I know La Morayma restaurant quite well and it is special to me for the good moments I’ve had there (I don't know any of the owners or workers and I am not linked in any way to the restaurant).
I can't decide on the best part: the typical food from Granada? The views? The Granada Villa and its decoration? The tower above? The personnel? The entire service?
I chose this place to invite my thesis directors and some of the professors from elsewhere in Spain and they were all impressed. I recommend asking for a table in the tower, it is a tiny dining room (half a dozen diners perhaps) and it has a porch with direct views to the Alhambra. They first give you a few tapas and then you go to the dining room... It is the most romantic and wonderful place to take your partner....To triumph.
Especially in a spring or summer night with the entire Alhambra illuminated for you both. I must admit it is not cheap, but nor is it unattainable, but if one really wants something, one has to pay and it is definitely worth it.
I recommend you try the homemade embutidos (sausages)!!
Last summer I bumped by chance into a restaurant some of my acquaintances had recommended for the stunning embutidos, as it is run by the owners of an embutido factory.
It turns out that the restaurant sells its own embutidos by weight to take away. Or you can simply have a glass of wine while they give you some of this meat to taste. It is so good we even ended up ordering a varied ration to something more typical of the place.
The rations contained everything: we tried chorizo, salchichón (spicy sausage similar to salami), diced ham, cured cheese, orza black pudding, a pinker, softer type of salchichón (this time cooked), etc. And to finish we ordered a portion of ham croquettes they had on the tapas list and on the counter of the bar.
The place was packed with people. We had to wait before we could sit down at one of the tables; I think that tells you everything you need to know...
Fast, nice, and effective service. The quality of the food is reasonably good. The look and feel is sophisticated and pleasant and very special since it is in the arena itself, but not just because of that. Off the topic, I wish they would have turned the fan on.
Over the Christmas season, we decided to go with my extended family to eat at Restaurante San Nicolas. My husband had been there before for a company dinner. We booked a table, and while parking in the Albaicin is a bit complicated, we figured it out eventually. Our table was on the first floor, the room was tastefully decorated, and best of all, outside we could see the darkness of the night with the illuminated Alhambra standing out in the night. The food was great, and it's worth paying for the quality, service and views. I recommend it for a special night - good food and a wonderful view of the most famous monument in Spain.
Jardines de Zoraya is a good place for lunch, where you can enjoy the famous flamenco show of the Albaicin neighbourhood. The service is great, and there's a nice terrace. A great spot to start a night of partying in Granada.
Out of a large number of gourmet places on offer in Granada, this restaurant could be considered a flagship. It is in an exceptional location, in the centre of the commercial area, in Bib-Rambla square, next to the Alcaicería and the Cathedral.
In this extraordinary location the terrace looks splendid, it has been converted into a favourite for national and international tourism.
We recommend booking early because it is difficult to find a free table on the terrace at peak hours. Although they also have dining rooms inside, in the mansion of a noble family whose coat of arms can still be found on the facade.
It opens from midday till midnight. It is quite cheap, despite being located in the centre, you can eat from the menu for 15€, although it depends on what you choose of course.
The atmosphere is unique, especially on the terrace. The service is fast and as it usually is in popular and busy restaurants, the clients are cosmopolitan. It is why the menu is so extensive, based on elements from the sea and mountains.
Many come here to taste the sea-food recipes, surprising being that it is so far from the Mediterranean, but it is the specialty. Although what we like most in this popular restaurant is the local specials, as they have revived some old Andalusian dishes that are only made here, like the cod tortillitas, or the tortillas al Sacromonte (Sacromonte omelette) to give just two examples.
We preferred trying local food for the authenticity and quality of this restaurant. For those ve want more cosmopolitan dishes there are three set-meals with many options, fish, meat, rice, soups, starters and a large choice of wines.
When we visited Granada the last year, this restaurant caught my eye. Not for the food - although the fried fish is delicious - but for its traditional decoration with an Andalucian patio full of geraniums, checked tablecloths, pottery and brass objects. It's a pity I only had time for a tapa, because it was a great place, I would definitely recommend it, if you visit the Albaycin. Hours 12: 00/17: 00 h. And from 20.00 / 24: 00 h. Closed on Wednesdays.
Paquillo restaurant is in the town of Motril, next to the entrance to the fishing port. It has seafood displays and waiters show fresh fish to customers, so that they can choose and enjoy a meal in the dining room or more informal rations in the bar. You'll feel great.
El Ancla, this recommended restaurant is quiet and spacious where you can enjoy the best music and the best wines of your choice. Of course the best chef is in charge of selecting materials to make an authentic taste in every bite. It has one of the most complete kitchens from a taste and nutrition point of view.
Los Geraneos, named after the red geraniums hanging from its balconies, is right in the center of Almuñecar's old town and is a good choice for lunch. For one, the location couldn't be better...the plaza has intricate Mediterranean-style tile work which accents the white-washed buildings, Moorish touches, and flowering vines hanging from the window boxes.
We had the daily menu of fideua (a dish typical along the Spanish coast which is similar to paella but made with short noodles instead of rice), and "boquerones fritos," another Andalusian delicacy consisting of miniature sardines marinated in parsley and garlic then lightly breaded and fried. Absolutely delicious, among the best I've ever had, in fact, and I consider myself something of a boquerones connoisseur.
For dessert, we sampled a typical dessert of Almuñecar made of figs, nuts, sesame, and honey, ingredients which highlight Almuñecar's North African heritage. The owners couldn't be nicer and the price was reasonable. It's a good bet for a tasty lunch in the old town.