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17 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AT, England
0191 384 4007
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Ranked #65 of 256 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
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Our first visit to Durham was in March last year when deciding on our first city break in 2015 we chose Durham so we could eat at our favourite Tapas restaurant!

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Stalybridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We've had good times at El Coto Newcastle, with good food, nice drinks and top service for alright money. So while in Durham for a weekend we thought we were in safe hands for Saturday night tapas. Not so here. With the exception of a young local waitress who was clearly overworked and exasperated (but at least cheerful) the staff... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Nice range of authenticTapas. Cosy inside once we did go in, looked a little tired from outside and off the beaten track. Good value and friendly staff.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

On calling in to this restaurant 3 years ago and loving the food I wouldn't eat in any other tapas. The food is the best I've ever tasted. In fact we go twice a week now! The staff can't do enough to help you and are well mannered also you don't have to wait long for your meals. All I... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

There were 10 of us and we went on New Year's Eve, as we have done the past 3 years, so we knew we would be waiting for a bit which would have been fine. However there is a limit. After waiting 20 minutes to order drinks we waited another 20 minutes for them to arrive, having chased them twice... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We booked El Coto for 7.30 for New Years Eve, party of 10. We decided to book taxi's leaving the restaurant at 10pm leaving 2 1/2 hours for food and drinks which we thought would be ample time. When we arrived the restaurant was busy, however none of the party brought their own tables or chairs with them, I always... More 

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Surrey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

They have a good range of tapas that I thought was pretty good. I am no expert but have been to Spain a fair few times, and if I were served these tapas in Spain I would not complain. Service is friendly. The datiles, basically dates wrapped in bacon, a bit like pigs in blankets but with dates not pork... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Have visited twice recently and both times the restaurant was completely empty. We weren't served one of the tapas dishes we ordered but since we were full, we didn't mention it. When the bill arrived the dish was still on it. I told the waitress (in Spanish, as she was Spanish and I thought it might be appreciated), however she... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very nice style, with a good range of interesting bits to try & reasonable price. Highly recommended!

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Tyne & Wear England
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We visited El Coto on Friday 28th November as part of a large group of 20, which is our traditional start to the Christmas festivities. The atmosphere, food and service were all excellent and would highly recommend this restaurant.. The Victoria, which is a great pub is just across the road.

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

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