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“Amazing views and delicious paella”

Restaurante Cantueso
Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Periana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $35
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Dine in style in a traditional Spanish Finca with exceptional sea, lake, and mountain views. Relaxing inside or outside on our terrace you can enjoy Mediterranean food at its best.
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We visited the restaurant several times whilst we stayed at Cantueso and always had excellent meals. There were five of us on our table and we all enjoyed our meals - the paella was particularly special, as were the desserts. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The view is, of course amazing and the grounds lovely to walk through.

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

This restaurant claims " a view to match the food". Unfortunately on our visit a view of the rear wall would have matched the food. We had " entrecote " steaks which were tough and full of gristle and not cooked to our specifications. The spicy chips were just normal chips with some sort of powder sprinkled over. I could go on.
It really is a pity because the English lady who runs the place is charming and a good front of house person. The views over Lake Vinuela, especially at sunset, are stunning. This could be a real gem if the food was up to par.
I do hope we just caught them on a bad night because, being fairly, this establishment will rely on word of mouth.

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Cantueso, Manager at Restaurante Cantueso, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2013

I can't decide whether this reviewer is trying to be funny or offensive, but let me deal with the facts.

I remember the table well and presume the other four people were satisfied with their meal as he doesn't say otherwise.

As always when steak is taken to a table we automatically go back a minute or two later to ask if it is cooked as they like it. The answer was yes it was fine, but in this review he says it was not!

Again as the plates were cleared at the end of that course we asked if everything was in order and again the answer was yes. Finally, when the bill was requested we asked again if they had enjoyed their meals and the reply was again, yes it was fine.

It is confusing why there was no comment on the evening as the poster had plenty of time to chat and tell me about the problems of bringing a Pitt Bull Terrier to Spain. If a person truly wants to be constructive they must tell a restaurant at the time so that the problem can be dealt with.

A ps:
The same week as this poster came to eat we had two separate tables at the beginning of the week who were so pleased with their meal that they booked to come again later the same week. In both cases they had steak and again when they returned. Sadly we can't suggest the poster comes to discuss his concerns as we are now closed for the winter.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

superb meal not overly priced ,relaxed atmosphere,friendly waitress and stunning view of the lake.we had lunch and i would have happily returned the following day for more! next time im near Periana i will definitely return.

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

It has been a number of years since I last ate at Cantueso. Originally very good, but how it has changed !!!. Very average food at not particularly average prices. Inept and very surly service.

Despite living close to the restaurant, it is not a place I would return to.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I have reviewed this place before and also just looked at recent Trip Advisor reviews. I think the views are the main thing to go for, and the outdoor dining area is delightful. Service tends to be pleasant though often chaotic and gives the impression of barely coping even when not too busy - think well over 2 hours for a simple meal and we had an interminable wait even to be handed menus. Food choices are very limited (not necessarily a bad thing) and things often sold out. The quality of the food is generally fair to good, and the different people we have taken there generally seem to have enjoyed the overall experience. That's the key to this place - an enjoyable overall experience. Wines are decent and fairly priced. Go to linger over fantastic views of Lake Vinuela, don't go if you're in a hurry, and don't expect top-class food or service.

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