At Murcia Services, we´ve discovered that the majority of expatriates living on some of the golf resorts really aren´t getting the most out of the Murcia region´s vibrant cuisine. We´ve compiled a list of restaurants (in no particular order) you absolutely have to try, hopefully most of them will be new to you. Enjoy!
Escuela de Pieter – La Manga
Escuela de Pieter is an absolutely stunning restaurant situated towards the top of La Manga strip. The restaurant spoils its guests with arguably one of the most spectacular sunsets in the region and its own private beach.
The outdoor dining area features a wide variety of seating arrangements, from circular booths to beach-side tables and tall bar stool tables, all without feeling crowded or over-looked by other guests.
The service and knowledge of the staff are impressive and the variety of food is wide enough to please most, from vegetarians to meat-eaters.
Our recommendation – Paella – Fresh and authentically made, the paella at Escuela de Pieter is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Telephone: 968 437 059
Mobile: 617 329 326
Address: urbanización Veneciola, s/n – parcela J 1
30380 LA MANGA DEL MAR MENOR, SAN JAVIER (Murcia)
Cafe Cielo Bar – Marina de Las Salinas
Cafe Cielo Bar is a family run business who have worked tirelessly over the past 9 years to establish themselves as one of the best restaurants in the San Pedro del Pinatar port.
Over the years they have modified their menu to keep up with the times.
Now catering for the vegan and celiac market, there is definitely something for everyone on the menu.
We recently visited Ceilos and were blown away by the food and especially impressed by the attention to detail and knowledge of their products. We tried the Lamb Leg “Burger”, a blend of minced lamb meat and 15 herbs and spices on a potato rosti with a side salad and for the vegan eater at our visit, sauteed mushrooms marinated in red wine with roasted almonds complemented with a cannellini bean and garlic puree, enough to get even the most full-blooded meat-eaters watering at the mouth.
Cafe Cielo Bar also boasts an extensive wine list, including some rare vintages with 98 points on the Peñins Guide.
A must visit for an avid wine connoisseur.
Recommendations – Ask the staff about their selection of rare wines
Address: Marina de Las Salinas, San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia
Telephone: 686 12 08 54
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El Sibarita Restaurant – Torreagüera
El Sibarita is a hidden gem in the village of Torreagüera.
With ample indoor seating, El Sibarita is more than big enough for large groups (we´ve more than a handful of events there ourselves).
Their menu is extremely creative and is updated regularly with some interesting additions. Over the years we´ve been astounded by the versatility of their chef, serving up some incredibly intricate dishes. One that stands out, in particular, is the tuna tartar coated in an edible wax to give it the appearance of a tomato, as well as a mixture of other compliments, all of which are not whatthey appear to be.
Considering the sheer complexity of some of their dishes, the final bill will definitely surprise you! A meal for 2 including 4 starters, a bottle of wine, a couple cocktails, main course and dessert, will give you change from 70€.
They also offer set menus with an open bar and 5 courses from 20€ pp.
Recommendations – Magret de Pato
Address: Calle el Secano, 2, 30579 Torreaguera, Murcia
Phone: 968 87 40 84
*given the location, you won´t be likely to find English speaking staff, although they do provide an English menu.
Del Gallo Blues – Murcia City
Located just outside the city centre of Murcia, Del Gallo Blues has been voted as one of the best restaurants in the area.
With live music year-round and a varied modern menu, you´ll be sure to have a memorable experience.
The overall design of the place has been thoughtfully laid out and offers you a wide choice of eating situations, from the outdoor chillout area to the impressive dining hall.
Using locally sourced produce, the menu includes a great range of dishes such as Sushi, Steak Tartar and Jamon Iberico.
Set menus with an open bar starting from 32€ per person.
Recommendations – Funghi Rissoto
Address: Camino del Palmeral, 12 – 30100 – El Puntal – Murcia
Telefone: 968 830 161 / 968 858 118
El Pasaje de Zabalburu – Murcia City
Hidden towards the back of Plaza de Las Flores in Murcia city centre, El Pasaje de Zabalburu is one of the best restaurants in the entire region of Murcia, with its squid ink croquette being voted the best tapa in the region.
Apart from the croquettes, El Pasaje is full of incredible dishes that will definitely have you coming back for more. Our personal favourite is the “Queso Explosivo” – Melted cheese fried in breadcrumbs, seasoned with popping candy! A strange combination I know, but the two ingredients compliment each other fantastically. They also make for a great conversation piece for anyone who doesn´t know what to expect.
You can choose from either the seated dining area at the rear of the restaurant if you prefer more of a formal dining experience, or you can sit at the bar area and enjoy the delicious tapas they have to offer.
It’s not all tapas though, there are also some beautiful fish and meat dishes, as well as their enormous house salad.
Recommendations – “Queso Explosivo”
*Ample parking available in one of the multiple underground carparks just a short walk away.
La Cabaña Buenavista. A Michelin Star wonder in El Palmar, Murcia, hallway down the main motorway into the city centre. Unlike some of the other restaurants, you will undoubtedly have heard of this restaurant already.
Whilst not the cheapest of restaurants, you will leave having just had a world class experience.
Their tasting menu leads you round the ground of the Finca, where you will try at least 14 different foods that can only be described as individual works of art.
The isn´t much to say about La Cabaña Buenavista that will truly serve the restaurant and staff justice. You must see to believe.
Recommendations – Tasting menu
Los Cazadores – Corvera
Los Cazadores specialise in grilled meats but they also do offer plenty of different dishes such as marinated venison and their enormous César Salad.
There are a couple of different seating areas in the restaurant. You can choose from either the bar area or the seated dining area. The bar area has tall tables and bench seating next to an incredibly well-stocked bodega.
Recommendations – Gamón Masala
Menu: Click here
Address: Carretera Fuente Alamo, 3
30153 Corvera, Murcia, Spain
Telephone: 968 38 02 25
La Mary – Murcia City
La Mary is a beautiful restaurant on a tiny little back street between Santo Domingo and Plaza Romea in Murcia City centre.
Although the restaurant doesn´t have any outdoor dining space, being in the city centre you are spoilt for choice with the wide number of cocktails and wine bars all within a 5-minute walking distance to the restaurant.
Sitting in the restaurant, you could be fooled into thinking that you´re in a luxury backstreet restaurant in the south of Franch.
The staff in La Mary are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food they serve and the menu has something for everyone, without being overwhelmed with too many choices.
Prices a very similar to those of El Sibarita mentioned above.
Recommendations – “Costillar” Off the bone beef rib with a hoisin sauce and beetroot puree.
Enso Sushi – Murcia City – Las Colinas – Cartagena
Enso Sushi has been described as “the closest you can get to an experience of Japanese food outside of Japan” by a Japanese expat living in Murcia.
Whilst not the cheapest of sushi restaurants in the area, the service and quality that they provide is absolutely spectacular.
A tasting menu will set you back around 50€ per person and consists of a huge range of different dishes, with selected wines chosen by their in-house sommelier.
You can find Enso Sushi in the city centre of Murcia, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club and now in Cartagena also.
Recommendations – Tasting menu
Address: Calle Sta. Teresa, 6, 30005 Murcia
Phone: 968 90 66 11
Vela Beach – La Mata – Torrevieja
Their menu is versatile and portion sizes are more than generous. Last time we visited Vela Beach, we ordered the lamb chops, expecting to be served 3 chops arranged in a fancy pyramid shape with 5 or 6 neatly stacked chips, instead, we were present with an enormous plate that would satisfy even the biggest of appetites.
Situated directly next to the beach with both indoor and outdoor seating areas, you´ll be sure to have a memorable experience and some fantastic food.
Recommendations – Lamb Chops & Carpaccio
Address: Paseo Juan Aparicio, 16, Torrevieja, Alicante
Phone: 965 05 73 17
If you´ve had an experience of any of these restaurants, or if you´ve found a hidden gem that should include, please feel free to leave us message.