Teeming with lively restaurants, laid-back chiringuitos and elegant fine dining, there’s a restaurant to suit every palate in Almuñecar and La Herradura.

Alongside regional delicacies and an abundance of seafood, you’ll find stylish eateries serving Japanese, Asian fusion and modern European dishes. We’ve pulled together a few of our favourites. Buen provecho!

Sardinia

Restaurante Sardinia, La Herradura

Ideal for lunch or dinner with family or friends to eat great fresh seafood on the beach.

Sitting on the beach overlooking the Mediterranean, Sardinia is the perfect spot to watch the sunset with a refreshing G&T. Once the sun has gone down, gently flickering candles and relaxing music create a wonderfully romantic ambience in this elegant chiringuito.

Food-wise, you can take your pick from a delicious selection of fresh seafood dishes – fresh, fried or grilled. Try the regional speciality – sardines – threaded on skewers and cooked on hot coals. Or enjoy a lazy Sunday paella like the locals.

Address: Paseo Andres Segovia s/n, La Herradura, 18697, Almunecar. Phone: +34 958 64 01 11; Lasardina.es.

Restaurant No.20

Food at Restaurante No 20, La Herradura

Bistro-esque European cuisine with a small menu which changes daily.

This chic restaurant – known locally as No.20 – is renowned for its creative European cuisine. It sits on the front line to the coast, but only a glimpse of sea can be seen from its terrace and indoor dining room.

Perfectly balanced and beautifully presented food in laid-back surroundings is the order of the day here. With seasonal dishes ranging from seared tuna and venison loin to a zesty lime mousse the six-course tasting menu is a sensational taste journey that doesn’t break the bank. Wine pairing from an extensive wine list caps things off perfectly.

Address: Paseo de Andres Segovia 20, 18697, La Herradura, Almunecar. Phone: +34 634 09 02 07;  Nº-20 Facebook Page.

Lemongrass

Lemon Grass Sushi Restaurante, La Herradura

Exquisite Japanese fusion food that’ll please your whole group.

Savour beautifully presented plates of sashimi and dumplings and a tantalising selection of sushi in Lemongrass’s relaxing beachside restaurant. The dining area has a modern unpretentious atmosphere, and there’s a stylish bar where you can sup on pre or post meal drinks.

Predominantly Japanese, the menu has delicious vegan and vegetarian options, plus international dishes with a Mediterranean or Japanese twist. Don’t miss the mouthwatering tuna carpaccio, crispy shrimp tempura or tender octopus with creamed potatoes and truffle oil.

Address: Paseo Andres Segovia, 12, 18697, La Herradura, Almunecar. Phone: +34 625 30 75 38; Restaurant-lemon-grass.com.

Bola Marina

Restaurante Bola Marina

Traditional Spanish tapas and regional specialities cooked to perfection.

If you’re looking for a bar and restaurant with a buzzing vibe and laid-back dining, Bola Marina has delicious tapas and bar snacks as well as hearty main meals in the restaurant.
Tucked down a side road off the beachfront, it’s a favourite with the locals, along with its sister restaurant in nearby La Caleta Bay.

The food here is traditional Spanish – perfectly executed and carefully presented. And if you just fancy a Rioja or two, you can enjoy imaginative tapas and tasty bar snacks in the lively bar. The albondigas – tender meatballs in a tangy tomato sauce – are absolutely delicious and go down particularly well with smaller mouths.

Address: Acera de Pilar 13, 18697, La Herradura, Almuñecar. Phone: +34 958 64 04 80; Bola Marina Facebook Page.

Firmvm

Restaurante Firmvm

Tucked away in a sleepy plaza, set back from Almuñecar seafront, Firmvm serves creative Spanish fare with an Asian twist.

A slightly more formal dining experience than some of the other restaurants on our list, the service is professional yet friendly, and the décor contemporary with warm crimson and white lines.

Enjoy generous portions of beautifully executed dishes punctuated by mouthwatering amuse-bouches. Nibble on creative gourmet tapas or indulge in the imaginative tasting menu with its meltingly tender lamb. With so many intriguing dishes to tempt the senses, you’ll be sure to come back.

Address: Plaza Damasco 2, 18690, Almuñecar. Phone: +34 958 63 35 65; Restaurantefirmvm.com.

Chaleco

Restaurante Chaleco, Almunecar

Deserving of its Michelin Bib Gourmand, the family-run El Chaleco serves exquisite French cuisine in family-friendly surroundings.

Located on the outskirts of Almuñecar, this restaurant is perfect for special occasions, with attentive multilingual staff serving well-executed dishes in a classic dining room. The prawn ravioli from the great value set menu is a real standout. And don’t miss the flavoursome rabbit with prunes – the perfect balance of textures and flavours.

Address: Avenida de la Costa del Sol 37 (in front of the Costa Banana), 18690, Almuñecar. Phone: +34 958 63 24 02; Elchaleco.com.

Eat Like a Local Free Tapas

The Costa Tropical is not a Michelin-starred dining hub, but what it lacks in dazzle and glitz it more than makes up for with comfortable, authentic eateries using local ingredients which are fresh and taste fantastic.

One of the best things about visiting Almuñecar and La Herradura is you get free tapas with your drinks. It’s a very civilised way to try local dishes and great when all you’d like is a snack until lunch or supper.

Usually the free tapas is set and with each drink you’ll get a different small plate of food. Often you’ll get rewarded with better tapas with each drink if you stay at a place. Free tapas is given in casual dining establishments throughout the day, but not, generally speaking, in restaurants or during the evening.

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Ben Cooper

A head-over-heels hispanophile, Ben is a one-time travel editor at Rough Guides, DK Travel, ELLEuk and Red Online.

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