Dining in Casares – the gastronomic route
Casares is well known for its gastronomy. Despite being a small municipality with a population of just over 6,500 inhabitants, it has an amazing number of restaurants. It is renowned for its excellent dining options. Keep reading to discover the ultimate list of restaurants and ventas in Casares.
The main Casares Road is often referred to by food-lovers as a ‘Gastronomic Route’. As you go up this road that links the coast to the village, there are numerous restaurants. We felt that it would be good to create a list of these restaurants – each and every one is unique.
What is a Venta?
Ventas are traditional, roadside inns found all over Spain. They are often old buildings which, at one time, would have lent themselves to travellers passing through towns with horses and carriages. At one time, a venta would have been the perfect pitstop after a long day of travelling. However, in today’s society, they serve a slightly different purpose. Ventas make for the perfect Sunday afternoon lunch spot or some even offer cocktail bars and chillout areas with beautiful views. Continue reading this blog piece to find out more about the many ventas and restaurants found alongside the Casares road.
“Menu del Día Please!”
At many ventas, you may find a ‘menu del dia’ (AKA: menu of the day). These menus tend to be a set price (i.e. 15 euros for 3 courses) and are often great value for money! However, staff may not always promote these menus so it is always worth asking.
The Ultimate List Of Restaurants on the Casares Road
Last week we visited every venta and restaurant along the Casares road. Watch this short video below to follow our journey. Keep scrolling to read about each of the ventas we stopped. You can also find the contact details of each of these below. Happy dining!
Venta La Choza
Venta La Choza is not strictly on the Casares road. However, without it, any review on the ventas in Casares, would not be complete. Located on the roadside of the A7, La Choza, is a traditional style Spanish venta. It is a large restaurant which has a capacity for over 200 people. Apart from the main dining hall, it has several private dining rooms. La Choza is decorated in a traditional Spanish style and has lots of character, making you feel like you are in the real Spain. It is also a good venue for big groups and celebrations. Its menu is very big and very varied. Check it out here. They offer a range of food options that range from typical Spanish style dishes like gambas pil pil to dishes like stroganoff and pasta. There is an endless amount of choice and a good kids’ menu.
Address: Autovía del Mediterráneo, C/N 340km, km 146, 29690, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.37872874477671,-5.219868923356671
Plus Code: 9QHH+FX Casares
If you want to see a virtual tour of the restaurant – visit their website.
Telephone: 952 89 09 25
Online reservations – if reserving online, make sure you give at least 24 hours notice :
Bahia de Casares Cafeteria
This is a very informal café style restaurant. It is a great meeting point. It is located just at the foot of the Casares road, next to the petrol station. There is parking outside it and nearby. This is a great breakfast venue. The coffee is nice and strong and they give you the option of having lactose free milk! It is also a fantastic stop off if you are looking to have a quick lunch – they usually offer a great menu del día ( menu of the day). If you are on the Casares beach and looking for a cheaper option than a chiringuito, you can walk over the pedestrian footbridge and have a cheaper meal here. There is a large terrace which is perfect. Whilst you are right by the main A7 road, it is elevated enough so that you do get sea views.
N-340, Km 146,7, Junto a la gasolinera de Casares Costa, Casares, 29690, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.381263, -5.217439
Plus Code: 9QJM+C2 Casares
Telephone: 951 26 45 23
Opening Hours: 7am -12am
Bua Garden is based in Casares Costa Golf. It has a wonderful big terrace with beautiful views across the Casares Golf Course. Thai Bua Gardens offers two dining options:
- A casual dining experience and pizzeria
- Thai fine dining
They do jam sessions on a Wednesday night. They have sessions planned till the end of August. Check it out on their Facebook page. They also do home delivery for a minimum order. Call or message them for more information.
Urbanizacion Casares Costa Golf (7.80 km)
29690 Casares, Spain
GPS Coordinates: 36.390025, -5.222963
Plus Code: 9QQG+RR Casares
Tel: 951 32 81 82
Daily: 12-16:00 & 19 – 23:00
The beautiful 6* Finca Cortesin hotel and golf resort has got you covered for an afternoon or evening of top quality food and activities. Whether it’s a round of golf at one of Casares’ top clubs, a trip to the spa or dining at one of the many top restaurants, this luxurious venue will provide you with an experience to remember. Additionally, the resort extends to the coast where the impressive Finca Cortesin beach club can be found at Bahia de Casares.
The resort has 3 restaurants, listed below, which all offer different cuisine styles. They also have a very elegant bar area, ‘The Blue Bar’. Why not head to a bar for a pre-dinner drink, prior to dining at one of their restaurants? Check the beautiful Finca Cortesin resort out on Facebook by clicking here.
Don Giovanni’s Sicilian chef, Andrea Tumbarello brings his culinary skills to Finca Cortesin, preparing century-old recipes with a special touch. So why not take a trip and enjoy the finest quality pizza and fresh pasta at one of Costa Del Sol’s award-winning Italian restaurants?
Address: Carretera Manilva – Gaucín, 0 De Casares km 2, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.397322, -5.224977
Plus Code: 9QWF+XQ Casares
Tel: +34 952 937 800
Opening Hours: 19:30-23:00 every day of the week
El Jardin de Lutz
Take in the stunning sea views as you sit back and relax at El Jardin de Lutz. This is the perfect choice for traditional Spanish dining whilst simultaneously enjoying the relaxed yet elegant atmosphere of this restaurant.
Address: 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.396711, -5.223797
Plus Code: 9QWG+MF Casares
Tel: + 34 952 93 78 00
Opening Hours: open daily for breakfast from 7:00-11:30 and dinner from 19:30-23:00
At this wonderful Japanese restaurant, guests can tuck into delicious traditional Japanese dishes as well as some recipes with a Mediterranean twist. With an open restaurant, you can watch the chefs at work as they prepare your meal making this dining experience different from the rest.
Address: Carretera de Casares, Km 2, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.396932, -5.223972
Plus Code: 9QWG+PC Casares
Opening Hours: 19:30-23:30 but closed on Sundays and Mondays
Venta Cozar is one of my favourite ventas on the Casares road. It is not too pricey and has something for everyone. It has an extensive menu to cater for kids and adults alike. they also do a fantastic menu of the day! They have two dining halls – a big dining hall which is a traditional Andalucian Style and another smaller area which is surrounded by glass.
In the Autumn and Winter months, the smaller dining hall is a perfect sun trap and you can look out and see the views. There is also a big outside terrace area. There is a parking area right outside the restaurant. This venta gets very full over the weekends, especially for a Sunday lunch so I would definitely recommend booking in advance. The views are lovely over across to the Casares mountains with the sparkling blue sea in the background.
Cooking on the Grill at Venta Cozar
Address: Carretera de casares, kilometro 4, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.410892, -5.235875
Plus code: CQ67+7M Casares
Facebook: Venta Cozar on Facebook
Opening Hours: Open every day, except for Wednesday, from 11:00 – 17:00
Venta Garcia is a lovely modern venta on the Casares road. It has been around since 1973 and was renovated in 2015. There is a chill-out outside area with tables, and a cocktail area. The restaurant has lots of windows and the terrace has glass curtains meaning that you get to enjoy the magnificent mountain views.
Venta Garcia offer a lunchtime, 3 course Menu del Día (Menu of the day) for 15€, during the weekdays – please note that drinks are not included. The standard of the food on the menu del día was amazing – I would really recommend it! To see their a la carte menu and their daily lunch menu, click here.
Address: Carretera de Casares, km 7, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.435124, -5.244281
Plus Code: CQM4+W6 Casares
Tel: +34 95 289 4191
Facebook: Venta Garcia on Facebook
Opening hours: Open every day, except for Monday, from 12:30 – 16:00 and 19:00 – 23.00
This traditional, historic venta at km 8 of the Casares road is the perfect en-route stop for a good value lunch. Enjoy an afternoon drink or bite to eat as you take in the stunning mountain views. Venta Victoria has a very relaxed feel to it.
Address: Carretera de Casares, Km 8, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.440669, -5.242537
Plus Code: CQR4+6X Casares
Tel: 952 89 41 99
Opening Hours: Open 10am-5pm except for Fridays where opening times are 9:30am-6pm, closed on Tuesdays
Facebook: Venta Victoria on Facebook
This beautiful 200-year old home located in the Casares mountains has been converted into The Forge restaurant which has been run by owners Mike and Athene for many years now. The building offers both a main dining area indoors as well as an outdoor terrace. So take a trip and tuck into the varied menu whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings!
Address: Carretera de Casares, km 9.8, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.448403, -5.257474
Plus Code: CPXV+82 Casares
SUMMER HOURS (MID JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER):
Open for Dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 19:30
Open for Lunch Sunday from 12:30
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Open for Lunch Wednesday through Sunday
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Facebook: The Forge on Facebook
Extra: note that in order to make a reservation, you must call and not e-mail
Finca Arroyo Hondo
Located in the surroundings of the white-washed village of Casares, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome from the staff at Finca Arroyo Hondo. The restaurant has been open for 18 years and the staff here are very excited to welcome back customers following the months of lockdown. Arroyo Hondo offers both indoor and terrace seating.
Arroyo Hondo offer a Fusian style cuisine – many of their dishes are a combination of traditional Spanish style dishes with an Asian twist on them. It is a lovely restaurant for a special occasion. The food is excellent. In fact, we hosted the Hamilton Homes Christmas Dinner at Arroyo Hondo and the service and food was simply perfect.
They are also very well known for their Sunday roasts – however, if you do want to go on a Sunday, you definitely need to book as they do get very busy! Arroyo Hondo offer a great menu del día at 15 Euros for three courses from Tuesday – Saturday.
Address: Ctra De Casares, 10 km, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.448852, -5.258585
Plus Code: CPXR+FH Casares
Tel: +34 952895152
Tuesday to Sunday for lunch only. Menu del dia only from Tuesday to Saturday. Sunday’s menu is à la carte.
Extra: reservations are highly recommended
Restaurante Mi Cortijo
This family-run venta provides you with the most spectacular views of the white-washed village of Casares. Admire the striking views as you sip your coffee or enjoy a woozy afternoon lunch at this mountain-top venta. With parking nearby, this is the perfect spot to take in the views before heading down the steps and exploring this beautiful, traditional village.
Address: Calle barriada los ponies , 29690, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.445541, -5.270951
Plus Code: CPVH+XH Casares
Tel: +34 646 09 00 06
Facebook: Restaurante Mi Cortijo on Facebook
Opening Hours: 11am-6pm, closed on Mondays
Restaurante Sarmiento is located at km 12.5 on the Casares road. Having recently opened again following lockdown, this friendly staff are eager to welcome their customers again. This restaurant offers stunning views of the white-washed village of Casares. With a varied menu, you’re sure to find something which takes your fancy (and don’t forget to try something from their mouth-watering dessert menu!) They also offer a great menu of the day for 15 euros – check out the options!
Address: Carretera de Casares, KM 12´5, 29690 Casares, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.445065, -5.271123
Plus Code: CPVH+XH Casares
Opening Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday, open Thursday to Sunday 13:00-16:00 and 19:30-22:30, and open Wednesday 19:30-22:30
Facebook: Restaurante Sarmiento on Facebook
Nearing the end of the Casares road and finishing off our ultimate venta list is the much-loved Venta El Mirador. This is one of the larger Ventas in Casares which offers traditional Andalucian cuisine. Sit out on the large terrace and admire the view of the valley below. On a clear day, you can see as far as Gibraltar! I love laid back, chilled out feel of this Venta. The owner also always has some great wine recommendations.
Check out our blog here to read more about this beautiful venta at the end of the Casares road.
Address: Carretera A 7150 km 3 A 2 km antes de llegar a Casares desde Manilva, 29690 Gaucín, Málaga
GPS Coordinates: 36.451455, -5.274986
Plus Code: FP2G+F2 Gaucín
Opening Hours: Please call to enquire about opening hours
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