5 top-rated restaurants in Málaga, southern Spain

Málaga is a sprawling city, with many dining establishments, but your choice is made easier with this selection of restaurants with varying cuisine.

Málaga is a large city, nestled on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. The port city is well-known for its high-rise hotels lining the city’s famous beaches [VIDEO]. It is also known for two Moorish hilltop citadels, the Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba and a beautiful Renaissance cathedral named “La Manquita” (the one-armed lady) due to one tower curiously being left unconstructed. Its main, pedestrian shopping street, Calle Marqués de Larios, is renowned for high fashion boutiques and jewellery stores.

The city is the hub [VIDEO] for reaching many other Costa del Sol resorts along the coastline and is a dining mecca, with all types of cuisine available, including traditional and reimagined Spanish cuisine, Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese and more dining establishments to choose from.

Besides the traditional Spanish and Malagueñan restaurants, there are cafes, tapas bars and chiringuitos (beach restaurants) to choose from.

To make your choice easier, especially if on a quick stop in Málaga before journeying to your further destination, five highly recommended and Tripadvisor-reviewed restaurants are listed below.

For your dining pleasure, we have a traditional Spanish fish restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, an Italian Trattoria, a restaurant that serves sushi, Spanish style and a tiny, hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant in the heart of Málaga.


Marisqueria La Mayor - Avenida de Sor Teresa Prat, 82, Malaga, Spain

With Málaga being a port city, you are almost guaranteed to get the freshest catch of the day wherever you dine. None more so than at Marisqueria La Mayor. Enjoy the best fish and seafood in a bright, modern environment cooked to perfection in a true Spanish style. Starters include gazpacho (cold tomato soup), berenjenas con miel (eggplant fried with honey) or Jamón Ibérico, mains fish and seafood dishes, paella, salads on the side and a small variety of meat dishes and desserts.


La Barra de Zapata - Calle Salinas 10, Local 1, Málaga, Spain

La Barra de Zapata is described as a haut-cuisine, fine dining restaurant with creative cuisine and decadent desserts. One reviewer said the presentation of the food was so exquisite, you are tempted to frame the dish rather than eat it, but they did add, not for long! There is a limited menu, but everything is prepared fresh, the cuisine is reimagined Spanish and there is an excellent wine list to choose from. According to reviewers the staff is friendly and the service is great.


Trattoria Mamma Franca - Avenida Imperio Argentina, 7, Malaga, Spain

Trattoria Mamma Franca is a small, authentic Italian restaurant serving typical Calabrese homemade food paired with a wide selection of Spanish and Italian wine. The El Mundo newspaper has placed the restaurant as among the 10 best urban restaurants in Spain. Enjoy classic fresh pasta, starters, meat dishes, pizza, salads and homemade desserts. Meanwhile the decor is also traditional Italian and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.


Óleo Restaurante - Calle Alemania, S/N, Edificio del CAC, Malaga, Spain

Óleo Restaurante comes highly recommended for its modern fusion of Japanese specialities with the traditions of Málaga. The restaurant has a sushi bar, but also serves Mediterranean cuisine either inside, or outside on the terrace. Sushi, salads, meat dishes and tasty desserts are served. Service is pleasant and attentive and all food on offer is fresh and of top quality. There is a good wine list and selection of other drinks, including the famous Málaga Dulce (sweet) wine.


Tepito - Plaza de los Martires, Malaga, Spain

While Tepito doesn’t seem to have an online presence, this Facebook post from a customer probably says it all. Tepito is one of those tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurants with only four tables that pop up in cities all over the world and according to their Tripadvisor presence, the cuisine is Mexican, they serve fast food and are vegetarian friendly. Reviews rave over their tacos and mole and they are renowned for their margaritas and Mexican beers. A Mexican vibe on a typical Andalucían street.

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