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“Great hotel, terrible restaurant” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Aragonia Palafox

Aragonia Palafox
C/ Marques de Casa Jimenez, s/n, 50004 Zaragoza, Spain (Casco Antiguo)
+34 976794243
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Ranked #21 of 768 restaurants in Zaragoza
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Casco Antiguo
San Anselmo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great hotel, terrible restaurant”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We stayed in the hotel and it was lovely, but the restaurant service was terrible! The restaurant is reputed to have an extensive cellar stocked with many local/Spanish wines, liquors and liqueurs. After dinner, my husband asked to see a list. They don't have one was the the response, if you know what you want we'll get it for you. The waiter said he was too busy to spend any time with recommendations. It would have been fun to try something we couldn't get in the states. A two star hostel in the Pyrenees went out of their way to help us sample. Shameful that such a highly rated restaurant would have "attitude".

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel for one night and had seen the review of the restaurant on TA before, but we had already decided to visit another restaurant, (Palolmeque). However, even though we tried to book it at lunch time for an evening dinner, it was fully booked. So gave the hotel restaurant a go. I was a little apprehensive, having dined at hundreds of hotel restaurants in business travel and being disappointed.....but not this one. It was excellent!
Great choice of fixed menus or a la carte, good wine menu and nice atmosphere.
The cochinillo was terrific and for dessert, we had to try the chocolate ice cream with olive oil, ( no typos here!) it was a unbelievably good!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Worthy of Mr Michelin's attention”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Unexpectedly excellent. Fine food, first class professional and cordial service at a reasonable price. €50 euro a head with a fine wine,worth every cent.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

One possibly does not expect to find a restaurant of this quality in the basement of the Palafox Hotel in Zaragoza, Spain. Impeccable service, outstanding dishes (the fish dishes are my favorites), a great wine list (many local outstanding wines). Not inexpensive but worth every penny.

  • Visited May 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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Marietta, GA, USA
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Varied, interesting, and priced rather high.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

Large variety of food items in the menu. Dishes are tasty and well presented, and portions are sufficient. Wine selection has several pleasing surprises. Service is attentive, respectful, and professional. Bathrooms are clean. Location is good.

Atmosphere isn't particularly exciting. Parking could be a problem. Prices are on the high side.

Bottom line: Good place to visit once if you are in Zaragoza.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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