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El Refectorium

Cnr Calle Maestranza & Calle Cervantes, Malaga, Spain
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Ranked #89 of 1,173 restaurants in Malaga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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78 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Zurich, Switzerland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place was recommended by a local and we had to look around and find but but it is a gem! nice food, friendly service, next to the bullfight ring and close to the port. Fascinating place and the service was over friendly!

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Madrid, Spain
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

There are two ways to approach 'El Refectorium'. At the bar that is always packed but little by little you always find your space or at the restaurant for a more formal dinner. The bar is best with your couple or friends. The restaurant is better if you are going for a full meal and to have a more quite... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My husband and I were in Malaga for a long weekend and stayed in the Malagueta area. We came across this restaurant our first day and had to go back again the next day. We had several different tapas including ensalada rusa, porra and the cigalas. The food was amazing, the service was fantastic.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We eat there twice during our 10 days stay in Malaga. First time we had tapas and second time we visited the restaurant, both gave us very good experiences. The prices was good and excellent service to.

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Yzeures-sur-Creuse, France
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

What a surprise to find this modern, clean and light establishment right next to the cathedral in old Malaga. Good chairs, spacious, white linen, and everything shines. Service is very friendly and helpful, and we had one of the best meals ever in Spain. The marinated Jabugo ham, shrimps, and the Russian salad are delicious starters, we chose the cold... More

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This is a review of El Refectorium near the cathederal (Los Abades). The decor and ambience is good - clean, modern looking with white tablecloths. Service is good - the waiter was very helpful despite our hopeless Spanish. We ordered a Russian salad and a tomato salad to start - which frankly was a mistake - the potions were vast.... More

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Malaga, Spain
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

One of my favourite restaurants in Malaga. Everything is classy from professional waiters, the decor and the outstanding food My wife and I shared the home made croquettes as a starter and then I had squid in its ink with peppers and rice, absolutely fantastic. Total bill €50 for two including 3 drinks. One can also have tapas at the... More

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Top Contributor
233 reviews 233 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We saw a restaurant "El Refectorium" on one of our walks through the city, but could later not remember its exact location. When checking Tripadvisor, it appeared that there were TWO restaurants with that name. When seeing the location of El Refectorium del Campanario (quite a bit outside the city center), we decided this must be the one we saw.... More

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Malaga, Spain
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

While living in this area for almost 6 years i know all of Malaga very well. This restaurant is a has-been. It serves the types of diners who don't want to try anything new and have been going for 20 years. Sometimes looks busy, but people are just drinking a beer. Not good value for money, and nothing special. Overpriced... More

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Marseille, France
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

nice atmosphere ,fresh fresh quality,N°1 for the Pata Negra Ham Make sure you will make a reservation if you wanna eat inside

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