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“Wonderful Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Faro

El Faro
39 Elliott Street | Elliott Stables, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-365 1111
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Ranked #42 of 1,419 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $26
Cuisines: Organic, Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: El Faro is a Spanish inspired restaurant and tapas bar with an intimate and rather eclectic atmosphere.The owners of El Faro Mark Ansley and his business partner Sarah Siddons have had a love of Spain and it's people ever since they lived in Europe some years ago, Mark has been a chef for over half his short life and has a passion for getting back to basics with food and a strong belief in sustainable natural farming, local produce and wild meats, he uses the best possible ingredients to put together his ever changing blackboard tapas menuWhether it is a quick pre theatre meal, romantic dinner or letting your hair down, you will love the mojitos caipirinhas sangria Spanish wines, beer & funky music.
Whangamata, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Visited with Christchurch friends on a cool evening, but were made to feel very welcome with warm greetings on arrival. Pleased we were in the restaurant as not as noisy as outside in main area. Although would be fine with a large group.
Started with sangria, lovely. Then ordered from tapas menu. Food was fantastic, best was beetroot and blue cheese. Only mild criticism , dishes all arrived together , maybe just a little spread would be better.
Overall fantastic experience , would certainly recommend, and we will return.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Better than a lot of restaurants in Spain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The food was delicious!

We Ordered: Pintxos con queso manchego (cheese bread), pintxos manchego (mushrooms on bread), fried chicken con ajillo, and patatas aioli (fried potatoes with garlic aioli).

Reservations not needed: We went on a Saturday for lunch and had no problem getting one of the tables outside in The Stables (the shared common space).

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Nice tapas, great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

El Faro offers great Spanish tapas within Elliott Stables. Elliott Stables is a hidden gem that offers a unique dining ambiance with its communal concept (lots of tables in a big room shared by several nice restaurants). Great dining experience in Auckland!

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Brisbane, Australia
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9 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Nice place for finer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

Located in a fantastic place. Old stable. Cool lounge music, nice mussels pot (la vera with smoked paprika) and cold cerveza from Madrid. Enjoyed it.

Visited April 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“El Faro and Elliott Stables a great find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We found El Faro as a result of the TripAdvisor reviews when looking for a good restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. Expecting a stand-alone restaurant, we were surprised to find it as part of a large collection of restaurants that have both restaurant-specific eating areas and general seating used by all restaurants. I wish we had found Elliott Stables sooner!

We were there without reservations on a busy Saturday evening. We still were able to find a table in the general area and ordered from El Faro. Food and drinks are then delivered to the table. Sangria was delicious; mussels were fresh and tasty; service was superb.

If you are traveling with others and can't decide on what type of food to eat - or if you all have different tastes - then Elliott Stables may be the place for you. Each person could order from a different restaurant and still sit at the same table with food delivered to the table. As I was eating, I kept thinking that I wish there was a place like this at home.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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