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El Rio

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Calle Manuel Fernandez, 1, 29640 Fuengirola, Spain
+34 952664311
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely food and nice bar

Been twice for food and will definitely go again. Tapas and meals both were excellent. Also a really nice atmosphere and good service

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
andy8619
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  • Dining on a budget
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230 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Been twice for food and will definitely go again. Tapas and meals both were excellent. Also a really nice atmosphere and good service

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Tampere
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This place was higly recommended, so We had lots of expectations and arriving there, The place was full with nice and busy atmosphere, but food was too dry and without any flavour or spices. We had the feeling that the staff in The kitchen is too busy or uncaring.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

The food was not actually good and if you want to have one main course then you will have to order two.

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Brigstock, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Over the last 18 months we have visited El Rio several times and always had an excellent meal. Some of the starters are huge and are for sharing or ordering as a main course. Look out for the Red Snapper in saffron sauce. Thanks to Antonio and all the staff. We will return!

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Andalucia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We live in Spain and went to El Río this week for a tapas lunch with some friends. The restaurant is situated 2nd line back from the beach on a corner in Calle Francisco Cano & Manolo Fernández. Have to say that we ordered a fairly large selection of tapas dishes and everything that came to the table was fresh,... More 

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Dunfermline
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

My wife & have been holidaying in Fuengirola for several years now but only discovered Elb Rio last year. We have just returned from a break & this restaurant is so good we visited almost every day either for some tapas or for an evening meal.The choice is varied & quality excellent. It also is very good value, you can... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We have been coming to El Rio for 3 years every time we are in Los boliches, the food is fantastic and the service is second to none, friendliest staff and owner you could ever meet, we cant wait to go back to see you next April!!! R&C

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

What an experience , from the welcoming hosts ,to the most superb fresh food , My starter of acocado and prawns was huge . My husband has grilled mushrooms .Our mains of pork, who could beleive pork could taste so delicious ,had we been staying longer i would have gone back several times to try more of the dishes .A... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Went with friends last night, having pre-ordered their speciality duck for all four of us. It was worth the wait! The restaurant was full with a large birthday party so we felt a little neglected. However, once the food came, everything clicked. Beautifully presented and carved and served with a sense of occasion, the food was excellent. Washed down with... More 

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Bolton
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We have been coming to this restaurant for quite a number of years now and the quality of the food and service has been consistently good. We have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Manuel Fernandez, 1, 29640 Fuengirola, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Province of Malaga  >  Costa del Sol  >  Fuengirola
  • Phone Number: +34 952664311

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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