El Vegetariano de la Alcazabilla

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Pozo del Rey, 5 (at across from a cinema), Malaga, Spain

Lively interior with brightly colored chairs and tablecloths. Has menu of the day, gluten free food, but no (or little) vegan dessert choice. Menu is in four languages: Spanish, German, French, and English. Open Mon-Sat 1:00pm-4:30pm, Mon-Thu 7:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:00pm-11:30pm, Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Spanish

51 Reviews

First Review by gymm

Yummy food - Edit

Food is really nice, we stumbled upon this place up a side road of the main market area.
We had the mushroom and paella delicious.
Come early as a lot of tables were reserved on a Sunday.
Cute tables!! Indoor and outdoor door :)

Pros: vegan menu exclusive, seats outside

Cons: tables booked out quickly, hidden away

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delicious! - Edit

Prices are a little high but the food is very tasty and come in nice amounts :)

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Great local vegetarian food - Edit

A small and cozy restaurant featuring a nice selection of traditional Spanish food such as paella and standard vegetarian dishes such as hummus. I had the vegan mixed plate, which included eight different items, all delicious. Service was very good and prices are average for this area.

Pros: Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, Great location

Cons: Small, may not work for large groups

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Great location for a historic Spanish feast - Edit

Small, but very popular restaurant in the heart of historic Malaga, ideally placed beside the Alcazaba. The menu mainly focuses on vegetarian foods but there are a few vegan options. I opted for the Vegan Platter which is very good value. As an almost life-long veggie, I have never eaten Spanish albondigas (meatballs) and this platter gave me the opportunity to try them, and other traditional spanish tapas, cruelty free (seitan etc).
I very much enjoyed the experience. The food was very tasty and plentiful and the staff accommodating and helpful. Prices are good value and menu is available in a variety of languages.

Pros: next to alcazabar, traditional foods, Nice Sangria, local beer

Cons: more vegan options would be a bonus

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vegan food in Malaga - Edit

We stopped here for lunch, I had the vegan mixed option and my husband had the empanadas. Both were amazing and reasonably priced and we really enjoyed it. The place itself is tucked up a side street but is right next to the old town.

Pros: vegan options clearly marked on the menu

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cute place and good food - Edit

The atmosphere was cozy and warm, nothing too fancy or overly tidy. The waiter spoke hardly a word English but it didn't effect our communication. The food was good yet it was too salty to my taste. Portion sizes were fair considering the prize.

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Good for a quick snack - Edit

Menu indicates vegan and glutenfree options. Mostly vegetarian. Glutenfree crackers available as bread alternative.

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My boys’ first Spanish meal - Edit

Charmingly decorated restaurant and a very nice waiter who tried to accommodate our family’s different needs and preferences. The autumn vegetable stew (which was more of a thick soup) was popular with the children, as was the hummus. This was their first taste of paella and they enjoyed it. The Alcazaba Salad has an interesting presentation as it looked kind of like a cake with the lettuce and vegetables piled up and spread with guacamole on top and a brown sauce made out of unprocessed raw cane sugar. It was way too salty for us and I didn’t appreciate that sugar sauce topping but I liked the presentation. We also ordered the Nazeri and Shepardic salads and asked for no salt or oil on them after our experience with the Alcazaba salad. The waiter really tried to accommodate our requests and was very helpful. The children appreciated the fresh apple and orange for dessert. My vegan boys definitely want to return here again!

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not great for vegans - Edit

Some vegan savoury options, I had the mixed vegan platter which was nice enough, but some dishes were a little bland. Very disappointing for a vegetarian restaurant not to offer a single vegan dessert.

Cons: no vegan desserts

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Dry and brown - Edit

The waiter was really nice and the wine was good (but it's pretty limited with a choice of either mature or young red wine). But apart from that, everything about it was just horrible. My husband had the mushrooms to start and the corn turnovers for main. The mushrooms were way too salty and the corn turnovers were not appealing in any way (either in looks, taste or texture)l. I had the gazpacho which was fine, and for main I had the vegan mixed plate. I can't believe there are so many good reviews of this place because we both found it to be one of the most awful meal experiences we have had. Everything on our plates our plates was brown and dry. The combinations were some of the strangest I've come across. The corn turnover came with a mini-bowl of ratatouille and an enormous mound of potato/pumpkin mash. Mine was a mix of really overcooked Thai curry, paella, a fried dry croquette with no sauce and a meatballs in bolognese. It was supposed to come with salad but it wasn't on the plate. They brought a small plate out afterwards to compensate. That was OK but very oily. And the mains were brought out before we were not even half way through the starter. Needless to say, we won't be back.

Pros: Good wine, Friendly waiter

Cons: Overpriced

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needs more vegan options - Edit

We came for vegan paella, which was good. The outdoor seating is nice. Everything was a bit too greasy, however and there were not that many vegan options. No Vegan desserts.

Pros: outdoor seating , good service

Cons: too oily, not enough selection

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Good atmosphere - Edit

Lovely outside sitting spot. Few vegan options. I ordered the mixed vegan plate. Over all it was good and tasty but really heavy because it was all fried. It contained seitan kebap, tofu balls, lentil bals and sort of a falafell burger. I missed sauce with it, but when ı asked they gave me really good vegan garlic butter. I also found the food combinations a bit strange. I got 3 side dishes with the fried stuff: a sort of rice noodles, salad with to much oil and red cabbage. Unfortunatelly there where no vegan dessert options. In my opinion the prices where a bit expensive.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-29

Pros: Vegan options, Cute outside terrace, Tasty food

Cons: Strange combinations, Bit expensive , No vegan desserts

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bien placé mais assaisonnement à revoir - Edit

Très jolie terrasse, la carte est traduite en anglais, allemand et français et les plats véganes ou sans gluten sont facilement identifiables. Pas mal de choix, par contre tout était trop salé (burger de seitan), dommage.

Pros: plusieurs options veganes, Jolie terrasse, Assiettes fournies

Cons: Trop salé

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Delicious food and great atmosphere - Edit

This place serves an excellent tapas. Just around the corner from a central street near the city center, the cafe offers a quiet and nice atmosphere

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Very filling! - Edit

If you are feeling hungry you should consider going here! I had the mixed vegan platter because all of their dishes sounded nice. I got a huge serve of nice bread with some homemade garlic dip first (which I had to pay 1.50 EUR for in the end). The paella was very good, as well as the salad. The rest of the dishes on the platter were all seitan based and deep fried which made them very filling. It was also quite a large serving in total. The taste of the seitan things was quite similar and good but not great. More fresh things like salads would have been nice. I would come again but order a little less next time!

Pros: Good vegan selection

Cons: servings too large, more fresh veggies needed!

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5 stars - Edit

Lovely restaurant with friendly staff and nice atmosphere. Food was delicious, they have several seitan dishes too! Fairly cheap, lovely location and the owners pets are sometimes around which is nice :)

Pros: Cheap prices, Good vegan menu, Nice location

Cons: Little choice for vegan dessert

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Good Vegan choice and nice presentation - Edit

We had lunch here. The food arrived quickly and was well presented. I was suprised that the burger was not in a bun.

Pros: Menu clearly says which food is Vegan

Cons: Slightly more expensive than other Vegan places to

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Best vegan experience in Malaga - Edit

We tried several vegan and vegetarian restaurant and we found this to be the best. I had the seitan burger and my girlfriend the mixed platter, which I would highly Recommend: truly delicious. The lady that runs the restaurant is very professional and hard working, which is not common in Malaga. Large portions of food and big glasses of wine. Prices are absolutely reasonable.

Pros: Excellent service, amazing food in the historical

Cons: Really none

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vegan platter was excellent and filling - Edit

This place is vegetarian, with lots of savoury vegan options. Nearby to the old town, it's a great place to sit and watch the world. Open between 1pm and 4pm, then 7 until 11 for dinner.

Pros: lots of vegan options

Cons: a little on the pricey side

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arrogant service, and food was moderate (average) - Edit

I have had the meal two times in the restaurant. First time food was "one star", and second time "three star". Today our visit was cut because of arrogant behavuour of waiter. I could not stand it, and we left.

Pros: the place

Cons: staff

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Spanish food in central Malaga - Edit

A pretty vegetarian restaurant in a central location.

I chose the mixed selection of croquettas and it was a pleasure to be able to eat authentic Spanish food suitable for vegetarians. They came with rice, a pastry thing and some pisto (ratatouille).

With hindsight i wish I'd chosen something lighter and more healthy like a salad. The food was good but very heavy on carbs ( they brought out a huge quantity of bread too) and deep-fried.

The food was good quality, and the restaurant decor nice. An extensive menu in various languages and some vegan options.

Second visit (January 2017) with two friends:
My friend enjoyed the mushroom soup. There was a spicy melted cheese starter that was good. The pasta trio main course was served a little cold - reasonable quality but to be honest I'd eaten better vegetarian pasta dishes in the local Italian restaurants earlier in the week. The croquetas were only average - and it seems strange that they come with rice and pastry on the side. Overall, a nice enough place with friendly staff and an extensive selection of dishes but the food is okay (not amazing).

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-17

Pros: Good location, Spanish vegetarian options , good presentation of food

Cons: more expensive than other local restaurants, lack of fresh vegetables (food is heavy / fried)

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Superb food - Edit

Great food, served in a fantastic location in Malaga. Great for ambience, service and above all the food choice was varied and very tasty.

Pros: Excellent food, Great location, Well priced

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Lo recomiendo. - Edit

He estado unos días en Málaga, he comido allí y debo decir que estoy muy satisfecha. El restaurante tiene una bonita decoración, está situado en un callejón peatonal junto al impresionante teatro romano y te puedes sentar en la terraza cuando el tiempo acompaña. El personal es atento, la comida abundante y deliciosa y el precio razonable. Repetiré en mi próxima visita a Málaga.
Updated from previous review on Thursday April 07, 2016

Pros: El personal es muy amable, Decoración alegre, Carta amplia

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Great! - Edit

Nice place. Big portions. Very friendly staff, even discernable with a very Large language gap. When in Malaga I would definetly go back there!

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Riquísimo - Edit

Excelente trato, ambiente y comida. Muy sabrosos platos. Recomiendo siempre.

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Great vegetarian place - Edit

Great vegetarian option in Malaga. Outside seating in a quite side alley. The paella with cauliflower was a great starter. The tomato empanada's were a tasteful main, sided by a fresh salad, spinach cake and vegetable curry. All in all, a lot of tastes that even might seduce the non-vegetarians.

Pros: Outdoor seating, Taste combinations, Staff

Cons: House wine

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Tasty but heavy - avoid combinados! - Edit

A note of explanation: I've been in Malaga for a long weekend with my girlfriend with the intention to eat at the four vegan/vegetarian places of the city. Unfortunately one was closed, therefore we managed to eat at (in order of preference): Cañadú, El Piano (but it was "almost closed", see below), and El vegetariano del Alcazabilla.

The food at the El vegetariano del Alcazabilla is good, but really heavy. Most stuff is fried (especially the vegan options!), and the vegetarian dishes are chock-full of cheese (and probably fried)... my suggestion is to avoid el plato combinado, which is certainly too much for one person. Just pick one thing, and it will fill you completely.

As most of the previous reviews, I would rate this place 3.5, but I can't, so I will give it 4 just for the friendly stuff and for the colourful place, which is pleasant.

As for the prices, with one dish only you will spend as with the menu del día at Cañadú, but you will still go away full.

Pros: Great location, Friendly stuff, Colourful place

Cons: Heavy food

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