"The essence of cooking is the refinement of simplicity"


Temporary Closure

Dear all,

We hope you all are staying safe, taking care of each other and spreading love and solidarity to the people around you.


Due to the instructions from the Spanish Government we have temporarily closed our doors.


We want to be part of the solution and play our part in making sure this does not spread within our community and beyond.


To everybody who holds a reservation and it is affected by these measures we want to thank you for being understanding and supportive.


We are excited to welcome you back when things have settled and we can guarantee the health and safety of our guests and team.



Dennis & Kikki

La Mar Chica

Updated March 16, 2020

Welcome to La Mar Chica

Inspired and sourced by the land, mountains and sea that surrounds us, all dishes are homemade by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Our intimate living-room restaurant is open for dinner for a maximum of 8 tables and have capacity for a maximum of 22 guests at a time, in order to offer you a personal experience with focus on good food, interesting combinations and great service.

Dutch head chef and owner Dennis Van Tintelen composes the monthly-changing menu with inspiration from his international experience in Michelin star restaurants, and his favourite culinary corners of the world, be it New Nordic cuisine, Spanish or Asian... 


​Restaurant La Mar Chica is located in the typical Andalusian White Village of Benalmádena Pueblo, with narrow cobblestone streets and flowers in front of every house. Benalmádena Pueblo is a short drive from the coast between Malaga and Marbella on Costa Del Sol, Spain.

La Mar Chica opened March 2019 by Dutch/Danish couple.  

We look forward to welcoming you!

Dennis & Kikki 




We offer menu suggestions as well as A La Carte

In Vino We Trust

A selection of Spanish quality wines sourced from our preferred bodegas across Spain.



Brilliant food and service

"This is a need to visit restaurant. If I could, I would love to stick three Mechelin stars on their door. The flavors, the visuals and the ingredients just makes you high.

Everything goes so well together and don't worry about the prices. This is a "Michelin" restaurant every one can afford. Thanks Dennis for a brilliant experience.."

(Source: TripAdvisor, August 2019)


Out of this world


"This was the best ever!! We heard good stories about it in the Pueblo, so curious as we are we tried it. The stories are true this is an amazing down to earth restaurant. Relaxed smiling waitresses and a chef who is as passionate as it can be. The food was amazing from start till finish. Tuna tartar to die for as well as the rest ! Nice presented and explained by the chef himself. Finally something different in the Pueblo! We are looking forward to their new menu! We will be back!!"

(Source: TripAdvisor, August 2019)


Michelin quality food and service

"We visited La Mar Chica after a recommendation from friends...it was superb! We were so enthralled with the food and service we cancelled a reservation in another restaurant and ate here twice. The first evening we had 3 courses and the wine pairings. On the second evening I choose 4 courses with wine and my husband had 6 courses plus wine pairings. The food is outstanding, the service equally as pleasing. Great value, good choice of gin and excellent wines. This is a newly opened restaurant...visit.you'll not be disappointed."

(Source: TripAdvisor, September 2019)



Restaurant La Mar Chica

Calle Marbella, 1

29631 Benalmádena Pueblo (Malaga), Spain

Tel: (+34) 951 634 708 

Email: info.lamarchica@gmail.com




We are closed from 15 March 2020 until further notice due to Spanish Government regulations to prevent the spread of Corona virus!

Tuesday - Saturday

18.30 till close

Sunday + Monday




© 2019 by La Mar Chica