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“Excellent in every way” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arcs Restaurant

Arcs Restaurant
C. Misser Sitges, 13 (baixos), 43003 Tarragona, Spain
+34 977 21 80 40
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Ranked #2 of 320 Restaurants in Tarragona
Price range: $25 - $54
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Local housed in an antique building of the year 1350, with 8 medieval Gothic arches, which traded with an antique ice well, which is still preserved. Traditional Mediterranean cuisine century update with a careful selection of the farm products of Tarragona. With a menu of more than 150 references to wine.
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I visited based on tripadvisor reviews as we were staying in the area, and fancied eating outside of our hotel for a change.

We arrived unannounced and the manager showed us to a table immediately, the restaurant wasn't too busy but there were a few other diners in.

The menu is short but I believe it's better to offer a smaller menu and be good at it, than offer 30 dishes and be average at them.

The service was absolutely brilliant, nothing was too much trouble. We both prefer meat to fish and decided on the two different veal dishes after asking for the manager's opinions and choosing a wine. A small appetiser of hummus and beef pâté was bought out although we didn't order it, it was very nice but thankfully not too filling.

Both main courses arrived in almost no time and my veal filet was perfectly cooked, well presented and tasted great.

We both had a dessert too, after being tempted by the dessert menu. I had an orange parfait with chocolate fondue which was served with orange pieces and sherbet. It was extremely strong tasting (definitely for the chocolate lover) and my partner described her cheesecake as the best she'd ever had.

The restaurant was quiet and intimate, perfect for us as a couple but I'm not sure how it would be as a group venue, 4-5 would be fine though.

This review might sound completely gushing, and we're not regular fine diners, but we both like good food and we were very, very impressed by not only the food, but also the excellent service from the very friendly and chatty manager.

Will absolutely go back next time I'm in that area.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, and super service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Food was innovative, tasted super and service was great. The restaurant has a wonderful location with we thought the interior was romantic and intimate. One consideration is the portion size of the starters was large, had we known we would have ordered one to share. This is certainly a restaurant worth going to, as with one of the other contributors we had a local wine selected from the very good wine list and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madrid, Spain
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“One of the Best Restaurants I found in Spain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This place is amazing! Not only because of its location but also because of the food itself and the service!
We were the first to arrive that evening and the Manager/owner (?) did everything to make us feel welcome and comfortable. We never took a look at the menu but asked him for recommendations which turned out to be just splendid and very delicious. I ordered a vegetarian meal and I was not disappointed. The presentation was fit for a star Restaurant and the taste was excellent. Our wines were perfect and the great service continued during the meal without being bothering or slow. When it was time to order a taxi the Manager even accompanied us for a while to make sure we do not get lost because the restaurant is in a car free street.
This restaurant and the service make us want to go back to Tarragona for a second taste. Do not miss the Arcs when you are in Tarragona! It is in the Old City!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madrid, Spain
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156 reviews 156 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“One of the best of Tarragona”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The restaurant's "Arc" wasn't that old or that much of an attraction once you are inside. However, the food with playful creative touches and the friendly service will sweep you off your feet. We were so pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and wine (local) that we couldn't help wishing we could return for more after we left the city. It didn't come cheap but it was worth it. We recommend booking ahead just in case.

Visited September 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic lunch with incredible service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Wandered in at almost 2:00, and were immediately made welcome, although we were the only patrons. Owner/waiter was extremely enthusiastic & highly accomodating, offered to make changes to suit our tastes and allowed me to practice my mediocre Spanish. Provided amuse bouche of watermelon gazpacho and plated shared starter separately; provided recommendations for wines and was happy to serve by the glass. And the food .... incredible! Some of the best we've ever eaten. Hake with ham & apples and veal filet as main dishes - both out of this world. Accompanying sauteed local fresh mushrooms were a spiritual event. Food presentation and flavors were innovative and absolutely delicious. Even dessert was an event - "deconstructed piña colada," coconut ice cream in pineapple "soup" with jellied rum and carmelized lemon sauce. Truly memorable meal, will never visit Tarragona without stopping here!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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