Our richness in your palate

Located just 4 km from the city of Almeria, with over forty-five years of history, a taste of tradition and roots, La Gruta is a culinary enchantment with the best flavors of the sea and the southern Mediterranean coast.

Our Cuisine

The cuisine of our restaurant is based on Mediterranean culinary tradition with the best fresh and seasonal products. Our preparation process is rigorous and meticulous. Before cooking each type of meat, it is carefully seasoned to enhance its natural flavor, seeking the exact cooking point so that you can taste its richness in every bite; using cooking techniques designed by our chefs.

Our Food

Choose your favorite from our showcase: local daily catches and seafood from the area; including meats and vegetables from the land with the specialty and flavor of the grill. A perfect start are our appetizers, carefully prepared and of high quality to leave a delicious and endearing taste in your mouth: highlighting our almerian grilled vegetable skewer or our grilled octopus with padrón peppers.


What do you feel like?

What do you feel like?

Chef's Suggestions

Canutera mackerel with seasonal tomato

Grilled vegetables

Squid with extra virgin olive oil or fried

Grilled octopus with padrón peppers

Cod loin in pil-pil sauce

Deep-fried John Dory fillet

100% Iberian acorn-fed pork shoulder

Roast suckling pig

Milhoja pastry with hot chocolate

Banana mousse with almond brittle


With seasonal jam

Fried milk with vanilla ice cream

Over walnut cream with vanilla ice cream

Chocolate lava cake

And candied orange

Our menu is a fusion of flavors and techniques that speak the universal language of food. No matter where you come from, each dish is a unique gastronomic experience. We make our dishes transmit emotions and sensations through their flavors and textures.

After eating well, everything feels better.In every dish we serve, there is a story to tell, a sample of our culinary heritage that dates back four generations.

The Cellar

If you’re a wine lover, you must visit La Gruta’s spectacular wine cellar. Inside, you’ll find over 30,000 bottles with a carefully selected representation of all Spanish denominations of origin.

From classic labels to the latest trends, there is a wide variety of wines to satisfy any taste and occasion.

Their magnificent selection of Reservas, Grandes Reservas, and collector’s items will allow you to taste some of the best Italian and Chilean wines, as well as the best Châteu and vintages from France.

"The wine is bottled poetry."

Robert Louis Stevenson

About Us

In 1976, my father gave me a ham, two cheeses, and several bottles of wine to inaugurate the restaurant, once we were granted the license to provide catering services in the Bello Rincón cave.

Almost a century before the official opening, my grandfather Nicolás Martínez Cuadrado ran a tavern located in La Garrofa, where he served daily fishing from the sea with a jábega, a small boat he used all his life.

My father Nicolás and my grandfather were road workers responsible for maintaining the Aguadulce road, the old Cañarete: a winding road between the cliffs.

In 1961, my parents moved to the Bello Rincón and opened a restaurant there. The cave already existed in this place, and after the first expansion, it became a dance hall called «Gruta Mana,» where there was a dance and musical groups every weekend, and young people gathered away from the scrutiny and gossip of the town.

Imagen antigua de un niño posando en la entrada de la cueva La Gruta
Imagen antigua antes de construir el restaurante La Gruta
Imagen antigua de un hombre y dos niños trabajando en la cueva de La Gruta
Imagen antigua de un hombre y dos niños trabajando en la cueva de La Gruta
Imagen antigua antes de construir el restaurante La Gruta
Imagen antigua de un hombre y dos niños trabajando en la cueva de La Gruta
Imagen de Nicolas Martinez Senior
Imagen de Nicolas Martinez Junior

La Gruta was well received from the beginning by customers, «it is something striking and spectacular», many still say, although the family objective always was and will be that people leave here satisfied, with a unique experience and that they keep the good taste to come back, in addition to our flavors.

Almería is Land of Cinema and for more than forty-five years La Gruta has lived the experience of receiving great personalities of the industry, recognized actors and actresses, bullfighters, footballers, journalists and singers. Even politicians! They always have privacy and here great agreements and deals have been signed with high-ranking businessmen, but what is said in the cave, stays in the cave.

Throughout my life it has been and continues to be a great adventure to receive all kinds of people, because here we serve with great pleasure and satisfaction to anyone who wants to get to know us. We are always waiting with a big smile and good service to offer them always the best of us.

Today, it is my son Nicolás, who not only inherits the name as a tradition, but also years of history and tasting in this wonderful cave where we have lived a multitude of pleasant experiences and events, including his wedding celebration.

Nicolás Martínez Navas

Imagen de Nicolas Martinez Senior
Imagen de Nicolas Martinez Junior

We continue to serve authentic and traditional flavors that have captivated the palates of entire generations.Come and visit us 

Our opening hours


Tuesday to Sunday

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Tuesday to Saturday

8:30 pm – 12:00 am

Open kitchen from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Closed on Mondays

National Road 340, kilometer 436, 04002 Almeria, Spain

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Grill Restaurant La Gruta

Almeria, Spain