One of the best restaurant in Cadiz, probably because of the personal touch, the fresh produce, the great culinary skills of the cook and the great location i.e.: in sunny and happy Cadiz. The restaurant itself is slightly hidden away at the back of the fish market, look for it as once you find it, you found a gem! Go on and try any of their seafood dishes accompanied by one of the white wines, you will die and go to heaven....promised. Nothing compares to one of the amazing fish a la plancha or the paellas, the cheap prices and amazing taste will win you over - no doubt. It did to me and I cant wait to go back. Christina from Belgium
Favorite Dish: any seafood dish, they will prepare it especially for you. But they also make amazing meat, rice and pasta dish. The wine is divine and the service is simply the best there is.
My favourite tapas-place: a great interior, lots of choice of delicious and very cheap tapas, nice waiters, ... I came here almost every noon to have some tapas. The one in the picture is called "secreto iberico a la brasa" and only costs 1,95 euro! If you have 2 like that, believe me, you have eaten! The place is mainly known for its hams and pork meat, so not a place for vegetarians, especially since the hams are all around you hanging from the ceiling.
Cumbres mayores is situated between Plaza de la Mina and La Alameda.
Favorite Dish: secreto iberico a la brasa
This small tapas restaurant has a very eccentric looking deco (most of it is from IKEA as a matter of fact, but the paintings on the wall are very bizarre and almost scary!) and sexy & camp male waiting staff! The restaurant is extremely popular and since it's rather small, it will be almost impossible to get a table, if you haven't booked in advance.
The menu is only in Spanish, so make sure, you'll get someone to translate it to you unless you speak Spanish. Some of the dishes are available as a smaller tapas size as well as a larger normal size version.
There were 7 of us and we paid €78 (including a bottle of red wine) in 2007
Favorite Dish: There are some very exotic and exiting tapas dishes such as a thick slice of aubergine with some sort of meaty sauce on top of it; a warm toast with ham and apple (sounds bizarre, but it was actually really really nice). The desserts are equally nice and include a dessert with raspberry sauce, chocolate and mascarpone cheese; chocolate mousse and several cakes.
Up a narrow street only a few yards from the cathedral. When I was there it was full of locals. The people are very friendly, and the food’s good and not very expensive. I had ensalada de patates and fish, then something called albondigas (turned out to be home made meatballs) en tomate, with wine. All excellent, but at the end, when I saw Rosario the cook arranging her spectacular looking paella, I rather wished I’d ordered that.
(I was there in December, but there’s a terrace for eating outside in the summer, and air-conditioning for inside. The menu del dia costs 7.50 €.)
Favorite Dish: Rosario's paella is a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy
The flavour of Cadiz is best enjoyed at the Restaurant Grimaldi, situated right opposite the market. Grimaldis father and family are well known fishermen who go everyday for fishing for the restaurant. The restaurant offers reasonably priced and very tasty sea food in a really lovely atmosphere. They use only fresh vegetables and ingredients from the region and I assure you, you can taste it! I enjoyed having a chat with the cook that takes very good care of his guests. I was really astotished by this politeness and hope you will enjoy your food there as much as I did.
Favorite Dish: Gambas al ajillo
We went to the Grimaldi on the advice of the Footprint guide we were following. Perhaps we should have guessed something was wrong when there was hardly anyone else in the restuarant, but we reasoned that it was towards the end of lunch time (3pm), the weather was pretty awful, and everyone had been celebrating new year and Reyes was coming up, so maybe people had decided to stay in to eat. Apparently there was only one member of staff who served us and then went into the kitchen to make the food - charming we thought.
We were charged £90 (for three of us) for a couple of bottles of wine, a salad which mostly came out of tins, some red peppers, sea anemones which are the local speciality which cost £9, and a bit of watery rice with some crayfish in (almost certainly frozen). The tomato in the sauce tasted as if it came out of a tin. I have rarely felt so ripped off.
Favorite Dish: I liked the sea anemones, but my companions said they tasted of grit and spinach
Excellent and diverse tortillas: with spinach, peppers, salami, .... Very, very tasteful! This is one of the reasons I liked coming here. The other one is that the bar is actually divided in two parts: you have the actual bar part and next to it, a grocery store! They also serve the famous manzanilla de Sanlucar. Cheap and local.
Favorite Dish: spinach tortilla
Here you can find some more "elaborate cuisine" than your regular tapas. The bar is situated in Barrio Santa Maria and fills up very fast during summer. Nicely modernly decorated interior and when the weather permits it, you can also sit outside on the street terrace. (no cars allowed in the street) Be sure to try the delicious goat cheese for a starter and the red tuna for a main course. Prices are about average, maybe a bit higher than the regular Cádiz place. My favourite place for a good meal!
Favorite Dish: goat cheese
Situated in the Barrio Santa Maria, this is a bar where lots of locals hang out, watching football on the tele, together with the waiters. The food is shown in front of you, so even if you don't speak Spanish, it's quite easy to pick something. The place is best known for its "pimientos del padrón" ( green peppers of the chief) which are truly delicous! Also try the "champiñones rellenos" (stuffed mushrooms) or the big choice of seafood. You can have things in half or complete portion. Better to take half portions, which are already quite big. The interior is nothing to write home about (big neon lights), but it's mainly the atmosphere that's nice, when the place gets full.
Favorite Dish: Pimientos del padrón
This must be one of the cosiest plazas of Cádiz: Plaza Tio de la Tiza! During summer the place is filled with the tables of this restaurant and some other tables of the bar Antiguario next to it. The name of the restaurant is officially Bar Pájaro Pinto, but you won't find the name anywhere. Doesn't matter, it's the only restaurant on this plaza anyway.
Fresh fish and seafood are the specialties here, so this is what you should be having! For an evening meal t, make sure to take a reservation or to come a bit before 9 pm, which is very early to eat in Spain!
The dishes are simply delicous and quite big! Nice gazpacho for a starter as well!
One minus: check the bill before you pay, if you are a big group, they tend to get a bit confused.
Great local place, situated in the Barrio de la Viña, which used to be the district of the fishermen. Nowadays, it's the center of the famous Cádiz festival in February, but during the whole year this is the area where you want to be if you want a taste of local life. The tapas bar Casa Manteca is a place owned by a former torero, which easily shows when you look at the walls: torero souvenirs everywhere. It's great to come here to have a glass of wine or beer and some finger food: great cold cuts and cheese! The tapas are served on a napkin., waiters are helpful and friendly. Oh, and even if you do speak Spanish, be prepared to understand nothing about the local dialect that the usual guests speak :-)
Great place and a must-visit if you come to Cádiz!
By 1 PM, we had spent less than two hours roaming the streets of old Cadiz on the tip of its peninsula and it was already time to catch our return ferry ride to El Puerto de Santa Maria if we were to have any hope at all of reaching our next destination at Estepona (which was 150-km and over 3-hours away by the time we re-crossed the Bay and retrieved our luggage).
Favorite Dish: The weather was comfortable, so we sat down in the patio and ordered a single round of drinks to go along with the best plate (no charge) of tapas olives of the entire trip. Service was very prompt and I was glad of that because we could not afford to miss the next ferry or we would be in big trouble time-wise. It was a short stop as we took in our last views of downtown Cadiz before heading off on the next leg our our 3-week journey.
Our previous evening's meal in Sevilla had been a bit of a rushed tapas bar affair and our following night was to be spent in a bed & breakfast on the outskirts of Estepona, so we decided to splurge for once and have a nice sit-down meal in a proper restaurant. The birthday of Sue's sister was the next day so we decided this would be her 'birthday party' meal!
We had earlier enquired with Hotel Dunas Puerto staff about the restaurant arrangements and all went well with our viewing of the menu at 8 PM and then sitting down in their nice dining room area (mostly empty at that time of the evening) at 8:30. We were eventually joined by two other groups of people, but it was a quiet and relaxing meal as we took our time with the various courses.
Favorite Dish: We started off with a large tapas plate of cured ham on toast served on a bed of lettuce and with corn and a few other things thrown into the mix. It was a nice snack as we enjoyed our glasses of wine served up by the barman who was manning his post along one side of the restaurant.
For main courses, the birthday lady chose red wine glazed Sea Bass served with a lemon slice while Sue decided to have Iberian Pork Chops with fries. I was looking for something really different so opted for the interesting sounding Pork Medallions with raisens and sherry sauce, accompanied by fries. We all really enjoyed this meal both for the flavours and the relaxed pace at which we ate in the very comfortable surroundings. When all was said and done, the total bill for our courses and five glasses of wine came to 18 Euros (US$25) per person - a real bargain to my eyes!
Spain has the best way to enjoy a dining experience. It is called tapas. Think appetisers where a group of friends each orders something different and then you sample. There are many flavors to be tasted and the prices are less than a meal. Some of the restaurants also feature flamenco shows, but on a nice day sit outside and enjoy the sun.
Favorite Dish: Tapas
Always full of people, this is a typical old bar near the harbour and few steps from city centre, very clean and with fast and careful service. Their salmorejo is the best i've ever tasted in Spain, but they serve several others delicious tapas.
Favorite Dish: Queso frito con frambuesa (fried cheese with berries), Salmorejo (fantastic tomato shake with eggs and ham)
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