If you’re in the mood for food then Puerto Banus is a gourmet’s paradise, fom Pizza to Polynesian, from Chinese to Cuban and all tastes in between. Loosen your belts and come with us for a leisurely lunch trip around Puerto Banus.
La Sala - The most exciting restaurant to open in Puerto Banus for years, La Sala is the brainchild of the team behind Buddha Beach and Spurs star David Bentley and Birmingham City captain Stephen Carr are among the owners. Combining the classic with the contemporary in a stunning setting, La Sala offers an unbeatable dining experience in eight different areas. So whether you want a full a la carte dinner, something impromptu from the light meal menu, celebrate with a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne on the decked terrace, grab a tapa or two and a glass of something cool in the “Rincon ” or just chill out with a coffee and take in the view. There is an extensive cocktail and wine list, as well as an excellent range of champagnes. La Sala also features live music and DJs in the evenings. Already it has been an immediate hit and is a popular spot for visiting footballers, including former England players Paul Robinson and Teddy Sheringham.
Dalis Pasta Factory - This place is a Puerto Banus institution. Originally opened by brothers Simon, Marco and Nicci, sons of the famous Italian Opera Singer Toni Dalli, the restaurant serves great value Italian food and is popular with both residents and tourists alike. The Pasta factory is also the clubhouse of the Marbella Ferrari owners club, so it’s a great place to watch F1 live, and there’s even a 50s Ferrari bolted to the wall. Celeb guests have included Sir Stirling Moss, Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and Sir Sean Connery who has a dish named after him. Simon is also a West Ham fan, but them again you can’t have everything…
Picasso - Another Puerto Banus institution, Picasso’s is the busiest pizzeria in the Port, and in summer you’ll see queues of expectant diners standing outside waiting for a spare table. Huge servings and a family friendly atmosphere mean that Picasso’s is always busy
The Red Pepper – situated a champagne corks pop away from Sinatra’s, The Red Pepper is one of the best known restaurants in Puerto Banus. Specialising in fresh fish and Greek dishes, The Red Pepper is a popular spot for visiting celebs, and owner Chris is a familiar sight at his regular table on the terrace.
Aretusa - Another Banus favourite, Aretusa is a modern Italian located just down from Picasso’s. A more upscale restaurant, it’s popular with Marbella’s bright young (and not so young) things who pack the place at weekends before heading off to either Olivia Valere’s or Suite nightclubs.
Antonio’s – An unapologetic Old School Spanish restaurant, Antonio’s has been in Puerto Banus since the early 70s, and the place hasn’t changed at all. It’s like stepping back into a time warp, with waiters in maroon waistcoats and a menu and wine list that hasn’t changed since Franco was running the country. Mention fusion cuisine here at your own risk…
Tango - If you’ve come over all carnivorous and have a craving for steak, then head for Tango on the second line of the Port. Don’t let the name put you off. Nobody is going to start dancing around your table, but Tango does the best Argentinean meats for miles around, and has a formidable wine list. You’ll know when you’ve been Tangoed!!
Los Bandidos - Calling a restaurant on the Costa del Crime“The Gangsters” isn’t perhaps the wisest idea, but Los Bandidos has been a popular choice in Puerto Banus for over 20 years. Serving international cuisine, Los Bandidos was voted top international restaurant by readers of Essential Magazine, so who are we to argue with them? You can also have fun while you wait for your starter by playing “Name the Celeb” among the photos on the wall.
Mumtaz - If you’re over with the boys for a couple of days then the desire for a curry is bound to crop up sooner or later. Mumtaz is one of the best Indain restaurants in Banus and certainly has the best location, just by the tower and looking out over the superyachts. Be warned - this isn’t your flock wallpaper and eight pints type of Indian. Save the binge drinking till later on!
TGI Friday’s - If it’s a burger that you’re after, but don’t fancy a McDonald’s or Burger King (although both have outlets in the Port) then TGI Friday’s is a great alternative. If you like TGI’s in the UK, then you’ll love the Banus restaurant, which has all the American fixtures and fittings that you’d expect, plus plenty of TV screens around the main bar area and, of course, some lethal cocktails!
And if you are really going for a boozy night out, an honourable mention must go to the Kebab restaurant underneath the arch on the second line. It won't win any awards for presentation or haute cuisine, but there are times when nothing but a kebab will hit the spot!
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