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

45 Reviews

First Review by gymm

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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The best part was the free dip and bread - Edit

Oh sweet jesus, the homemade bread and dip that they give you for free before you place your order was simply amazing. It was the tastiest part of our meal.
Very friendly staff too.

Slightly more expensive than the other options around Málaga.

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Horrible food - Edit

Probaly the worst vegetarian place Iv been to, limited vegan choices. I ended up getting the seitan burger that was really greasy and salty and smelt like sweat that came rice!?! A pasty and grilled veg that all just tasted too weird together

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Nioce and cozy place - Edit

Very nice place to eat with awesome interior relaxing music and friendly staff. Offers menu in four languages which comes useful to those not fluent in Spanish. Also, Tartitas de zanahoria are tremendous.

Pros: cozy interior, menu in various languages

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I love it. Me encanta. Ich liebe es! - Edit

It's a cute restaurant and I really love the ambiance. The food was delicious and the prices are similar to non veggie restaurants. The employees are attentive and friendly. There is a mixed vegan plate. I chose a plate and I was told they could also put it on the mixed vegan plate. It means, we could mostly assemble our own vegan plate. It was great!

Es un restaurante muy bonito y me encanta el ambiente. La comida fue deliciosa y los precios son similar a restaurantes que no son veggie. Los camareros son atentos y amables. Hay un plato vegano mixto. Elegí un plato y me dijo que pudieran ponerlo en el plato mixto vegano. Significa que se puede casi combinar su propio plato vegano. Fue genial!

Es ist ein süßes Restaurant und ich liebe das Ambiente. Das Essen war köstlich und die Preise gleichen denen nicht vegetarischer Restaurants. Die Mitarbeiter sind aufmerksam und freundlich. Es gibt eine gemischte vegane Platte. Ich entschied mich für ein veganes Gericht und mir wurde gesagt, sie könnten dieses auch zur gemischten veganen Platte geben. Bedeutet, man kann sich die vegane Platte weitgehend selbst zusammenstellen. Es war großartig! :)

Pros: Delicious food, Nice ambiance, Friendly employees

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Great location with vegan paella - Edit

I went there at the end of September 2013. The staff was friendly and the four language menu available facilitates the communication. I did not mention that I was vegan but because I ordered only vegan food (which is clearly indicated on the menu), the owner brought me a vegan pâté as an appetizer with beautiful breads and precised me it was vegan. I appreciated. I took the vegan paella which was tasty, and then the grilled seitan with fried vegetables. Vegetables were good but I didn't like so much the seitan whose texture was strange and not very nice. Beside that, the restaurant is pleasant and very well located. Prices are reasonnable and portions are ok. Sadly, there was no vegan desserts.

Concluding, it's not an exceptionnal restaurant but it is really fair in the whole.

Pros: great location, friendly staff, vegan paella

Cons: no vegan dessert, weird seitan

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Just ok - Edit

We stumbled upon this restaurant and were excited by both the atmosphere, the lovely view of the Alcazaba, and the very friendly waiter. The food, however, was a disappointment to everyone in our party of 5. The only thing really enjoyed were the spinach bonuelos. We were disappointed since we had passed up the Canadu for this. Should have stayed with the tried and true.

Pros: atmosphere, view, decor

Cons: food not great

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