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Dining Out

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 for over 50 years and named after the working owner who, as a small boy, discovered the Nerja Caves. Very busy lunchtimes until 4-5pm, when cooking paellas over a fire fuelled by wooden pallets. Ayo, now 83, 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 or phone payments!
'Bakers Bar'
, Established over 20 years, good food, well presented, reasonably priced, in a modern setting. Affable host who enjoys football on the TV's. Open all year, closed some weekdays in low season.
, 'Mine host', a former Belgian pro-footballer, offers continental style food, slightly more up-market than most on the beach front and very popular. open all year, booking essential. Multi-lingual French and Belgian staff add to the stylish ambiance.
, Genuine Nepali and Indian cuisine at the bottom of Calle Filipinas, just before Burriana Beach. Small, friendly, excellent service, with all the favourites, plus a few specialities from their original homeland. Just don't ask for hot! Booking essential.
'Raw', Lounge and tapas bar. A relatively new addition to the beachfront, it has a popular following. Continental cuisine, serevd by multi-lingual hosts.
‘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 economical prices. Helpful staff offering useful menu advice in English, Spanish or Mandarin. Outside covered front terrace open in the summer. Very popular, booking essential even in low season. Closed January and February.

There are others at the bottom of Calle Filipinas (The Steak House and El Fuego) 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. However, for atmosphere, it's best to frequent the busy ones!

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'.

'Meson de Antonio', past the Church Square to the right, at the end of 'C/Diputation'. Another family run restaurant and tapas bar, much favoured by locals with a fine 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 on C/Cristo, the pedestrainised road down to the 'Balcon'. Highly recommended on 'Trip Advisor' and very popular. Rather small and cosy, so booking essential.
'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’, Very popular Spanish family-run restaurants and tapas bars. Two branches are at the junction of C/Cristo and C/Pintada, in the centre of the pedestrian area with tables outside at the front. Excellent rooftop terraces in the summer months. A third restaurant on Los Huertos and a fourth at the other end of town, all with identical menus. Open all year.

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. Many 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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