After a long day of travel, going out into a strange town in search of sustenance seemed like a silly idea. We were in a 5 Star hotel were we not? Know what that means?
You guessed it.... ROOM SERVICE!!!
The food was top notch. Well, the steak was exactly how I liked it, not now I ordered it. Or at least it wasn't how I THOUGHT I ordered it. My spanish is a bit rusty so it's probably my fault.... *grin*
But other than that, everything was wonderful. :-)
I do apologize for being a bad VT'er and not taking pictures of the food. It was late, I was hungry and tired. The food was gone before I even thought about the camera.....
Favorite Dish: It had to have been the steak as that and the breakfast buffet was all I had while there. I must say, the breakfast was very nice as well!
The warm atmosphere always reminds me of Christmas. You can have a drink or a tapas or enjoy a sit down meal all for a very reasonable price.
What I like more about this place is that it serves food from all over Spain and not just Andalucia. So this means a lot of what they serves is fuller in flavour and perfect in winter.
Remember if you are planning to go in summer it gets absolutely packed so as they don't take reservations (for they know it will fill up) it is best to arrive well before 10 when the Spanish people start to have dinner.
You can order large skewers of kababs or your own personal little grill to cook your own food just they way you like it!
Most of the dishes are meaty or fishy but there are a few things vegetarians can try.
Favorite Dish: Tapas: Patatas Bravas (Roast potatoes with a spicy sauce)
Sitdown meal: Solomillo de Buey con salsa de pimienta (Ox loin with pepper sauce).
Also try the Morcilla (black pudding) as a tapas or as part of a sitdown meal.
Freshly made pasta and Pizza, the quality is very high here although the prices are reasonable!
The owner is from Frienze in Italy and is very friendly and if you are a good customer he will give you free drink.
There are actually two Non solo Pasta's in El Puerto, run by the same man. He started with just the one but as it was so successful...
Favorite Dish: My Favourite is the gnocchi with the spicy sauce. The chianti they have is very good too, as are all the Pizzas.
Despite the name, this restaurant serves really good Greek or Lebanese food. The owners are a married couple; he is Lebanese and she is Greek. The owners are really friendly and he is multilingual (French, English, Arabic and possibly more) . It’s a great mix and a wonderful atmosphere.
A complete meal for two usual costs about 40 euros.
Favorite Dish: I always have the Falafel to start and then the Malfuf. To drink I always order the Greek red wine (my favourite is something like Makadonia) it is so light and fruity. You can also try the Arabic deserts they have to offer (they’re great).
I have spent many a night here drunk and in need of food. It's a great place to refuel before heading on or winding down the night!
Favorite Dish: Hotdogs , hamburgers, sandwiches and chips with another beer to wash it all down!
I saw so much elogious comments about this rrestaurant that We decide to come there for it...
Disapointment is the good word. Of course it was not bad but all the products were not fresh, but "Iced" and cooked without imagination...
Favorite Dish: Shrimps ...as in many restaurant in Spain
The best thing about this restaurant is the frozen Sangria or Margaritas. The food is cheap with ample portions. The atmosphere is great though you have to ignore the mariachi music. The service can be slow but that's normal for Spain. The staff are all south Americans, though not necessarily Mexican!
In Summer you sit outside in the gardens which is my favourite time of year.
Everytime I go to El Puerto we go to the Mexican; it has become our tradition. This place holds such good memories for me!
They are now opening a branch in Cadiz city too which is on the main road as you come into Cadiz (at the cortadura end).
Favorite Dish: Burrito Normal con un cuenco de chipotle y jalepeños
Bar Santa Maria located by the river in El Puerto de Santa Maria is a complete tourist trap and has terrible service, value and the never have anything you want on the menu. Don't come here if you fancy a coffee either because they don't even pretend to have that.
After waiting a good 30mins to be served the waiter took our order. When it arrived it wan't the soup I had ordered. Infact it wasn't even a soup at all. When I informed the waiter of this he told me that they didn't have any soup (I suddenly remembered I had been there once before and the same thing had happened). Well I ended up paying 7 euros for a small prawn cocktail. My boyfriends food was also bad value for money.
I'm sure the place only remains open because it looks nice and it has a great spot in front of the river with an outside patio.
Bar Columbus in English is a small bar that is now only open 3 days a week in winter(Thurs, Fri, Sat). It is run by Bill and is affectionately known as Bill's bar by the many ex pat locals.
As Bill is an Englishman many of the Ex pats always end up here although there are plenty of Spanish clientele too.
See my Bar Colon nightlife tip to find out what else you can get up to here!
Favorite Dish: Try Bill's homemade Shepard's pie, curry, fishermans pie, hamburgers or other English delights or go for the more Spanish swordfish or other such fishy delights.
We were searching for sometime for a great place to try the local seafood.. this was the place!!!
The service is 5 star, the restaurant is cozy and comfortable.. the food.... AMAZING!!!
There are several waiters looking after a single table, the staff is friendly and the menu offers a great variety.
Favorite Dish: We both had fish soups to begin with, my boyfriends was a broth with chunks of fish and veggies.. he LOVED it! My soup was a creamy seafood soup with bits of lobster and shrimp throughout.. my mouth waters just thinking of it!!
The main course and dessert were equally as tasty.. a great experience!