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“Hidden Gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Fidel

Casa Fidel
Calle Maestra Ayala, 3, 29639 Benalmadena, Spain
+34 952449165
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Ranked #212 of 442 Restaurants in Benalmadena
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London, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

Having rented a villa in Benalmadena, I asked the owner what restaurant he would recommend in the area - he answered immediately, 'Fidel’s'. A recommendation from a local is usually fairly accurate.

Located in Benalmadena Pueblo (Benalmadena Village), it is around a 10-15 minute drive from the main areas in Benalmadena such as the marina. However, this makes for a beautiful backdrop of white-washed buildings; away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of boisterous English tourists.

We were seated in the restaurant courtyard which is beautifully decorated with a traditional Spanish theme. In fact, on arrival, a local couple even gave up their seat so we could all sit together (8 of us) - this kind gesture set up the mood perfectly for a wonderful experience.

As we were seated, the waiter (who was extremely attentive) offered a choice of bread and a local pate which was a great way to wet the pallet. We also had some olives for the table which, I believe, were thrown in pro bono. The waiter went on to describe the specials and how the menu was set out - throwing in the odd joke making for an enjoyable dining experience. It was very relaxed in a formal environment. The waiting staff had excellent customer service skills and we all felt very at home.

All of us ordered from the set menu which (starter, main, dessert and half bottle of wine); total cost was a mere 27 Euros; fantastic value. I had a local garlic soup for starters which was served cold - think I got a bit ambitious here as it was not to my taste (not the restaurants fault, of course). For the main course I had chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and a mash potato side - simply exquisite. I then had a light and airy meringue with raspberries to top of the meal nicely.

If you are looking for a genuine Spanish dining experience, with excellent food and ambience, then a trip to Fidel’s is for you.

Enjoy.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Danish first
  • English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Inconsistent dining experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011 via mobile

We have visited casa Fidel on a 3 prior occasions and during our visit on Easter friday we were very disappointed in the service and food ( except for the young Spanish assistant waiter who was excellent) The food from the set menu was bland and the fish with red pepper tasted of only one thing a very overpowering red pepper, the chicken Kiev was dry the spaghetti not really of the standard you would expect even for the set menu. You do very much get the impression the level of service differs when ordering from the a la carte menu to the set menu. Whilst apprecaiting the costs differ slightly the level of service should not. Good restaurants in the area are few and far between and it is a shame that casa Fidel does not make more of an effort to give the same levels of service to all it clients on a regular basis as our past visits have been excellent the food and the service are very inconsistent. 

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bangor Co. Down
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“our favourite restaurant on the costa del sol”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2011

You give the address of Casa Fidel as Benalmadena, in fact it is actually located in the beautiful white village of Benalmadena-Pueblo.Some 10 minutes by car from the coastal town of Benalmadena-Costa inland at altitude, with magnificent views of the coast, and well worth a visit in itself.
Have been visiting this restaurant for over twenty years. It just keeps getting better. Best head waiter on the coast , Antonio, really knows how to make his clients welcome as do his staff especially Mimi, beautiful mother of two lovely young daughters who live next door and often pop in to see how Mums doing!
The winter menu in November was quite superb. Menu and wine list not overly expensive but not cheap. We always feel it is better to pay a little bit more and get good food,service, and ambience. as one does at Fidels. It is not hard to find, any taxi will leave you to the front door, or if on foot everyone knows in the village where Fidels is.
Try it you won't be disappointed ! Reservations essential, especially in high season.
,Magnificent terrace dining on a warm summers evening.

  • Visited November 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in a beautiful, white-washed building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

One of my favourite hidden gems. Fidel's serves top quality food in really typical, rustic surroundings. It is hard to find if you don't know the pueblo (old town), as it is down a little backstreet! The food is top notch, although the menu is small, but quality is more important than quantity. The owner is Dutch and really looks after you, as do his staff.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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