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El Rincon de Rafa

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244 Deansgate | Entrance on Longworth Street, Manchester M3 4BQ, England
441618398819
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Haven't been to El Rincon for a while, but went early Friday evening with two friends, prior to attending a boxing night at the Manchester warehouse. It was just how I remembered it to be, great food, great drink and great service!! This restaurant has no airs and graces, just great Spanish food, great atmosphere and excellent value for money!!... More 

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Thank Chinaboy7
Leeds, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love traditional tapas, & that is exactly what you get here. Great quality , delicious flavours, perfect portions. I could have kept on eating !!

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Thank lulubell07
Bolton, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic hidden gem serving traditional tapas. Portion sizes were good and reasonably priced. Staff very attentive. If you enjoy tapas you need to go here. Can't wait to go back.

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Thank Nige12208
Matlock, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love tapas, this is THE place to go! The atmosphere is lovely, the stuff are friendly and the food is amazing! Highly recommended!

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ElRincondeRafaMcr, Owner at El Rincon de Rafa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for such a glowing review, we hope to see you again soon! More 

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here was very tasty and good value. It is very authentically Spanish and far superior to chain Spanish restaurants. It is off the beaten track and only knew about to as recommended by a local who knows a local chef.

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Thank CambridgeBased
ElRincondeRafaMcr, Owner at El Rincon de Rafa, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review - we're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon. More 

Crewe, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Completely off the beaten track of Manchester city centre..lovely food and throughly recommend booking. It was packed and very warm in there. Wouldn't be my choice in the summer time. But would re visit again

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Thank tina s
ElRincondeRafaMcr, Owner at El Rincon de Rafa, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review - we're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Waited a while to get someone's attention after we walked in. We had booked a table three days ago, but they couldn't find it. After speaking to the manager, it appears that whoever took the booking wrote down the wrong name, but had got the correct phone number... Then we waited for a while for a table. The whole situation... More 

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ElRincondeRafaMcr, Owner at El Rincon de Rafa, responded to this review

We're so sorry you had a disappointing experience and will be sure to learn from your feedback, which we thank you very much for passing on. More 

Manchester
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband had been here many years ago and he said it was good then. We visited yesterday with 2 friends that had come up from Stoke. In total we had 15 dishes which were a mix of meat and non meat. The dishes came out in frequent intervals which was great, we had garlic bread, patas brava, patas mojo,... More 

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Thank Rockchick44
ElRincondeRafaMcr, Owner at El Rincon de Rafa, responded to this review

Sounds like a great spread - we're really glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again soon. More 

New Mills UK
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went yesterday what a delight food good, staff friendly and attentive would definitely recommend and will be going again. Takes some finding but well worth the search

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Thank Bobbijo1999
ElRincondeRafaMcr, Owner at El Rincon de Rafa, responded to this review

Really pleased that you enjoyed your visit - and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon (please do ring if you need directions - know it can be a bit tricky!) More 

Rossendale, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traditional Spanish cuisine served in an authentic setting at a fair price with a good atmosphere...nowhere in Manchester does Spanish food better.

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ElRincondeRafaMcr, Owner at El Rincon de Rafa, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review - we hope to see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13 - $38
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 244 Deansgate | Entrance on Longworth Street, Manchester M3 4BQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: 441618398819
Description
El Rincón de Rafa is Manchester's longest-serving independent Spanish restaurant, having been in the city centre for 22 years. A family run establishment, El Rincón is regularly described as a 'hidden gem' and offers a relaxed, authentic experience, brought to Manchester from Málaga by owner Rafael Cabrera-Vargas. El Rincón offers a large range of tapas and main courses (including paellas) and a fully stocked bar with a huge variety of Spanish beers (both bottles and draught) and wines. The off the beaten track but central location of El Rincón (close to the Hilton hotel - turn down St John's St from Deansgate and take the first right) ensures an unbeatable authentic Spanish atmosphere, but with hidden nooks and crannies for a more intimate feel. The restaurant doesn't accept bookings for two, seating couples at a number of tables on a first come, first served basis. Customers are also welcome to visit just the bar for food and/or drinks. Que aproveche!

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