The small town is known as
“The frying pan of the Costa del Sol”
The particular Gastronomic culture of Benahavis Town, located in the Sierra de las Nieves in Southern Spain, is a good example of traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Olive oil and local products are essential ingredients, together with many seasonal vegetables like asparagus and mushrooms and the areas specialities, lamb, grilled veal and game meats. Most of the restaurants in the village also serve a great variety of fish and seafood dishes that are typical of the Costa del Sol. The restaurants in Benahavis tend to be crowded at lunchtime on weekends during the winter, and they can be fully booked for dinner in summer.
Eating out in Benahavis Town
There is a wide variety of culinary choices in Benahavis. The small town is known as “La Sarten de la Costa del Sol” – “The frying pan of the Costa del Sol”. For decades it has been a tradition among residents of nearby locations to go to Benahavis for lunch and dinner on weekends. There are so many restaurants in the small village that it is impossible to mention all of them.
10 of the best restaurants in Benahavis
La Sarten – The frying pan
La Sarten offers traditional Spanish and international cuisine as well as a select wine list. It is one of the restaurants in Benahavis that has been open from the very beginning of the gastronomic tradition in the village. It is almost as if it has been there forever.
The restaurant La Sarten offers a menu based on traditional Spanish dishes, and also international cuisine in an Andalusian rustic environment.
La Sarten de Benahavis is open every day from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m, and from 8:00 p.m to 12:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
Address: Avda. De Andalucía 4. Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 952 855 575
Bodeguita el Chico
Bodeguita el Chico is a classic stop in Benahavís. It is the smallest bar in town, and you might have to wait outside for a table. They serve excellent tapas, as well as hot and cold dishes to share. Bodeguita El Chico is a great place to enjoy tapas of Serrano ham, chorizo, pork loin and Spanish Manchego cheese. The bar is also famous for its special Gin & Tonics, they are huge!
Address: Calle Málaga 9. Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 610 719 533
La Escalera is one of the best restaurants in Benahavís. The menu of the restaurant is a traditional Andalusian style and focuses on meat. Try their lamb shoulder, the delicious lamb chops, “Rabo de toro” (oxtail stew) or the roast suckling pig. The restaurant has a nice terrace where you can eat outdoors.
Address: Calle Almendro 4. Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 952 855 235
Lili’s Panambi Bar
Lili’s Panambi Bar in the centre of Benahavís offers a wide variety of tapas and South American food, as well as pizzas. Their specialities are a triple omelette, fried chicken and pork stew. They also serve authentic Mojitos and Caipiriñas.
Lili´s Panambi is open from 5 pm till late, but it is closed on Sundays.
Address: Calle Málaga s / n. Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 678 387 449
Restaurante Eugenio Las Cañas
Eugenio Las Cañas is another of the classic restaurants in Benahavis. It first opened in 1976. They serve traditional Spanish dishes as well as Mediterranean cuisine and international food. Among its specialities are baked lamb, suckling pig, oxtail stew, Iberian pork ossobuco and marinated Iberian pork loin, as well as fish and seafood like sea bass, squid and grilled shrimps. They also offer vegan and vegetarian dishes
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m and from 6:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m.
Address: Plaza España 5. Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 952 855 261
Bodega Villa Josefa
The winery Bodega Villa Josefa is located right in the heart of Benahavis. It is a very cosy Andalusian style restaurant where you can enjoy tasty tapas and wines, of course. The extensive menu includes among other dishes: Lamb shoulder, seafood casserole, grilled skewers and paella.
Address: Calle Málaga 10. Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 952 855 697
Restaurante Amigos is a cosy place, with one of the best terraces in Benahavís. The restaurant specializes in international food, with French, Japanese and Argentinian influences; mixing seafood and meat. The charcoal grill and an exquisite selection of premium meats are the main attractions, but they also serve seafood. Good wines and homemade desserts are also served to make the dinner perfect.
Restaurante Amigos is open in the evenings, from Monday to Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
Address: Calle Málaga 3. Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 952 855 175
Restaurante El Castillo
Restaurante El Casillo, in Benahavis, serves a unique Andalusian cuisine fusion, with a Scandinavian touch. The restaurant is located next to the remains of the oldest building in Benahavís, the castle. It was built in the 16th century. The menu is composed of Spanish specialities, with an interesting Scandinavian twist.
Restaurante El Castillo is open for dinner every day from 7 pm to 1 am.
Address: Calle el Pilar s / n, Benahavís, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 681 298 442
Restaurante Rufino has a very extensive menu, serving both meat, fish and seafood. It is very popular among the locals and has a nice terrace.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner but remains closed on Wednesdays. Restaurante Rufino has a big very popular terrace, in summer it’s best to make a reservation.
Address: Avenida de Andalucia. Benahavis, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 645 492 543
If you craving for pizza, try Pizzeria Canela right in the centre of Benahavis. Canela offers salads, sandwiches, grilled chicken, paellas and of course, pizzas, as well as tapas and other traditional Spanish dishes at very attractive prices.
The restaurant-bar is open all day, from noon until midnight, but remains closed on Thursdays.
Address: Avenida de Andalucia 14. Benahavis, Málaga.
Telephone: (+34) 619 954 034
From Quartiers Marbella Apartments there are only 5 kilometres to the very centre of Benahavis Town, less than 10 minutes by car. So when you stay with us, you can easily discover one of the best places to eat in all of Spain. Enjoy!