Handpicked by a Marbella Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top Restaurants you will only know if you are a local'.

If you are a true foodie, you don't mind going off the beaten track a little as long as you are rewarded with a spectacular feast in a place little known by the tourists!

Here is our pick of some absolutely fantastic venues that we believe are best known by the locals but perhaps don't get found so frequently by visitors.  Some are tucked away within Marbella Old Town, others are in more residential areas or perhaps just on a side street rather than the main 'strip'.  All of the restaurants we have suggested have a really friendly, welcoming vibe as well as superb food!

Shhhh! Keep them to yourselves! 


Chez Phillipe

Chez Phillipe is small but a delightful hidden gem in the heart of Nueva Andalucia. Nestled between golf courses it offers superb cuisine in a small and intimate setting.  There is an indoor dining space and also a small terrace garden which is ideal for those hot summer nights and al fresco dining.  The menu is full of Mediterranean flavours with options for meat lovers, fish lovers ...


Le Patio de Cascada

Le Patio de Cascada is a magical place located to the rear of the Cascada Marbella restaurant.  Upon entering stroll past the restaurant alongside their river to the melody of cascading water, the sound of frogs and grasshoppers, and the scent of orange blossom before arriving and their beautifully shady patio area. Le Patio is the perfect chill-out area, surrounded by fruit trees, with bi...

Il Tartufo

Il Tartufo endeavors to provide an attentive, friendly, informative and efficient service and to offer an alternative choice of fresh, homemade Italian cuisine in Marbella's Old Town.  It's a small family run restaurant with only a few tables so booking in advance tends to be essential, especially in the summer months and they often offer truffle tasting nights so look out in the events calen...


South Café

South Café in San Pedro de Alcantara is a cosy place to enjoy Andalusia's culture and gastronomy with a modern and health-minded focus.  They have a lovely sunny terrace and also a light and bright upstairs area offering nice views out over the pedestrian area, wonderful in the winter months where you perhaps don´t want to sit outside. They have delicious homemade-style dishes from Break...

Gusto y Fantasia

Gusto y Fantasia is an authentic Italian trattoria near San Pedro and is known by locals for its truly authentic cuisine and a warm family welcome. The location isn't glamorous and the environment is simple however the food does all the talking!  Many would say they serve THE best pizzas in town and their pasta dishes are just fantastic and packed with flavour. Open for lunch and dinner...

Paladar Taberna

Wine bar and tapas in the heart of Marbella. A real hidden gem with great creative tapas, excellent service and a large selection of wines.  Located near the Plaza de La Alameda square which has a large underground parking also....

Bao Garden

BAOGARDEN was created out of love for street food, cocktails + the jungle. Hidden in the industrial estate of La Campana, they are a restaurant/bar + tropical garden serving the best in fusion food, Taiwanese gua bao, meat + perfectly crafted drinks. keeping it simple, they do it well and they keep it cool. Open Wednesday - Sunday 1pm-4pm & 7pm-1am  Closed Mondays & Tuesdays...

Hacienda Patagonica

Hacienda Patagonica is a great choice for a meat lover that also enjoys the experience of Tapas.  Their concept combines the fusion of Tapas and the Argentinian Grill. You can choose tapas sized options or larger 'raciones' or 'media raciones' which are a more complete portion or half sized portion of food.  All the classic grill options are available but they specialise in the Argent...

Taberna Gaspar

Taberna Gaspar is said to be a magic place where everything is possible and nothing is always the same. The most unusual things happen here and people go there to have fun and from time to time they might just get something to eat!  The menu is 100% Spanish and a superb choice if you want to sample authentic, home made local cuisine. For more information or to make a reservation click on t...

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