Known as the ‘dining room of Andalusia’, the restaurants in Benahavís are some of the most famous in the area, with the town boasting the most hospitality venues in the region. Its gastronomy is popular throughout the province, with a wide variety of dishes, which combine meats from the mountains with the best products from the sea.
Hence, in its territory, Benahavís combines the beauty of the sea and nature of the mountains. It is strategically located on a hill that turned it into an Arab fortress in the 10th century. Nowadays, this town of narrow and white streets is becoming a tourist attraction year after year that amazes visitors, of whom an increasing number are choosing this as a place to stay and live in.
To enjoy its delicious gastronomy, visitors will be able to rent a convertible car at Malaga airport, enjoying a charming drive along the coast with a mild climate that boasts more than 320 days of sun each year.
Best restaurants in Benahavís
Some of the area’s best restaurants are found in Benahavís, home to the ‘Sabor a Malaga’ (literally meaning ‘Taste of Malaga’) Hospitality School, the origin of some of the best chefs in Andalusia. That’s the reason its stoves are worked by genuine professionals that turn cooking into an art.
Amanhavís Restaurant | Romantic getaway with a market menu
Situated in a charming rustic hotel, Amanhavís Restaurant is ideal for a romantic getaway. In its dining room, which recreates a cosy living room, guest will be enjoy local cuisine cooked with fresh produce from the market and a gourmet touch where the combination of ingredients and the intricate techniques produce dishes bursting with flavour which make up a succulent menu of the day with six starters and eight main courses to choose from.
Bodegón Gallery | Iberian flavour
Among the top 3 restaurants in Benahavís as voted for by TripAdvisor users, the Bodegón Gallery is a must. This restaurant and wine store has a cosy atmosphere for the most select palates to enjoy dishes full of flavour. This restaurant features a charming terrace where you can enjoy the most typical Iberian dishes, including Serrano ham, roast suckling pig or black pudding from Burgos with caramelised onion, all paired with the best wines and olive oil.
Amigos | Specialising in grilled meats
Nestled in the heart of the historic quarter of Benahavís, we come across Amigos restaurant, a charming restaurant with years of experience at the stove offering traditional cuisine and specialising in grilled meats. Its terrace is ideal for enjoying the warm climate of this town which borders luxurious Marbella during a meal with family or friends, where dishes like its anchovies with piquillo peppers, grilled lamb or aged meats are a must. With generous portions and an attentive service, you simply have to try out Amigos during your visit to this town.
Hills Café & Restaurant | World cuisine with views
Situated within a country club with views, Hills Café & Restaurant is one of the best kept secrets, with an honourable mention among the best restaurants in Benahavís. From breakfast until evening meal, this establishment offers delicious and creative dishes using products from Mediterranean cuisine to add a twist to British and Dutch inspired creations. Among these, the Sunday roast has regained its popularity, and so have the Saturday Rijsttafel, an Indonesian table of rice with small dishes of meats, vegetables and sauces to combine. In addition, its menu also boasts gourmet options that will amaze guests.
International restaurants in Benahavís
Although traditional cuisine is one of the main tourist attractions of Benahavís, there are an increasing number of restaurants with international cuisine emerging in this town and that ensure the culinary offer is more varied each year.
Indian Spice Benahavís | Indian cuisine with organic products
In the heart of this white town in Malaga, Indian Spice Benahavís offers an extensive and exquisite menu of traditional dishes from Indian cuisine, using organic spices and natural products to offer dishes of the highest quality, with vegan and vegetarian options. For that reason, and thanks to its exquisite dishes, it is acknowledged as one of the best restaurants in Benahavís, with a particular highlight being the chicken tikka masala.
Lemon Grass Benahavís | Asian fusion
With a contemporary design inspired by Asian culture, Lemon Grass is headed up by Thai chef, Ken, a specialist in Asian cuisine with more than 20 years of experience. The dishes on offer include sushi and stir fry dishes, but you can also try dishes such as tempuras or gyozas. This restaurant offers an attentive service and abundant portions, with live music to accompany its gastronomic offer, making this one of the area’s best Asian restaurants.
Cheap restaurants in Benahavís
For diners looking for more affordable options to eat out in Benahavís, there are various options to suit all budgets without sacrificing the quality and flavour in their dishes.
La Terraza Benahavís | Argentine signature cuisine
For lovers of the Argentine touch in the kitchen, La Terraza in Benahavís is the best option. Situated just 10 minutes from Marbella, this restaurant offers the classics from Argentine cuisine. La Terraza in Benahavís is well-known among locals for being good value for money, with tapas and Argentine pasties priced from three euros and grilled meats at a reasonable price. To complete the experience, it offers a cocktail menu to enjoy on its charming terrace with views.
Bodeguita El Chico | Traditional winery with classic dishes
One of the most popular restaurants in Benahavís is Bodeguita El Chico, and proof of that are the queues that usually form of people waiting for a table. With an extensive selection of cold and hot tapas, this winery is a traditional spot run by a charming and friendly family who always offer the best recommendations for visitors. Highlights of its menu include the cured meats and ‘montadito’ open sandwiches, or the cod omelettes. In addition, Chico, the owner of the winery, makes the best gin and tonics in the area so you can enjoy a long after-dinner chat with friends.
Route of the best restaurants in Benahavís
Without a doubt, Benahavís has a plethora of culinary options to choose from, although this post features a selection of the most popular and surprising restaurants that this town on the Costa del Sol has to offer. On the map below, travellers will be able to locate all of the restaurants mentioned so they can find them easily during their visit.