That Marbella is an enviable destination is beyond doubt. Just this year the city has been named Europe’s Most Exclusive Destination by the European Best Destinations platform, which describes the city as a “pioneering high-end destination”, alluding to its magnificent infrastructures, its hotel industry and its enviable range of restaurants.
And if we talk about luxury restaurants in Marbella that few municipalities offer such an extensive and high quality offer.
Deciding which are the best restaurants in Marbella in 2022 is therefore a difficult task. But we can start by clarifying what is meant by a luxury restaurant, a term that is sometimes misused to refer to establishments that may have an elegant appearance but do not meet the necessary requirements to be classified as such.
Restaurant classifications are carried out according to different variants such as their facilities, the professionalism of their staff, the space in which they are located and other criteria that sometimes differ from one autonomous community to another.
Another point to take into account is whether it appears in the Michelin Guide, has a Michelín Star or has a sun from the Campsa Guide.
This type of restaurant must also take care of all the details, offering its customers air conditioning, a head waiter who speaks languages, a large and quality wine cellar, a menu with Spanish and international cuisine, high quality cutlery and a team of qualified and properly uniformed workers.
However, it is clear that the best restaurant in Marbella must meet these parameters but also many others. After all, customers visit these types of establishments in search of a gastronomic experience, although it is important to take care of the rest of the senses.
If we focus on the gastronomic offer, there are also other criteria that must be evaluated before considering an establishment as a luxury restaurant and which have a lot to do with the gourmet concept.
In this type of restaurant, the figure of the head chef is key because the menu are defined around his figure and the dishes are usually quite original with special twists, even if they are based on a classic recipe.
The food used is always of high quality, giving priority to seasonal food and “Km 0” products using fresh local produce.
Marbella’s attractiveness as a gastronomic destination is only growing, first class figures such as Dani García have luxury restaurants in the town while others such as Martín Berasategui have already announced their intention to land in the city.
Its high level tourism, its location between the sea and the mountains and its typical Andalusian gastronomy make it a magnet for all those who want to enjoy good food.
An example to follow, Boho Club Restaurant
Now that we know the requirements that a restaurant have to meet to be named a luxury restaurant, let’s take a look at an example that not only meets all of them but also sets the bar very high for the competition.
This is the Boho Club Restaurant, the gastronomic bet of the Boho Club Resort, which is headed by the chef Diego del Río. This restaurant represents the new hotel cuisine, an innovative, elaborate and high quality cuisine that is an attraction in itself for both customers and local citizens.
Its signature cuisine is reflected in its various services from breakfast to dinner, as Boho Club Restaurant offers menus and spaces adapted to every moment of the day. Their staff work with love and respect for Andalusian products, something Del Río is particularly proud of.
The Chef realised the enormous lack of knowledge of these products on the part of the public and focused on continuing his training through congresses and conferences to transmit the importance of consuming local products, defending their quality as well as the need to fight for local cuisine.
This knowledge is evident, and very much so, in his current menu, which is not lacking in nods to international cuisine.
In addition to breakfast, lunch (closed menu) and dinner (à la carte), there is a large selection of cocktails and a wine cellar that boasts the best wines.
Weekends deserve a special mention thanks to its magnificent brunch available from 12 to 16 hours and where you can taste top quality Andalusian products such as Iberian cured meats, cheeses, honeys, breads and a large selection of sweets, all completed with a menu with organic eggs and rice dishes.
Boho Club Restaurant makes up an interdisciplinary gastronomic space that is revolutionising the Marbella scene. In addition, diners can enjoy tasting menus that include food and wine pairings and even a personalised explanation from the chef himself.
A friendly service is provided by Del Río and the entire team of highly qualified professionals who are committed to providing the customer with a complete experience in an elegantly decorated setting with tables in the spacious interior and on the outdoor terraces.
The restaurant also has a little brother, the pool bar Bernies’, which focuses on snacks and offers more informal options.
In view of the data it is not surprising that deciding which is the best restaurant in Marbella is a close call, although as we have seen Boho Club Restaurant meets all the requirements to be at the top of the list.