Although it’s a fairly rural village, Jimena has several well-established restaurants, as well as some smaller bars and cafes found tucked away in its close network of streets. Each restaurant offers typical Spanish and Andalusian dishes, some utilizing the specific local and natural ingredients of the area such as the different varieties of wild mushrooms which grow nearby.
This serves Spanish and international cuisine made with local, and, wherever possible, organic products. The food draws influences from Morocco, Lebanon, Russia, Indonesia, and Greece. Classic tapas can be enjoyed on the roof terrace. Groups can share dishes from the main menu, as well as the tapas on offer and order a variety of drinks at the bar. The restaurant’s signature cocktail is the mojito and well worth a try. The hostal’s bar, with its steam engine prints decorating the walls, is a traditional place to visit in the evening.
Cuenca Restaurant offers typical local dishes. It is located on Avenida de los Deportes (Av. los Deportes, 21) opposite a supermarket, just before the ascent to the main section of the village. Popular dishes include venison with chanterelles, ribs of lamb, and beef entrecote. It is conveniently situated between the older and newer parts of the village, making it a perfect stop off if you’re exploring the area by foot. In October 2021 Cuenca received Gold Medal from Horeca, (Provincial Federation of Hospitality Entrepreneurs) "in recognition of a family business that after four generations celebrates its 100 years at the service of the diner this year, being a national benchmark of the traditional cuisine of the best quality ". Cuenca is the oldest in Jimena and one of the oldest in province of Cádiz.
Restaurante La Tasca
Found on the bottom left corner of La Plaza de la Constitución, La Tasca is a rustic and homely restaurant -café and bar. Open from 09:00 – 15:30 and 19:00 – 23:00 every day except Wednesday, it is ideally located to stop for breakfast before exploring the village; a spot to relax in the sun at lunch, or a quaint and comfortable place with friendly staff to eat dinner in the evening.
El Ventorrillero is located on the right-hand side of Plaza de la Constitución (leading to Calle Sevilla) and offers terrace seating in the square. The restaurant is open from 13:00 until late evening every day except Monday, and serves lunch, dinner and drinks.
Bar Restaurante Pastor 2
Located amongst the row of buildings on the Plaza de la Constitución, this tapas bar also has a selection of main meals and larger dishes, all home-made. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open every day from 07:30 – 00:00 (may close earlier).