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Restaurants in Nerja

Judi from GA

Note: The servers in the restaurants that I list speak English but I have found myself in situations (small shops and groceries) where I have to communicate in Spanish. I can speak un poco Espanol but am good at pantomimes and gestures, done with a big smile. Every time we go to Spain I get a little more proficient in Spanish. At most of these restaurants dinner for two with drinks is $40-$55. The more upscale restaurants "34" and Au Petite Paris usually are around $70. (Still a bargain!)

Here is my restaurant list. There are around 1600 places to eat in Nerja and this is just a sample. We eat a lot of fish and pork while we are there. Most restaurants take credit cards.

Our Recommended Restaurants

You may need reservations unless you eat before 8 PM.

Au Petite Paris, our favorite restaurant. Reservations can be made on the same day.

Mamma Rosa's, nice ambiance, good service. Closed Sundays.

"34", one of the most expensive in town, but good. Closed Mondays.

Miguel, popular, crowded seating. (Too crowded for us)

Pata Negra, nice restaurant in Plaza Marina

The Old Cellar (also known as Pepe Mesa) not upscale but one of our favorites. Good food and very reasonable.

Portofino Italian, near the Balcon. Balcony seating is available with nice views of the Mediterranean. Good food.

Scarletta's, good food and friendly staff. Popular.

Other Restaurants We Have Tried

Some are "paper napkin" restaurants.

Bella Roma, tables outside, sometimes open for lunch.

Capella de Mar

Vitaliano on the west side. Sign says Heladeria but it is not just an ice cream place. It has the best strawberries and cream (fresas con nata) and at the best price. Outside tables.

El Nino, small; make reservations (the same day is okay).

Haveli and A Taste of India. Two good Indian restaurants if you like Indian food.

La Fonda

Anahi, good for breakfasts and desserts. Next to the TI (fresh orange juice.....yummy!).

Joannys, nice outside eating. Good sole (lenguado), inexpensive.

Pepe Rico

Carlos, good fish, no ambience, very popular (reserve ahead), inexpensive, no credit cards.

The Steak House, small, good steak.

Cafe New Orleans, owned by Americans. Good if you are looking for Louisiana cooking.

Other Recommendations

Restaurants recommended by others that we have not yet tried.

El Bodega near Pata Negra at Plaza Marina

La Marina, large, bright, popular with families, no ambience, probably cheap


We like the following friendly bars /pubs because we can have interesting conversations in English.

Irish Annie's, Calle Almirante Carranza, off C/Chaparil. West side. Annie was a part owner of The Irish Harp bar and opened her own pub in 2002. She is a love.

The Anchor Inn C/Ruperto Anduez. East side. Niall and Berni are former owners of the Irish Harp Bar. Their small and cozy pub is very friendly.

The Irish Harp Bar on Carabeo.

At 64 Carabeo is a small bar called Sharps (closed Mondays). The owner, Tony, holds court behind the bar and encourages conversations between the patrons. We are regulars there when we are in Nerja and have met some wonderful people - mostly English but a few Irish and Scots. We are usually the only Americans there.

For fun go to Meson Antonio, a Spanish bar with good- and cheap- tapas. We sit in front of the tapas display and point to what we want. It is on the west side next door to the Steak House.

Have a wonderful time in Nerja!

© Judi from GA

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