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El Coto

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17 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AT, England
0191 384 4007
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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Gorgeous Food .... As usual ..

This is my all time favourite restaurant in Durham , friendly staff and always amazing food . The service has always been exceptional and the staff always lovely but on our recent visit we found the restaurant a little on the chilly side and we waited for over 20 minutes for a glass of wine and our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Andria M
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  • Late Night
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2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is my all time favourite restaurant in Durham , friendly staff and always amazing food . The service has always been exceptional and the staff always lovely but on our recent visit we found the restaurant a little on the chilly side and we waited for over 20 minutes for a glass of wine and our desert order .... More 

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jobean4, Owner at El Coto, responded to this review

Hello thanks for the great comments that you made about El Coto in Durham . We are really sorry about the couple of negative things that occurred during your visit and there is no excuse for either , the staff have been spoken to about missing the apology to you for the wine taking so long . Also we have... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited on a Saturday afternoon and were the only people in the restaurant. Possibly a bad sign, but actually this little restaurant is a bit out of the way - so maybe doesn't get passing trade like the city centre places. Our waiter was great and explained the special menu (3 tapas for £10.95) he even suggested that if... More 

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jobean4, Owner at El Coto, responded to this review

Hello thanks for taking the time to write us a review on trip advisor both positive and negative comments are important to us to always improve and gage what we are doing in the customers point of view . You have written mainly positive comments Thankyou for that we like that people enjoy what we do and like to think... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Visited here last night , very disappointing, every dish microwaved to oblivion, out of the 6 dishes we had one was delicious the lamb, one was nice the pork in blue cheese sauce, the other 4 were of poor quality, the chorizo in spicy tomatoes sauce had been microwaved to within an inch of its life, it was a pile... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Been here several times for meals and it is always fantastic. Also had a 21st party here and the food was as good as ever and the service excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Situated on a road heading out of Durham.. This restaurant is a gem! Tapas is absolutely delicious, big portion size and so tasty. My fave being pork in blue cheese and garlic and chilli prawns! Sangria is lovely too :) A lovely restaurant in Durham, I would definitely recommend!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This is a really good tapas at a really good price. The staff are always welcoming and the food is always good. I come here every time I come to Durham. That is about 16 times a year. I would come twice in a week.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I had never been to a tapas restaurant before and have been known to be a picky eater at times but went along with a group of 7 and ordered from the set menu. There was plenty of food for everyone and with such a good choice everyone had at least 3-4 dishes they enjoyed. We were very full by... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Have been before, so was looking forward to the experience. the service was good and the food excellent, just as before. The only flaw was that two of us had a glass of red wine and, upon draining the glass, noticed those crusty deposits which should be left behind after decanting. I pointed this out to the waitress who said,... More 

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jobean4, Owner at El Coto, responded to this review

Hello Thanks first of all for taking the time to write us a review on trip advisor we were really disappointed to read you felt let down by the way the waiteress reacted towards the sediment in the bottom of your wine glass . We have since discussed this matter with the service team to ensure this kind of thing... More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Visited with friends and had tapas from the set menu with some additions. The food was nice but rather rich so towards the end of the night I felt rather ill due to cream and other ingredients. Nice restaurant with nice food!

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Durham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
243 reviews 243 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

There's always a nice atmosphere and although I find the dishes are often a little bland for my taste, the sharing experience generally makes up for it. I'm not sure I'd go as a couple though.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 0191 384 4007

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

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