Situated in the last coastal town of the province of Malaga, the restaurants in Manilva amaze visitors. This town is one of the most beautiful destinations of the Costa del Sol, with an interesting historic, cultural and gastronomic heritage. Its urban centre is spread out and includes within it San Luis de Sabinillas and La Duquesa port (Puerto de La Duquesa).
To travel around the different areas that make up this town, the best option is to rent a convertible car in Malaga and drive every kilometre, discovering its culinary offers from bar to bar while also enjoying the area’s mild and sunny climate.
Best restaurants in Manilva
Manilva is home to some extremely popular restaurants among locals and visitors alike. With years of tradition at the stove, creative proposals and moderate prices, here are some of the area’s most famous.
Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar | Traditional cuisine with a Greek touch
This family restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere, with a friendly service and an extensive menu with homemade dishes cooked with love. Situated in San Luis de Sabinillas, Fathoms Bar offers typical Spanish dishes like meatballs in sauce or patatas bravas, but also amazes people with other different Greek-inspired recipes, like chicken saganaki with feta cheese. Those who try it come back for more.
Restaurante San Rafael | Specialised in roasted suckling pig.
Restaurante San Rafael is located in San Luis de Sabinillas, it is a typical Manilva restaurant specialising in meat dishes, from starters where highlights include the black hoof (pata negra) ham or chorizo with cider, and the suckling lamb or roast suckling pig which are two of this restaurant’s star dishes. Its varied menu offers options to suit all tastes, in addition to a long list of homemade desserts which include ‘leche frita’, literally meaning fried milk.
La Taberna 2 | Varied and affordable menu of the day
This restaurant, situated in La Duquesa Castle (Castillo de la Duquesa), offers traditional dishes at affordable prices. La Taberna 2 is run by English people but they have tailored their business to the most typical Spanish cuisine with Anglo-Saxon touches, including a menu of the day which is priced at around 15 euros and includes four starters and five main dishes to choose from, including a drink, dessert and bread and butter.
Restaurants by the sea in Manilva
For those who love restaurants with sea views, Manilva has some restaurants that are situated just metres away from the Mediterranean sea, where you can enjoy a meal accompanied by the sound of the waves.
Apricus Gastrobar | World cuisine by the port
Situated in La Duquesa Port (Puerto de la Duquesa) with some charming views of the leisure port that will make guests feel as if they are dining in Puerto Banús, Apricus offers a menu based on world cuisine which combines Asian-inspired dishes with others that have a pure Andalusian essence. Highlights include the hummus with roast vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes and basil, curried chicken samosas or slow roasted pork knuckle. Its desserts feature the three-cheese cheesecake with vanilla, mango and pumpkin sauce.
La Casita | Specialising in grilled meats
This restaurant offers an extensive menu on a terrace with sea views which, although it specialises in grilled meats, also includes tapas, starters, fried fish and pasta dishes. La Casita is ideal for families, with a children’s play area on the pavement opposite where you can watch children without getting up from the table. Highlights among its generous portions include the fried fish and grilled meats with a mixed grill of meat or the T-bone steak. It also offers special dishes such as cheeks with potatoes, chicken in a mushroom sauce or salmon with Roquefort.
Chiringuito Manilva Beach | Fish and seafood with your feet in the sand
For lovers of fish, the Chiringuito Manilva Beach offers the freshest fish and seafood right on the seafront. Situated in the Pedraza Beach development, this restaurant specialises in fried dishes and skewered fish, including squid or sardine skewers. It also has some of the best paellas near to Estepona on its menu. In addition, it offers customers a hammock service and varied cocktails to round off a perfect meal. Those interested will be able to see the exact location on the map attached at the end of this post.
International restaurants in Manilva
For lovers of world cuisine, restaurants in Manilva offer a wide variety of foods coming from all four corners of the world that will amaze the most discerning palates.
Chilli La Duquesa | Indian and Mexican fusion
For people looking to try exotic and fun flavours, Chilli La Duquesa is the best option. Situated in the La Duquesa Leisure Port (Puerto Deportivo de La Duquesa), this is one of the most highly rated restaurants in Manilva thanks to its variety and the taste of its dishes. Despite combining two different gastronomies, its team take great care in offering the best of both without the experience losing its essence. Essentials include the naan bread, chicken tikka masala and burritos.
El Estribo | Argentine and Segovian barbecue
Specialising in Argentine and Segovian meats, at El Estribo they combine cooking with natural coal with the traditional wood oven to offer guests the best of these culinary techniques. Guests won’t be able to resist trying the Segovian style suckling pig or suckling lamb, or the Argentine barbecued meats, although there are also other options including homemade pasta and fish dishes. All of this is combined in a charming rustic dining area and a charming terrace makes this a fantastic choice to enjoy with family or friends.
Sabor Toscano | Traditional Italian cuisine
With a cuisine that has been passed down from generation to generation, Toscano has been run by the Bombagli family since the 1970s and has exported the best of Tuscan cuisine to its restaurant in Manilva, with nothing to be envied of the best Italian restaurants in Marbella. Its fresh hand-made pasta dishes, the carpaccio di filetto al tartufo or meat lasagne all deserve a special mention.
Map of Manilva’s best restaurants
Without a doubt, this is one of the most comprehensive restaurant guides for Manilva, with every detail, but the different establishments mentioned in this post are often geographically dispersed. That’s why you can see the exact location of each restaurant on the map below, so visitors won’t miss out on any aspect of the most popular culinary offer in Manilva.