El Jardín Del Califa
- Moroccan and Middle Eastern Fine Dining
Vejer’s most popular restaurant has stone vaulted dining rooms and a lush palm-filled courtyard set in an emblematic 16th century building. Recommended by the Michelin Guide. Consistently Vejer's most popular restaurant.
We are open!
Open for lunch 13.00 to 16.00 and for dinner from 19.30 to 23.00 every day.
The Jardín del Califa is one of Andalucia’s prime eating destinations. You will be served fabulous North African & Middle Eastern food in a historic, tranquil & unsurpassed setting in the heart of Vejer’s medieval quarter.
The Jardín del Califa is inspired by the Moorish rule of Vejer over 700 years ago and is set in one of Vejer’s most important historic buildings. The principal building dates from 1527 (and includes parts from the 11th Century) and is now a grade 1 listed monument. The stone clad dining rooms and the palm filled courtyard are the perfect company for your meal with us.
Come to the Califa and you will enjoy tasty dishes, stone vaulted cellars, an enchanted garden, a splashing fountain and scented plants. The haven of this quiet corner in the heart of Vejer will provide you with many memorable moments.
"In this truly wonderful setting we are dealing with a varied cuisine that knows how to take advantage of the flavours and knowledge of cooking from the Orient. With its vaulted ceilings, its small dining rooms and the inviting outdoor courtyard, this restaurant is a pleasure to the eye, and it feels good. The food, delicious, is produced by Moroccan women. Finally, a place of quality international service, which plays with Arab-Andalusian cooking - it is likely to bring together a wide audience fond of culinary discoveries" - Le Petit Futé
The Jardín del Califa is managed by Khadija Essaadi. Interior and exterior decoration by Regli Álvarez and James Stuart.
Candle lit romance
This unique space is our smallest dining room with just one table for a maximum of 7. The 'Aljibe' is the interior of an ancient water cistern built during the Islamic era of Vejer.
Archaeologists have dated the Algibe to the late 10th. or 11th. century. Dining with history!
Our own private temple
The barrel vaulted 'Templo' dates back to 1527 and its chapel like feeling gave us the inspiration for its name. The stonework is in exceptionally fine condition and like the rest of our restaurant is romantically lit. There are five tables for 2, a table for 5 and two tables for 4. For special groups this dining room can be set up in banquet form. The tables are French oak and made locally while the chairs are all sourced from India.
VIEWS TO THE GARDEN
In summer the glass curtain is removed leaving the entire dining room open to the garden. Stone arches frame one end of the room and illuminated with 5 elaborate lamps and Moroccan candles, this is the favorite eating area of many of our guests. There are four tables for 2, five tables for 4 and a table for 8. Some tables can be joined to form larger tables depending on the needs of the guests.
The tables of the Pergola and the garden are all made in Marrakech in the style of Gueliz, with finely cut ceramic pieces. The metal chairs are also from Morocco.
LUNCH OR DINNER 'AL FRESCO'
A summer night under the stars with the scent of jasmine in the air and the tinkle of a fountain to serenade you or a winter lunch in the dappled shade of our palm trees can be one of the most memorable moments of a visit to Vejer. We have a mixture of 3 tables for groups of 8, a table for 6, 4 tables for 4 and a few other small tables.