Listed as the Number 1 Fine Dining Restaurant in Benidorm and one of the Best Restaurant's in Benidorm by Trip Advisor.
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AVAILABLE FOR 10* PEOPLE OR MORE
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07951 776 435
Amigos Restaurant and Roof Terrace, Old Town, Benidorm - Restaurant & Special Occasion Venue.
As of January 2017, Amigos is rated as one of Benidorm's best restaurants on Trip Advisor 3rd of 667 restaurants in Benidorm with over 1,500 5 star reviews and more reviews total (1,700+) than any other restaurant in Spain.
Is holder of no less than 7 Certificate of Excellent awards 1 for every year open including 5 from our previous "Amigos Bar and Bistro" on Calle Buen Retiro and has a 4.9/5 ranking on Facebook with over 120 reviews and 4.8/5 on Google with 30+ reviews.
Amigos is now situated in the Benidorm Old Town on Calle de la Palma, just around the corner and 120 metres from the Original Amigos which we had previously leased from May 2010 - April 2015.
We are probably best known for Private Cocktail and Sangria Parties, Hen Parties and Private Dinner Parties for weddings, birthdays, funerals and golfing groups on the roof terrace or in the 1st floor restaurant. We are also very well known for our a la carte and steak menu from which we serve only Galician fillet steaks.
We are listed as the number 1 Restaurant for Fine Dining on Trip Advisor.
Our third season in the new premises is about to begin and I have to say things have honestly exceeded any expectations we had when handing over the 500 euro deposit to the owner for him to take down the "for rent" sign in October 2014 without knowing whether or not we would eventually rent it. Due to the loss of another business in the UK, 500 euros was the earth to us at that point so it was a risk.
In season one - which began when we opened on Christmas Day 2014 - we had painted & decorated, built a couple of new walls, a "client side" bar on the first floor and cleared the roof terrace - which was basically a store room without a roof - and transformed what began as a house, then a pizzaria followed by a simple ground floor tapas bar - into a 3 floor restaurant with functional roof terrace. We did much of the work ourselves.
In the off season - January/February 2015/2016 we made a few aesthetic changes to the toilets and ground floor area in addition to replacing the tables, chairs and lighting on the roof terrace.
In season one we were serving on average between 20 and 40 guests 6 nights a week and in season two we increased that number to 40 - 60 guests every night 7 nights a week because we added a third chef.
Now in our third season we completely reformed and modernised the kitchen so that we can handle maybe 60 - 80 guests per night during the busy spring and summer nights of 2017. If all goes well, we will again open 7 nights a week in addition to the daytime for private hire.
One particular day/night in July 2016 we actually served 101 people from the a la carte menu - it would be nice but I wouldn't expect to do that every day.
In early January we have knocked out shelves - previously used for a pizza oven - blocking a large recess which now allows our sous chef more space to prepare starters.
We have a new four-ring commercial gas cooker with oven in addition to a chargrill and a wide two door fridge. New inox preparation tables and sinks in addition to an improved dishwashing area which will all help with efficiency of the kitchen.
With a strong and versatile young head chef who has now been with us for 3 years, a very hard working sous chef and hopefully a new chef joining the team before May, we hope to have the confidence and capacity to add new dishes and weekly specials to the menu. Fingers crossed we'll be open 7 nights a week again from May 2017.
We are even considering opening in the daytime for lunch during the winter months of 2017/18 but that's to be confirmed at a later date. Watch this space.
I am writing this on February 22nd 2017 after a long winter break and after serving two full sittings for Christmas Dinner which, I have to say, was the best food we have ever put on the table - a new benchmark has been reached which we hope to carry through 2017.
What a journey the past 7 years has been. Just 3 years ago in January 2014 our UK business was failing badly and I was sitting in a bank in Benidorm asking how long they would give us before starting repossession proceedings on our house if I didn't pay the mortgage.
In the same week Linda was in tears as I asked the VAT inspector in the UK to give me an extra month to pay a VAT bill with money we had never even received from customers from our UK enterprise. (we were almost through the recession, we just needed that little bit of help to hang on). He basically told me to get a loan.
It's not easy to lose a business which has been your baby for about 14 years which is what happened to our UK business.
Since then we have worked tirelessly to get back on track and reform this old classic 3 storey house, pizzeria/tapas bar into a chic and modern restaurant and, it's not finished yet. In addition to the kitchen reformation we have painted all 3 floors and have purchased a new POS system to increase efficiency front of house.
We have also been close to signing deals on two new premises but both times we got cold feet and decided to wait until we knew for sure it was the right thing to do, however, we are still looking for our second restaurant - we'll see what Brexit brings :).
Although we only officially open in the evenings, we will always open in the day for private parties, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations for 10* or more people. Call 07951 776 435.
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“Superb special occasion meal”
“Christmas Day Meal.”
“Scrumptious food Excellent service”
“Possibly the best Christmas dinner”