Excellent restaurants are found throughout the town, one of the most popular holiday resorts Costa del Sol has to offer, serving everything from posh cuisine to fast food, with menus to suit all budgets and tastes. Benalmadena offers a wide variety of every kind of restaurant imaginable – here are a handful of the best from this popular coastal hotspot.
Modern European cuisine at Erase Una Vez
The ever-evolving menu at Erase Una Vez means you can keep coming back and never got bored with the cuisine on offer. All meals are cooked to perfection and accompanied by warm, efficient service, while the restaurant’s central location in a quiet plaza makes it a great place to enjoy a decadently long lunch.
Gluten-free options at The Lounge at Pinoccios
This stylishly contemporary tapas bar provides an extensive list of fresh fare, excellent service and a fantastic view over Benalmadena harbour. The wine is delicious and the value for money is second to none, while the alfresco terrace is a great sun trap if you’re lucky enough to get a seat there! The Lounge is also one of the restaurants most adept at catering to coeliac-sufferers, with its lengthy list of gluten-free options.
Reasonably priced seafood at La Sirena
The emphasis is on seafood at this wonderful restaurant on the marina, where excellent, attentive staff complement the flawless food on offer. With a cut-price set menu offering a range of starters, mains and desserts, as well as a palate cleanser, water, wine, bread and coffee, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better deal in Benalmadena. It’s easy to spend all your time eating in All Inclusive Costa del Sol hotels during your stay, but for amazing food and service for very little cost, you’d be mad to miss La Sirena.
Tempting tapas at Panorama Bistro Bar
Open from 11am-7pm, this is a great choice for lunch or an afternoon snack with a gorgeous ocean view to contemplate as you dine. The tapas menu is especially good value and generous portions mean you can comfortably share a handful of plates and satisfy your appetite without exhausting your wallet.
Steaks are high at Toro
Anyone for steak? This reputable steakhouse has a great location right on the marina, offering great views, impeccable service and good value. The tasting menu affords diners the opportunity to try a variety of different courses and meats – each accompanied with a different wine – for a great price.
Chinese cuisine at Hong Kong Aberdeen
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of this restaurant from the outside – or by the Scottish city name in its title. Hong Kong Aberdeen serves up some of the tastiest and most authentic Chinese cuisine you’re likely to eat anywhere outside of Asia itself. The staff here are incredibly accommodating and will happily alter dishes to accommodate your preferences.
British favourites at Here @ Last
Hankering for the tastes of home? This welcoming restaurant serves up huge portions of all the British favourites at low prices. There’s a full list of daily specials and a very tempting Sunday roast option. Add to that friendly staff, great service and an inviting atmosphere and it’s no surprise Here @ Last is fast gaining a great reputation in Benalmadena with Brits abroad.
Enjoy the views at El Muro
When booking a table at El Muro, do yourself a favour and request an outside table – the views from the veranda over the bay below are exceptional and provide a beautiful backdrop to an exquisite meal. As for the food itself, the menu is not extensive but everything on it is cooked to absolute perfection, offering a great blend of traditional Spanish cuisine with a handful of more international options.