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“Dreadful food in a cramped room. Wished we had stopped just for a drink.”
Review of El Pimpi

El Pimpi
Ranked #111 of 2,149 Restaurants in Malaga
Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Centro
Description: This emblematic wine cellar built in an old house from the 18th century is a meeting place for people of all ages. It has welcomed many generations of artists, flamenco dancers or politicians. It is named after formerly popular city figures called 'los pimpis', young people who had helped ship crews or passengers and had become the first city guides. It is furnished in the style of Malaga, and offers local wines and delicious gastronomy which is very popular in the city. The soul of the restaurant is the lounge with the vintage wine barrels, signed by famous people, such as the family Picasso, the painter Barcelo, the bullfighter Cordobes, The Duchess of Alba, Carmen Thyssen and Antonio Banderas, who show the historical value of this place. This establisment is in the old town of Malaga, next to the Museum Picasso, La Alcazaba (the Citadel of Malaga) and the Roman Theatre.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

I had heard great things about El Pimpi - a beautiful building and fantastic tapas. Our group were sorely disappointed. We were greeted in a friendly manner and efforts were made to seat us no problem, but in a cramped and dingy room with tiled walls and no atmosphere. I heard that there was a terrace - it seems we missed this as it was neither offered or shown to us.

The selection of dishes that we ordered were pretty awful. The serrano ham and meat platter was great but otherwise the various others, including a chorizo sausage in what can only be described as a 'part baked roll' back in the UK was bordering on pretty disgusting. The calamari was chewy and bland too. A tomato salad - tomatoes with salt scattered over them. Not good.

In short, if you can find the terrace with the views, have a drink and move on. I shan't be going back to eat

Thank Jamma
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

I and a friend recently had lunch at El Pimpi. We had a salad, the carrillada, and ice cream, all of which were very good. At the end of the meal they give you some sweet wine.

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Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

C/Grenada is a great street in Malaga, always lively with a wide range of good cafes and restaurants along its entire length. As you walk up the street it is easy to miss El Pimpi as the entrance, which is on your right, is not particularly well highlighted by signage and a bit unspectacular. Once you enter it becomes evident that this is a very charming establishment that has earned the prestigious reputation that it certainly has. The menu is wide ranging and very reasonable in price. I went over lunchtime and felt lucky to get a table as it filled up very quickly which illustrates how popular it is. The service was polite and efficient and the food was good. We had a number of different tapas and other dishes and, as I have said, everything was good but do not get carried away as the atmosphere and the quaint layout of the premises contibute a lot to the enjoyable experience. A visit here will certainly be a good experience with decent rather than outstanding food. Certainly worth a try when you are in Malaga

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Cute, well catered to tourists without being overpriced or tacky. Menus are in spanish or english. Ajo blanco was yummy!

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Thank Michal H
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Good coffee. Expensive Baileys but not watered down like other bars! Great view of the Roman amphitheatre. A good place to relax in the shade watching the world go by. Didn't try the food. Staff helpful and knowledgeable. Some English spoken. Go elsewhere for better value.

Thank Sallymander23
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