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Michelin Star Restaurants in Andalucia

Lubina en su jugo © Skina
Lubina en su jugo © Skina

Michelin Star Restaurants in Andalucia

Andalucia, with its fabulous, world-renowned gastronomy, and its bountiful and varied natural produce, has its fair share of Michelin-starred restaurants.

The region has 23 restaurants boasting the highly-coveted recognition from the French gastronomic bible. In total, as of the 2023 guide published in November 2022, Andalucian has 19 one-Michelin-starred restaurants, three boasting two stars, and one with three stars - the top accolade.

The 2023 guide brought 3 new one star restaurants to the Andalucia list. These were Codigo de Barra by chef Leon Griffioen in Cadiz city, Kaleja by Dani Camero in Malaga city and La Finca restaurant by chef Fernando Arjona in the landmark Bobadilla Hotel near Loja in Granada province.

The 2022 guide had brought two new one-star restaurants to the Andalucia list. These were Nintai in Marbella by chef Marcos Granda, and Cañabota

in Seville by Marcus Nieto.

The 2020 and 2021 guides featured 18 restaurants: one five-star, three two-star and fourteen one-star. The restaurants added to the list in 2020 were two-star Bardal in Ronda and one-star Dama Juana in Jaen and Mantúa in Jerez.

In the 2019 guide Jerez and Jaén each gained a Michelin-starred restaurant with Lú Cocina y Alma and g>Bagá respectively. Both have exciting tasting menus, offering largely local, seasonal produce prepared and presented innovatively as you'd expect. ((News)

Interestingly, a large number of these restaurants are located close to the sea – in Malaga, Marbella, Fuengirola, the Almeria coast, Cadiz, Jerez and Huelva.

Three Stars

Aponiente is the ground-breaking, award-winning restaurant of Angel Leon, Chef del Mar, in El Puerto de Santa Maria. The restaurant offers diners an exciting, immersive marine experience, from the… More →

Two Stars

Small restaurant in the old town run with chef Mario Cachinero at the helm, boasting two Michelin stars since 2019, (it won the first in 2008). You might find poached lobster, red quinoa and… More →

Chef Paco Morales, who worked at Mugaritz and El Bulli, conjures up dishes from Andalucia's long multicultural history - cocina andalusi. He was awarded a Michelin star in 2016, followed by a… More →

Bardal gained its first Michelin star in November 2017, shortly after opening in July 2016. Just two years later, in November 2019, it moved up to two-star status. Chef Benito Gomez, who is… More →

One Star

Cañabota Michelin one-star restaurant is located just outside the historic centre of Seville and offers delightful, innovative gastronomic dishes created by chef Julio Fernández Quintero. The… More →

Kaleja one-star Michelin restaurant in Málaga named after the Sephardic (Ibero-Jewish) word for an alley, referring to its location in Malaga’s Jewish barrio, this restaurant is focused on the… More →

In the heart of Cádiz old city, Codigo de Barra is a small Michelin one-Star restaurant owned by Dutch chef Leon Griffioen and his wife Paqui Marquez.

Located in the luxurious Barceló La Bobadilla resort in the Sierra de Loja, on the border between Granada and Malaga provinces, this restaurant has country farmhouse-style decor, with terracotta… More →

At this tiny Japanese Michelin one-star restaurant, a maximum of 12 diners can have a nine or ten-course meal, including mushimono and nimono (steamed and simmered dishes), shirumono (soup),… More →

Dama Juana, which opened in March 2019, is named after the grandmother of chef-owner Juan Aceituno. Sadly she died just two weeks after the restaurant in Jaen’s barrio San Ildefonso opened. Eight… More →

Israel Ramos is a native of San Telmo district in Jerez, and learned his culinary skills and taste for avant-garde Andalucian cuisine at La Alquería, Hacienda Benazuza near Seville (an outpost of… More →

Acánthum has a special distinction as Huelva province's first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star, under the direction of head chef Xanty Elías. A varied, innovative and carefully created… More →

José Carlos Garcia Michelin one-star restaurant in Malaga cityLocated in the port of Malaga, with a contemporary design and a stunning terrace, this eponymous restaurant offers stunning dishes… More →

Sollo's head chef Diego Gallegos specialises in sturgeon, caviar and river fish and subsequently bears the name "The Caviar Chef". The restaurant has a special menu which changes seasonally. Even… More →

Messina Michelin one star restaurant has been delighting guests with two tasting menus since opening in 2001, under its Iialian chef Mauricio Giovanini, and gained its Michelin star in 2015.… More →

El Lago Michelin one-star restaurant in Marbella is beautifully set overlooking a lake and golf course, in a smart residential development, this is as slick as you’d expect for such an upmarket… More →

Run by head chef Alejandro, exquisite presentation and bursting flavours make this restaurant what it is - an absolute delight and an experience in itself. The restaurant sources ingredients for… More →

Abantal Michelin one-star restaurant is located just outside the historic centre of Seville and offers delightful, innovative gastronomic dishes created by chef Julio Fernández Quintero. The… More →

Dating from the 1960s, this restaurant in a small town just inland from the Almeria coast, specializes in fabulous fresh fish caught locally, and the vegetables grown in the surrounding area. Chef… More →

Kisko Garcia's restaurant Choco offers authentic Andalusian cuisine with the chef's own unique style and twist. There is a clear focus on creativity by the head chef and his team, reflected in the… More →

Tiny Michelin star restaurant (as of the 2019 Guide) which seats just 15 diners, run with great care, effort and attention to detail by head chef Pedro Sánchez Jaén (known as Pedrito to avoid… More →

At this innovative Michelin star restaurant in the heart of Jerez. Juan Luis Fernández (Juanlu), who worked as head chef at three-Michelin-starred Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa Maria for 10… More →

Alevante won its Michelin star in 2017, at the same time as its Gastronomic Director Angel Leon achieved his third star for Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa Maria. The menu at Alevante is based on… More →

 

Progression of Michelin guide restaurants in Andalucia

Year of Guide Three Stars Two Stars One Stars Total Stars
2023 1 3 19 23
2022 1 3 16 20
2021 1 3 14 18
2020 1 3 14 18
2019 2 2 12 16
2018 1 2 10 13
2015 0 1 7 8
2014 0 0 8 8
2013 0 1 8 9
2010 0 0 8 8

Bib Gourmand

The Bib Gourmand recognition is given to the best value-for-money restaurants – offering a three-course meal at a reasonable price. As the guide says:

“Contrary to popular belief, the restaurants recommended within the MICHELIN Guides aren’t all about expensive ‘fine dining’. From luxurious restaurants to village pubs, and trendy bistros to street food stands, the MICHELIN Guides offer something for everyone, for every occasion and in every price bracket.

Since 1997, our best value for money restaurants – offering a three-course meal at a reasonable price – have been pointed out using a special award the Bib Gourmand.

The price limit for Bib Gourmand consideration varies from country to country, depending on the cost of living, but the inspectors are searching for the same high quality, wherever they happen to be in the world. There’s no set formula for a “Bib” restaurant – they are all unique and can vary greatly from one place to the next.”

Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Andalucia 2023
List of Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Andalucia 2023

Green Stars

This award highlights restaurants that are industry-leading in terms of sustainability. They set strict ethical and environmental standards, and work with sustainable producers and suppliers to avoid waste, and reduce - or even remove - plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain. Many of these restaurants work directly with growers, farmers and fishermen; forage in hedgerows and woodlands; grow plants and rear animals; and use regenerative methods such as no-dig, or layer composting, vegetable gardens. They may also address ethical and wellbeing issues, as well as contributing to local, national or global charitable and educational projects.

Green Stars Michelin in Andalucia 2023
Aponiente, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz (also 3 stars)
Finca Alfoliz, Aljaraque, Huelva (also Bib Gourmand)
Sollo, Fuengirola, Malaga (also one-star)

Dani Garcia

Andalucia's best known chef is Dani Garcia, won his first star back in 2000 for his restaurant Tragabuches in Ronda. The Marbellan chef presided over Calima restaurant in the Hotel Gran Melia from 2005 until it closed at end of 2013 summer season when Dani moved to Puente Romano in 2014. Calima was awarded its first star in 2007, and a second in 2010 to become the first Michelin two-star restaurant in Andalucia.

In the 2019 guide Dani Garcia was Malaga province's first chef with three Michelin stars, awarded for his Dani Garcia restaurant, and only the second (after Angel Leon) in Andalucia. He won his third Michelin star in the November 2018 presentation of the 2019 guide.

In December 2018, Dani made the shock announcement via Social Media that his three-Michelin-starred restaurant would close on 22 October 2019, saying that was "fed up with haute cuisine". For more details, see our blog post. His "Last Supper", a farewell dinner on 15 November to close the restaurant, was attended by some of Spain's most renowned fellow Michelin-starred chefs, including Ferran Adria, Joan Roca and Quique Dacosta.