A guide to the best restaurants in Estepona

No Costa del Sol holiday would be complete without some hearty portions of incredible food. The top three things to eat in Estepona are the seafood, jamon serrano and churros dipped in hot chocolate. But you’ll also find a whole range of international food options here too, including meats and glorious locally grown veggies. Estepona is well-stocked in terms of eateries, and it’s a tough job picking out the best spots.

Contemporary tapas at La Casa del Rey

You’re spoilt for choice with tapas in Estepona, but this place offers a contemporary twist such as nibbles of oxtail empanada, mini Iberian pork burgers and teriyaki prawns. Coupled with delectable desserts and a thoughtful wine list, La Casa del Rey is a must-stop for lunch or a long evening meal.

Family-run Mexican at Pancho Villa

It’s not just the food that’s warming in this cosy Mexican restaurant – the staff are wonderfully welcoming too. Family-run and offering excellent value for money, it’s the perfect place to visit during cheap holidays to Costa del Sol and offers a little piece of Mexican charm on the coast. The margaritas and chocolate tequila go down easy and the pleasing wall murals make for an altogether colourful evening.

Hearty spice at Restaurant Chilli

What could be better than yummy Mexican? Indian-Mexican! This restaurant combines two international favourites to create a unique menu of heartily spiced food. Don’t be put off by the basic exterior because inside the service is great and food really hits the spot.

Seafood at La Escollera

Away from other restaurants and down near the working port, you might be surprised to see this restaurant so busy. In reality, tourists and locals alike flock to this place for the fresh seafood, which is cooked to perfection.

A stylish setting at Tanino

It’s unfair to say the best thing about this restaurant is its style, because the food is gorgeous too, but it does have an amazingly flamboyant decor. Think hot pink walls and leopard print chairs. The food is varied offering a mixture of Indian, Italian and Chinese. The atmosphere also makes it a great place to enjoy cocktails, with its own terrace – ideal in warm weather.

Beachfront dining at Restaurante Playa Bella

This restaurant opened in the 70s and it looks like it hasn’t changed much since. It affords a nostalgic kind of charm and is a nice place outside of the main town to sample tasty Spanish food without the frills. The portions are plentiful and you’ll find meat, fish and vegetarian options on the menu.

Bargain British lunches at Cocomo's

Newly refurbished at the start of 2016, Cocomo is popular with returning visitors as it has a varied, mostly British menu – roast dinners and rack of lamb – and a very attractively priced lunch menu.

A meat feast at Tehuelche Grill Argentino

If you want to go somewhere that celebrates meat more than fish, head to this South American grill for succulent steak, homemade chips and a nice glass of red. This family-run grill offers good value for money in a relaxed environment.

The best Indian in town at Tandoori Nights

Go for an Indian in Spain, Tandoori Nights is commonly regarded to offer the best and most authentic home-cooked Indian cuisine in the area. The friendly staff will help you pick the perfect dish from the extensive menu, depending on how hot you can handle!

Burgers with a view at Palm Beach

A good go-to restaurant for families serving simple meals like beef burgers, sandwiches and pasta. The views are superb as diners can look out over the sea towards Gibraltar.