Finding a good paella in Marbella can be a challenging mission for visitors who don’t want to leave the city of the Costa del Sol without trying the best version of this typical dish from Spanish gastronomy.
The high demand for this speciality has led to a whole host of restaurants including paella on their menu to attract tourists. That’s why this post aims to be a guide of where to eat a quality paella in Marbella, with fresh ingredients and rice cooked to perfection.
To start the journey in search of the best paella in Marbella, one of the best options is to choose a hire car in Malaga so you can travel around the Costa del Sol freely, enjoying everything that this southern region has to offer, to complete the trip with one of the most characteristic dishes of its gastronomy.
Paellas at Marbella’s chiringuito beach bars
If paella is one of the most sought after dishes by visitors to this city, then one of the most frequented destinations in search of the perfect dish are definitely the ‘chiringuitos’ or beach bars, an oasis by the sea where you can enjoy this speciality accompanied by the sea breeze and the sound of the waves.
Chiringuito La Red | Rice tradition by the sea
This beach bar has more than 18 years of experience behind it. With a traditional look, Chiringuito La Red boasts an extensive offer of fish and seafood from the local fish market, including the traditional fish skewers from Malaga to whet your appetite. This is one of the paella restaurants in Marbella with the biggest variety and freshness in its produce, with its menu featuring seafood paella, rice with shrimps or brothy rice (arroz caldoso) with lobster.
Soleo Beach | Rice dishes, noodles and fish rice dishes with style
If there is a perfect place to enjoy one of the best paellas in Marbella, it has to be Soleo. This beach club in Marbella offers visitors a charming spot by the sea which has been meticulously decorated with a seafaring look, where you can enjoy delicious dishes and a lively after-dinner chat. Its cuisine is based on local products, specialising in rice dishes, noodles (fideuás) and fish rice dishes (calderos), dishes which are very similar to paella with different products and cooking methods. Star dishes include the black rice with cuttlefish and prawns, creamy rice (arroz meloso) with turbot and sea urchin and rice with Iberian pork shoulder cut and vegetables.
La Perla Blanca | Brothy and tasty rice dishes
The Mediterranean cuisine of La Perla Blanca is extremely popular in the area. Specialising in brothy rices (arroces caldosos) and high quality seafood, this beach bar is situated on Elviria Beach, one of the best beaches in Marbella. Its star dish is the special seafood paella, with shrimps, tiger prawns and Norway lobster, although the brothy rice with lobster is also outstanding. In addition, its menu features a plethora of options of fish, meat and seafood dishes.
Los Mellizos | The most famous paellas on the Costa del Sol
Los Mellizos is one of the best-known restaurants thanks to its premium quality seafood and also its rice dishes. For those looking for a place to eat paella in Marbella with sea views, this is the perfect spot. At Los Mellizos, they work with the best fish and seafood, so you really must try their seafood paella and rice with lobster, although the seafood stew (zarzuela de marisco) is also worth trying. This, together with a welcoming venue and attentive service, makes this restaurant one of the perfect choices for a meal with family or friends.
Takeaway paellas in Marbella
Many people prefer to enjoy the best takeaway paella from Marbella, getting a product of the same quality as a restaurant, without having to leave home. This is the perfect plan to invite friends or family around for a day on the terrace by the pool without needing to cook.
Paella at Home | Home delivery paella with show cooking
Although you can find paellas of an excellent quality in Andalusia, nobody in Spain makes this dish like the Valencians, who turn cooking this dish into a true art. With Paella at Home, you will be able to try the authentic Valencian paella with chicken and rabbit, which also includes green beans, beans and lima beans. However, they also offer other typical options from the area, including ‘Senyoret’ rice with seafood or noodles from Gandia (fideuá de Gandía) with fine wheat noodles. With an average price of between 9 and 11 euros per portion, this is an affordable and flavoursome option, available for delivery or collection. Paella at Home also offers show cooking at home so you can impress people in the moment with a master rice chef at home for your guests. Straight from the stove to the dish!
Paellero en Casa | The rice comes knocking at your door
For those who want to impress their guests with an innovative celebration, Paellero en Casa is the best option. Its chef takes care of bringing all of the equipment and ingredients to cook a paella at your home in Marbella and the surrounding areas. This paella specialist puts the tradition into cooking paella, offering traditional paellas, such as the arroz a banda rice dish (cooked in fish stock) or Valencian rice, but also other gourmet options including black rice with lobster or rice with duck and foie gras.
Paellas in Marbella’s Old Town
On the journey to finding the best paella in Marbella, visitors to this city on the Costa del Sol simply must visit the historic quarter, a tourist area with a plethora of restaurants and monuments to discover.
Paella’s y Más | Iberian and creative paellas
Chef, Javier Ponte, takes the best of Iberian cuisine to the table at Paella’s y Más. Passionate about Valencian rice, this chef uses products from the region to create traditional dishes full of innovation. He takes paellas to the next level, respecting the classics on his menu, like mixed or Valencian paella, and offering other more creative options like baked rice with Iberian ribs, black pudding and pancetta or rice with seasonal vegetables and sea bass and rosemary. The restaurant boasts a welcoming interior patio and a large, modern lounge with a meticulous wine cellar to pair each dish.
El Patio del Mariscal | Paella in a charming Andalusian courtyard
Patio del Mariscal offers its customers the option of eating a delicious paella in a traditional and charming Andalusian courtyard with more than two centuries of history and trees that offer a pleasant shade. In this restaurant, customers will be able to try some of the most typical dishes of the area’s gastronomy, including gazpacho soup, croquettes, Iberian ham and, of course, the tasty rice dishes like the paella con pluma ibérica which is paella with a cut of pork loin. A charming place to enjoy a romantic meal with a delightful musical surprise.
Where to eat paella in Marbella?
Although there are many options of places to eat paella in Marbella, this post has listed a selection of the best restaurants to enjoy this dish. This map shows where all of the restaurants mentioned in this post are located, whether by the sea or in the heart of Marbella.