The cuisine on the eastern Costa del Sol is as varied as the region’s landscapes, so choosing a restaurant in Nerja or an eatery in Torrox Costa is a real pleasure. You will find a surprising variety of places to eat in Nerja and on the rest of the eastern Costa del Sol, with extremely high quality dishes. Restaurants in this area feature fish and seafood products with Moorish influences.
In restaurants in Torrox Costa and all over Axarquia you can enjoy traditional products from the region, although it has to be said that two products stand out as the most famous: grapes, which are used to make a highly sought-after sweet wine and the best raisins in the world, as well as olive oil.
The undisputed kings of restaurant tables all along the Costa del Sol, from west to eat, are fried anchovies and barbecued sardine skewers. From the parish of Cala del Moral to Nerja, each and every restaurant-beach bar serves up fabulous fried fish along with the best and most delicious traditional seafood dishes, such as dogfish soup and clams à la marinière, as well as sardine stew with potatoes, lemon and spearmint.
Some of the villages a bit further inland, such as Frigiliana, protect and preserve some of the best loved treasures of Moorish architecture. Their alleyways, cultural and architectural heritage and cuisine will transport you to Nazrid times, so if you visit villages like Frigiliana make sure you try some local delicacies such as fennel stew and goat with almonds.
Traditional cuisine can be found in Torrox, such as migas that are normally served with sardines, olives or arriera salad (with slices of orange).
Some of the best traditional restaurants are:
(Distances measured from Olee Holiday Rentals)
Chiringuito Almanzor (2 min by car and 15 min on foot)
As well as typical dishes from the local area it also offers international cuisine.
Chiringuito Pepe Oro (2 min by car and 15 min on foot)
Traditional cuisine from Torrox in an open and relaxed atmosphere.
El Picadero (7 minutes away by car)
El Picadero is a culinary refuge where local products play a starring role in simple and homemade cuisine. Here you can sample dishes such as pilpil prawns (cooked in olive oil with garlic and chilli), fried fish and grilled tuna. Its rice dishes and paellas are highlights on the menu. A true delicacy.
La Pataleta (7 minutes away by car)
At La Pataleta you can enjoy organic, fresh and, above all, varied food. It serves up a range of traditional cuisine with Mediterranean touches. Its menu features oh-so-tasty dishes such as the “La Pataleta” special salad or stuffed Pork sirloin with a baked potato garnish. Here you can savour a fun and very tasty range of food.
HM 150 (8 minutes away by car)
HM150 is a family business that is well known for serving up very traditional cuisine using the freshest of products acquired from the nearest ports (Motril, La Caleta de Vélez). Here can be enjoyed dishes such as sole à la meunière, monkfish à la marinière, Biscay style cod or stuffed fillet of sole in a cava and dill sauce. It almost goes without saying that its open-air terrace and extensive wine list make this the perfect place.
Mesón Casa Palma (6 min away by car)
With a traditional winery dating back to 1919, Casa Palma offers diners extremely high quality wines, particularly volcanic wines, which can be sampled along with local products and some extraordinary homemade cuisine.
Los Kaprichos Restaurant (11 min away by car)
The cuisine served up by Los Kaprichos acts as a bridge between modern and traditional fare. Despite his youth, the chef is very talented and creates high quality dishes. This is also a very pretty restaurant and you can indulge in wonderful cuisine while enjoying its prime location, thanks to its cosy terrace on the seafront promenade.
This town is mainly known for its fish and pasta stews and dishes prepared with tropical fruits.
Some of the best known restaurants are:
El Avalón (7 minutes away by car)
Avalón is a restaurant with great views over Playazo beach and the Almijara mountains. It’s culinary offerings are based on innovative and creative dishes with an international twist. We recommend trying the Thai curry and fillets of bream, but these are just two of the wonders on its extensive and delicious menu.
Sollun (12 minutes away by car)
Sollun is a different sort of place, with a friendly and relaxed environment that forms a perfect backdrop for a romantic evening or enjoying a reunion with your friends. The culinary philosophy of this restaurant is mainly based on Mediterranean traditions, always with local seasonal ingredients.
Au Petit Paris (10 mins away by car)
Au Petit Paris is a restaurant that serves up French cuisine. From a perspective that blends tradition and modernity, its menu features both classic dishes and very innovative reinterpretations that will transport you to the heart of France. This restaurant is a fantastic hidden gem that just invites you to enjoy a unique culinary evening in the heart of Nerja.
The Restaurant at Burriana (10 minutes away by car)
This restaurant is located right on Burriana beach. Here you can enjoy a choice selection of international cuisine, created from top class ingredients. The chef’s refined techniques make sure that you enjoy a medley of flavours that is difficult to forget. Get ready to be captivated by the food at The Restaurant at Burriana – we guarantee it.
El Molino Flamenco Restaurant (11 minutes away by car)
El Molino is a restaurant set in a building that dates back to the 19th century. It has an incredible old-fashioned style and it is completely adorned with farming instruments and old tools. These very traditional surroundings form a perfect backdrop for a flamenco stage that has become a meeting place for the best guitarists and singers, who put on shows in the purest Andalusian style.
Marmita Restaurant – Nerja Parador (11 minutes away by car)
With hypnotic Mediterranean views, this restaurant is perfectly located for enjoying the best local cuisine. Here you can sample traditional dishes such as the famed white prawns from Malaga, or a delicious plate of fried fish, Malaga style. If you’re one of those people who can’t leave a restaurant without trying everything, Marmita offers a full daily buffet if you fancy a hearty meal. Diners are surrounded by a fantastic garden where eating becomes an extraordinary experience for the senses.
Frigiliana is a village where traditions and international cuisine coexist in Moorish surroundings. Don’t leave without trying the star ingredient of its cuisine – sugar cane syrup. Aubergines with sugar cane syrup are a good example of this.
Balcón de Frigiliana (15 minutes away by car)
Balcón de Frigiliana is a fantastic restaurant where you can sample modern cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Here you can savour delicious dishes such as lamb ribs in a barbecue sauce and mushrooms stuffed with blue cheese. A treat for the most refined taste buds.
El Casino (18 minutes away by car)
El Casino is a place where you can enjoy very traditional food. It’s culinary offerings are based around traditional cuisine, but always with the idea of making sure diners are satisfied. Here can be found everything from fresh fish to choice cuts of meat, along with the best vegetables from the fields of Axarquia. Casino is a real treasure to be explored.
Oshun Gastronomy Lounge (24 minutes away by car)
Oshun Gastronomy Lounge is a real jewel that has brought together the best of Mediterranean cuisine with more international methods. At Oshun you can choose from dishes such as baked octopus with scallops, barnacles and clams, cutlets from Avila and the best almadraba red tuna. On top of all of this, if we mention that you can enjoy a pleasant evening with stunning views over the city and the Mediterranean, you’ll certainly head straight to this charming restaurant.
The Garden (17 minutes away by car)
The Garden can be found in the old town centre. It is a charming place with a menu that’s easy to fall in love with. It serves up Mediterranean food, blended with international flavours. Its menu features delicious grilled meats, as well as a range of different tapas and main dishes.
Bodega de Pepe (18 minutes away by car)
The extensive wine list at Bodega de Pepe offers perfect pairings for its traditional cuisine. You won’t find anything artificial here, just great food served by friendly waiters. At Bodega de Pepe you can eat while enjoying the fine views afforded by this place. It is as pretty as it is recommendable.