Fine dining in Marbella
One of the attractions of Marbella is the prevalence of some of the best restaurants in Spain. Its multinational and cosmopolitan outlook ensures cuisines from all corners of the world can be found in the myriad of fine-dining establishments within this exclusive resort town.
While there truly is something for everyone, the gold standard for food of the highest quality is to be found at those restaurants recognised by the internationally renowned Michelin guide. Marbella is home to four of the 13 Michelin starred restaurants in Andalucía, so we thought we would give you a brief guide to the best of the town’s dining plus two other Michelin restaurants not far away…
Dani García adds a golden touch to the Golden Mile
Located across the road from our office on Marbella’s Golden Mile is the most renowned of the town’s restaurants. Set in the beautiful tropical gardens of the Puente Romano Hotel’s Plaza Village collection of eateries, the two Michelin star Restaurant Dani García features the fabulous creative cuisine of the superstar chef himself.
A visit to Dani García’s is a complete experience that is about more than just the superb food, with the elegant decor setting the scene for an evening’s culinary entertainment.
Should you not be able to get a table, head next door to Dani García’s other restaurant—BIBO, which offers a selection of traditional dishes enhanced with the García flair. It might not have a Michelin star, but it does rate a ‘Bib Gourmand’ from the guide for ‘very good value for less than €31’.
El Lago’s creative and imaginative regional cuisine
This restaurant has built a fine reputation for its cuisine, which is focused on using the best local products to create a fine dining experience in beautiful surroundings. In the words of the Michelin guide:“El Lago‘s standout feature is its location on a relaxing golf course opposite a man-made lake.”
“The contemporary-style dining room, enhanced by a large semi-circular bay window, also boasts several idyllic terraces. The modern, creative and imaginative cuisine takes its inspiration from regional and international cooking.” The quality of the food and exceptional service, have earned it one Michelin star.
Skina’s imaginative food at the heart of the Old Town
Also marked out with one star is Skina, a tiny restaurant at the heart of Marbella’s Old Town. It offers creative cuisine “showcasing meticulous technique and the highest quality ingredients,” according to the Michelin inspectors.This ode to the art of gastronomy offers top rated cuisine in stylish surroundings.
Messina’s modern vibe gives a taste of class
The latest Marbella restaurant to achieve a coveted star is Messina on Avenida Severo Achoa. Its innovative a la carte options are supplemented by two tasting menus for those who want to try a little of everything! Recently announced as being ranked in the 2016 Michelin Guide, the inspectors were impressed not just by the food, but with the contemporary vibe of the restaurant and its décor.
Brazilian flair at Sollo
Heading out of Marbella and towards the airport on the A7 road at Reserva de Higuerón (on the Fuengirola/Benalmádena border) gourmets can find Sollo. With its Brazilian chef Diego Gallegos having won the Chef Revelación award at Madrid Fusion in 2015, being included in the Michelin Guide capped a memorable year.
José Carlos Garcia—Málaga city’s Michelin restaurant
At the chic Muelle Uno quay in Málaga port—not far from the Pompidou Centre—is restaurant José Carlos Garcia. With views of the yachts and sailing boats outside and an open kitchen where you can see the chefs beavering away, there is certainly something to look at. The inspectors, who awarded it one star, said: “It offers a large outdoor terrace with a chill-out feel and a glass-fronted, designer-style building with an open-view kitchen and two tastefully decorated dining rooms. Innovative cuisine that changes regularly.”
These restaurants showcase the best of Marbella’s dining experience, one that is an integral part of the town’s famed lifestyle. Should you be looking for real estate in the area, MP Dunne Properties has villas and apartments for sale in the most sought after parts of Marbella. Please contact us for a consultation.
Photo: Restaurante Dani García