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El Refectorium

#105 of 1,571 Restaurants in Malaga
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
La Malagueta
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Calle Cervantes, 8, 29016 Malaga, Spain
+34 952 21 89 90
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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McLean, Virginia
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104 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Both the service and food were excellent. Really fresh fish, excellent choices for wine at reasonable prices, Place was packed so what else do you want?

1 Thank Grey C
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this place on our way to eat at Miguel (which was closed until September 7th). Great find- the grilled veggies were fresh and the grilled fish was delicious with good portion sizes.

Thank Britt S
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127 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I go here a lot and have previously reviewed. It is very Spanish and has great tapas, I must have tried everything. Go for a drink, a snack or a meal in the restaurant. It is right behind the bullring close to the beach.

Thank accipitor
Brugg, Switzerland
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We had a lunch in this restaurant close to our Hotel MS Maestranza. It looks like a standard place from outside but serves excellent food. I decided for a stake despite very attractive fish menu. However the food was very tasty: juicy salmon salad and very tender sirloin stake. The prices for relatively small salad was 16 EUR and normal... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

We went for lunch and were very pleased. We would definitely return if in Malaga again. Food: - “salmonetitos” (small fried fish, see picture) were excellent (5*) - “selection verduras” was excellent, especially peas and carrots (5*) - “manestra verduras” was good (3*) - urta rotena (baked snapper) was enjoyable (3*) - creme caramel was excellent (5*) Wine: - 2013... More 

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Borne, The Netherlands
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner, fresh fish was delicious! Also the white wine was very tastful. The atmosphere was very local and thus everything felt great!

Thank GeertvdM
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101 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

We recommended to eat here. Managed to squeeze in without a reservation but reservations probably recommended. Great service, friendly and informed and helpful. Wonderful shared prawn starter to share and a couple of great steaks - complemented by some lovely wines from an extensive cellar - with cocktails around€100 well worth it !

1 Thank DavidCDevon
Pontypool, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

Called in for a quick drink and tapas on the way back to our hotel. The service was poor and the tapas worse and charged 10 euro for small beer and tapas that was mostly bread & breadsticks. RUBBISH!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2015

A group of us ate here and had a wonderful meal. The quality of the food is excellent and the service is very good indeed. I had seafood stuffed peppers to start which were fantastic and baby lamb chops for main which was equally as good. We were a group of 10 guys and if being honest, this restaurant is... More 

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127 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is a well established and very popular bar with the locals. It has a well regarded restaurant but we only had tapas a few times and they were excellent. Ask about the specials and look at the seafood selection. They have a wide choice of food, order slowly, drink some good wine and stand or sit at the bar.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Cervantes, 8, 29016 Malaga, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Province of Malaga  >  Costa del Sol  >  Malaga>  > La Malagueta
  • Neighborhood: La Malagueta
  • Phone Number: +34 952 21 89 90

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?