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Vaca Loca

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Calle Cervantes 6, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
6:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Thu 6:30 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 6:30 pm - 3:00 am
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bit hidden from the Old Town's "main road", Vaca Loca serves different meat courses at reasonable prices - especially given the portion's sizes!! The staff is very friendly and helps you get your preferred doneness by bringing undercooked meat back to the grill until you are happy.

Thank Bastian Z
Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stop there by mistake and be so surprise, my wife had a tuna Pizza and i got a steak.. very good food and the girl who served us was so nice and friendly.. will definitely come back

Thank Yoann B
Faro, Portugal
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were 11 people starving, we arrive very late 11 pm, although being so late the staff didn't refuse to serve us. The food was excellent, good portions. The staff is very friendly. I would definitely return next time I visit Tarifa! Thank you

Thank John J
San Roque, Spain
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quaint little bar/ restaurant with constantly good quality food. Barbecued food with salad and chips but no Fish.....not too good for vegetarians. Normally seating Is in the square outside the bar but if it Is chilly and you are lucky there Is one stone table inside. In the summer get there early to get a table as often there... More 

Thank TGcity
County Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone visits for secret pork and its worth it , fillet steak is also very good and cooked as you like it , sides are simple but excellent

Thank Lucy W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent meat cooked as BBQ. Flavour and taste are perfect. French fries are very good too. The place to be after a nice Kite session at Tarifa

Thank Stef T
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looking forward to steak after eating much lovely tapas and generally not being disappointed. Both our sirloin steaks were gristly, difficult to cut, chew and swallow. After reading such good reviews a big let down! About the only time I didn't leave a tip after eating in Tarifa. Our last meal before leaving the following day, a meal to forget.... More 

Thank dianne g
VacaLocaTarifa, Owner at Vaca Loca, responded to this review

Sorry for the late reply but this incident has taken a lot of work to find the cause of. Firstly all at Vaca Loca are very sorry you experienced a bad meal. The sirloin steak we sell is from Argentina and is the best quality and usually like butter to eat but it seems this was not the case with... More 

Whitianga, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

A cousin of mine recommended this restaurant to us saying it was the best steak around and he wasn't wrong. It was juicy, tender and you could have cut it with a butter knife. The best steak we've had since Argentina. We also had the spinach quiche which was absolutely delicious. We were lucky we got a table straight away... More 

Thank TJThomasPWhite
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

To be clear, the place is nice, service is really kind, the meat is perfectly cooked and gorgeous ... so what's the problem ? What do you want/need after a such wonderful plate ? A desert and a coffee of course ! And they don't propose any of them ...

Thank Raphael T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere eating off a table of stone hewed by romans and steaks and wine fit for a king.

Thank Sandra R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Steakhouse, Barbecue, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 2:00 am
6:30 pm - 2:00 am
6:30 pm - 2:00 am
6:30 pm - 2:00 am
6:30 pm - 2:00 am
6:30 pm - 3:00 am
6:30 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Cervantes 6, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Costa de la Luz  >  Tarifa
Vaca Loca - A casual Bar with a charcoal grill/ BBQ - we take pride in serving up the best quality meats available in generous portions, beef, Iberian Pork, lamb and chicken - also vegetarian dishes! In a fun loving relaxed atmosphere! Open 365 days a year for the last 13 years - in summer our kitchen is open all day/night from 13:00 to 1:00am weekdays and 2:00am at the weekend. We don't take reservations so come early as we can be busy - if we are full you can enjoy a drink while checking out our menu blackboard until your table is ready!

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