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“Excellent Meal, Excellent Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hosteria del Estudiante

Hosteria del Estudiante
Calle Colegios, 3, 28801 Alcala De Henares, Spain
+34 918880330
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Blythewood, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal, Excellent Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Our daughter is a student at the university in Alcala de Henares, and we took her and her host family to Hosteria del Estudiante for dinner. Her host parents had had their wedding dinner there, and their daughter celebrated her first Communion there. They told us that Hosteria del Estudiante is by far the best restaurant in town. We sampled Spanish cheeses and hams and had our first taste of Spanish migas, a homey concoction of chorizo and breadcrumbs that the restaurant elevates to a white-tablecloth dish. We had fresh fish and lamb, and ended the meal with the traditional dessert of Alcala de Henares, a creamy, meringue-y puff pastry concoction called a costrada. We were well-cared for by the wait staff.

Visited March 2014
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Baar, Switzerland
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Good service but the food is really not special!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The place is really nice and well located close to the city center and the university.
The service is very professional.
The food is unfortunately not at the height of the service and the location.
I had something that was supposed to be lamb but was more looking like chopped pork and tasting ...
Some colleagues had fish and it was really not special either.
There is for sure room for improvement on the food, especially in regards to the price.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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wiltshire
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Friendly and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Big historic room in which we were a bit lost on a Saturday night. Food was good and the staff very helpful. It is fairly pricey though.

Visited March 2013
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Segovia, Spain
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Do not bother them...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We went on a Sunday and as it is kind of normal when you are traveling, everything was a little bit later than normal. We decided to go for a "merienda" (snack) there. The place is really nice...
I forgot to say, but "meriendas" are served until 8pm and it was 7:30pm. Since the very first minute they made us feel we were bothering them... they started telling us that they were preparing the room for dinner... (again, if you are open until 8, people understand that you can be there at 7:30...) The waiter took for ever to bring the menu, and when he did, he threw it (literally and I'm not exaggerating) on the table saying nothing. And he did the same with the high chair for our daughter, not asking for anything he just left the chair next to our table with a very unfriendly face.
We were there trying to save the situation, thinking they were working... but we decided to leave after waiting for a while and having nothing but bad service and a very mean treatment.
I am not asking for much, just a nice and friendly place that you feel comfortable when you are having a good time with your family and THIS IS NOT ONE. DO NOT BOTHER THEM...

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Irvine, CA
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381 reviews 381 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 89 cities Reviews in 89 cities
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
“Excellent food and setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I had an excellent multi-course meal at the Hosteria del Estudiante. I tried to order local specialties and was pleased with each course. The setting only added to the experience. Food prices were certainly a bit higher than at comparable restaurants, a tax perhaps for the setting, but well worth it in my mind.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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