El Papagayo

Price guide: Mid-range

Plaza Balcón de Europa, Nerja, Costa del Sol, 29780

Price guide: Mid-range

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#5 of 5
expert-rated restaurants in Nerja
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.4
3.4
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of El Papagayo

A beach restaurant that doesn’t just rely on its fabulous location.

Nestled between the beach and the steep cliffs, this is one of Nerja’s most talked about eateries. The smallish, white wooden restaurant is literally a stone’s throw from the shoreline and is my favourite Nerja lunchtime spot in the summer. Only lunch is served at El Papagayo as the kitchen closes at 4pm, but the bar’s open until late - see you there for sundowners? - and there’s often some funky, live sax to watch the sun go down to.

Food and drink: 

The menu consists of simple, summery, Mediterranean beach favourites including freshly cooked paellas, salads, wraps and barbecued fish. And they often come around with free watermelon after your meal, which I always think is a nice touch. The chefs obviously take pride in their work.

Ambience: 

It's chilled out to a degree that would win over a Californian surfer. I defy you not to relax and unwind here as you look across the beach and down to the sea from your table.

Service: 

It can be a little slow when it’s busy, which is almost always in the summer.

Location: 

It's just below Nerja’s famous Balcón de Europa. Follow the pathway down to the beach.

Price advice: 

It is only a touch more expensive than your average beach restaurant/bar, but the quality is better than most. Expect to pay 15 euros a head for lunch.

More information on El Papagayo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Mediterranean, Spanish
Address:
Plaza Balcón de Europa, Nerja, Costa del Sol, 29780
Telephone:
+34 952 523 816
Serves:
Lunch
Opening times:
Lunch served daily noon-4pm. The bar stays open all day until 11pm in the summer.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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