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Dining Out (N.B. Some of these may have ceased to trade due to the pandemic).

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 expressed.

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 wi-fi facilities.

We have dined at least once at the following (with no preference, listed alphabetically):

'Ayo's', 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.
, 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.
'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 holidays.
'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'!
‘Restaurant 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 page.
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 booking advisable.
'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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