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“Brilliant Family Run Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Cortijillo

El Cortijillo
Bulevard de la cala | La Cala de Mijas, 29649 Malaga, Spain
+34 952 494065
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Ranked #23 of 1,174 restaurants in Malaga
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dublin, Ireland
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45 restaurant reviews
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“Brilliant Family Run Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

El Cortijillo is a friendly, family run restaurant that serves the most delicious food. From the minute you enter the restaurant to the minute you leave, you feel as if you're part of the "family". The food is always beautifully cooked and there is a good choice on the menu.

All the staff without fail are welcoming and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. At the end of your meal, they come around with a huge decanter out of which you get a lovely complimentary lemony liquor.

El Cortijillo is definitely worth a visit and it's one of the best restaurants in La Cala.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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  • German first
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English first
Paisley, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“wonderful food, wonderful family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Only found this little gem last year, though have holidays near this area every year! We went here for our 30th wedding anniversary last Sept and the family who run this restaurant made it very special! We have just returned from this year's hol and had two more visits to this fantastic, authentic place.....every single part of our meal was excellent....and we have tried many things between the four of us....paella, steak, chicken, prawn pil-pil, sangria....all second to none...best Spanish food anywhere and service to match, pay them a visit if in the area, you will not be disappointed.....we are greeted as old friends by this really genuine family.....muchas gracias Alonso y familia...hasta proximo ano...ahora en Escocia...es muy frio! Cannot wait to go back!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Really nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This was our second year returning to this restaurant and we ate there twice this year. It is a family run restaurant which serves lovely tasty food at a reasonable price with excellent friendly service. I would recommend that you book before you arrive as its always busy. We will definitely be back again next year.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Consistently good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is probably now the best restaurant in La Cala. The family run restaurant serves good quality traditional Spanish food at reasonable prices. Using it for the last few years I have tried many of the dishes available and can report consistent quality and good value. Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A restaurant we keep going back to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Generally when in Spain, we base ourselves north of Malaga, so this restaurant is not situated anywhere near where we stay. However, we always try to visit once or twice a trip.

We find La Cala de Mijas a good location to stop at when travelling on the A7 as it is directly by the main road. We often stop here when travelling back from Estepona or Gibraltar.

Like many restaurants on the main street El Cortijillo has an indoor and outdoor area. The restaurant is usually very busy. Booking is recommended.

The food is fantastic. On separate occasions I have eaten paella and steak here and I can recommend both.

The staff and owners were great with my young children (2 & 4 last visit). They always keep them entertained, despite the packed restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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