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La Despensa del Castuo

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Calle Jose Ramon Melida 48, 06800 Merida, Spain
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Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

In hot afternoon time - the best place in the old centre: fresh drinks (mineral water with wine and ice) and olives for free) nice service, but don't speak English.

Thank Iryna V
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2015

We had just arrived in Mérida, dumped our cases in the hotel and went in search of somewhere to eat. It was gone 4 pm by the time we turned up here. The waiter was very apologetic and explained that they closed from 4 pm (I forget when they re-opened). So we ordered a drink while we pondered what to... More 

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New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2015

We shared a number of tapas here after visiting the various Roman sites nearby, and were amazed by the variety and the prices. Despite having lived in Spain for some years and visited several times afterward, there are selections in Extremadura whose names we did not recognize, but the waiter was very helpful. I don't think I've ever seen a... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

Perfect place to stop for lunch near the Roman ruins and the Roman museum. I found the waitress and service to be fantastic, as opposed to some other reviewers. She was very helpful in helping me select my order and her recommendation of the goats cheese with ham and marmalade (try it!) was spot on. Also when they took my... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

This place is right outside the Roman Museum. Food was good, but service was frankly rude. And that's been the trend in all 3 restaurants (2 highly rated, the third poorly rated) here in Merida. We had the Tapas sampler (#4) and 'mixed salad', it was a good relatively light lunch for 2 people.

Thank deemery
Cambridge MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Try the two tapas suggestions on the front of the menu (a sausage and a cheese). Also there is one that is a tomato/picante that was amazing.. Wine is slightly better at their neighbor Via de la tapa but the service and selection at Castuo is far superior!

2 Thank Gremily
East Mids, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2009

Fantastic value, great atmosphere, wonderful tapas and snacks, difficult to spend much as the prices are so reasonable. Basically a deli selling mainly local specialities with a dozen tables out front. Value, quality and location by national museum and Roman sites means it's very popular but worth the nervy/competitive wait for a table to come free. Mixed plates give chance... More 

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Merida, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2008

If you come to Mérida, you are most likely in town to see the archaeological remains. You're in luck, because the Despensa del Castúo is located about 50 meters from the entrance to the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, and perhaps 50 more from the entrance to the Theater/Amphitheater complex. So the location is perfect, but is the food good?... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Jose Ramon Melida 48, 06800 Merida, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Extremadura  >  Province of Badajoz  >  Merida
  • Phone Number: 924302251

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?