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Bar la Carcel

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calle dean espinosa 18, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
+34 956 70 04 10
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: tel 956-700-410

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Interesting menu, good service, good food.

We had one meal here, choosing to sit inside. The restaurant room was vaulted and cool (temperature wise) and different to other places we have been. The tapas menu also had different fare - one of the items had ran out but chef made us and alternative that was delicious. The service was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We had one meal here, choosing to sit inside. The restaurant room was vaulted and cool (temperature wise) and different to other places we have been. The tapas menu also had different fare - one of the items had ran out but chef made us and alternative that was delicious. The service was very good and the food was excellent... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Brilliant tapas especialy prawns wrapped in zuchini and baked artichokes - house red a really good rioja.

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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I've been living 9 months in Arcos de la Frontera and have eaten in most of the noteable restaurants in this precious pueblo. El Carcel is the best....don't pass up their specials of the day. Today we had a special that turned out to be a fish delicacy only found in Malta and the Bay of Cadiz. That was accompanied... More 

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Cadiz, Spain
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The only way to describe this tapas bar. Good food, great atmosphere and the place where both visitors and locals go.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I like to seek out local, great eats when we travel and rarely write reviews online. Bar La Carcel inspired us to do so. The kitchen and the staff are fantastic. Loved all the dishes we ordered: Paquetitos de datiles con queso, croquetas de puchero, crujientes de langostinos con calabacin y salsa de piña. Don't miss if... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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91 reviews 91 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Arcos is a small town, the hilltop, even smaller. There are several places to eat, all of which are actually really good, however Carcel is the best of them. Went both nights we were in Arcos. The food was some of the best in our 10 day trip. The eggplant with goat cheese and honey, the dates, and the pork... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Saw a good crowd here as we were walking by so we decided to join them. We each ordered a tapas and shared them and both were excellent. We especially liked the eggplant with goat cheese. Delicious flavors. The staff has limited English but they were easy to communicate with using our limited Spanish. A place enjoyed by both tourists... More 

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Cadiz, Spain
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We go to La Carcel a lot because it is very local to us. The staff are always friendly and welcoming and the food is always great. The menu of tapas and larger plates is varied and includes many local favourites and some more unusual dishes. We have visited many times and always have a great meal. I would recommend... More 

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Paris, France
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58 reviews 58 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We went to Bar La Carcel given the recommendation from our B&B host. We had the best meal in Arcos here! What's great about this place is that there are tourists and the locals, next to each other (maybe more locals than tourists as we were there during the low season) treated the same. Jambon Iberico, Croquetas, grilled cheese with... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Fell into this bar by taking one street back, the setting is the stables of the old castle, the atmosphere is fantastic on a Saturday evening and Sunday lunch, the Tapas are the best I have had for many years. So different which makes the whole experience special, the service is of a very high standard and nothing to much... More 

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  • Address: calle dean espinosa 18, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Costa de la Luz  >  Arcos de la Frontera
  • Phone Number: +34 956 70 04 10

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tel 956-700-410

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