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El Jardin del Califa

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Plaza Espana 16 | Cadiz, 11150 Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
+34 956 45 17 06
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic restaurant and atmosphere with top notch food. Went in August 2016 and was let down by the overall service ,slap dash, not attentive staff, very disappointed.......Came back in December 2016 caus over Christmas no were else open in Vejer. What a difference the staff were as staff should be in a classy restaurant, attentive caring and excellent service. So... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch here while Vejer was getting ready for the 3 Kings Day, and were lucky to get a table in the garden - the courtyard of this 16thC building is a spectacular setting for a meal. To get a real feel for the building and restaurant you need to enter through the hotel and clamber down a series of... More 

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Seregno, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten cus cus with fruit onions and beef and a chef starter. Everything was very good. The glass of red wine we had was fine. I'll come back.

Thank Ale130663
Jerez De La Frontera
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was the reason we chose Vejer for a weekend away after hearing and reading good reviews. The decor beautifully echoes the Morrocan influence in the food and the inside dining area (Pergola) felt intimate and warm even with the wind and rain whipping about on the other side of the glass wall. Perhaps our expectations were too high... More 

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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

El Jardin is the restaurant of the Califa Hotel. Both are highly recommended. The restaurant offers a good choice of dishes with a distinctly Morrocan influence and this reviewer and partner found the food here to be absolutely delicious.

Thank bucolicboy
Hood River, Oregon, Usa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Lunch at this restaurant was a highlight of our week in Vejer, a small white village in Andalusia. The menu is Mediterranean and/or north African. My lamb tagine was delicious. Service was unhurried, but efficient, and the cost was in line with the surroundings and reputation of the restaurant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Excellent menu of authentic Lebanese and Morrocan dishes. Marianaded olives, Aleppo salad (with caramelised aubergine ), mezes, and Arabian pastries. All served in an atmospheric garden hidden behind and below a hotel on the central square. Lots of steps down - would be a challenge for disabled, but the the whole amazing town of Vejer may not be the best... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

The imaginative, delicious food served by charming helpful staff in a beautifully romantic setting - went twice in our 4 day stay.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

After our starter and presented us with the dessert/desert menus - talk about a low calorie main course. She soon realised her mistake and brought a wonderful B’stilla This very special pie represents the pinnacle of exquisite Fassi (from Fez) cuisine. Layers of a paper-thin pastry coddle a blend of pigeon meat, almonds and eggs spiced with saffron, cinnamon and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

You are looking for real good Libanese and Moroccan food? You would like to experience a romantic dinner and an atmosphere like a fairy tale of 1001 night? This is the place! You can also enter the restaurant via the hotel, very interesting option for entering the restaurant and its garden. It's a famous, busy place - so don't forget to make... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $40
Lebanese, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plaza Espana 16 | Cadiz, 11150 Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Province of Cadiz  >  Vejer de la Frontera
  • Phone Number: +34 956 45 17 06
Vejer's most popular restaurant has stone vaulted dining rooms and a lush palm-filled courtyard set in an emblematic 16th century building. 'The Caliph's Garden' is one of Andalucia's prime eating destinations. You will be served fabulous North African & Middle Eastern food in a historic, tranquil & unsurpassed setting in the heart of Vejer's medieval quarter. Overlooking the palm filled square of the medieval quarter the Jardín del Califa is inspired by the Moorish rule of Vejer over 700 years ago. The Jardin del Califa is set in one of Vejer's most important historic buildings. The principal building dates from 1527 (and includes parts from the 11th Century) and is now a grade 1 listed monument. The stone clad dining rooms and the palm filled courtyard are the perfect company for your meal with us. Come to the Califa and you will enjoy tasty dishes, stone vaulted cellars, an enchanted garden, a splashing fountain and scented plants. The haven of this quiet corner in the heart of Vejer will provide you with many memorable moments.

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