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“First-class food in a first-class setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Refectorium

El Refectorium
Cnr Calle Maestranza & Calle Cervantes, Malaga, Spain
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Ranked #91 of 1,174 restaurants in Malaga
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
London, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“First-class food in a first-class setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This is a tremendous restaurant - the food delicious, well-cooked; the service friendly and well-judged; the atmosphere pleasantly busy. You need to book in advance for lunch; when you book, plan to eat late and plan to eat plenty. The numerous starters are excellent and tasty but the meat main courses stand out: the ox-tail and the steak are outstanding examples. Combined with an excellent, well-priced wine list, this bears all the hallmarks of a top restaurant.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“La ensaladilla, a must to eat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Just behind plaza de toros, make a break , excelent tapas and the ensaladilla the best in Malaga

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong, China
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
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“Great restaurant-but take a dictionary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is a very popular restaurant with local families so reservations for dinner are adviseable. The effort is worth it as the food and ambience are truly local and te mainly fish dishes on offer are of a wide variety. The fish is very fresh and cooked to perfection. The restaurant is 5 minutes walk from MS Maestranza and close to the Bull Ring.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Good food in authentic Spanish taps bar/restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

If you are staying at Hotel Maestranza walk around the back of the hotel to this good local eatery. We had delicious tapas at lunch when the bar was humming with regular patrons (all local workers), and were so impressed we went back to the restaurant section for dinner in the evening - also good - including fresh, beautifully grilled squid, and their equivalent of millefeuille (milhoja) is truly magnificent.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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