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El Pozo Viejo
Newly Revamped Charm in the Heart of Marbella
Photos: Peter Staes
Located in the oldest building in Marbella, built in 1502 in the heart of the Old Town, what was once a rundown restaurant has been taken over by a young, vibrant couple and transformed into a superb contemporary dining experience.
Elio, an industrial designer from Argentina, ran restaurants in Denmark; while María, from Asturias, worked for many years as an air hostess for United Emirates. The couple met in Barcelona and lived in Dubai for a while before settling in Marbella in the summer of 2014.
With Elio’s artistic flair and years of restaurant experience, combined with María’s exceptional hospitality skills and hardworking philosophy, they have already made El Pozo Viejo a hit with those who have visited it.
The dynamic couple have set out to be as ecologically sustainable as possible by using re-used furniture and cooking with wood and locally-sourced ingredients.
El Pozo Viejo offers three different areas where you can enjoy your evening. There is a quaint rustic-style bar, offering an array of different beverages including mojitos at just five euros each and two glasses of cava with a tapa for just seven euros. An intimate indoor dining area has been decorated with eclectic recycled furniture; and outside, a gorgeous “Secret Garden” (their courtyard) is covered with elegant shade sails with heaters so that you can dine al fresco even through the winter months.
Their creative Mediterranean menu offers a bit of everything from salads, fish and seafood to meat, which is their speciality, cooked over wood to give it a deep smoky taste.
Prices are extremely reasonable and they are open for both lunch and dinner. The menu changes seasonally and there are specials every day. Starters range from eight to 16 euros, with a tapas tasting for just eight euros. If you are meat-eaters, you can enjoy a chateaubriand for 24 euros per person or a 350-gram fillet steak for just 26 euros. A must-try is their strawberries with crème brûlée – one of their signature dishes.
They are particularly proud of their wines, which they have selected meticulously, and they will be holding wine tasting events so that customers can have an opportunity to try them. They will also be arranging flamenco shows and art exhibitions, the details of which will be posted on their Facebook page.
Wondering where to go on a Sunday? El Pozo Viejo will be starting their buffet brunches, offering canapés, salads, meat and fish.
This restaurant is an ideal place to go for a birthday, anniversary or other special event as it has a charming ambience and the menu caters for a variety of tastes; and if you want to extend the evening you can move into their “bodeguita” for a quiet drink.
El Pozo Viejo
Plaza Altamirano 3, Marbella
Tel. (+34) 952 822 557