During my visit to Marbella earlier this year one of the things I loved most was all of the amazing food we ate in our time there! Luckily my parents have visited a handful of times and so were able to recommend some really great restaurants in Marbella for us to try out.

La Taberna del Pintxo 

Av. Miguel Cano, 7, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain 

This delicious tapas bar is located just a few minutes walk from the old town of Marbella and a few steps from the promenade and the beach. Despite being in a location that’s so popular with tourists when we visited this place for lunch (twice!) it was full of locals and tourists alike. I always love a restaurant that’s filled with locals as it’s usually a sign that the food is really, really good!

If you do decide to visit this tapas bar then all you have to do is grab a table, order a drink and ask for a plate from one of the staff. Once you’ve got your plate you’ll be able to grab some of the dishes you like the look of that the waiters bring round the tables. Each little dish has a cocktail stick through it, which tells the waiter how much the dish is. At the end of your meal the waiter counts up the bill based on how many sticks you have.

I really loved this tapas bar as it’s fun to try out lots of different small dishes and wait to see what’s going to come out next!

Restaurante Pizzería Fontanilla

Calle Pablo Casals, 10, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

This quaint little Italian is located on a quiet, residential street so you probably wouldn’t find it unless you were actually looking for it. When you step inside you’ll immediately see they’ve nailed the Italian pizzeria vibe and you’ll love watching the chef prepare and cook the pizzas from whatever table you’re placed at in the restaurant.

The position of this restaurant within a residential area means it attracts plenty of locals who clearly appreciate good Italian food when they taste it.

The food is delicious, the service is attentive and it’s the perfect place for a laid-back dinner. It’s also ridiculously cheap for the quality of the food, which is great if you’re travelling on a budget.

Top tip: don’t go before 8:30 or you’ll find yourself sitting in the restaurant alone. This place attracts locals who don’t really head for dinner before 9pm. 

Ban Thai

Calle de Gregorio Marañón, 8, 29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Thomas and I absolutely love Thai food so when my dad said there was a great Thai restaurant in Marbella we were sold!

Ban Thai is located to the west of the centre of Marbella and just a few moments from the promenade on a residential street. It has contemporary, understated design, great service and a menu that’s full of so many incredible sounding dishes. Prices are also really reasonable for the quality of food that’s served up.

Top tip: the restaurant isn’t huge inside and was incredibly busy when we visited in March, so I expect if you’re visiting in the summer months it might be best to book in advance. 

Garum 

Avenida de La Fontanilla, 29600 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Garum has an enviable position located right on the seafront promenade of Marbella and is contemporary, chic and cool. It has a large terrace outside that would be a gorgeous spot for a meal in the summer but in March we sat inside and enjoyed the monochrome interiors and funky atmosphere.

I celebrated my birthday in Marbella and this was where we went for my birthday meal and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The menu is constantly changing depending on what’s fresh and in season and in March there were plenty of different dishes that I could have happily eaten.

The service in Garum is fantastic and the staff are incredibly polite and friendly. The food is impeccably presented and I’d definitely return here on a future trip to Marbella.

Do you know any great restaurants in Marbella? Have you been to any of these?