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Marbella on a Plate: The best 25 Restaurants for the Discerning Gourmet

Welcome, food lovers, to another blog post from MarbsLifestyle.com! In this guide we explore the crème de la crème of Marbella's dining scene. The best restaurants in Marbella. Here we'll embark on a culinary adventure, unveiling the top 25 restaurants that will satisfy even the most discerning palates. From sophisticated bistros to vibrant beach clubs, each of these restaurants offers an unrivalled dining experience. So, let's embark on this gastronomic tour of Marbella's finest!

From Michelin-starred gourmet temples to authentic Spanish tapas bars, from chic eateries offering breathtaking views to cosy bistros tucked away in narrow cobbled lanes, from beach clubs where you can dine with your toes in the sand to romantic hillside retreats, our list has it all.

We invite you to embark on this tantalising journey. Taste your way through Marbella, indulge in its gastronomic delights, and let your taste buds guide you through a city that knows how to celebrate food like no other. Here's to an unforgettable gastronomic journey - welcome to the top 25 restaurants in Marbella!

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The top 25 listed

All these restaurants are all worth a visit and each has its own signature disches, specailsiten and ambiance. Grab your agenda and start planning because you don't want to miss this selection!

El Patio at Marbella Club Hotel

We at Marbslifestyle.com are utterly captivated by the delightful ambiance and striking decor that El Patio at Marbella Club Hotel offers. This extraordinary venue whisks you back to the 1970s, with an atmosphere that perfectly encapsulates the glamour and charm of that era.

Upon entering El Patio, you're immediately immersed in a time capsule, where the retro aesthetic and attention to detail create a rich and immersive environment. From the rustling of the palm trees to the soft, ambient lighting, every aspect contributes to a truly unique experience.

But it's not just about the surroundings; the cuisine is equally remarkable. Delectable Mediterranean flavours, crafted from the freshest local ingredients, align perfectly with the overall vintage theme.

In summary, El Patio isn't merely a dining spot; it's a nostalgic journey into a bygone era of elegance, and we at Marbslifestyle.com simply can't get enough of it!

La Tienda Casa Curro

At Marbslifestyle.com, we're absolutely smitten with La Tienda Casa Curro, a true gem nestled in Marbella's Old Town. This cosy nook is not your average tapas bar; it elevates the experience with an opulent touch.

Imagine savouring upscale variants of tapas paired with a choice from an extensive array of 120 open wines, all selected by a knowledgeable sommelier to perfectly complement your chosen dishes. We suggest you plan a visit with a small group larger than two, to fully explore and indulge in their diverse offerings. Be mindful though, the place is rather intimate, so make sure to book ahead. The locals are quite fond of it, and seats can fill up quickly.

So immerse yourself in the heart of Old Town at La Tienda Casa Curro, renowned for its modern spin on traditional Spanish fare, and a truly unparalleled wine selection.

Tragabuches Marbella Dani García

We absolutely adore Tragabuches for the impeccable dining experiences they provide. Their breakfast at Tragabuches is nothing short of spectacular, making it an ideal spot to kickstart your day.

The vibrant bar setting creates a perfect ambiance for a casual drink with friends, while their food, excellent for communal eating, only enhances the experience. This restaurant is versatile, catering to both balmy weather and accommodating families with children. They even offer a dedicated kids' club area equipped with professional babysitters for child care.

Your taste buds are in for a treat at Tragabuches, the culinary masterpiece of renowned chef Dani García. Here, you can indulge in the fusion of traditional Andalusian ingredients with contemporary cooking styles, offering an unrivalled gastronomic adventure.

Boho Club Restaurant

At Marbslifestyle.com, we're absolutely smitten with the Boho Club Restaurant. It's an under-the-radar treasure situated in the idyllic locale between Marbella and Puerto Banús, offering an enticing blend of vibrant atmosphere, opulent surroundings, vivid aesthetics, gracious hospitality, and mouth-watering food.

Immersed within tropical gardens, the Boho Club provides a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. With a commendable commitment to the farm-to-table philosophy, a great portion of the ingredients are organically grown right in their own backyard. This enables them to present a creative mélange of Mediterranean and international cuisines.

It's a delightful gastronomic experience that we simply can't get enough of!

The Grill at Marbella Club Hotel

At Marbslifestyle.com, we are enchanted by The Grill, an exquisite restaurant situated in the Marbella Club Hotel. The ambiance exudes luxury and captures the essence of the 1970s, making it a favored destination for our team. This extraordinary establishment offers a supreme dining experience, making it the perfect venue for memorable occasions or relaxed summer evenings in Marbella amongst friends.

The Grill encapsulates the epitome of indulgence, offering an intimate and romantically lit setting under the star-strewn skies. Its fame stems from the traditional charcoal grill, producing a menu dominated by meats and fish that are locally sourced. The standout dish at The Grill, the Chateaubriand, is a theatrical spectacle prepared right at your tableside. This unforgettable experience is not one to be missed at this ultimate gastronomic destination.

Leña

At Marbslifestyle.com, we are enamored with Leña, a fine dining establishment nestled within the confines of the Puente Romano Beach Resort. This upscale eatery is a masterstroke from the Dani García Group, offering an unrivaled carnivorous experience drenched in sheer opulence. If indulging in Dani Garcia's culinary expertise is on your agenda, you simply can't afford to bypass this place.

Leña, with its limited outdoor seating, brings a charming exclusivity to the La Plaza square. Therefore, punctuality is key should you desire to bask in the delightful ambiance outdoors. However, we particularly vouch for the interior experience, where the exquisite cuisine coupled with the restaurant’s aesthetics makes for a gastronomic adventure par excellence.

Adding yet another gem to Dani García Group's glittering portfolio, Leña stands tall as a posh steakhouse. It prides itself on serving the choicest of meats, flame-grilled over wood and charcoal, promising your taste buds a delightful journey through succulent, impeccably-cooked cuts. The restaurant's plush, fashionable interior only elevates its overall aura of sophistication and luxury.

MC Beach Marbella Club Hotel

MC Beach, nestled on the shores of the Marbella Club Hotel, is a treasured gem we at Marbslifestyle.com adore for its sublime ambiance and luxury. It's one of those rare finds we relish returning to time and again. From relishing a cocktail in their comfortable lounge to sipping on their exquisitely refreshing lemonade, it's a place that truly shines in the Marbella heat.

This beachfront restaurant epitomises pleasure, with a caveat - it's more suited for a lunch than an evening dinner in our opinion. Boasting an chic informal dining setup right by the sea, MC Beach specialises in fresh seafood and authentic Spanish cuisine. Take the opportunity to dine leisurely while soaking up the stunning ocean views. Don't miss out on their grilled sardines and paella - these dishes are simply irresistible!

Cipriani

At Marbslifestyle.com, we're captivated by Cipriani, an Italian restaurant situated in the luxurious Puente Romano Beach Resort. The alluring fusion of sleek and stylish decor defines an ambiance of sophistication that is sure to leave an indelible impression. The warm welcome that greets you upon arrival only serves to enhance the overall experience.

Their pizza, an undeniable delight, is made with high-quality ingredients, reflecting the careful craftsmanship behind every dish. Equally impressive is their homemade ravioli, filled with succulent veal that literally melts upon contact with your palate.

Cipriani Marbella, known across the globe for its authentic Venetian cuisine and iconic locations, is truly unparalleled. The restaurant's timeless elegance combined with its exquisite menu of Italian specialties, promises an unforgettable gastronomic journey. You won't want to miss this place!

11:11Société

At Marbslifestyle.com, we can't get enough of 11:11 Société, a distinctive restaurant tucked away in the picturesque lanes of Marbella. With its private garden and an ambience reminiscent of a Parisian hideaway, it's truly one of a kind.

However, it's not French cuisine you'll find here, but rather delectable Mexican dishes, primarily meant for communal dining. The restaurant's signature cocktails add to its allure, transforming it into the ideal haven from Marbella's constant buzz. Despite the upscale experience it offers, the pricing at 11:11 Société is reasonable, making it a must-include in your Marbella visit bucket list.

Ta-kumi Marbella

At Marbslifestyle.com, we're enamoured with Ta-Kumi Marbella, an exceptional dining spot in Marbella. The sushi they serve is undoubtedly the finest we've tasted across Europe. Each dish is a heavenly experience - well prepared, delectably flavorful, and beautifully presented. The staff are attentive and personable, ensuring a delightful dining atmosphere.

We wholeheartedly recommend trying the soft shell crab Uramaki and the salmon tartar - they're simply irresistible. Complementing the food, their wine and sake offerings are excellent. We've dined at Ta-Kumi before and are keen to return again and again. Ta-Kumi perfectly combines the essence of traditional Japanese gastronomy with innovative culinary craft.

Nota Blu

Part of the Casanis Group, Nota Blu, which opened in late 2022, offers a unique dining experience in Marbella with its elegant interior, peaceful garden lounge, and innovative cuisine. As you arrive, the Blu Bar beckons for a pre-dinner drink, offering a relaxing preamble to your dining experience.

The heart of the experience, however, is the chef's brilliant menu. Truffle Pizza and Tomatoes and Prawn Cajun are among the standout dishes, masterfully prepared with fresh, vibrant ingredients. The real triumph, though, is the Sashimi Tuna Pizza. It marries diverse flavours with ingredients like crispy brick, Japanese mayonnaise, pickled onions, Kalamata olives, and sumac, creating a truly unforgettable dish.

This delightful gastronomic journey is set against a backdrop of great music, enhancing the restaurant's relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. If you're looking for a dining experience that goes beyond just good food in Marbella, Nota Blu should undoubtedly be on your list.

Dune Marbella

At Marbslifestyle.com, we are head over heels for Dune Beach Marbella, an exquisite dining spot in Marbella. Launched in June, this new beach club, a subsidiary of the renowned Ocean Club, has quickly become one of our favourites, thanks to its fantastic food, captivating ambiance, and unparalleled service.

Whether you're lounging on the beach or dining in the restaurant, you can expect an exceptional service that is consistent across the board. The cuisine served at Dune Beach Marbella is truly extraordinary, a tantalising twist on traditional dishes that elevates them to restaurant quality, a surprising and delightful feat for a beach club.

But that's not all, the desserts are a gastronomic spectacle you can't miss! They're simply sensational, leaving your palate longing for more. At Dune Beach Marbella, the perfect fusion of an upscale beach club and a gourmet dining experience awaits you.

Lobito de Mar Marbella

We're enamoured with Lobito de Mar, a remarkable seafood restaurant located in the beautiful city of Marbella. This gem is one of the culinary creations by renowned chef Dani Garcia.

Lobito de Mar effortlessly blends a fantastic overall dining experience, complete with exceptional service, an inviting atmosphere, and a professional, friendly staff. The food quality is not just good - it's extraordinary, with a stunning array of seafood dishes that impress us every time we visit. The dishes' unique flavours and the culinary brilliance behind them make every order at Lobito de Mar an absolute delight. But dining here is not merely about the food, it's an experience - a gastronomic journey that transcends the ordinary, making it one of Marbella's must-visit spots. Enjoy the freshest catch from the sea while surrounded by the restaurant's nautical-inspired decor.

Casa Tua

At Marbslifestyle.com, our hearts are truly captivated by the culinary gem that is Casa Tua Marbella. This enchanting restaurant in Marbella holds a special place in our hearts, especially for its masterful display of Italian cuisine.

Experience genuine Italian flavours in the heart of Marbella with mouthwatering homemade pastas, luscious risottos, and freshly caught fish, all meticulously prepared using time-honoured Italian techniques. You can't miss out on their heavenly tiramisu, a divine conclusion to a memorable meal. The ambiance is a harmonious blend of tranquillity and romance, with the soft glow of dimmed lights creating the perfect setting.

With excellent, efficient service to match, your dining experience at Casa Tua Marbella is sure to be nothing short of exceptional.

Kemuri

At Marbslifestyle.com, we've developed a strong affection for Kemuri Marbella, a restaurant located in the opposite of the reception of the Nobu Hotel between Marbella and Puerto Banús. This place, in our experience, offers one of the most exceptional Japanese fine dining we've ever had.

The staff is not only amiable but also highly skilled, further enhancing the overall experience. The culinary offerings are exquisite, particularly their sushi, which stands out due to the unique touch of 34-year-old soya sauce. Additionally, their A5 Wagyu beef is a must-try, with its superb taste leaving a lasting impression.

Kemuri Marbella serves as a splendid izakaya, encouraging patrons to relax and spend some time in its welcoming ambience. A harmonious blend of traditional Japanese cuisine and rich Mediterranean flavours, it's the perfect culinary fusion that we'd highly recommend.

Amaí by the Ocean Club

Marbslifestyle.com holds a deep fondness for Amaï by the Ocean Club Marbella, a remarkable restaurant situated in the heart of Marbella. Amaï doesn't simply offer food, it serves a culinary experience that leaves a lasting impression. Situated within the upscale Ocean Club, this beach club restaurant creates gastronomic art worthy of the finest restaurants.

Food at the Ocean Club isn't a mere side note, but rather a pivotal aspect of a glorious summer celebration of life. Amaï redefines luxury dining by combining its unique location within the renowned Ocean Club Marbella and captivating sea views.

With a menu influenced by Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, every dish is a sensory delight. We highly recommend trying their tantalising Sushi Boat, refreshing Gazpacho, or their trademark Amaï Burger. It's no wonder we are in awe of Amaï by the Ocean Club Marbella!

Areia Marbella

This is a delightful dining establishment located in the heart of Marbella. This restaurant holds a special place in our hearts, particularly when it's time for an intimate dinner or a celebratory occasion. It boasts one of the finest interior designs amongst Marbella's eateries - a sight to behold that gives a surreal, fairy-tale-like ambiance.

The cuisine offered is exceptional, ensuring the highest standards of quality. While the menu may be somewhat limited and the pricing leans towards the upper end, we believe it's worth every penny. It's the meticulous attention to detail in their decor, coupled with an attentive, professional service that really sets Areia Marbella apart.

They're renowned for offering ample servings, with dishes thoughtfully and skilfully prepared. What's particularly commendable is the high-grade ingredients they employ in their culinary creations. Considering the volume of their portions, the quality of the ingredients, and the superior service, the price point is more than fair.

Occo Marbella

Step into our realm and be captivated by a magical atmosphere that transports you to the mysterious allure of the orient, while still embracing the local charm of Marbella. Here, personal service is not just a gesture, but a commitment to ensuring that every moment you spend with us is nothing short of extraordinary.

Indulge in the rich tapestry of Lebanese cuisine, where every dish tells a story of tradition, flavor, and hospitality. Their menu boasts a tantalizing array of hot and cold mezzeh, meticulously prepared with the freshest ingredients to ensure an explosion of taste with every bite. In the spirit of Lebanese dining customs, we encourage sharing, creating an experience that fosters connection and camaraderie around the table.

Whether you're seeking a romantic evening for two or a lively gathering with friends, OCCO Marbella invites you to savor the warmth and authenticity of Beirut right here in Marbella. Join OCCO family and embark on a culinary journey that promises to delight your senses and leave you craving more, time after time.

Nintai

We can't get enough of Nintai, a true gem in Marbella's culinary scene. This Japanese restaurant hits every note perfectly - from impeccable service to a flawless dining experience.

The Omakase, a gastronomic journey, always keeps us coming back for more. With hot plates that are a cut above and fish dishes that are sheer perfection, Nintai outdoes any other Japanese restaurant in Marbella.

The service is second to none and the minimalist decor is spot-on, encapsulating the essence of Japanese design. In a nutshell, Nintai isn't just a restaurant - it's a total culinary experience. Marbella, if you haven't visited yet, make it your next foodie stop. You'll love every moment.

Alelí

At Marbslifestyle.com, we're completely charmed by Alelí Marbella, a gastronomical gem nestled in the heart of Marbella. Embodying the essence of Italy, this delightful eatery draws inspiration from iconic films such as La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini and The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino.

On entering, you're greeted by an inviting atmosphere, crafted by the friendly staff who ensure every moment spent there is pleasurable. The seating in the courtyard offers a sophisticated Los Angeles vibe that marries beautifully with Marbella's charm. Here, you're welcomed to unwind, indulge in hearty conversations, and savour the vibrant surroundings.

The food at Alelí is an experience of its own. With exceptional starters and mouth watering pizzas, your taste buds will be on a joyride. While the main courses are acceptable, we highly recommend opting for lunch and sharing a selection of their exquisite antipasti.

At Alelí, every meal feels like a lively, refreshing carnival – a reflection of its authentic Italian cuisine. It's a haven for anyone seeking to experience la dolce vita, or 'the sweet life', firsthand.