3 Best Restaurants in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol and Costa de Almeria

Casa Juan Los Mellizos

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Thanks to the malagueño families who flock here on weekends for the legendary fresh seafood, this restaurant seats 170 inside and 150 outside in an attractive square, one block back from the seafront. Try for a table overlooking the mermaid fountain. This is a good place to indulge in fritura malagueña or arroz marinera, one of 12 different rice dishes prepared here; others include lobster rice, vegetable rice, and black rice flavored with squid ink. The generous set menus feature different types of seafood, fish, or rice dishes. Service can be brisk and impersonal.

Pl. San Ginés, Torremolinos, 29620, Spain
952-373512
Known For
  • Zarzuela de marisco (seafood stew)
  • Fried fish
  • Rice dishes

Chiringuito La Mar Bonita

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Right on the sands at the southwestern end of La Carihuela, this family-run restaurant has been serving up fresh fish and seafood for over 50 years; not for nothing is it a regular winner of the best espetero prize (maker of grilled sardines). Sit in the bright and airy interior dining area, furnished in jaunty nautical navy and white, or grab a table outside on the beach to soak up the Mediterranean vibe. Highlights on the menu include any of the grilled fish (ask for daily specials) and a good choice of rice dishes. Finish with a cocktail on the frontline 'armchairs' as you watch the waves.  

Calle Nerja, Torremolinos, Spain
633-171220
Known For
  • Grilled sardine espetos
  • Rice dishes
  • Cocktail menu
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Yate El Cordobes

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Ask the locals which beachfront chiringuito they prefer and El Yate will probably be the answer. Run and owned by an affable cordobés family, the menu holds few surprises, but the seafood is freshly caught, and meat and vegetables are top quality. Have the classic Córdoba salmorejo (thick, garlicky gazpacho, topped with diced egg and ham) as a starter. Then you may be tempted by the barbecued sardines; or choose a freshly grilled fish like dorada (sea bream) or lubina (sea bass), or a more substantial paella. The back terrace with its sea and sand views fills up fast, but the dining room is pleasant too, given its large and light picture windows. Service is friendly and fast, although little or no English is spoken. Desserts are the usual limited choice of crème caramel, rice pudding, and the like, but they're locally made.

Paseo Marítimo Playamar s/n, Torremolinos, 29620, Spain
952-384956
Known For
  • Fresh seafood
  • Paella
  • Beachside dining
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Jan., Booking recommended.

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