Restaurants & Tapas Bars
With local produce, traditional fare and a lively atmosphere, Velez-Malaga’s restaurant scene is as affordable as it is inviting.
Restaurants & Tapas Bars in the Historic Centre of Velez-Malaga
Velez has a collection of great restaurants with most offering tapas at the bar for a cheaper price alongside a menu with more elaborate dishes. Here’s our pick of the best Velez-Malaga restaurants and tapas bars…
Velez now has a destination restaurant with a sunny terrace. With executive chef Juan Quintanilla (from Michelin starred Skina in Marbella and Sollun in Nerja) creating the seasonal menu and training in the kitchen this is a restaurant for foodies.
The emphasis is on Spanish produce with local ingredients being used too – expect Octopus from Galicia, Retinto beef from Cadiz and fresh fish from Caleta de Velez. There’s a little bit of urban chic running throughout Mangoa from design led menus to championing boutique bodegas. Expect soft homemade bread, local olive oil, an amuse bouche, bespoke aperitif house cocktails and dishes such as bulls tail samosas and caramelised figs stuffed with foie and a red wine reduction. This is food to travel for.
We recommend one of their cocktails to start (Hugo is a particular favourite) then the tasting menu over 7 dishes. Their ensalada Malaguena (potatoes, onion, cod, oranges and olives) is the best we’ve ever tasted.
There’s live music on the terrace on Thursday and Saturday nights during the summer. Parking is underneath the restaurant in the Mercado de San Francisco.
Address: Calle Poeta Joaquin Lobato, 1, Vélez-Málaga, Málaga (In the Mercado de San Francisco) Open: Tues – Sat 19.30 – 00.00hrs. Mangoacatering.com
If you sit at the tables outside this is a perfect spot to watch the sun go down with amazing views over the main plaza, church and walls of Velez-Malaga. As well as the outdoor terrace (which spills into the lower part of the square on busier summer evenings) there’s a very comfortable formal dining room and helpful staff on hand to recommend a dish or two.
Tapas is cheaper if you sit at the bar, where there’s a small collection – we’re particular fans of their salchichas (sausages in an onion sauce). The menu is generous and offers something for all tastes, although they specialise in meat with the likes of suckling pig, lamb and Iberian pork cuts highly recommended. Our other favourite dish is baby artichokes with king prawns – great for sharing. If you’re a red wine lover, their wines by the glass are the best in Velez.
This place is good for families as it’s on a square so lots of space.
Address: Plaza de la Constitucion. Tel: 952 54 91 64. Open: Every day 13.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.00 – 00.00hrs. Lasastreriaasador.es.
Tucked away on a side street off the Plaza del Carmen, El Convento is worth seeking out. Offering the best decor and ambience of any restaurant in town by a fair distance, it took real investment in a beautiful old building to create the place. There’s a seating inside, as well as the usual spots at the bar and a row of tables outside on a pedestrianised street for warm evenings.
This is one of the best places in town for sampling the tapas from the bar: there are usually at least four to choose from and are creatively cobbled together. If you want a more formal meal however, there’s better options in town, the extensive menu (possibly too extensive) offers many dishes typical of the area as well as some Mexican and Asian-inspired flavours. They have a Menu del Dia at lunchtime from Monday to Fridays for 9€.
Address: 5 Calle de los Moros. Tel: 951 25 01 00. Open: Every day from 12.00 all day (including food). El Convento Facebook Page.
La Bohemia is a welcoming little restaurant located on the popular street of Calle Montera. Its outside tables are a great spot to soak up the atmosphere and the last rays of the sun, or take a seat at the bar for a complimentary tapa with every drink. The tapas at the bar change daily but there’s usually a selection of seafood, cold salads or hot fritters such as salt cod or croquetas. All are excellent.
The main menu covers traditional dishes of the area as well as some with a Moroccan influence including tagines. Portions are generous and great for sharing.
Address: 2 Calle Montera. Tel: 622 68 96 71. Open: Weds-Mon 12.00 – 17.00hrs and 19.00 – 00.00hrs. La Bohemia Facebook Page.
El Caserio de las Monjas
El Caserio de las Monjas has been one of the most consistently popular Velez restaurants since owners Txema and Mari moved it into its lovely townhouse setting. With two formal dining rooms, a bar area at the back and outdoor seating set in a pretty whitewashed courtyard there’s plenty of space to choose from.
On the food front, tasty tapas at the bar – our favourites being the Morcilla de Burgos (black pudding from Burgos) and the prawn and monkfish kebab (above) – sit alongside an extensive menu. It’s often busy with Veleños and getting a table can be tough, but order a drink and wait for a spot to open up and you won’t be disappointed. The grilled meat and fish dishes are particularly good.
Address: 4 Calle Federico Tellez Macias. Tel: 952 55 73 63. Open: Tues-Sat 13.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.00 – 00.00hrs. Mon 13.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.00 – 00.00hrs in autumn and spring only. El Caserio de las Monjas Facebook Page.
Domi Taberna Típica Marinera
Opening in July 2017, this is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in Velez-Malaga. Owned by a local fishmonger who supplies the restaurant, they stick to Malagueñan staples and delivers them well. The main draw is its location in the central courtyard of the Carmen with outdoor seating, shaded tables and an atmospheric indoor dining room.
On the menu is everything from razor clams to scallops alongside rich rice dishes and mixed fish skewers. You can choose to have your fish or octopus grilled or fried, but don’t fret if one of your party isn’t a fish-lover as there’s a selection of meat cuts, too.
Address: Conjunto el Carmen, Edificio San Marcos, bajo. Open Tues-Fri 13.00-16.00hrs and 20.00-00.00hrs. Sat-Sun 12.30-1600hrs and 20.30-00.00hrs. Domi Taberna Típica Marinera Facebook Page.
There are wooden barrels at the entrance of Los Cuñaos and warm smiles welcome you inside. It’s a cosy little place and you can choose between eating casually perched at the bar or a high table, or (a little) more formally at one of just a handful of tables. The décor is rustic Spanish and, true to form, the lighting could be taken down a notch.
Although unassuming, the food is very good indeed: fresh, seasonal products are used, so expect to see quail’s eggs, black pudding, avocados, seafood, pork cuts and other well put together Andalucian staples.
Address: Calle Alcalde Herrera, 5, Velez-Malaga, Tel: 606 907 832 or 669 343 761, Open: Mon and Wed–Sat 12.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.00 – 23.00hrs. Los Cuñaos Facebook Page.
Marisqueria La Gamba Dorada
This ever popular fish and seafood restaurant is just a short walk from the busy street of Montera. As well as serving your usual tapa alongside a glass of cold fino they also have a wonderful menu full to bursting with the best seafood.
It’s not fine dining, the interiors are a mishmash of styles and the lighting is almost neon, but it’s great – noisy, bustling and a bit hectic. It’s always busy in the evenings and diners pack out the tables, often sharing platters of seafood, salad and chips, passing around the plates so nothing goes untasted. A definite star in Velez’s food scene, it’s a must while you’re in town.
Address: Calle Pintor Antonio de Velez. Tel: 952 50 14 69. Open: Wed-Mon 12.00 – 16.30 and 19.30 – 00.00hrs. La Gamba Dorada Facebook Page.
Bar La Peña
Bar La Peña gets particularly busy at lunchtimes with local workers heading to the bar for tapas and a cool cerveza. It sits conveniently just off Plaza de Las Carmelitas with the square to the front and a small courtyard to the back. If you have children it’s a nice spot to let them burn off some energy.
The tapas on offer is a range of typical Andaluz dishes which change throughout the year depending on what’s in season, and there’s a menu (with plates and half plates) in Spanish and English. Expect simple, home-cooked food and good portions.
Address: 4 C/ Padre Tienda. Tel: 687 56 45 49. Open: Mon-Fri 08.30 – 16.30. Sat 12.00 – 00.00.
Bar El Rubio
A popular place, particularly for its fish dishes, Bar El Rubio serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Glamorous it isn’t, as its customers tend to be local agricultural workers, but it makes for a good pit-stop for a great value menu del dia at lunchtime.
The food is typical, traditional Malagueña fare. It’s busy and bustling at lunchtimes and their lightly fried fish or baby squid is a forever favourite. Don’t forget your anis shot to aid digestion before your meal!
Address: 14 Calle Alcalde Juan Barranquero. Tel: 952 50 12 13. Open: Mon-Sat 06.00 – 00.00. Sun 11.00 – 17.00. Restaurantebarelrubio.es.
Casa Paqui is a firm favourite for those looking for a great bite to eat that doesn’t cost the earth. You certainly wouldn’t choose it for a sophisticated candlelit dinner: it’s noisy, badly lit, located on a busy crossroads in a modern part of town and not at all pretty inside or out, but… the food is excellent and seriously reasonably priced.
In addition to the usual local staples, there’s a tray full of fresh seafood to choose from. Or you can work your way through a selection of generous tapas portions of the likes of fried beans and ham, cuttlefish in sauce and Russian salad for the princely sum of 1€.
The real winner, though, if you’re looking for a quick bite over a lunchtime couple of beers or a glass or two of wine, is the roast ham leg – which can be had on its own (as a ración/media) or, slider-style, in a bunch of white rolls to share.
Oh, and the staff are super-friendly, too. Top marks all round, basically.
Address: Calle Dr. Laureano Casquero 3-5. Tel: 952 50 30 26. Open: Every day 11.30 – 17.00hrs and 20.00 – 00.30hrs.
Restaurants Outside the Historic Centre of Velez-Malaga
This boutique hotel is set in beautiful countryside with wonderful views over the valley and towards Velez. An old farmhouse and a beautiful building in its own right, it makes for a lovely setting for a meal. The food here showcases traditional Andalucian flavours and elevates them to the next level with modern cooking techniques.
Address: Carretera Velez-Benamocarra km. 1. Tel: 951 55 00 48. Open: Every day 12.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.00 – 00.00hrs. Hotelcortijobravo.com.
Restaurante Meson Los Migueles
Meson Los Migueles is an old-fashioned restaurant serving typical dishes of the area. Set on the long stretch of road on the way to Torre del Mar, it lacks curb appeal but for a lunchtime menu of the day it’s hard to beat. It doesn’t usually open in the evenings.
Address: 83 Avenida Vivar Tellez. Tel: 952 50 36 97. Open: Tues-Sat 13.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.00 – 00.00hrs. Mesonlosmigueles.com.
Just outside the main town is the popular restaurant, A’bocados. It serves contemporary Spanish food with flair alongside some international dishes. There’s a bar area with tapas – expect all the usual bites – albondigas, carne con tomate etc. A formal dining area and two covered terraces. They do a solid menu del dia for around 10€ on weekday lunchtimes. It does get busy on the weekends but there’s plenty of parking outside.
Address: Avenida Pablo Iglesias. Tel: 952 54 94 92. Open: Every day 12.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.30 – 00.00hrs. A’bocados Restaurant Facebook Page
This popular restaurant is situated in the rather uninviting setting of an industrial park. Although not a grand location, the local crowd take lunchtimes seriously, so it makes sense for a good restaurant to be located near to where many people work. To meet the needs of their clientele it offers a well priced menu of the day Monday-Friday and an excellent line in piping hot coffees and tostadas to start the day.
Address: 1 Calle Jose Rivera. Tel: 951 28 42 98. Open: Mon-Sat 06.00 – 16.00hrs and 20.00 – 01.00hrs. Sun 07.00 – 16.00hrs. La Ralea Facebook Page.