Where to eat in Málaga? by locals!
All the clients that we receive at Solaga Holiday Apartments ask us the same question “where can we eat good, local tapas”? Those who visit the city and want to try the local cuisine and of course at the best price and the best quality. And who are the best people to answer this type of question?
With the need to be objective, Solaga team has surveyed, between family and friends, 100 local people living and working in Málaga.
Here is our list of 15 of the best tapas bars and restaurants that have been recommended, in order of popularity. Each offers a different style and atmosphere, some are perfect for a quiet dinner, others for tapas and beers with friends.
1 – The Refectorium: Málaga already has three Refectorium restaurants, “Refectorium Cathedral” in the historical centre, “Refectorium Malagueta” in Malagueta and “Refectorium Belfry” in Cerrado de Calderón. This modern and stylish restaurant specializes in Iberian meats, seasonal vegetables, fresh seafood, exquisite meet from Oviedo and Russian salad “potato salad”. They also have one of the most extensive wine cellars in the world and are known for the excellent customer service and attention to detail.
Address: “Refectorium Cathedral”, C / Postigo de los Abades, 4, 29015 Málaga.
2 – Tapeo de Cervantes: As its name implies, this tiny restaurant specializes in tapas. It noted that despite being recommended by locals, is also very popular among tourists, for one simple reason: it has been listed as number 1 in Malaga according to the website TripAdvisor.com (currently it is the 6th). It is a small place decorated in a Spanish style, so booking in advance is recommended. Its specialty is traditional tapas, such as “ham and Manchego cheese”, “tortilla chips” or “chicken croquetas”. If you want a slightly more elaborate meal we recommend their sister restaurant “El Mesón de Cervantes” just around the corner in Calle Alamos. More information here.
Address: Calle de Carcer, 8, 29012 Málaga
3 – La Reserva 12: This restaurant has an excellent location in the city centre and a perfect terrace to enjoy the view of one of the busiest areas of the city. La Reserva 12 specializes in typical Andalusian cuisine, excellent service and professional waiters. Fish and seafood are very present on the menu, perfect accompanied by a good white wine from its cellar. You must try the Russian salad “potato salad”!
Address: Calle Bolsa, 12, 29015 Málaga
4 – Matahambre Malaga Centre: This restaurant is a franchise, Málaga alone has 9 restaurants. Matahambre is not about gourmet cuisine, but a great atmosphere, quick service and good food and at affordable prices. It is popular amongst young people and almost always full, so it is advisable to book in advance at weekends. Portions are quite generous, so take it into account before ordering. More information here.
Address: Calle Granada, 7, 29008 Málaga
5 – Cortijo de Pepe: very close to the famous Plaza de la Merced is this little bar which only consists of a large bar and stools to sit on; so most people will take a few beers and tapas. The restaurant has a few tables outside on the terrace for those who prefer to be more comfortable, also upstairs there are plenty of tables to dinner. Its decor is of a typical Spanish tavern and the tapas is typical Andalusian cuisine. The octopus salad is delicious!
Address: Plaza Merced, 2, 29012 Málaga
6 – Mesón de Cervantes: of the same owners of “Tapeo de Cervantes” and with the same excellent quality in food, I would say the only difference would be that the dishes are a bit more elaborate as is the menu and the space is defined for dinner or lunch quietly at a table with a more personalised service.
Address: Calle Alamos, 11, 29012 Málaga.
7 – Bar La Tranca: If you go to La Tranca You should be prepared for a little action. La Tranca is a small bar that faces the street, with a few high tables, music, friendly bartenders and a great atmosphere. Be prepared to stand and talk to everyone! Lots of people visiting La Tranca do it regularly, thus it is known and the atmosphere is very close and friendly. The “Tostas” (small toasted bread tapas) are great and perfect to accompany sweet Málaga wine.
Address: Calle Carretería, 93, 29008 Málaga
8 – Las Merchanas: The theme of this bar is based on Holy Week in Málaga, so do not be alarmed to see the walls from top to bottom covered in religious images, saints and crosses everywhere. It certainly is a peculiar yet very popular restaurant with locals during these celebrations. The tapas are fairly basic and classic, but at an excellent price. Croquettes and sandwiches, are certainly among the most requested tapas. Find more information here.
Address: 29008, Calle Mosquera, 5, 29008 Málaga
9 – Oleo: Perfect for lovers of fine gourmet cuisine, Oleo offers a Mediterranean fusion and sushi (it is said to be the best and freshest of Málaga). It is located at the gates of CAC Málaga Museum, and has a modern and simple decoration. Despite having a large terrace and an inner zone, usually it is booked every day, so take your time to book before you go. The service is professional and customized, small portions but incredibly delicious. Their specialty is the special sushi of the day, with spicy patatas bravas and niguiris foam. Find more information here.
Address: Calle Alemania, 0, 29001 Málaga
10 – Pez Tomillo: It is located on the beach of Pedregalejo, about 3km from the center of Málaga. It’s perfect for a lunch or dinner overlooking the sea. They specialise in modern style course tapas. The quality and price is very reasonable and there are options for all budgets. It has two floors, upstairs is perfect to get a better view of the sea. The dumplins with chilli are to die for!
Address: Paseo Maritimo El Pedregal, 1, 29017 Málaga
11 – Casa Lola: Casa Lola is one of those “unique” locations in central Málaga. It is decorated in a typical Spanish style “vintage” and almost always crowded. It offers simple tapas and sandwiches or Spanish classics like omelettes and croquettes. The price is quite favorable and is ideal to go with a group of friends.
Address: 29015, Street Granada, 46, 29015 Málaga.
12 – Montana Restaurant: It is a short distance from the Plaza de la Merced. Is a large modern restaurant 5 star cuisine, consisting with several rooms and a spacious plant covered terrac. Perfect for a family or romantic evening. It is very popular with locals for private events for large groups. More information here.
Address: Calle del Compass Victoria, 5, 29012 Málaga.
13 – El Gorki: This restaurant has been around since 1992 as a house wine and over time it has become a benchmark of Malaga cuisine, mixing traditional recipes with innovation. Crêpes and savoury breads are part of their specialty. The portions are small but exquisite!
Address: Centre: C / Strachan 6 29015 Malaga / Pier One: CC. Whether shopping, Pier 1, Port of Málaga
14 – KGB: The chef Kisko Garcia, was awarded a Michelin star. KGB offers a modern and creative cuisine that explores different flavours of Spanish and international cuisine. The names of the dishes are quite unique and have very little to do with food presented, so do not hesitate to ask questions before ordering. KGB is quite popular, among other things for its burgers.
Address: Calle Fresca, 12, 29015 Málaga
15 – Bar Jamón: A small modern tapas bar, open since 1970. It offers classic tapas and salad, Spanish omelette or croquettes, perfect to be accompanied by a beer or glass of wine. The Pollo al curry is worth a taste!
Address: Calle Carretería, 87, 29008 Málaga
Now you just need the time to try each one and give us your opinion!