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Vaca Loca (Gary's Place)

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Calle Cervantes 6, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
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6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Vaca Loca - A casual Bar with a charcoal grill/ BBQ - we take pride in...
Vaca Loca - A casual Bar with a charcoal grill/ BBQ - we take pride in serving up the best quality meats available in generous portions, beef, Iberian Pork, lamb and chicken - also vegetarian dishes! In a fun loving relaxed atmosphere! Open 365 days a year for the last 12 years - in summer our kitchen is open all day/night from 13:00 to 1:00am weekdays and 2:00am at the weekend. We don't take reservations so come early as we can be busy - if we are full you can enjoy a drink while checking out our menu blackboard until your table is ready!
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Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 144
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best steak ever and served with a smile!

Loved the friendly service and the quality of the sirloin. Superb! Wine servings were also extremely generous. Not a lot of table space inside but we were lucky to arrive early. Our best meal in Spain!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Annecy
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Loved the friendly service and the quality of the sirloin. Superb! Wine servings were also extremely generous. Not a lot of table space inside but we were lucky to arrive early. Our best meal in Spain!

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Vaca Loca is one of the absolute best reasons, if not the best, to go to Tarifa. The food are fantastic and the staff even better. There is no way of having a better steak in the rest of Europe. The environment is great with open grill and nice interior. We come a few times a week every time... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Found this little gem by accident, we had sirloin steak and it was soooo delicious with large portions. Staff were very friendly. A must visit when in Tarifa old Town. Highly recommended

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Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

Big portions from an open fire grill, friendly service and atmosphere and one of the guys fell in love with our waiter. Hungry while in Tarifa? Make your way to Vaca Loca and fill your stumack affordably!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Food ok! Mushrooms on the Kebab aren't good!!! Service soooo bad! Unfriendly! Service Girl told US Nearly 5 Times To Leave The table after the Dinner! - to Leave it ASAP FOR NEXT Guests!!!! We are a Team of 5 Kitesurfers AND We could not understand such a bad Behavior!!!! Never again!!! In Tarifa are much more Better Restaurants with... More 

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VacaLocaTarifa, Manager at Vaca Loca (Gary's Place), responded to this review

Thank you, to all the other lovely customers who enjoyed their evening with us on the 22nd. Some of you waited much longer for your dinner as ´The Kite Team` occupied two tables instead one - without asking to be seated. Then refusing when politely requested, to give one of the tables to a family, with a young child, on... More 

Gibraltar
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Simple but brilliant menu at Gary's Place - hidden away amongst bars in a busy square this place is a great find. Go for the solomillo!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We came here first time thanks to TripAdvisor... This place is incredibly and every time we want to eat good cow solomillo, this is the place we go. Fantastic french fries, best we ever ate. Recommend this to everyone who likes cow meat and french fries!!!

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Gib
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16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A fabulous bbq meal: high quality meat cooked on a real fire, excellent chips and generous, interesting salad. Service was quick and friendly. No frills, no deserts (but who would have space for that?) Nice 'Old Town' atmosphere. Can't wait to go again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The meat was good. Nice bbq flavor and very tender. The flavor of the meat itself could be better, but with a nice glass of red wine, it's not bad. The service was good. All in all the best seak i have had in Tarifa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Food was absolutely delicious! It was out of this world. The restaurant does get busy very quickly and they even have a "list" for who next gets a table which may take time. You should add this to your schedule when visiting Tarifa!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Cervantes 6, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Costa de la Luz  >  Tarifa

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating

Description

Vaca Loca - A casual Bar with a charcoal grill/ BBQ - we take pride in serving up the best quality meats available in generous portions, beef, Iberian Pork, lamb and chicken - also vegetarian dishes! In a fun loving relaxed atmosphere! Open 365 days a year for the last 12 years - in summer our kitchen is open all day/night from 13:00 to 1:00am weekdays and 2:00am at the weekend. We don't take reservations so come early as we can be busy - if we are full you can enjoy a drink while checking out our menu blackboard until your table is ready!
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 3:00 am

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