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El Coto

17 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AT, England
0191 384 4007
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Ranked #48 of 251 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I was visiting my fiend in Durham, she recommended trying el cotto. So me and my friend ordered the set menu, which have you a wide selection of tapas. Lamb meatball in a spicy tomato sauce, potato braves, garlic pork dish etc. Food was Ok, wasn't the best, service was very lacking. As we were sat upstairs and there were... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I adore tapas and was very impressed with El Coto. Nice atmosphere and decoration, giving a nice authentic feel to the place. Our waitress was the same woman throughout the evening and was very friendly and helpful. We were blown away by the extensive menu and it was very difficult to choose! We decided on six tapas and asked the... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Came here with boyfriend on the 12th july. Was quickly shown to a table in the middle of restaurant,ordered a bottle rose (wine menu is very limited, 3 bottles of rose and thats it??) waitress poured our wine,waited for wine cooler... Waited...guess not? Good job we drank the wine quickly. :-) Waitress came over 3 times in 10 minutes to... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a nice restaurant with decent tapas. All the dishes I had were good apart from Garbanzos that were very sweet, too much sugar. I sent them back without any problems and received a paella instead that was fine. The wine selection was pleasing and the service was friendly and attentive. I'd recommend here and return if I was... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The exterior of this restaurant did not inspire confidence however the food was hot, flavoursome and served reasonably quickly, with the exception of the cured meat which was a bit dried around the edges. The other 9 dishes we had were of a much higher standard especially the tenderloin pork and the chicken skewer. The dining experience was let down... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A great meal at El Coto for our anniversary. Nice atmosphere, great selection of dishes which tasted delicious. Staff were friendly. Tapas came thick and fast, if anything they could have came a bit slower. Both glad we chose El Coto.

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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

El coto is a small restaurant in what appears to be the middle of a residential area, run by all Spanish staff who were very nice and helpful. We were seated on a table for two but as the dishes kept arriving we were asked if we would like to move to a bigger table, which we thought was very... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Third visit and it still doesn't disappoint. Would really recommend it. Lovely atmosphere, authentic feel and delicious food.

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8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Visted El Coto this evening (19.07.14) and had a meal for two. Picked a variety of dishes from the main menu : Basket of bread - Plenty for two of us / Beef stew with spicey sauce (beef,chickpeas and aubergine) / Chicken with dates and mushroom sauce / Squid rings / Potato and ham croquetes / Scrambed Eggs with red... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Tapas restaurant in Durham. First visit here but it will become a regular haunt for me. Excellent food, served very hot at the right speed and lots of variety with the dishes. Loved the chicken cooked with dates in a creamy sauce. Service was good, friendly staff. This one is just a wow.

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