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“Best Tapa in Arcos” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bar la Carcel

Bar la Carcel
calle dean espinosa 18, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
+34 956 70 04 10
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: tel 956-700-410
Birmingham
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best Tapa in Arcos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The selection and quality of their tapas and racions was the best around and it all was at a very reasonable price

Visited June 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food, great service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Really liked the cheese/date/almond "packets". Far surpassed our expectations.

Visited June 2013
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Tremendous tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Lovely position in the old town
Very helpful staff, limited English but you can get by

Excellent choice with very different tapas on offer, try the prawns with zucchini in batter with pineapple sauce, mmm .

Seating in or out

Great choice of wines, good value

  • Visited May 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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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Great food, excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Lots of restaurants in a place like Arcos, and because they are all "cute" and because they are relatively "inexpensive" there is a temptation to rave about all of them however very few actually serve decent food and something original is certainly hard to find - until we found la Carcel. Efficient and friendly service from waiters who had to walk up hill to serve us on the terrace, excellent Jambon Iberico and very innovative dishes like goats cheese on aubergine and tuna on bread with balsamic oil and guacemole were all delicious. Complimentary limoncello was served with coffee. Waiters speak a little english too. Very affordable & highly recommended.

  • Visited May 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Preferred place by locals a bit over-rated in TA”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We went for dinner following the advice from our hotel and the excellent reviews in TA and we left with mixed feelings.

On one hand we had an excellent T-bone steak, which was the special of the day, the meat was super fresh and tender, but on the other hand, the tapas we ordered as starters (aubergine with goat cheese and croquetas) were nothing special, so we were a bit disappointed.

We believe is very popular with the locals because they try to be a bit innovative with the tapas and presentation of the dishes, so it results a bit exotic.

Visited May 2013
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