Sotogrande is well known for its wealth of sporting activities such as yachting, golf and equestrian sports, but it is also a fantastic dining destination and has a superb array of restaurants offering a range of cuisines from refined modern Mediterranean to stylish cafés.
One of its longest ‘residents’ is El Gaucho, which has been an integral part of Sotogrande for some 30 years. Set within the Paniagua centre, one of the first social hubs established in the resort, a host of famous faces have walked through the doors of this landmark restaurant, including princes of the British royal family, actors, sportsman and King Baudouin of Belgium. El Gaucho is renowned for its Argentinian steaks, as its name suggests. Whether you are a rib eye or fillet steak fan, you will find the best here. It also serves some fabulous Criollo beef sausage with salad, which makes for a hearty yet refreshing starter. The wine list is excellent and well thought out; if in doubt about what to order, a member of staff will be sure to help.
Few people will say no to a fine Italian meal and Lombardo’s is one of the best places to sample Italian cuisine in Sotogrande. Also located in Paniagua, near the famous Kings and Queens Avenue, this restaurant has just celebrated 26 years in Sotogrande, which indicates that like El Gaucho, it is very much a popular fixture with the Sotogrande set. Apart from its mouth-watering menu, many diners are drawn to this establishment for its lovely courtyard, which is perfect for al fresco dining with a decidedly Italian air. And if you want some entertainment with your pizza, pasta or delicate liver cooked in the Venetian style, on Thursdays it has live, acoustic music, which is the perfect accompaniment to the exceptional cooking.
It is impossible to visit Sotogrande without visiting another drinking and dining landmark – the KE Bar in Sotogrande’s marina. This social hub has been here since the 1990s and it is an ideal place to start the day having breakfast by the sea, a lunch break or end your working day at sunset. KE Sotogrande bases its gastronomy on Mediterranean cuisine that is predominantly Andalusian in character, and combines the modern with the traditional. It is also famous with locals for its hunger-busting baguettes.
This is just a small selection of the dining options Sotogrande has to offer; come to Sotogrande and explore them for yourself or better still, buy one of our exclusive Sotogrande properties and enjoy eating out here all year round!
Photo courtesy of Ke BarBy The Holmes Team ·