El Higueron

Price guide: Expensive

Autovia del Mediterraneo KM 217, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, 29640

Price guide: Expensive

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By George Prior, your Benalmadena expert

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#5 of 6
expert-rated restaurants in Benalmadena
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of El Higueron

This ‘destination restaurant’ offers great views of the coast.

This would be one of my first choices in the area for a 'special occasion' meal. Maybe it’s the car park attendants, the water mill or the panoramic views across to the North African coastline, but this restaurant, perched halfway up the mountain side, makes you feel special.

Food and drink: 

The menu is based around traditional dishes from Asturias in the north of Spain, such as baby suckling pig with blanched asparagus, which are given flavoursome Andalusian touches and a contemporary ‘lift’ with creative presentation. There’s a huge selection of Spanish wines in the bodega, or cellar.

Ambience: 

There’s a grand and timeless feel about the place. The rustic chandeliers, deep red and terracotta walls, and immaculately-set dark wood tables and chairs, plus the well-to-do (mainly upper middle class Spaniards) clientele give the impression you’re in a rather elegant country house.

Service: 

My only gripe would be the service can be slow and the waiters, although very knowledgeable about the food and wine, seem a little reluctant to share their recommendations.

Location: 

It's on the outskirts of Benalmadena old town. Take the Mijas Pueblo exit of the A-7 road.

Price advice: 

It is one of the most expensive places to eat in the area. Lunch for two will probably set you back about 100 euros in the main restaurant, but there is a tapas bar, which is considerably cheaper.

Tables to book: 

Aim to get near the windows to see the magnificent views.

More information on El Higueron:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Spanish
Address:
Autovia del Mediterraneo KM 217, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, 29640
Telephone:
+34 952 119163
Website:
http://www.elhigueron.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Daily lunch from 1pm-4.30pm, dinner from 7.30pm-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to El Higueron? Would you recommended it?