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El Castizo

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St Pancras, Chichester, England
01243788988
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
5 star restaurant for a great night out

This was our first visit to El Castizo. My son asked to try somewhere different for his birthday dinner. (You can have too many Indians and Chinese after all)! So a night at a Spanish Tapas seemed a great idea to me. My 23 year old son was a little scepticle but he has so changed his mind. From... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
the-young-five
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to El Castizo. My son asked to try somewhere different for his birthday dinner. (You can have too many Indians and Chinese after all)! So a night at a Spanish Tapas seemed a great idea to me. My 23 year old son was a little scepticle but he has so changed his mind. From the... More 

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Petworth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Went with three friends tonight and booked again for Saturday- really lovely food, great service. Met James for the first time tonight and his team, all charming!! Looking forward to Saturday night.... Thanks to you all for making our first evening special guys. Great vino too!!!

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UK- South East
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61 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

After reading many reviews and hearing good word about El Castizo, I decided to dine here with a group of friends. The restaurant is small, but appropriately decorated and the welcome and service from the staff was great throughout the meal. The food however was a real mixed bag. Some things were excellent but others simply bland, uninspired and of... More 

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pound1, Owner at El Castizo, responded to this review

Hi there, Just wanted to say that we are sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience with us but thankyou for the kind words on service. The Chistorra dish is the best of that product in spain, and we simply slice and fry. As for the meatballs im really sorry you didn't like, because this is our most popular and... More 

Buckinghamshire, England
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Family Birthday Dinner - Great Atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food - We'll be back! Very busy when we arrived, it did take a little while to be served, but once we had placed our order, we could relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy our evening. The whole concept of Tapas is perfect for a family get together, with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I had high expectations, this is allegedly the top place to eat in Chichester's town centre. Nice inside with lots of tables and funky décor, a duo playing live music, staff pottering about but didn't interact with any this time. We were part of a birthday group booking and lots of dishes were brought out to the table, bread, potatas... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Amazing setting,a true Spanish feel underground. I always have a great evening here,amazing atmosphere,great for dinner for two or a group. Staff are very attentive,always service with a smile. Food is incredible the best tapas I have ever had. We have introduced many people to this gem of a place and they all agree best tapas around!

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Portsmouth United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The service that is first class is low key and makes a relaxing place to be. They must get loads of repeat business as our friends and us have been many times in all sorts of size groups.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Went here on a staff do. Amazing atmospheric restaurant tucked away on the outskirts of Chichester city centre! The food was fantastic! Very authentic and delicious Spanish tapas (and sangria- but the less said about that the better!). The owner is friendly and nothing was too bigger job. He took times to learn names and facts about each of us... More 

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Langport
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A well run tapas restaurant in an interesting vaulted chamber on the edge of central Chichester. The range and quality of dishes is very appealing. The service is first class.

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Bognor, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Went here on a Saturday night, make sure you book by the way it's always packed, I love tapas but this has to be the best I've had so far. The food is so fresh tasting, and sauces are fab, makes sure you try the gambas pil pil they are lovely, every dish we had was great. There was only... More 

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Additional Information about El Castizo

Address: St Pancras, Chichester, England
Phone Number: 01243788988
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Chichester
Average Prices: USD 20 - 29
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: St Pancras, Chichester, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Chichester
  • Phone Number: 01243788988

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 29
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Doing business, Romantic, Dining on a budget

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