Having been going to La Manga Club since the early 90s we have some firm favourites in respect of restaurants and cafes some of which are on site at La Manga Club and some which are located nearby in the village of Los Belones. There are also some on the La Manga del Menor, the strip, which are worth the ten minute drive as well.
Of course over the years some have gone but despite the recent economic downturn the vast majority are still there and are providing the same great food and service you would expect La Manga Club. It is always great when a new one opens and several new ones have appeared more recently. In respect of the established restaurants at La Manga Club I would recommend several, La Finca, Canela, Casa Victor, Asia and El Bistro to name a few.
La Finca is family owned and run and has been open at La Manga Club for ten years. It is in a great central location, adjacent to the Los Naranjos villas and therefore for most residents at La Manga Club it is in walking distance of their accommodation. Set in lovely gardens with great outdoor space it offers a varied European menu and is reasonably priced for the quality of food. Staff are always friendly and children are welcome.
Pre-booking is recommended in the main summer months as La Finca is very popular with many repeat clients. Pre-booking any restaurant is advisable in August if you want to try somewhere on a specific date or have a special occasion to celebrate. Outside of the main summer months then usually if you are flexible you do not need to worry about making a reservation.
Canelas has also been at La Manga Club for many years. Again privately owned and run it has a super Mediterranean menu. It is located deep into the lemon groves as you enter the main road into La Manga Club. It is well sign posted but you will need to drive or grab a taxi if you are having dinner as walking back in the dark is not advisable. You can eat al fresco most of the year but if you travel in the winter months then eating inside around the huge indoor fire is a real treat. There is also a separate room available for large parties or a private function. One of local riding schools is located adjacent to the restaurant so the children love seeing the horses.
Casa Victors has been at La Manga Club since we began visiting and is a firm favourite with La Manga Club visitors. The extensive menu has something for everyone from pasta, fish to a good steak. During the summer months on the outside terrace there is an outdoor BBQ available which is always popular with delicious kebabs. The service is always friendly and welcoming.
Asia is situated in the Las Sabinas commercial centre which is where the larger of the two supermarkets is located. It is therefore in a great central location and within walking distance of the majority of accommodation at La Manga Club. It is one of the several restaurants at La Manga Club which is managed by La Manga Club itself. The Asia restaurant offers the exotic flavours of South-East Asian food including vegetarian specialities. There is a small terrace which is open in summer months for dining al fresco. Prices are reasonable give the quality food on offer.
El Bistro is another privately owned restaurant and is located in the picturesque holiday village that is within La Manga Club which is called Bellaluz. Bellaluz square is at the heart of La Manga Club and El Bistro is the longest running family owned restaurant at La Manga Club and was established in 1988. Depending on the time of year and weather permitting, you can enjoy your time on the wonderful terrace amongst Seville orange trees whilst during colder months you can sit in the cozy Spanish style restaurant. The owners try whenever possible to use locally produced food for their menu and El Bistro is the place for an excellent paella.
As regulars to La Manga Club we often venture outside of the resort to visit local attractions and inevitably end up eating in nearby restaurants.
The nearest village of Los Belones has many restaurants, cafes and bars. It is not a large village and it still has a totally Spanish feel about it. There is a great bodega offering a huge selection of wine at a range of prices. Our favourite restaurants are Run and Via Romana.
The Run restaurant which offer Asian food has been in the village for many years. It is very popular with the locals and has always been busy during the week when we have visited as well as the weekends. The menu is fabulous and the place for sushi and dim sum. Being just outside of La Manga Club the prices are a little cheaper, this is the case with all of the restaurants in Los Belones.
If you really like Asian food then there is Asia, as mentioned above, at La Manga Club plus Mr Chans at the Club, a Chinese restaurant which is run by the Club itself which is good but venturing out to the Run is well worth the very short drive or taxi fare.
If Italian food is your favourite then Luigiís based at La Manga Club itself is worth a visit. It is also managed by La Manga Club and is set up on the North golf course. The Italian restaurant, Via Romana in Los Belones, offers the very best Italian food at great prices. Pre-booking is highly recommended as this is a huge favourite with locals and holidaymakers and therefore it is always busy, even in the afternoon. Ideal for families with pizza, pasta and great steaks on offer. Must be ranked as the best in Los Belones.
The La Manga del Mar Menor, the inlet stretch of water which is a ten minute drive from La Manga Club and known locally as the strip, has probably more than a hundred restaurants and cafes along this long stretch of water. We have been to many over the years some just for coffee and some for lunch and dinner.
Personal favourites are Gregorys, an Argentinian steak house and El Paquebote. Greogorys is famed for its great steaks and is located in Plaza Bohemia on La Manga del Mar Menor. El Paquebote is located further down on the strip and is unmissable as it is built in the shape of a boat. It has a great Mediterranean menu and a good paella available.