Selection of Restaurants Open over the Christmas Season on the Costa del Sol

Planning to be on the Costa del Sol this Christmas? 

Can you believe another year has gone by and Christmas is already approaching?  Are you planning to spend it here on the Western Costa del Sol?  December and January are great times to explore the Costa del Sol.  Whilst most beach bars are closed through these months, this is the perfect time to explore the Spanish Style Ventas and Restaurants.  There is so much to discover and so many Spanish Traditions to learn about.  And if you fancy venturing away for a day – do not miss out on the Malaga Lights – they are spectacular!

Looking for a restaurant to have a nice meal at Christmas?

Have you left booking a venue till the last minute?

Looking to celebrate Christmas in typical Costa del Sol style?

No problem, we are one step ahead of you.

Andrew dressed as Father Christmas

A list of Restaurants and Events this Christmas  – All in one place! 

With Christmas around the corner, we have compiled this list for you with a selection of restaurants open this Christmas so you can really make the most of the festive season. If you’ve done any searching yourself for things to do, you would know how notoriously hard it is to find dates and times for things going over the Christmas period. 

So, no need to search anymore.  To make your life easier and take off the extra stress this Christmas season, we have compiled a list of restaurants open through the period with emphasis on Christmas menus and New Years’ Parties.  There is something for everyone – from traditional Christmas lunch to Thai Food to Spanish Tapas options. We have focused on the area between Sotogrande and Estepona 

This information is as accurate as possible.  Please note that Bars and Restaurants can choose to change their events and opening hours at any time.  Please make sure you call to reserve or before showing up to avoid disappointment!

It’s a Merry Christmas and a Ho! Ho! Ho! Have a fabulous time!

Sotogrande and Surrounding Area

There are a number of events in and around Sotogrande – here are a few possible ways in which you can spend your time over Christmas!

Mercado el Levante

Sotogrande: Selection of Restaurants open on Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Eve:


1. SO Society Sotogrande 

So Sotogrande is a fabulous, newly refurbished hotel, located in Almenara, Sotogrande.  If you want to be immersed in the Christmas Spirit, So-Sotogrande has organised a number of festive lunches, dinners and events throughout the Christmas Season including:

  • Festive Cocktails on the 24th and 25th December
  • A visit from Santa on the 24th of December
  • Christmas Eve Dinner
  • Christmas Day Lunch
  • New Year’s Eve dinner
  • New Year’s Eve Party
  • New Year’s Day Lunch

To find out more about all of these events and make a reservation, check out this link:


Check out their Festive Menu here:

Festive Menu So-Sotogrande


Avenida Almenara s/n, 11310 Sotogrande (San Roque) – Cadiz

Tel.: +34 956 582 000
Correo electrónico: [email protected]


2. The Hairy Lemon

The Hairy Lemon in Sotogrande

The Hairy Lemon is located in Sotogrande Port, right in the hub of all the action.  It is open on throughout the Christmas season.  Please check out the opening times below:

Hairy Lemon Opening Hours Christmas

They also have a nice Christmas party menu:

Christmas Menu The Hairy Lemon

Find out more:

Location: Plaza de Los Naranjos, Sotogrande, Spain


Tel: +34 956 79 01 24


3. Gigi’s Beach Bar 

Gigi's Beach

Gigi’s Beach Bar is open on the 23rd and 24th of December for lunch with their a la carte menu.  They are also open on Christmas Day and they do have a Special Christmas Day Lunch with Cava, drinks, traditonal roast and lots lots more! Check out the Christmas Day menu here:

Christmas Lunch Menu – Gigi’s Beach

Find out more..


Reserve your table: (+34) 696 67 47 53

Location: Paseo del Mar, Sotogrande

A la Carte Menu:

(NB this is different from the Special menu on Christmas Day):

Please note, they are not open on New Year’s Eve.

4. Ke Sotogrande

Ke Sotogrande

Right in the heart of Sotogrande Port, Ke is a great place for a meeting point and has a great atmosphere.  Ke are open throughout the season but you do need to reserve to avoid being disappointed.

Find out more:

Location: Puerto Deportivo, Av. de la Marina, s/n, 11310 Sotogrande, Cádiz



Reservations: (+34) 956 790 333


5. Agora Sotogrande


Agora Sotogrande are hosting a Christmas Eve and New Year’s Party:

24th December 2022:

From Midnight till 4am.  Tickets are free until 1am, at the door they are 15 Euros a head and include one drink, or you can book a table from 150€

31st December – New Year’s Eve Masquerade

There are a few tickets left for this party which runs from 00.30am – 05.30am on the 31st /1st January.  Tickets available are 70€ per head and include an open bar

Find out more here.

Location: Centro Comercial Mar Y Sol, 6/31-33, 11310 San Roque, Cádiz


Click here to Reserve

Tel:(+34) 669997888


6. Trocadero Sotogrande

Trocadero Sotogrande


The Trocadero in Sotogrande is hosting a fabulous New Year’s Party with a stunning dinner menu and open bar.  They also have a Vegan option and a kids’ menu.

Find out more and reserve a table for a fabulous event!


Reserve your table: (+34) 678 456 047

Location: Trocadero Sotogrande, San Roque

Ribera del Marlin,
20, Marina del, Av. de la
Marina, 11310 Sotogrande,
Cádiz, Spain

7. Fresco

Fresco is located in Sotogrande Marina and has hosted a multitude of events in the run-up to Christmas and it is a good idea to keep an eye out and keep checking for new activities each week. They are open on Christmas Eve from 9am – 18:00m, closed on Christmas Day but also open on New Year’s Eve during the day from 10.00 – 18:00. and the 1st Jan from 12:00 – 20:00.

Click below for a menu:

Fresco Marina Sotogrande Menu

Find out more:

Location: Ribera del Marlin, 20, Marina del, Av. de la Marina, 11310 Sotogrande, Cádiz, Spain

Tel: +34-956-616-011

Email: [email protected]

Instagram/Facebook: @frescomarina

8. Foodisiac

Foodisiac Sotogrande

Foodisiac is located in Sotogrande Marina.  It is a fabulous setting.  Foodisiac is open through the Christmas season except for the 31st. They have organised a Christmas Eve Meal.  So if you are looking for a special evening out, please contact them.  Here is the menu:

Christmas Eve Menu

Find out more:

Location: Ribera del Marlin 25 Marina del, Av. de la Marina, 11310 Sotogrande, Cádiz

Reservations: [email protected]
Tel: +34 856399163



Estepona town is magical at Christmas.  The lights are spectacular and there is a real buzz around the town.  It is also great for all age groups.  If you don’t want the rush of a city but still want a lively atmosphere, this is the place to go to soak in the ambience. It is very welcoming to young families but also has lots of romantic restaurants tucked away in the side streets.  The promenade and pedestrianised centre are fabulous to walk around on a sunny Winter’s Day.

Estepona: Selection of Restaurants open on Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Eve:

1.Tarantella – Italian restaurant: 

Tarantella is a truly special Italian restaurant located in Estepona Old Town.  It does get busy so I really recommend booking to avoid disappointment.  It is especially Christmasy if you choose to sit downstairs in the ‘glassed area’.  The fairy lights make it feel really cosy and welcoming.  Tarantella has a special Christmas Menu and whilst closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, they are open on the 25th!  Here is a link to their Christmas menus for groups and small parties:

Find Out More:

To reserve your table: (+34) 951 57 10 53

Location: Calle Santa Ana, 15, Estepona (Málaga)



2. Sur Estepona – Argentinian Steakhouse fusion Moroccan cuisine:

Sur is a fabulous Argentinian Restaurant.  Located in a central Plaza in the heart of Estepona, it is in a great hub of atmosphere.  it is a gorgeous restaurant – warm, with nice lighting and welcoming.  More than anything it has a great menu with lots of choice.  It is located next door to the Hotel Estepona Plaza so if you fancy spoiling yourselves and having a big night out, the hotel next door is worth a try! They are open through the Christmas

Find out more:


To reserve your table: (+34) 952 79 28 76

Location: Plaza Ortiz, 10 Estepona (Malaga)


3. Restaurante Alma de Miguel

A fabulous restaurant with an extensive menu with so much to offer from traditional Spanish dishes like Gambas pil pil and paella to some great meat dishes.  Alma de Miguel is open throughout the Christmas Season with the exception of the evening of the 24th and 31st.. but they are open on Christmas Day! Take a sneak peek of their menu here: 

Alma de Miguel Estepona

Find out more:

To reserve your table: (+34) 676 109 940

Location: Calle Caridad, 30, Estepona (Malaga)

4. La Casa del Rey

La Casa del Rey is one of the best tapas restaurants in old town Estepona.  The Spanish love tapas and there is something wonderful about being able to try a huge range of things.  The wine and surroundings are equally as enticing.  La Casa del Rey is in the heart of Estepona old town – it makes it the perfect venue as you can wander into town for post-dinner drinks or even start with pre-dinner drinks or a cocktail in one of the many bars in Estepona town.  Casa del Rey is open throughout Christmas although they are not open in the evenings of the 24th and 31st of December.  The good news though is that they are open on Christmas Day and they are running with their a la carte menu.  So why not check it out?

Find out more:


Location: Calle Raphael, 7.29680 Estepona, Málaga.

Online: To reserve online

Tel:+34 951 96 54 14

5. La Bulla Gastrobar

La Bulla Gastrobar are open through the season.  They are centrally located in Estepona and there is a wonderful atmosphere.

On the 24th December and 31st December, they open from 9:30am – 7pm on Christmas Day they are open from 5pm – 1am.  

La Bulla Estepona

Find out more:


Location: Plazoleta Ortiz – Avda. España, 38, Estepona, Spain


Tel:+34 952 80 65 75

6. La Galeria

La Galeria Gastro-Bar has won The Estepona ‘Ruta de la Tapa’ three times.  It has a lovely selection of tapas and some great wines too.  Check out the menu online:

Our Menu

Find out more:

Location: Calle Caridad 48, Estepona, Malaga

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +34 655 161 060



Casares Costa is beautifully lit up and the town hall has organised a number of activities for all age groups.  Christmas in Casares is truly magical, whether you opt for a Restaurant up the Casares road on one nearer the coast, there are a number of great restaurants open over Christmas.

Casares: Selection of Restaurants open on Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Eve:

1. Sarmiento 

Sarmiento Casares

Sarmiento is located up in Casares Village and is in an incredible setting.  From the terrace, you get a birdseye view over Casares and across to the Sea.  The food is of very high quality and the restaurant has won lots of awards.  Sarmiento is open for lunch over the Christmas Break, it is open on Christmas Day and for lunch on New Year’s Eve.  It is closed on Boxing Day and the 27th December.

Check out the menu:

To reserve your table:

Reserve online:

Tel: (+34) 952 895 035

Location: Carretera de Casares Km 12’5

2. The Forge

Nestled in the Casares mountains, on Casares road is The Forge Restaurant.  It is a family-run restaurant and has a cosy, warm and inviting atmosphere alongside fabulous cuisine.  The Forge are open on the 23rd December for lunch, closed Christmas Eve, Fully booked for Christmas lunch.  However, they do have a few tables left for Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve lunch.  The Forge is very popular and in a lovely setting.

Find out more:

To reserve your table: (+34) 952 895 120

Location: Carretera de Casares, km 9.8


3. La Choza

La Choza is a traditional Spanish restaurant located in Casares Costa. The interior and lighting and decor make it feel like a very Christmasy venue.   It has an incredible menu that has something for everyone.  They are open from 12.30 – 23.30 every day except Tuesdays.  They will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve but are open on Christmas Day.


Find out more:

Location: Restaurante la choza, Autovía del Mediterráneo, km 146

To reserve your table:

Tel: (+34) 952 890 925

Online Reservations:

4. Venta El Cózar

Venta Cozar is located on Casares Road and has stunning mountain views.  It has two dining halls and an open fireplace.  Venta Cozar has a number of set menus over this Christmas period for big groups and families that pre-book.    Please contact them for more information or check out their Facebook page (see below for a link).  They are closed on Mondays.  They are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for lunch!  They are not open on New Year’s Eve (they are closed from the 28th December – 31st December).  It gets very busy so book in advance.

Find out more:

Location:   Carretera Casares Km 4.

Menus on Instagram:


Reservations: 639 20 21 72

5. Venta Garcia

A lovely modern-styled venta in Casares.  Venta Garcia has a lovely outside chillout area – sit out here and enjoy some drinks and cocktails! Located on Casares Road near the way up to the village. They are open for lunches only every day including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They are not open for dinner except for New Year’s Eve.

Special New Year’s Eve Menu

Venta Garcia has a special New Year’s Eve Menu and is a wonderful place to see the New Year in!

New Year’s Eve Menu – click here to check it out

Find out more:

To reserve your table: (+34) 952 894 191 / +34 630311861

Location: Carretera de Casares, km 7.



6. Bua Garden Restaurant

Bua Garden is a Thai restaurant in Casares Golf.  Apart from closing from midday on the 24th, they have some special events on through the Christmas Season.  All up-to-date information is on their Facebook Page:

  • 25th December: From 13:00 – Special Christmas Menu and Music – 65€ per head
  • 26th December:  From 13:00- 16:00 – All You can Eat – Boxing Day menu – 22€ per head

Boxing Day Menu - Bua Garden

  • 29th December From 21:00 Jam Session
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner – 6 Course Meal and DJ – 85€ per head


Find out more:


To reserve your table: (+34) 951 328 182

Location: Urbanización Casares, Costa Golf

A LA Carte Menu: 


Manilva: Selection of Restaurants open on Christmas Day and/or New Year’s Eve:

1. La Bodega Duquesa – Tapas authentic cuisine 

LA Bodega Duquesa

La Bodega is a tapas bar with a delicious varied menu.  It is open every day throughout Christmas.  They have a set menu on the 25th for Christmas Day Lunch with live music.  Call to book now!

LA Bodega Christmas Menu


They also have a New Year’s Eve Dinner with Live Music which runs from 20.00 – 2am – SOLD OUT


Find out more:

To reserve your table call +34 952 89 38 98 / call Yaz +34 642557737.

Location: 53 Calle Delfin, Puerto De La Duquesa

A la Carte Menu: 



2. Quays Restaurant Duquesa – Irish Pub

The Quays Irish Bar Duquesa

The Quays Irish Bar and Tapas has a great Christmasy feel.  Check out their Facebook page for up-to-date information on events, Sunday Roasts etc.  They are holding a big New Year’s Event  – what a great way to see the New Year in, in La Duquesa.

Here is their New Year’s Eve Menu:

Quays Irish Pub - New Years Menu


Find Out More:

To reserve your table: (+34) 652 271 346

Location: Calle Delfin, Puerto De La Duquesa


3. Chilli – Indian and Mexican restaurant

Chilli has a great and very extensive menu – from traditional authentic Indian dishes to typical Mexican.  They even have Angus steak on the menu.  They manage to combine different cuisines beautifully and have enough variety to sweeten even the fussiest of us!  Chilli is open throughout Christmas with their normal a la carte menu.  Please do book in advance if you want to make a reservation for New Year’s.

Find out more:

To reserve your table: (+34) 632 337 000

Location: La Dorada, Blq. 9, Local 24, Puerto De La Duquesa



4. Rose & Thistle

The Rose and Thistle is a family-friendly bar and grill with a varied menu including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.  This year they are hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with Patricia Roe and James live. Entrance is free – so why not dance in the New Year to fabulous live music in the heart of Duquesa Port?

Rose and Thistle Duquesa New Year's

Find out more:


To reserve your table: (+34) 952 155 850

Location: C. Cigala, 86/89, 29692 La Duquesa, 


5. El Estribo

A fabulous Argentinian restaurant.  Perfect for a special lunch or evening out.  Great wine, delicious food and excellent service.

El Estribo


Find out more:

To reserve your table: (+34) 952 893 788

Location: C. Real las Flores, 29692 Manilva (Málaga)




6. La Bella Vista

Bella Vista Restaurant and Bar Manilva

a Bella Vista is hosting a Christmas Lunch this year and has a wonderful set menu.  Lunch will be served between 1pm ad 5pm on Christmas Day and is 60€ per head.  Check out the menu here:

They are also running a number of other events including:

23rd December – Live Music with Amalinde 

26th December – Boxing Day Quiz at 7pm.

Find out more:

To reserve your table: (+34) 952 890 020

Location: Camping La Bella Vista, Manilva


More about Christmas on the Costa del Sol:

Trip to Malaga to see Christmas Lights

Christmas in Andalucia