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The Tapas Bar

98 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JY, England
01325467385
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Ranked #36 of 190 restaurants in Darlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $22
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Voted Best Bar None 2 years running and awarded the Darlington Fabulous Food Award 2012, The Tapas Bar has now extended,with two bars and a seperate room ( Jonny Maracas )for private parties. Serving tapas in Darlington since 1995, the unique atmosphere gives a warm and welcoming experience. With addition of a south facing pavement dining area in Darlington town centre, makes this the ideal summer destination.
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English first
Durham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic, we had 12 tapas dishes between a family of four and all were fantastic. Perfectly cooked and well presented. Great atmosphere in the restaurant and real ale too. All in all we will defo return.

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Darlo
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Tapas Bar offers a friendly environment with tasty food. We were a group of 6 and opted for the set menu which we all found tasty and plenty of food. Will be back.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Once over this was the place to be in Darlington but recently it's begun to feel a bit stagnant. Food is average and a little pricey for what it is. Think it's time for the old yard to review what they are REALLY offering and shake up the menu somewhat. I had to laugh at the Fava billed as a... More

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darlington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were in a side room with a private party. There's not much room inside the pub as it's quite narrow. It also gets very packed no matter what time. Food is very good I kept going back for more. Especially the potatoes. The wine is around £5 per glass which I think is expensive! And it isn't that nice.... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

I have been to this place a lot and it's always been ok however their outdoor facilities are beyond diabolical plastic wine glasses and carafe which to a certain extent I could sympathise with were they not stained beyond belief my main concern was as drinking my beakered pinot the stain disappeared :( not something that encourages the appetite nor... More

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Pedro T, Manager at The Tapas Bar, responded to this review

Unfortunately we are bound by Darlington Borough Councils pavement cafe policy and conditions, as are all town centre outside terrace spaces. As they do not allow glass outside we have to serve and decant all drinks in plastics. If we don't follow the conditions the licensing department of Darlington Borough Council will withdraw the license to allow us to operate... More

Darlington, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I usually go to The Tapas Bar on an evening, but this was a rare lunch time outing. The food was as gorgeous as usual, the whitebait was beautiful, greek salad was lovely and the stuffed deep fried peppers were lovely too.. Atmosphere was lovely, sat outside in the sunshine. Still a firm favourite of mine.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Lovely trip here, wonderful time gorgeous food and drinks , staff friendly and helpful!! Wanted more food!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Me and my partner had lunch one Monday and I had 3 tapas and she had a main meal , very tasty I just wanted more my favourite was the black pudding . It didn't look lots of food for the price but when you eat it there is enough , pluss a huge portion of bread for £1 will... More

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Yarm
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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Went with friends on a busy Friday night - we ordered 15 dishes between the 4 of us and these were a mixture of Greek and Spanish dishes. Everything was delicious and we all enjoyed the whole meal! Would definitely return!

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Stockport
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Great real ales and bar staff with a nice atmosphere and great location nothing much else I can say I'm afaid

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