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Bar la Carcel

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calle dean espinosa 18, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
+34 956 70 04 10
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Description: tel 956-700-410

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect in every way but one

Friendly service, lively crowd, few tourists, skillful chef, great price -- the only drawback was that what I ordered didn't taste particularly good. My fault probably, since I order strange things. For example, the ox tail croquettes were expertly breaded and fried with no excess grease, but the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly service, lively crowd, few tourists, skillful chef, great price -- the only drawback was that what I ordered didn't taste particularly good. My fault probably, since I order strange things. For example, the ox tail croquettes were expertly breaded and fried with no excess grease, but the filling tasted and looked like grey mush. The equally well made french... More 

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Chicago,IL
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic tapas! Loved our visit in this beautiful hillside town. The service was excellent and the atmosphere is fun. Highly recommend the spinach crepe, eggplant with goat cheese and vino tinto crianza.

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Barcelona, Spain
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The quality of the food is very good and the prices are affordable. Service is good and they can inform you very gently if the quantity of the tapas is enough or not for you. We strongly recommend this restaurant!

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Nerja
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We are used to rustic style of tapas where we live in Spain but here the tapas was so different, more refined and beautifully presented. I had the goats cheese on aubergine and it was delicious and enough for me for lunch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Very good and very nice!!! Don't miss it. The ambient is very familiar and the waiters are friendly even if you don't speak Spanish.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

When we arrive in Arcos area this is always our first dinner. Very varied and delicious tapas menu, and a great way to taste lots of different small dishes. Busy and bustling with locals and tourists alike, the service is quick and the bill is always a pleasant surprise. Don't miss the Tortillas de Camarones - delicious fried crispy prawn... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

La Carcel well deserves its second place for eating in Arcos. Staff very helpful. Slightly more limited choice than No.1 location; but v good. Also smaller, and smaller than their 'sister' locale, the Caravan. Would recommend to anyone.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

A small bar in the main street. A few tables were you can eat a big variety of tasty tapas. Rich local wines. Not expensive and a good service

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Thank Nadine D
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Fab food and loved the alfresco experience. All family loved this place. Spanish omelette and aubergine fritters , tapas and drinks lovely

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Oregon, USA
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87 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We ate a tapa and wine by the glass dinner at La Carcel recently and it was some of the best food I've eaten in Andalucía! We had a dish with goat cheese that was great among other delightful tasty tapas. We sat at a table away from where the cars go by as it is a narrow street but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: calle dean espinosa 18, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Costa de la Luz  >  Arcos de la Frontera
  • Phone Number: +34 956 70 04 10

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children

Description

tel 956-700-410

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