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“Culinary excellency” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paco Jimenez

Paco Jimenez
Plaza de los Naranjos, No.11, 29601 Marbella, Spain
952773610
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Ranked #1 of 926 Restaurants in Marbella
Price range: $22 - $46
Cuisines: Mediterranean, International
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: As soon as you enter this restaurant you can fell the passion and creativity in the paintings on the walls and the plates delicatelly and beautifully decorated. Its Mediterranean, Spanish and International food will surprise and satisfy you. The exclusive space with only 20 covers, kindly attention, experienced chef and the nice environment makes this a unique restaurant.
Oslo Norway Scandinavia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Culinary excellency”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This restaurant is a hidden gem, indeed. It's situated at the Plaza the los Naranjos in the Old Town in Marbella. Go past restaurant "Mena" and into the corner, and enter via the art gallery and go up the stairs. Once there, it is as if one enters someone's house. The decor is eclectic, there's a lot of art, but the whole is very harmonious. Beautifully laid tables. A fire place! The service is fantastic, so professional but absolutely not "la-di-da". The whole place gives such an impression of solidity and profound knowledge and professionalism.
Over to the most important - the food. Other reviewers have said it better than me. The food was exquisite, and wonderfully presented. I had quail, laid out in a flowery shape, with some warm grapes. Above it, the wonderful chef-artist had written "Fuengirola" in fruit sauce, in beautiful calligraphy. And it was so tasteful - I'll never forget this dish. For my husband, chef had written the name of another Andalucian town, in the same style! there was a drizzle of some green and brown "flour" in a line, it was so exquisite! -i can't explain it.
The wine list is excellent. We had a cheese cake - I'll never forget that, either!!
And the prices...amazingly reasonable for the quality of this restaurant.
Don't be lured in by nice-looking restaurants on the Plaza de los Naranjos, but look for the art gallery in the corner, and venture inside and up the stairs, to be welcomed by these friendly and genuinely professonal food artists....
The chef - Paco Jimenes - won a gold medal at the World Gastronomic meeting in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and is a member of the Asociacion Gastronomica de las Americas.

  • Visited February 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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Rochester, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A Culinary Treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

If you are looking for a special place to dine in Marbella you would be hard pressed to find anything better than Paco Jimenez's new restaurant which is beautifully situated in a historic building/art gallery overlooking Orange Square. The menu is not large but it is very imaginative and exquisitely presented - every dish is a real work of art! The wine list is equally impressive with some excellent wines which won't break the bank and the service is superb. This is a family enterprise which really deserves to succeed and we would urge you to give it a try. You won't be disappointed!

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Art & Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Trying to escape from the tipical restaurant in marbella, we were recommended to try this one out.

We loved to whole place!! Lovely decoration, nice & tasty food, not expensive and the service was excellent. Highly recommended!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Culinary Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We walked the Old Town looking at every menu posted in the narrow streets. The menu at Paco Jimenez stood out from the rest as it was concise and ouzed quality as well as not being over priced. We took a peak upstairs only to be invited in by the owner for a look around. She explained they had recently opened but so far business had been steady. After a quick run through the menu she added if we had any dishes we would like that were not on the menu, they would do their best to oblige. We booked a table and returned later that evening. True to their word we asked for a gambas starter which wasn't on the menu and we were treated to an absolute delight. Main course was equally good and substantial enough that we couldn't manage a dessert. A good variety of local wines were available, again at reason prices. So good we had to go back the next night!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Moscow, RU
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165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
“Secret gem in the most touristy point of the town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Happened to have a late lunch at this charming restaurant on a grey rainy Sunday. Greeted by the hospitable hostess who spoke brilliant English (which is quite a rare thing in Spain I must admit). We also profited the privilege to choose any table...and certainly sat at the balcony - the view is great.
Frankly speaking we were not expecting much from the food...having thought that we got in a sort of tourist trap........but....... minute after minute we realized that our lunch turned out to be by far the best and memorable meal of our trip.
The service was second to none.....the drinks, amuse bouche, gorgeous toasted bread....and finally our prawns and scallops.
The presentation and the taste of our seafood and a chocolate dessert later were lovely...delicate (which is generally another rear thing in local restaurants) and balanced. Complimentary digestive was delicious also..
Despite of siesta time we were not rushed....on the contrary - we felt relaxed and spent a long time enjoying the setting....
For those who prefer the best in food and service...+beautiful ambiance and romantic atmosphere - this new restaurant in Oranges Plaza is the best find.
Compliments to Sig. Paco Jimenez and all the family! Great job!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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