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Restaurant El Castillo

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Entrance at Calle de Pilar, 29679 Benahavis, Spain
+34 681 29 84 42
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7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Set in a historical setting, beneath the old Castillo is this Swedish...
Set in a historical setting, beneath the old Castillo is this Swedish owned restaurant El Castillo. With views over the mountain or the square, you can always find a table for your occasion. International food, cooked on local produce which follows the season. A restaurant which understands the importance of all three senses, a casual fine dining atmosphere.
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  • 213
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
"That was the best meal I've ever eaten. Ever."

Everything was just perfect! The atmosphere. The decor. The vibe. The staff. The owner. The taste. The pairings. The service. The humor. The stories. Everything. This was a magnificent experience, on all levels! We were blown away by the food and drink, but most importantly the service was superb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2014
leliachristine
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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266 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
  • German first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Seattle, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Everything was just perfect! The atmosphere. The decor. The vibe. The staff. The owner. The taste. The pairings. The service. The humor. The stories. Everything. This was a magnificent experience, on all levels! We were blown away by the food and drink, but most importantly the service was superb. It is so clear that the owner Pernilla has invested her... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

AFter sitting down in what appeas to be a converted circus tent, we were given a rather strange menu of 12 dishes all with the same price. We ordered a couple of them, as per recommandation, but what we got is more a joke, then conducive to a delightful evening. Tiny portions of pickled fish, burned salmon, tastless meats and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

Once again we had a fabulous meal, perfectly cooked and presented. Very sad that this may be the last evening we experience this lovely restaurant. Benahavis will be a lesser place for not having Pernilla or her restaurant, she has bought us, as well as many other visitors into the town time and time again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Been to this places loads of times, and it's been incredible, but this was the best meal ever! We loved the food, which, considering the quality, is incredibly cheap. The atmosphere was, as always, amazing. Pernilla just makes everyone's night so special. The langoustine soup was about the nicest thing I have ever tasted!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

ohhhh my God !!! i can honestly say that the food we had here was one of the best meal i have had. The Welcome was outstanding and the location was stunning. Cannot really praise it enough, will be returning there every time i am back in Spain. PERFECT

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We sadly fell trap to this restaurant, as it was a rather quiet evening it seemed. Now we know why. It started off with a very loud and bizarre behaving waitress, who kept on barging into our personal conversations and thought it was very funny to blast them into the restaurant for others to listen to. The portions are rather... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We are glad we found this restaurant and were intrigued by their description of their style of food. We were greeted in a very friendly way by a charming hostess who took trouble to explain the menu and offered hints on the choice of wine to have with each item. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Food was excellent and one dish... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I visit Benahavis regularly and always eat in this restaurant as it is in my opinion the best! I loved the new menu as it offered an exciting range of dishes and flavours drawn from Spain and Scandinavia. Love it!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Eating here is a wonderful experience, in an amazing, romantic setting, with excellent food, wine and a very lovely owner Pernilla who is the perfect Host and helps to make your visit a special occasion, one to remember. Don't miss out, book a table now!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Entrance at Calle de Pilar, 29679 Benahavis, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Province of Malaga  >  Costa del Sol  >  Benahavis
  • Phone Number: +34 681 29 84 42

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 33 - 55
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Scandinavian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

Set in a historical setting, beneath the old Castillo is this Swedish owned restaurant El Castillo. With views over the mountain or the square, you can always find a table for your occasion. International food, cooked on local produce which follows the season. A restaurant which understands the importance of all three senses, a casual fine dining atmosphere.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?