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“Well worth a visit!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Cruz Blanca

La Cruz Blanca
Calle Consistorio, 16 | Calle Consistorio, 16, Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
+34 956 32 45 35
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Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Lugar de encuentro donde las personas se unen para formar parte de una gran familia. Artistas, amigos, viajeros, currantes y paseantes... Conversaciones, risas, juegos, imagenes, canciones, y alguna que otra poesia... Pero siempre tras el cristal de un vaso de alegria acompanado de una buena tapa... Manjar de dioses.
Armacao de Pera, Portugal
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant made me start enjoying spannish cuisine so it's fair to say it is a very good option if you are nearby...
The location is a double edged knife... For one side it's right downtown Jerez and near everything you may want or need visiting; on the other hand if you're like me and just blazing through in business and staying in a hotel uptown it might get to your nerve getting as close as possible in a car. You have to dig into the old city center to get close and then find a parking spot outside or, if you can't find one, dive into one of the available parking garages beneath the ground. Tricky corners, tight spaces and many pedestrians make even the most avid driver lose it sometimes. The sub-zero parking spots are the best option - cheap and safe 24h per day.
However, once you get to the restaurant you easily forget all that. The streets are crowded with locals, foreigners and police officers which alltogether make you feel confortable and able to enjoy your walk. You can choose one of the outdoor tables or go inside - as we did as it was kind of a cold evening. It was saturday and I must say wow to the number of people there were. Locals mainly - if not, at least spanish they were and a couple of what looked like nordic families. Inside there's not much space, about 6 tables that will seat something like 20 people. It's cosy at least!
The service is fast, easy and relaxed. Informal and very friendly, the speedy waiter is always able to give you a brief explanation of what's on the menu.
We started with some tapas and then as a main dish we had half a portion of steak. For tapas we had fish eggs, bread and some very nice meatloafs that were a specialty of the place. Excellent. Everything was fastly served, clean and the beer was excellent too.
As a note and to explain why I'm not putting this restaurant as a top choice I must say a few things. In first place I'm portuguese and though there ain't much to be proud of about my country I feel that way about our restaurants. I believe in Portugal, in the right places you can eat better on this price range of 15-20 euros per person. The restaurant felt a bit like what we here call a snack-bar, though serving full meals...
At one point during diner a drunk lady bursted through the dining area begging and eating bread, asking for people to give her something to put on the bread she had. The staff didn't realise of her presence immediately and I have to say both me and her were lucky she didn't come to our table or I'd have been much harsher with her than other people were. When the waiters started pushing her out she denied to do so and we could see the men didn't want to put her out the hard way so a lady came - possibly the owner - and tossed her out of the restaurant with brute force as it should have been made immediately.
All in all we had a positive experience and we didn't find it expensive when compared to other restaurants in Spain as we read here beforehand. If you eat a lot you will pay a lot but that's like everywhere else. It's not even close to those ripoffs where they charge you 5 euros for bread and butter or so.
Tip - Enjoy the tapas that are as good as the main dishes and then order a full portion for 2 or 2 halfs. That way you get to taste a little more of Spain and are still able to walk out of the restaurant - rather than roll out!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Friendly service, delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We chose this restaurant for dinner from recommendations on Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor and were not disappointed. In fact we enjoyed our experience so much we went back again and were greeted with great warmth. The food was delicious - we particularly enjoyed the goats cheese with honey and nuts, the mushroom and prawn risotto and the wild boar (a real standout!) The service was helpful and patient! Excellent value.

  • Visited November 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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London, United Kingdom
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“Restaurant / tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is a really good compromise if you want tapas in the open air, or a reasonably priced meal. Some nights you don't really want to sit in a formal restaurant, or perhaps you are looking for some solid refreshments while on the tapas trail - if so this really fits the bill.

  • Visited October 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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Dublin, Ireland
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“Relish New Flavours, Enjoy the Service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Friendly, fast service and interesting new dishes. We lunched inside because of showers, but the terrace looked really inviting. We both loved the cold tapa of Calves Liver morsels, also the local Garum red wine.

  • Visited November 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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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“cruz along to blanca”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

sat outside in a lovely tree covered square. great seafood and responsive service. we had just been sherry tasting so were ready to eat and not disappointed. good value

Visited October 2012
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