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“Charming hosts, poor service”

Restaurante Valparaiso
Ranked #31 of 465 Restaurants in Mijas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $65
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Opened in 1984 by Raffaele Morelli and his brother Vittorio, the Valparaiso Restaurant in Mijas, Malaga, on the Costa de Sol, has created a reputation for excellent food, memorable evenings and great entertainment. Beautifully presented international dishes, served in a magical setting with sea and mountain views from a flower covered terrace, has been the key to building a faithful clientele. With a complete entertainment programme, including dinner and dancing, live music, flamenco dancing and opera, the Valparaiso has something for everyone. The restaurant is also popular with visiting celebrities and local residents alike. Celebrities such as David Beckham, Bruce Forsyth and Sean Connery and many more have paid testimony to the restaurant.
Hinckley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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“Charming hosts, poor service”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

The Valparaiso is a lovely restaurant and Rafael and Vittorio are the perfect hosts. However, we have visited three times this year and, on each occasion, have been disappointed with the service or the time we had had to wait to be served.
This, I have to say is unusual. We Have eaten at the restaurant many times over a number of years and perhaps we have been spoiled by our previous experiences?
I can't really put my finger on the problem other than to say that they must have cut down on the staffing levels in these difficult economic times?
I think on our last visit, the number of large groups that they had to serve(tables of 20+) contributed to the slow service to the smaller tables. That, and the 'bawdy' singing and swearing of the all male golfing group seated nearby, simply spoiled our evening. Such a shame.
This is a fabulous venue with a great reputation which could be lost a lot quicker than it was gained. Time for the Brothers to sort it out I think.

  • Visited November 2012
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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“A Great Birthday Bash”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

We were recommended Valparaiso by friends and were not disappointed. It is clear that the owner sets the tone for the restaurant in terms of his enthusiasm and energy.
We went on Halloween (my sons 10th birthday) and were met at the door by a waiter dressed as Frankenstein (the kids loved it). Once inside the owner took time with us at our table and talked us through the menu.
Although expensive the setting is excellent and I would bet is even better in the summer.
It is clear that this is a place where the stars go judging by the myriad of photos in reception.
The food was fabulous as was the entertainment (modern opera plus 70s classics) with everyone taking to the dance floor at some point! There was also a birthday cake for my son. It's a pity there are not more like this in the UK! A fabulous evening.

  • Visited November 2012
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

went to the valparaiso to dinner and see the rat pack singing. what a night out . the food is out of this world and to get a great act also at no extra cost was unbeatable value. so i would recomend this restaurant to anybody with out thinking.from the moment you arrive till you leave the service is top class.

  • Visited October 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“One of the best restaurants I have ever dined at”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Restaurante Valparaiso
Crta de Mijas km 4, 29650 Mijas, Spain I dont believe that this retaurant could be bettered by any Michelin star restaurant

  • Visited March 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A great night out!”
Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

This place is a wonderful step back in time -a famous mijas restaurant that still pulls in the celebs to get their picture on the wall -it has a fabulous retro menu and entertainment every night. Friday night was a good bluesy songstress followed by Pedro the tenor singing all the Pavarotti greats followed by disco dancing - the place was jumping! Something for everyone -even teenagers if they like watching Dad dance....The food is good and there is a big menu lots of sauces and special dishes on offer-service is attentive and you are made to feel special. No wonder people choose it for birthdays and anniversaries!

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