Dining Out (N.B.
Some of these may be closed for holidays in the winter).
We are happy to comment
on well established restaurants we have frequented, though any
advice, verbal or written, is merely our opinion, not a definitive
guide, and therefore we accept no liability for any such opinions
Nerja, with over 300 bars
and restaurants, reputedly has more per head of population than
any other town in Spain. Consequently, prices are competitive
and quality is maintained. In addition, alcohol prices reflect
the lower duty rate, compared to the U.K. We suggest, being
a hot climate, it is best to eat at busy places where food turnover
is high, thereby ensuring product freshness. Most of the restaurants
in the area will offer the choice to eat outside, whether it
be on their frontage, in a secluded open-air courtyard, or on
the roof. Many have patio heaters for chilly spring and autumn
evenings. Booking is recommended beforehand in all the busiest
places. Menus are displayed outside, which will also show whether
IVA (VAT) is included or additional to the price. Some are closed
one day per week, others are evenings or lunchtime only. Nearest
to our properties, the Burriana Beach area has a wide selection,
many of which have sports channels on HD wide screen and secure
We have dined at least once at the following (with no preference,
Famed for its giant paellas and named
after the working owner, a local celebrity who, as a small boy,
discovered the Nerja Caves. Very busy every lunchtime until
4-5pm, when cooking paellas over a fire fuelled by wooden pallets.
Ayo, nearing 80, is recognisable by the ponytail and the newspapers
wrapped around his shins for protection against the flames!
Open all year, closed evenings. Payment
in cash only, no cards!
'Bakers Bar', good food, well presented, reasonably
priced, in a modern setting. Affable host who enjoys football
on the TV's. Open all year, closed in winter on Thursdays.
'Bruxelles', French and Belgian style food, slightly
more expensive and up-market than most on the beach front. Friendly
service, very popular, booking essential, open all year.
'JJ's Cafe Del Mar', Good food, economical
prices, long established, well supported and always popular
with the British. Open all year, closed Wednesdays. Booking
'La Galleria', Spanish family run,
small, friendly atmosphere, well worth a walk towards
the end of the beach promenade. Several fixed-price
menu options, at very reasonable prices, plus the normal ‘a
la carte’. Open all year, except for 3-4 weeks winter
'Masala House', Asian themed restaurant at the bottom
of Calle Filipinas, just before Burriana Beach. Small, friendly,
with all the favourites. Just don't ask for 'hot'!
Yuan’, At the top of Calle Filipinas by the roundabout.
Serving Chinese, Thai, and Mongolian specialities in a slightly
old-fashioned, but stylish, hotel-type setting. Excellent food
at very economical prices. Helpful staff offering useful menu
advice in English, Spanish or Mandarin. Outside
front terrace open in the summer. Very popular,
booking essential even in off-season. Closed January and February.
There are many others
at the bottom of Calle Filipinas and along Burriana Beach, including
Chinese and Thai, whether you want to eat in or takeaway. Such
a competitive environment makes them all more than acceptable,
whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Most of the following are in the main restaurant area in the
centre of town, along Los Huertos, down Calle Cristo and Calle
Pintada , all leading to the 'Balcon de Europa'.
'El Nino', in the upper part of 'C/Cristo' 100 metres
up from the junction with 'C/Trancos'. A small, long established,
family run traditional restaurant and tapas bar, with more expensive
up-market food. Very friendly service, plus the added authenticity
of rubbing shoulders at the bar with various ancient locals
drinking unspeakable concoctions. Large wine display of varying
vintages. Internal picture on our photos
'Haveli' tandoori, serving traditional Asian food for
over twenty-five years. It also does 'Indian' tapas takeaway.
External picture on our photos page.
'Meson de Antonio', past the Church Square
to the right, at the end of 'C/Diputation'. Another family run
restaurant and tapas bar, run much the same as 'El Nino', with
a different set of ancient locals but the same large wine display!
The road outside is closed on summer evenings, so dining in
the open air is an option (weather generally permitting).
'Namaste', Nepalese restaurant, highly recommended
on 'Trip Advisor' and very popular. Rather small and cosy, so
'Pinocchio', near to the Haveli, Italian style
restaurant and pizzeria. Lively atmosphere, reasonable prices,
very popular, especially with the locals. Eat inside or out
in the large open courtyard. Busy all year, even in the quietest
months. Easy access from the big car park.
‘Sevillano Restaurants’, at the
junction of C/Cristo and C/Pintada and on Los Huertos. Spanish
family-run restaurants and tapas bars. Very popular, in the
centre of the pedestrian area with tables
outside at the front. A third branch at
the other end of town, all with identical menus. Open all year.
'Scarletta's', run by an established
British family, good food and atmosphere. Eat inside or outside
on the first floor patio, or higher still on the large roof
terrace with views across the town. Closed November to mid-February.
All round the 'Balcon' and the church square are numerous other
Spanish, ethnic, 'tandoori' and hotel restaurants, some with
cliff top terraces overlooking the sea. The best of these is
the hotel '34
Carabeo' and the popular 'Taste of India',
both on C/Carabeo. However, there is no escape from the usual
burger bars, tempting ice cream parlours with their wide selection
of flavours, plus of course, traditional Spanish tapas bars.
On the route from Burriana to the town centre, there are a number
of popular restaurants along 'C/Huertos'. If
you visit Nerja, we hope you find something amongst this selection.
Most are listed, with numbered town map positions and contact
details, in the Classified section of the 'Soltalk' or 'Market
Place' magazines, which can usually be found in all our properties.
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