FINE DINING IN MARBELLA
Members of the distinguished international circle who make Marbella a home from home do so for many reasons. Alongside the wonderful climate, superb beaches and lifestyle choices, chief amongst them is a taste for the finer things in life—quite literally so when it comes to the dining options available in this gourmet paradise.
The businesspeople, celebrities and royalty who frequent the resort town not only expect the best when it comes to eating out, but want a choice of the world’s cuisines available to them—and Marbella’s restaurateurs have been only too happy to oblige.
An abundance of restaurants—from relaxed beach clubs to swish five-star restaurants and trendy bars—cater to every taste, with highly skilled chefs using the very best ingredients to create memorable dishes to satisfy the most discerning diner.
Michelin restaurants in Marbella
This quality is nowhere evident more than on Marbella’s Golden Mile, where the Marbella Club has been offering food of the highest standard since the 1950s and the Puente Romano resort is a centre of excellence when it comes to cuisine from around the world. The latter’s Plaza Village has a selection of some of the finest eateries in Spain offering Thai, Japanese fusion, Italian and Spanish dishes, and also features what could be described as the flagship of the Marbella dining experience in the form of the two Michelin star Dani García Restaurant.
Málaga born, the chef is one of the most identifiable faces in the world of Spanish cuisine, and he has brought all his skills and experience to his Marbella establishments. Diners are offered a menu of imaginative dishes, prepared to the highest standards and presented with flair and impeccable service. It represents all that is best within the fine dining options of Marbella.
In fact, the town is home to four Michelin starred restaurants (Andalucía has 13 in all). Although each one offers an experience that is unique, they share the attributes of offering distinctive dishes in opulent surroundings that make dining out a true experience. Skina, situated in the charming Old Quarter is holder of one Michelin star thanks to its excellent food which “showcases meticulous technique and the highest quality ingredients,” according to the Michelin inspectors.
Local products make delicious dishes
The latest of the resort’s restaurants to have earned a Michelin plaudit is Messina on Avenida Severo Achoa, which was awarded a star in this year’s guide. The chefs offer two different tasting menus featuring a selection of their most imaginative dishes, set within a restaurant with an ‘urban’ décor that lends a trendy contemporary atmosphere to the premises.
El Lago, overlooking a beautiful lake on the Elviria Hills urbanisation to the east of Marbella, is another outstanding Michelin recommended eatery that has held one of the coveted stars for eleven years now.
Chef Diego del Río combines his love of Andalusian ingredients with his modern culinary flair to craft delectable dishes inspired by traditional cuisine, but with a contemporary twist.
These four establishments may be the standard bearers for fine dining in Marbella, but they are by no means the only options available in the area. A stroll along the quaysides in Puerto Banús, around the cobbled streets of the Old Town or along the seafront promenade will reveal many more restaurants offering exquisite food from around the world. The culinary delights of Marbella are yet another reason to explore this sun-drenched corner of Spain.