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The Tapas Bar

98 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JY, England
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Ranked #34 of 193 Restaurants in Darlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $21
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
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Another visit to this tapas bar... the food is consistently good... a lively atmosphere with a good choice of tapas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

A very good evening spent with a close friend. It was my first visit to the Tapas bar and we shared a few dishes between us. Can't fault the service or the food. Would definitely recommend for any occasion, will definitely be returning soon!

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I took my wife to The Tapas Bar for lunch today, while the kids went off with nanna to the soft play area in the Dolphin centre. Everything about it was just spot on. There you are, in the middle of Darlington, and here's this quaint little place full of atmosphere. We went for 'Tapas for two' to save us... More

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North East England
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Visited The Tapas bar for the second time on a recent visit to Darlington. The place hasn't lost any of its charm. I love the feel of this restaurant - you could almost be on holiday. We had a Greek Mezze platter this time around and it was delicious, and more than enough! Will certainly return here in future, hopefully... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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