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Vaca Loca (Gary's Place)

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Calle Cervantes 6, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
Today
6:00 pm - 3:00 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

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  • 42
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 8
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice ambiance and huge plates

Yes, you should not come here for dinner if you are not hungry. Because they service huge tasty steaks! Also I love the decoration of the inside.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
TourGuy_Pamuklu
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Istanbul, Turkey
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Evora, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

It has a good location, and as often in these cases there is no preoccupation with the costumer, a new one will come. We got back second time to dinner. They tried to sit 8 people in a 4 people max 6 people table, we asked if we could have an extra table even if that took time, we got... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Yes, you should not come here for dinner if you are not hungry. Because they service huge tasty steaks! Also I love the decoration of the inside.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Amazing steak and very good portion sizes! Could be a little more comfy as you sit on bar stools, but the food is worth it

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Lagos
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We came here last Jan and loved it. Its our 5th time at Vaca Loca and our 3rd time in Taifa. We actually had the vegetarian kebab which was great the first night and then cracked and had the pork secrets the following night. (its tough being a part time veggie) My wife had the spinach quiche which was huuuuuge.... More 

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Annecy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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