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Dinner at Cabana Restaurant & Cocktail bar, El Pilar, May 2017 
Asian food of any variety is one of our favourite cuisines, but when combined with western dishes it can sometimes end up with no true identity. No such …

Dinner at Merchan, San Pedro de Alcantara, May 2017 
Originally recommended by Viviana of Granier our foursome had high anticipation of an exceptional meal to come. The restaurant has gone through a major …

Dinner at Prado Halcones, Ronda Road, May 2017 
Consistency is one of the greatest attributes that restaurateurs should always strive for, ally this to major improvements to the ambiance and this could …

La Parrilla de Viviana | San Pedro de Alcántara 
Why we had not heard of this eating house before I know not, for they have been in San Pedro for the last 19 years, as have we! I found This delightful …

Dinner at la Parrilla de Viviana, San Pedro de Alcántara, April 2017. 
Why we had not heard of this eating house before I know not, for they have been in San Pedro for the last 19 years, as have we! I found This delightful …

Villalinda Restaurant | Mijas Road 
Started in 2005 this is number 6 in the group Aicorestaurants eating houses, opened in January of this year, it is situated in the foot hills of the Sierra …

Noto Food & People Restaurant | Nueva Andalucia 
In what used to be Restaurante Regina’s that opened its doors some 22 years ago, another eatery has emerged with some continuity in that it too has Italian …

Hotel Amanhavis | Benahavis 
Rarely have I known my wife’s sister and her husband expound in such glowing terms about a meal they had yesterday to celebrated their wedding anniversary, …

Bodeguita St. Maria | Cancelada 
There are quite a few restaurants in the village of Cancelada , and in one of the pedestrianized back streets is the quaint eating house of Bodeguita Santa …

El Legardo | Cancelada 
"Try the three course set menu at El Legardo". Was the recommendation from one of my wife’s sculpture class mates who’s judgement I listen to. So …

Pasta Y Basta | Nueva Andalucia 
What a traumatic birth of a new restaurant this was. For shortly after its original opening, due to a complaint from an upstairs neighbour of cooking …

Alberts Bar & Grill | Puerto Cabopino 
The occasion was prompted by an invitation from Christine Rowlands, the chair of Conservatives Abroad to a lunch at Alberts, to which we gladly accepted. …

Mai Fusion | San Pedro de Alcantara 
This one counts as a local to us living on the Guadalmina golf course, and with them serving Japanese, one of our favourite cuisines made it a must to …

La Sala | Nueva Andalucia 
Changes to the alfresco deck area where about a third of it has now been enclosed in glass to make a separate ‘all weather’ dining room with direct access …

Resturante Valparaiso | Mijas 
One of the first eateries that would come to mind if you want to commemorate an occasion must be Valparaiso, and indeed we have been dining there for 28 …

Marabierta, San Pedro de Alcantara 
Little did our party of four realize that behind the green screens shrouding what was a small commercial area behind the San Pedro paseo, an exciting new …

Ristorante Da Bruno | San Pedro de Alcantara 
Maitra D’ Fidel greets us with a sample of the Pate Negro he is carving and we settle down for what I know will be a meal whose quality will be of the …

Top Thai Laguna Village 
Amongst the ten or so restaurants nestled along the mini canals in Laguna Village is Top Thai Beach, an offshoot of the original Top Thai in Nueva Andalucia. …

Gloton restaurant - San Pedro de Alcantara 
Open for just 6 month, my take on the cuisine of Gloton restaurant, is Avant Garde Fine Dining. Everything about this establishment oozes class, from the …

The Beach House - Elviria  
It was a wild and rainy day and we battled our way through the storms to find a mud covered car park that made losing the motorcar that much more problematical, …

Neli G’s Gastro Cafe - Benavista 
We were asked to join a charity lunch in aid of Cudeca, a worthy cause that we are always happy to support, that was being held at Neli G’s. The grape …

Porterhouse Grill - Nueva Andalucía 
This is one of those new restaurants that we had been meaning to visit but never seem to get around to actually doing it. November is the lean month as …

La culinaria - San Pedro de Alcantara 
The final comment of my review of January 2015 for this eatery was a quote from the then maître D, Philippi saying “that it will be better next time” …

Fuel Brasserie - Nuevo Andalucía 
We arrive just as a torrential rain storm had ended to find Barman Sven mopping up the stairs leading up to Fuel. Open for 18 months, this eatery has a …

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La Plaza - Mijas Costa 
It must be 15 or so years since last we ate on Riviera del sol which is where we lived when we first moved here from the Costa Brava some 30 years ago. …

Casa 5 - Mijas Pueblo 
This is one of those ‘several million to one’ stories that happen by chance to all of us at one time or another. Our sister and brother in law join us …

Kokomo - Atalaya Alta 
Most people in the Marbella to Estepona area will know of Kokomo’s fantastic value of their weekday lunches and fixed price dinners that over the years …

L’unique World - San Pedro de Alcantara 
We watched with much interest during the late spring, as we walked past what was a derelict restaurant in the centre of the San Pedro Paseo Maritimo, …

La Brasserie - Nueva Andalucia  
"First find your restaurant" Opened just a few weeks ago, the new addition to the H10, Andalucia Plaza Hotel is La Brasserie restaurant that, as well …

La Buena Vida - San Pedro de Alcantara 
This is one of those eateries that opens for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea, dinner, and everything in-between, but calls itself a ‘Gastro Bar’, which …

Venta El Horno Cancelada 
A friend of ours, who’s judgement I rate, said you must try El Horno at Cancelada, they have a 15€ 3 course menu with tea or Coffee included. So Post …

El Potro Carretera de Istan 
Our return to the Costa after a very pleasant 3 months in the UK with the result of the referendum leaving us with uncertainty as to what the long term …

Conrad's Il Ristorante - Nueva Andalucia 
It must be 2 years ago that Il Ristorante in Compana disappeared into what we thought was oblivion, only to find out recently, courtesy of an article in …

BACK - Marbella 
Why BACK I asked owner Fabion - because I have worked with chef David Olivas before and now we are BACK together once more! The eclectic décor, comfortable …

Oak Garden & Grill - Nueva Andalucía 
Great to see Gary Wait along with Teresa and Scott, his long time associates involved in this prestigious enterprise of the La Sala group, set up just …

Alexandre's Restaurant - Estepona 
When I saw what the Olive Press's editor, Jon Clark (who's opinion I respect) wrote about this eatery, It brought Alexandre to the top of my "Must visit" …

Tuk Tuk - Nueva Andalucia 
Asian cuisine in all of its forms are very high on our favourite list, and having heard only good things about Tuk Tuk we decide ‘Tuck in’ to this one! …

Le Discret Bistro - Nueva Andalucia 
A charming and comfortable dining room with about 50 covers, half of which are al fresco has been made by that serial restaurateur Philippe Resiki, with …

Little Geranium La Cala de Mijas 
Celebrity Michelin chef Steven Saunders has entertained and amazed us on UK TV programs such as Ready Steady Cook for many years, so when we discovered …

Incontro San Pedro de Alcantara 
Some people from San Pedro that we got into conversation with whilst dining at the English Garden, mentioned a Restaurant/pizzeria that was their favourite …

The English Garden Calahonda 
We kept ‘meaning to’, but never seem to ’get around to’, dining at this one, but we keep hearing about the ambiance and the food to such an extent that …

Mos Eisley Restaurant 
When last visiting Peggottys, our favourite Fish & Chippie on the coast, I noticed a new Restaurant next door that looked to have some style about it, …

Gala Brasserie El Pilar Estepona  
It would be easy to go OTT about this one, for rarely do I find myself in the position of having virtually no adverse criticisms to make! Lets start …

Le Papillon Marbesa Playa Real  
Ever since my wife Dizzy attended a World Woman’s day lunch last year she has extolled her praises for this eatery, and when I saw an advert that Mandy …

Inch - San Pedro de Alcantara 
Yet another restaurant has opened in ‘Gourmet’ San Pedro. This time by Serial restaurateur Oscar Flanker who is specialising in the Asian cuisines from …

Olivia’s La Cala de Mijas  
The much anticipated Olivia’s opened some 7 months ago and we have finally got around to eating there. It has been created by Elliott Wright, who has …

La Vianda Marbella 
A typical Spanish Tapas bar Restaurant, they also call themselves a Freidora, which I later find out means a ‘Fish fryer’. The restaurant seats about …

Florian’s Puerto Cabopino  
They say pedigree is everything, so when I hear of a chef on the costa del sol that was voted by the Guide Michelin over a decade ago to be the most promising …

La Sala Nueva Andalicia  
I don’t suppose anybody would believe me if I try to palm Dizzy off as my mother, so to commemorate this day see her photo complete with flowers from one …

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Amore & Fantasia Puerto Banus 
Whilst walking around the port some weeks ago, we stop, look at a menu, and said to each other “lets put this one on the "To Try List”. It was because …

Pan & Cioccolato C.C.Guadalmina  
Open for less than a week, this stylish bistro’s mantra is serving health food to, what is quickly becoming, judging by the number of eaters there when …

Beckett’s Marbella 
It all started so well, when I saw the Valentines night Menu in an email I received a few days ago, I said to my wife “this look fabulous, and for only …

Alan’s Hong Kong Costasol 
With over 30 years in the catering trade on the Costa del sol, Alan has been serving Chinese cuisine, originally at The Chef Peking in Purto Banus, and …

Shango’s Nueva Andalucia 
Having been recommended to a restaurant that serves ‘scrumptious meals’ called Shengo’s, we duly go along to find out if this is one worthy of a review. …

Catering College Benahavis 
We had been meaning to visit the restaurant that is attached to the school for some time, however you first have to learn how this eatery works. On Monday’s …

La Fontina Nueva Andalucia 
What a surprise to be greeted by Chris, who used to be the Manager at Petit Bistro and Nicky ex Tikitano, when we arrived at La Fontina to celebrate my …

Kokomo 
The very popular restaurant of Cocomo has moved, same fantastic value, same owners, same staff, same gorgeous food. The name has changed because …

La Marina Puerto Banus 
I normally start writing my reviews by listing all the points that commend the restaurant, and those that were less than good. However, try as I may, …

Benisty San Pedro de Alcantara  
After my last visit, some 3 months ago I was keen to find out how David & Vanessa had faired running a fine dining restaurant for 6 months. In this sector …

VEGANair Health Food Store 
VEGANair is the first Raw and Vegan shop in Marbella offers you 100% Vegan products and food only. Everything is gluten, sugar, soy and GMO free. …

Nolita Gastrobar Guadalmina  
Back in August of this year, Beatrice opened Nolita on the C.C.Guadalmina. Stylishly furnished, subtly lit, pleasing décor, with one wall dominated by …

Bombay Grill 
Whilst scanning through Trip Advisor for local restaurants that I was unfamiliar with, I came across Bombay Grill that had over 30 reviews, virtually all …

Palato Vinoteca Gastronomica 
Some friends, whose judgement I rate, had found this eatery, and, urged us to try it. I must admit the unprepossessing front of Palato does not give any …

Restaurante Pampita 
Talking of beef, calls up a visions of Estancia’s on the Pampas, Gaucho’s in the Saddle, and the almost unique texture that a good Argentinean Entrecote …

Cibo Italiano Ristorante 
It was with anticipation that the six of us sat down to a meal at Cibo Italiano, having been tempted by the promise of some glorious operatic excerpts …

Km.0 (Zero) Restaurant 
Gratefully, we return to the ‘costa’ after our summer sojourn which had many disruptions to our normally enjoyable stay in the UK, and on arrival, to my …

Dinner at Resaurante La Cupula, in Alcala de Henares, east of Madrid, May 2017 
We were on-route from the costa del sol to the port of Bilbao and decided to break our journey at the birth place of Cervantes in Alcala de Henares staying …

Lunch at Restaurant Coriander, El Pilar April 2017  
What a strange review this is turning out to be! For our original target was the well known Indian restaurant of Aroma, and thinking that a booking for …

La Cuisine Marbella  
Open for just 2 months after the new owners took over, we looked at some of the on line reviews, and realise that one must draw a time line on the many …

Sapporo Japanese Estepona 
It must be 12,or 14 years ago that we first visited Sapporo. Back then it had some 40 covers, one Teppanyaki table, and was run by a Japanese lady called …

Al Barco San Pedro de Alcantara 
Yet another new boy on the block, open for Just 2 months, this traditional Italian restaurant, in a prime position towards the easterly end of the San …

Garnacha Restaurante Taperia Gastrnomica  
How can a Tapas Bar have a trip advisor rating in single figures out of over 800 restaurants in Marbella? The chef, proprietor, husband and wife team …

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other restaurant reviews

Restaurante Ginza

Restaurante Ginza in San Pedro offers an extensive menu of traditional Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Vietnam dishes in a family-friendly setting.

Marbella Golf and Country Club offers fine dining amidst a classic golf course destination overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Bistrobar Ambrosia is a new addition to the San Pedro Boulevard scene offering classic Spanish and international cuisine in a casual setting.

Nueva Campana in Nueva Andalucia offers a diverse menu that not only reflects the trend for snacky lunches, but maintains a broad a la cart listing.

Km0 Restaurant

Km.0 Restaurant in San Pedro offers authentic organic cuisine sourced from local producers in Andalucia, hence the unique name of this establishment.

Carisma restaurant in San Pedro offers delicious seafood and creative pasta dishes with delightful starters including a scallop ceviche unlike any other. 

Boulevard 171 located on the San Pedro Boulevard near a large playground for kids offers a menu with a wide assortment of flavours for every palette.

Noa Gastro Bar located on the San Pedro Boulevard near the "wavy" bridge offers a variety of continental cuisine and a kids menu for lunch or dinner.

Mr. Gourmet Burger is located near the San Pedro Boulevard and offers a wide variety of burgers, salads and Halal food.

Boardwalk on the Paseo Maritimo in Marbella offers a wide range of quality food with imaginative presentation and great service in beachside location.

El Oceano in Mijas is an idyllic hotel and restaurants practically right on the beach with an expansive restaurant area, great food and entertainment.

 

La Ola in Marbella is a fun chiringuito with over 100 selections on the menu, a BBQ and friendly, knowledgable staff.

Barrocco Restaurante & Tapas in Marbella offers traditional Spanish and modern cuisine in a warm, charming setting.

El Guino located on the San Pedro Boulevard offers an extensive menu with over 60 dishes in a family-friendly location beside a large playground.

Sukhothai Marbella located between Puerto Banus and Marbella consistently receives very high remarks for its outstanding Thai cuisine!

La Sideria in San Pedro specialises in cuisine from Asturia, one of Spain's gastronomic capitals in the north.  An excellent epicurean choice.

Aloha Golf Restaurant in Nueva Andalucia offers a wide selection of excellent three-course meals set on one of Marbella's most pristine golf courses.

Chill Sea Lounge in Estepona offers delicious Japanese Mediterranean fusion cuisine and service that pleases.

Restaurant Casa Tua in Marbella offers a wide variety of succulent meat and fish dishes as well as outstanding service in the heart of Old Town.

La Catarina Beer Bar is an artisan brewery in La Campana offering tapas and a range of locally produced beer supplied to restaurants on the Costa del Sol.

El Ranchero in San Pedro has been a staple for over 25 years offering over 40 fish dishes from 18 unique species in a rustic 24-seat restaurant.

Bollywood in Nueva Andalucia enjoys a ’full house’ most evenings, as this is one of the most professional examples of Indian cuisine on the Costa del Sol.

Restaurant Casa re Pepe in Marbella offers an eclectic menu from around the world, many with far eastern influences.

Lima by Momo Restaurant, located in Old Town Marbella, offers Continental Cuisine in a quaint, central location in the classic quarter of the city.

Ben’s Restaurante in Nueva Andalucía offers fine dining with a nicely appointed, and tranquil dining room, with table settings, lighting, and decor. 

Taberna Miguel Restaurant, located in Estepona, offers a variety of classic Spanish dishes in a classic setting with vaulted ceilings and oak beams.

Tempora Restaurant, located in Old Town Marbella, features Continental Cuisine including steaks, seafood and a variety of contemporary dishes.

La Culinaria Restaurant in San Pedro features a menu consisting of a dozen tapas dishes and dozens of meat and fish dishes as well as a kids menu.

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