Best Restaurants in Marbella: Expert Tips [2024]

Best Restaurants in Marbella: Expert Tips [2024]

If you’re looking for local recommendations worthy of your taste buds, you came to the right place! I have compiled this selection of the best restaurants in Marbella over a number of my trips to the city (I live close by in Fuengirola!)

Compared to the rest of the destinations on Costa del Sol, I would argue that the overall quality of restaurants in Marbella is much better, especially compared to more touristy places like Fuengirola. Having said that, there are still plenty of tourist traps and overpriced places with less-than-average food.

Most of my trips to Marbella focused on the old town and the coastal area. I have not explored too many culinary options in Puerto Banus or more north of the city – even though I have quite a few places on my list.

I will continue extending my recommendations and updating them continuously, so keep an eye on any newcomers to my top list. In the meantime, I will leave you with the current top picks for the best restaurants in Marbella.

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2024 Best Restaurants in Marbella

Here is my slowly growing list of the best restaurants in Marbella that will satisfy even the biggest foodie.


Taverna Casa Blanca is a very special place for me.

It was the first one of the tapas bars I ever visited in Marbella when I arrived there straight after the 3 month-long lockdowns in Spain, nearly 3 years ago.

The restaurant was recommended by our local Airbnb host and I’ve been returning there ever since, on each trip to Marbella. I’m happy to confirm the food quality remains the same – always excellent!

Taverna Casa Blanca specializes in small tapas, with a large selection and delicious flavour combinations to choose from.

The restaurant seems to be a hit among the locals too as we’ve always seen lots of Spanish people dining here, and it gets super busy almost every day.


Taverna Casa Blanca Details

Location: Calle Alonso de Bazan 8, 29602, Marbella Spain (right next to Alameda Park, at the corner of the road leading to Avenida del Mar)

Contact Details: tel. +34 952 77 24 78

Opening hours: I didn’t find their opening hours on their website, or Facebook page where they are not very active, but they are usually open till late 11pm

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Manuka is based on locally sourced ingredients, free from additives, chemicals and preservatives, prepared freshly and mainly focused on plant-based cuisine and locally sourced ingredients, especially vegetables. I know how it could sound – don’t let that put you off – healthy food can be extremely delicious if done well, as it’s the case here.

The food makes this place stand out from the rest of the restaurants in Marbella.

Focused heavily on plant-based options, but not leaving meat-eaters stranded either, the key to their success is sustainably sourced local ingredients packed with flavours and showcased in simple yet effective dishes.

In addition to the quality of the food, I was also pleasantly surprised by the unique ingredients that so rarely make an appearance on the local menus, like cashew cheese, turmeric, Halloumi cheese, kale chips and probiotic yoghurt.

As the name suggests, the menu offers a feast of healthy dining options and traditional dishes with a healthy twist. You can check their full menu here.

Manuka Restaurant Details

Location: Centro Comercial Plaza del Mar, Calle Camilo José Cela SN, 29602, Marbella

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 9.30 am to 17.00 pm. Breakfast is served all day.

Parking: they offer 1-hour free parking in the commercial centre with your purchase

Contact: use their contact form here

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Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain


The Farm Restaurant is hidden in a small alley in the old town and focuses on simple, locally sourced organic food, served in a pretty spectacular setting.

It is set in a home built in 1502, one of the oldest ones in town and thankfully, a lot of its original features are still very much alive.

The restaurant has an impressive collection of local wines and beautifully decorated interiors. The highlight is the secluded garden, where they hold flamenco shows on Saturdays (check their Facebook for times and reservations).

The menu is seasonal and typical Andalusian cuisine, but all organic and locally sourced, which you don’t see too often in Marbella.

Check the seasonal menu here.


The Farm Restaurant Details

Location: Pl. Altamirano, 3, 29601 Marbella (old town)

Contact: contact details on their website

Opening hours: every day from 1pm to 11.30pm

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Looking for something a bit fancier? Marbella has also a few Michelin star restaurants which I have not yet visited but are certainly worth exploring!

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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