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Bar la Carcel

calle dean espinosa 18, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: tel 956-700-410
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: tel 956-700-410
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had a lovely lunch here. The menu includes some dishes which are a bit different from the usual tapas offering. The service was good, and it made a great stop to cool down a bit on a very hot day.

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I used to live in Arcos de la Frontera, and took everyone who came to visit here. I and friends from Arcos still talk about this place to everyone! This is an amazing little place on the road up into the old town. The food is incredible - some of the best tapas I have had anywhere, with great wine... More

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Ireland
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal here. The food was among the best we had on our holiday. I loved the delicious goats cheese with aubergine. It was very busy and the service could have been sharper. However, it all made for a relaxing evening. Go here and I think you will be happy you did.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Expected a bit better as this was recommended by TA, RickSteves and our B&B. Tasty local cheese and olives. Croquettes seemed microwaved as they were mushy.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We were here right after Carnaval so things were a bit quiet, but that was ok. We told the owner to surprise us with tapas so he kept bringing out great dish after great dish! Steak, eggplant and goat cheese with honey, etc. And great drinks too!

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Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I lived in Arcos for a year and never got tired of eating at Bar la Carcel. It is a completely authentic andalusian tapas restaurant and is as popular with the locals as it is with visitors. A few of my favorite dishes ar the 'berenjenas con miel' (fried eggplant rounds with warm goat cheese and drizzled with honey) pictured... More

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

And so was the wine. After that...not too tasty. We ordered mushroom croquettes--seemed to be some kind of mushroom paste , heavily salted. & fried, with French fries. The ham with the wild boar was very good, the boar was so-so. Tuna a bit on the fishy side , and that dish was also heavily salted. Price was decent.

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Cobble Hill, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We took the waiter's recommendations and enjoyed our meal of tasty tapas with an Andalucian twist. La Carcel is a simple, Spanish bar offering good value and great flavours.

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boston,ma.
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202 reviews 202 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Due to the holidays we had been finding it hard to locate open restaurants but this one was open. I'm glad it was as we had a fantastic meal here. I tried the wild boar (1/2 portion) and it was excellent! When we first went in and sat down we watched some great looking food being delivered to another group.... More

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Alicante, Spain
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Definitely one of the better tapas I've had in Spain. They have out of the ordinary amazing tapas. After traveling in Spain for a while, tapas are typically the same everywhere and trust me, you get sick of them fast. La Carcel has a delicious assortment of tapas that are out of this world. The tapas are also very well... More

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