Looking for a great restaurant in the Malaga/Fuengirola area in Spain? Then check out my review of Arara Bistro Bar!

Arara Bistro Bar

While having a little staycation, my fiancé and I spent a night at the Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection by Hilton. For dinner, we wanted to try out one of the many great restaurants available and initially thought of the Michelin-starred Sollo by Diego Gallegos. But as Sollo serves mainly seafood, we ended up opting for the neighbouring restaurant Arara instead. And I am really glad we did!

What is Arara Bistro Bar?

Arara is a restaurant serving an interesting fusion of Brazilian, Peruvian and Andalusian food – with an additional twist of southeast Asian inspiration. Here you’ll be met with colourful dishes, both in terms of flavours and presentation.

One of the things I loved the most was actually the turquoise ceramic plates on the table. Sadly, it was one of the few things I ended up taking a photo off.

The location of Arara Bistro Bar is nothing but grand. There are a lot of seats available inside in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. But if the weather allows for it, I would definitely recommend sitting outside. From there you can watch the sunset over the hotel, tennis courts and overlooking mountains.

Arara Bistro Bar

What to order at Arara Bistro Bar

We enjoyed a beautiful meal and many hours at Arara and I can’t wait to go back. The menu offers a good mix of different dishes to share or enjoy individually. The staff is also very happy to offer recommendations.


Combining a lot of different flavours and cuisines, the food at Arara is a mix of traditional and modern.

We had a perfect small meal consisting of four “courses” to share: First we got a small amuse-bouche followed by complimentary bread with a unique lime butter. Then we ordered the homemade Guacamole and a meat dish to share. I would strongly recommend both: Guacamole de Mortero and Iberian Pray. Just don’t forget to leave room for dessert!


To accompany the food, Arara has a good selection of wines and other drinks. The wine list has a mix of local and foreign. I recommend asking the staff for a recommendation that goes well with your food – preferably something from around the area.

Arara Menu

The menu at Arara Bistro Bar is updated seasonally with fresh dishes. There is a mix of starters and main courses in addition to a few desserts. Dishes are very reasonably priced with enough dishes to choose from without being overwhelming. There are various seafood/fish dishes and meats on the menu. I would say the only thing missing is vegetarian/vegan options.

I honestly can’t wait to head back to Arara Bistro Bar. The combination of a beautiful location, friendly staff, and delicious food makes it the perfect spot for a dinner out and specifically a romantic date night.

Arara Bistro Bar Fuengirola, Details
  • Where:  Av. del Higuerón, 48, 29630 Benalmádena, Málaga
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 7 pm to midnight
  • Website: https://www.ararabistrobar.es/
  • Contact: 607 60 02 25

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About the Author

Anita Fosen: a Norwegian writer and foodie, currently living in Spain
I started my first blog in 2008 and have been an online writer ever since. I have completed a Journalism BA in London and currently work as a freelance content writer, editor and translator. With DineWineLove, I want to use my knowledge and passions to create fun, interesting and useful content.

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