Top 5 Restaurants in Malaga
If you are looking for a place to eat that provides excellent food for a reasonable price El Meson de Cervantes is the perfect choice. You don’t have to book a table ahead of time, but the option is there, plus during the busier times of the year it might be a smart choice to book ahead to ensure you have a table. One of the great things offered at El Mesen is the various menu options, with majority of their selections you can opt for a full or half dish. The service provided by the wait staff is excellent, the service is excellent and they take the time to explain the tapas style meals perfectly.
2) La Recova
If you are looking for a great local place to eat, don’t let this small, hole in the wall restaurant pass you by. La Recova is located in the heart of the old city and is so tiny that you can easily pass it without realizing what it is, but if you do walk by without stopping you are missing out on some wonderful tapas. The restaurant itself offers a very nice atmosphere, the staff is friendly and welcoming, plus the food and drinks are available for a very reasonable price. In addition to some of the best local fare in the city, such as Chorizo Inferno, local cheeses, and the best escargot you have ever had, the restaurant also sells pottery. Every piece displayed and sold inside is locally made.
3) Restaurante Amador
For those of you who are looking for a nice sit down restaurant, something perhaps a bit more romantic the Restaurante Amador is one of the best choices in town. The restaurant itself is located up in the hills above Malaga City, so that alone gives you the chance for a peaceful meal. Not only that but its location also provides you with a great view during the course of your entire meal. The tables offer you a view of the city below, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. This sit down restaurant does get a little busy, as its reputation is quite well known, so it is recommended that you call ahead for reservations to ensure you get a table. The food, whether it is lunch or dinner, is delicious and made from local ingredients, such as the Paella or the cream of chestnut soup with mushrooms.
4) La Burguesita Malaga
For those of you that are looking for the best hamburgers in town, you need to check out La Burguesita. Rumor has it their burgers are better than burgers from the United States. Making a good burger is only part of their charm, the other part is just how many types of burgers they offer, you can find quite a few traditional combinations, as well as some pretty unique ones. One of the more traditional ones is the BBQ burger, but then you have ones like condensed milk and bacon, as well as wasabi and goat cheese. The service is just as great as the food. Everybody who works here is warm, friendly, and amazingly helpful, which is a benefit for those who don’t speak much Spanish.
5) Vineria Cervantes
If you are searching for some of the best local dishes for a reasonable cost, Vineria Cervantes should be at the top of your list. How busy the place is will honestly depend on the time, so even if it is deserted you should stop in and give it a try. The place does get pretty busy, as it is located near the Teatro Cervantes, so you might want to call and reserve a table ahead. When you walk in the door you will be greeted by a welcoming staff and all of the service that follows will not only be friendly, but efficient. The tapas are offered in both half and full portions, so they work great as meals. The place also offers a special of the day, which is always worth trying. Many people find the portions to be quite generous, so you might want to stick with half portions rather than full. The carrillada de cerdo (pigs cheeks) and Fabada (fish stew) are two dishes to try.