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Frigiliana Restaurants
Frigiliana Restaurants

7 Best Frigiliana Restaurants:
Plus Most Popular Dishes & Recipes

The Best Frigiliana Restaurants - The Garden
** Salad with Pan-Fried Goat Cheese - The Garden Restaurant - Frigiliana

Welcome to our guide to the Best Restaurants in Frigiliana... Frigiliana is Nerja's pretty neighbor, located just 15 minutes inland from the costa del sol, surrounded by a fertile valley and the Sierra de Tejeda mountain range.

It's just a tiny village with quaint winding streets and hidden alleys, but tucked away in these picturesque alleys are numerous great cafes and restaurants just waiting to be discovered!

Keep reading to learn more about the 7 best restaurants in Frigiliana...


Also: Check out our restaurant selections in these near-by Costa Tropical towns...


The 7 BEST Frigiliana Restaurants:

1

The Garden

Frigiliana Restaurants - The Garden
The Garden €€-€€€
Restaurants in Frigiliana
Mediterranean - European - Spanish Cuisine

Located at the top of Frigiliana with a large terrace overlooking the valley and the Mediterranean Sea is this little gem, The Garden.

The climb is steep, but if you can make it to the top, you will be rewarded with an absolutely fabulous meal and breathtaking views.

The chef is a master at deconstructing typical Spanish cuisine and Mediterranean ingredients and taking them to a whole new level. The grilled homemade chorizo with kalamata olive hummus and eggplant chutney is to die for! We also loved the falafel with mango chutney, beetroot tahini, hummus and pickled chili...

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2

Gloria Bendita

Frigiliana Restaurants - Gusto
Gloria Bendita €€-€€€
Restaurants in Frigiliana
Mediterranean - International - Spanish Cuisine

Nestled in the picturesque village of Frigiliana, Gloria Bendita is another lovely restaurant that blends traditional Spanish flavors with contemporary and Asian influences. With a TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 359 reviews, this restaurant has carved out a niche for itself, ranking 11 out of 50 in the area.

Located in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Gloria Bendita has a charming and welcoming atmosphere. Its location in the heart of Frigiliana adds to its appeal, making it a wonderful place for anyone looking for a nice meal in Frigiliana.

The menu is a creative fusion of European, Spanish, contemporary, healthy, Mediterranean, Asian and Central Asian cuisines. Standout dishes include the tantalizing tuna tartare and exquisite lobster croquettes. The crispy chicken and various sushi options are also highly recommended. For dessert, the cheesecake is a favorite!

Gloria Bendita also caters to a variety of dietary needs, offering vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options.

Price Range: The restaurant offers a moderate price range, with entrees ranging from $16 to $33. Considering the quality of the food and service, this is a good value.

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3

El Boquetillo

Frigiliana Restaurants - El Boquetillo
El Boquetillo €€-€€€
Restaurants in Frigiliana
Mediterranean - International - Spanish Cuisine

What more can you ask for... Incredible food, gorgeous views and a wonderful lively atmosphere!

El Boquetillo is a little retro rock-n-roll joint that specializes in good hearty meals and a festive environment. The walls are decorated with old, vinyl records and electric guitars and the music is a blast from the past... think Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and AC/DC...

We recommend their juicy steaks or the sharing platters, for a little try of everything... They also have sourdough wood oven pizzas and fish & chips!

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4

El Adarve

Frigiliana Restaurants - The Garden
El Adarve €€-€€€
Restaurants in Frigiliana
Mediterranean - European - Spanish Cuisine

El Adarve is another restaurant in the village of Frigiliana that combines excellent cuisine with even more stunning views. Rated 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor and ranked #10 out of 50 restaurants in Frigiliana.

Tucked away on Calle Alta 3, along the winding streets and alleys at the top of the old town, El Adarve is a bit hard to find. But the restaurant's location promises amazing views, making it an ideal spot for a memorable meal. The outdoor terrace is especially lovely for enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding countryside.

El Adarve is known for a variety of dishes like the lamb tagine, cold tomato soup, risotto, tuna and tiramisu. The quality of the food is consistently praised, with special emphasis on the flavorful meat dishes.

The restaurant offers vegetarian-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Price Range: El Adarve is moderately priced and offers good value for the quality of the food and the overall dining experience.

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5

Restaurante El Mirador

Frigiliana Restaurants - Gusto
Restaurante El Mirador €€-€€€
Restaurants in Frigiliana
Mediterranean - European - Spanish Cuisine

Perched at the top of Frigiliana, Restaurante El Mirador offers a dining experience that is as much about the breathtaking views as it is about the food. With a TripAdvisor rating of 4 out of 5 based on 606 reviews, and ranked #18 out of 50 restaurants in Frigiliana, El Mirador has established itself as a must-visit destination for foodies.

The main attraction of El Mirador is its stunning location. Located on Calle Santo Cristo 29, the views from its terrace are spectacular, offering panoramic views of Frigiliana, the surrounding valley and the coast. The ambiance is serene and inviting, perfect for a relaxed meal while soaking up the beauty of rustic Andalucia.

El Mirador serves a fusion of Spanish, Mediterranean and European cuisine. The menu is varied and caters to different tastes and preferences. Highlights include the ravioli, chicken kebab and a variety of salads. The restaurant is also known for its meat selections, which are highly recommended for their quality and flavor.

The restaurant caters to a variety of dietary needs, offering vegetarian-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Price Range: The restaurant is moderately priced, with meals ranging from $8 to $35, offering a good value for the quality of the food and the exceptional dining experience.

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The Best Pub

6

Bar Fandangos Frigiliana

Frigiliana Restaurants -  Bar Fandangos
Bar Fandangos Frigiliana €€-€€€
Restaurants in Frigiliana
British Pub

Bar Fandando is a British pub in town that serves really good British favorites like "Fish and Chips", "Sausage and Mash" and "Beef Steak and Guinness Pie".

The menu at Bar Fandando is small, but the items they specialize in are perfectly done.

They also have fine ales, wines and spirits and some really good burgers!

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The Best International Restaurant

7

Sal Y Pimienta

Frigiliana Restaurants - Sal Y Pimienta
Sal Y Pimienta €€-€€€
Restaurants in Frigiliana
Polish - Spanish Cuisine

If you are looking for something a little different try Sal y Pimienta. This is a Polish restaurant located in the lower part of town across from the Hotel Villa Frigiliana.

They serve a combination of Polish and Spanish cuisine and have a good-sized buffet on Sundays if you want to give Polish food a try...

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5 Local Dishes You Should Try in Frigiliana

Located at the eastern end of the Costa del Sol, the quaint village of Frigiliana offers more than just scenic beauty. Its narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses are complemented by a vibrant food scene.

While visiting Frigiliana, take the opportunity to try some of the more traditional dishes like migas, salmorejo, miel de caña, green olives and of course the local wines! 🍷


1. Migas

Frigiliana Mijas Dish

It is impossible to talk about Frigiliana's gastronomy without mentioning migas. A simple but tasty dish, migas was traditionally a way for peasants to use up stale bread.

Bread crumbs are fried with garlic, peppers and chorizo and are often served with hearty meat dishes. The "plato alpujarreño", for example, is a favorite local dish of chorizo, black pudding, roasted green peppers, fried eggs and migas... It's delicious!


2. Ajoblanco and Salmorejo - Two Cold Soups

Frigiliana Salmorejo

Ajoblanco is another of Frigiliana's iconic dishes. It's a cold soup with ground almonds as the main ingredient, mixed with garlic, bread, olive oil and vinegar, this creamy soup is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day. It's traditionally garnished with grapes, which provide a sweet contrast to its subtle salty flavors.

Salmorejo is another traditional Andalucian soup made from ripe tomatoes, bread (usually day-old to give it body), garlic, olive oil and vinegar. These ingredients are mixed together to make a smooth, creamy soup. The quality of the tomatoes and the olive oil determine the "flavor" of the dish.

Unlike gazpacho, salmorejo has a thicker, more velvety texture. This is due to the addition of bread, which is soaked in the tomato mixture and then blended to achieve a creamy consistency. It's typically garnished with hard-boiled eggs and jamón serrano.

Make them yourself at home!

Ajoblanco (Andalusian Almond Soup)

Ingredients:

  • 200g blanched almonds
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 100g stale white bread, crusts removed
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil (preferably from Frigiliana)
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 700ml cold water
  • Seedless white grapes or melon cubes, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Soak the stale bread in cold water for about 10 minutes, then squeeze out the excess water.

  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the almonds and garlic. Process until they form a smooth paste.

  3. Add the soaked bread to the almond mixture and blend again until combined.

  4. While blending, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to create a creamy emulsion.

  5. Add the white wine vinegar and salt. Continue blending while gradually adding the cold water until the soup reaches a creamy, pourable consistency.

  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

  7. Serve cold, garnished with seedless white grapes or melon cubes.

Salmorejo

Ingredients:

  • Ripe tomatoes: 1 kg (about 2.2 lbs)
  • Stale bread (preferably a baguette or similar): 200 g (about 7 oz)
  • Extra virgin olive oil: 100 ml (about 1/2 cup)
  • Garlic: 1 clove (you can adjust to taste)
  • Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt, to taste
  • For garnish: hard-boiled eggs and jamón serrano (Spanish cured ham), finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. First wash the tomatoes. Then quarter them and remove the stem.

  2. Blend the tomatoes in a food processor until smooth.

  3. Pass the blended tomatoes through a strainer to remove the skins and seeds. (This step is critical to achieving a smooth texture.)

  4. Cut the stale bread into chunks and soak in the tomato mixture for about 10-15 minutes. This will soften the bread and make it easier to blend.

  5. Place the soaked bread and any remaining tomato mixture back into the blender.

  6. Add the garlic clove, vinegar and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth and thick.

  7. While blending, slowly add the olive oil. This process is similar to making mayonnaise and helps create a creamy texture.

  8. Chill the salmorejo in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. It's important to serve it cold.

  9. Garnish with finely chopped hard-boiled eggs and serrano ham. If you don't have serrano ham, prosciutto is a good substitute.


3. The Sweet Side of Frigiliana: Miel de Caña

Frigiliana Miel de Caña

"Miel de Caña" translates as "sugarcane honey" and it's a typical syrup made from sugarcane, similar to molasses. It's made by extracting the juice from the sugarcane and then boiling it down until it thickens into a syrup. This process concentrates the natural sugars and flavors, resulting in a dark, rich syrup.

The syrup has a deep, sweet flavor with hints of caramel and molasses. It's used as a topping for desserts, in baking, and in savory dishes like "berenjenas con miel" (fried eggplant with sugarcane honey) or drizzled over a goat cheese and walnut salad.

Miel de Caña holds a special place in Frigiliana, which is famous for its production and even has the last remaining sugar cane factory in Europe. You can buy some to take home at the "Bar Vinos El Lagar" near the Ingenio factory.


4. Local Green Olives

Green Olives of Frigiliana

The hills surrounding Frigiliana are dotted with olive trees, so it's no surprise that olives play an important role in the local cuisine. Whether eaten alone, used as a base for a dish, or pressed to make olive oil, the olives of this region have a distinctive flavor. Olive oil from Frigiliana is also a prized product, known for its rich flavor and smooth texture that adds depth to any dish.


5. Wines and Spirits

Local Wines of Frigiliana

Beyond the delicious food, Frigiliana also produces wonderful local wines and spirits to accompany its dishes. The 'vino del terreno', a typical wine, is a must. Also the 'Moscatel' or sweet sherry, which is perfect as an after dinner drink.

For those with a taste for stronger spirits, 'aguardiente', a local liqueur flavored with aniseed, is a good choice. It's not uncommon to find older residents enjoying a glass in the morning, claiming it's the secret to their longevity!

These can also be sampled and purchased at 'Bar Vinos El Lagar'.

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