A guide to the best restaurants in Frigiliana

Food and drink are sure to play a big part in any Costa del Sol vacation and, in spite of its size, Frigiliana has a wide range of restaurants to choose from. Traditional Spanish food can be found everywhere, with eateries using local produce both from the land and sea to create wholesome Mediterranean dishes. Tapas is available as a main meal but it is often included in the price of drinks, so don’t be surprised if you’re presented with some complimentary nibbles in the local winery. Here are our top 10 picks.

Romantic views at The Garden Restaurant

Occupying one of the best spots in Frigiliana, with views overlooking the valley, The Garden Restaurant serves up fresh Mediterranean dishes from a varied menu. The romantic setting makes it a favourite with couples celebrating anniversaries. The wine list is excellent, with a good value house red from the Duaro region.

A well-deserved craft beer at Bar Restaurante El Acebuchal

Make your way up the mountain to this place and you’ll find more great views and two large terraces for dining and drinking. It’s a popular stop for walkers who come for the refreshing craft beer and rustic menu which includes wild boar, venison, and rabbit, as well as the sweet Frigiliana wine, which you can buy in bottles to take home.

A mid-morning treat at La Tienda

This friendly cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and snacks and is often reported to have the best coffee in Frigiliana. Go for the golden toasties and homemade cakes washed down with a hot cup of Joe. The prices are very reasonable and it’s a great place to go with kids during a cheap holiday to Costa del Sol.

British grub at Splash Bistro

This cafe/bar has direct access to the municipal swimming pool and often screens showing sports events. It serves pizza, curry, fish and chips and Sunday lunches, making it a great spot for homely comforts and food to please fussy eaters. With a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere they also do meals to take away.

Italian favourites at Nueva Tahona

Serving pizza and pasta, Nueva Tahona has comfort food aplenty. This popular restaurant is also known for the best-value tapas in town and is a favourite with families looking for a welcoming place to feed the crew. They even do gluten-free pizza, excellent ice-cream and authentic tiramisu!

The local speciality at La Bodeguilla

This restaurant is popular with locals so it must be good. The house special, which costs just €10, includes fried couscous, ratatouille, black pudding, chorizo, pork stew, fried egg, green pepper and fried mash. It’s good home cooked food – simple but delicious.

A hidden gem at La Taberna del Sacristan

Offering typical Spanish food on a plaza overlooking the church, La Taberna del Sacristan is hidden away but still gets super busy, so it’s worth making a reservation. Try the homemade gazpacho and beef stroganoff.

Fish soup at Las Chinas

If you want delicious Spanish food in a quiet setting, served by very attentive staff, this is the place for you. Go to slurp on fish soup while watching the world go by outside.

Polish-Spanish cuisine at Sal y Pimienta

Head over to Sal y Pimienta for Spanish with a Polish twist! They do particularly good tapas and homemade cakes, including a rather scrummy cheesecake. It gets busy on Sundays when they have an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Perfect pizza at Pizzeria Bar Orihuela

This family-run Italian is the kind of place locals pop in to for a drink on the way home from work. They serve super-sized pizzas with your pick of toppings. The hearty menu also includes meat, fish and salads.