Tapas aren't really a restaurant kind of thing. They generally sit on a bar and are enjoyed with a drink as you perch uncomfortably on a stool by the bar (or stand up). That said, some restaurants do offer a selection of tapas as a menu choice, but I'm not sure any of them are as good as you'd get for free in a bar.
In a restaurant you may be better off with the menu del dia.
Search this forum for tapas, there is loads of info. Just to get you started I would suggest the round bar.
If you are looking for a restaurant to try some mixed dishes then try Julies. It is only a stones throw from your hotel. Just walk across to the plaza in front of the church and you will see a whole load of restaurants with tables outside. Go right to the back in the corner and you will find arguably one of the best small plate restaurants in Nerja. It does get busy so I would advise reserving. Also if you order a bottle of wine you get a mixed small sharing platter for free. This usually comes with the wine so no long wait to be fed. Check out their reviews on TA. If like the previous contributor advised, you want to sit at the bar & try some interesting tapas then there are too many to mention. My personal favourites are Rincon del sabor, La Puntilla, Dolores El Chispa, Bar Redondo and El Nino. I`m sure after your holiday you will have a list of your own favourites as long as your arm.
Not really such a thing as a tapas restaurant like in U.K. More traditional either a restaurant that also serves tapas or go to dedicated tapas bars. Some good restaurants have a small tapas bar to nip in and out, no pressure to have a full meal.
Rather than bed in, it's great to do a tapas crawl around various old town bars sampling different vibes and different dishes, then find a place to sit for dinner later on.
If you want a restaurant 'sit down tapas meal' - that term will get a few excited to say no such thing! lol - try larger places for raciones where they have table service off a menu, they will often bring over tapas too if requested, especially when kids in the party. For that I would recommend La Marina or El Pulguilla if you want to eat in just one place and sample various dishes, these two specialise in fish and seafood but have some meat dishes too. Can't always book tables at these places, if so just go early and grab a table.
Not that far away you will find hotelcarabeo.com/boutique_hotels_nerja/bouti… however more traditional tapas bars have been mentioned above
I cant agree with Chanquete: I would expect any decent restarant to provide a tapas dish. I cant think of a main stream restaurant in spain the last 50 years that has not provided me with a tapas dish on request. I would expect to sit at a proper table to consume as well not perched on a stool.
As only a visitor to Nerja now, normally we will just go out as a group of friends and order a range of dishes either tapas or raconne size to be shared by all, cant remember the last time had a specific course just for myself.
One of our favourite place for tapas either as a couple or a group in Nerja is Jose Y Victoria, think we had about twenty dishes between eight off us last visit, in addition to far too many bottles of wine.
I enjoy Mo's Gastrotapas, a sit down restaurant that specializes in upscale tapas which you order from a menu. Nice relaxed atmosphere. It is a 20 minute walk from the Balcon (or longer if strolliing).
Sorry M4f reminded me of another. Huertos 83 is another newer tapas restaurant which also sells larger plates too. Very much in a modern style as opposed to the traditional style. I visited this in September and would highly recommend. Run by a nice young couple.
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