is very delicious and service is very good and attentive. There is outside seating. The restaurant is adjacent to the Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz, which has underground parking. Although the restaurant is new, it has become very popular already and reservations are suggested.
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15. Restaurante Amador
Calle Tejón y Rodríguez, 1
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12:00 pm to midnight; Sunday, 12:00 pm to 5 pm.
This is a brand new restaurant located in the city center, conveniently near a parking garage. Beautiful and colorful artwork of a famous Dutch artist located throughout the whole restaurant which takes dining in Málaga to a whole other level. The overall decoration of marble and black granite makes this restaurant unique and a smoke-free ambiance. This restaurant is a MUST GO for good food lovers who are looking for great service and quality at a competitive price! An exclusive menu (written in english and spanish) of healthy spanish choices makes ordering easy for those visiting Málaga. An ample wine menu, a tapas menu including traditional spanish favourites such as "patatas bravas" and "croquetas" (the bull´s tail croquettes are to DIE for!), and as well a great spanish tradition of the "menú del día" for only 15€ which includes the same quality dishes from the main menu! Whatever you choose from the menu is sure to be amazing as the their "sous-vide" cooking technique (slow cooked at low temperature) will leave you wanting more! Recomendable plates are: the baby lamb shoulder (cooked for 24 hours!), gourmet paellas (so rich and creamy), and for chocolate lovers the chocolate fondant with raspberry sorbet (they make all the sorbets and ice creams in the restaurant).