Don’t get us wrong, there is plenty of excellent international cuisine available in Malaga restaurants, but if you ever had an opportunity to tuck into some tip-top Iberian grub, this is it! Be brave and add some paella, squid, chorizo and jamon serrano onto your menu! The following are tried and trusted group-friendly restaurants recommended by our guides.
Tapeo de Cervantes – Named after the Spanish equivalent of William Shakespeare, the Tapeo of Cervantes is as Spanish as restaurants come whilst still being accessible and totally welcoming to visitors from all over the world. Whether you want to go the tapas route with olives, cured ham and manchego cheese, or go all out for paella, fish or meat, El Tapeo de Cervantes does the business.
Vino Mio – If your big weekend in Malaga has you jumping around with excitement then how about a kangaroo fillet steak for dinner? If that’s too exotic then worry not – Vino Mio has one of the most varied international menus in town, including some great vegetarian options (not always easy to find n this part of the world). Since the kitchen is open, you can even see your meal being made (if you’re not distracted by the in-house flamenco show that is…)
Las Patios de Beatas: Leave the pints aside for the afternoon, it’s wine time! This place has almost 500 different wines in its cellar, so you can tuck into a taster menu of tapas in traditional Andalusian style. As the name suggests, there is an ample patio at the centre of restaurant. With your belly full and your palette seduced by the grapey goodness, lean back and admire the dramatic stained glass ceiling.
La Reserva 12: This is what Spanish gastronomy is all about. Fresh ingredients, the Mediterranean diet and generous splashings of full-bodied vino tinto. Tuck into some succulent solomillo (steak) or freshly-caught fish. When locals are eating this well you can see how they puff away on Camels all day and still live to be 95! With its three floors of elegant dining and private group space, La Reserva 12 is an ideal choice.
Restaurante Al-yamal: As you may or may not know, Malaga was in Moorish hands from the 8th to 15th centuries and even today is doused in Arabic culture. Little wonder then to find this absolute pearler of a restaurant serving outstanding North African cuisine amongst our pick of Malaga restaurants. With the ambient music, Moroccan décor and sweet smell of mint tea, you might start to imagine that you’re in Marakesh, not Malaga! Tuck into a monstrous bowl of mixed cous-cous and you’ll be perfectly set for the night of drinking and partying ahead.