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“Still crazy after all these years”
Review of Mediterranean

Ranked #71 of 1,466 Restaurants in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $49
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Established over 25 years, The Mediterranean Restaurant serves fresh fish and seafood and authentic Spanish tapas. Fully licensed. Open lunch and dinner Monday - Saturday.Tapas available 12 - 2.30pm Monday - Saturday and 5.30pm - 10pm Monday to Thursday.A la carte menu and specials available Monday - Saturday lunch and dinner. Closed on Sundays. Please call to make a reservation.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Still crazy after all these years”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

Long, long ago, at a time when an iron lady ruled the land, steel came from Sheffield, and strange beings called yuppies accumulated piles of gold, there was a restaurant called the Mediterranean.

It was famous for two things - its outstanding tapas (in fact it can lay claim to be the city's first tapas bar) and the eccentricity of its owners. One in particular, a lady of Greek origin whose name has vanished in the mists of time, used to have the disconcerting habit of holding conversations with customers with her head deep inside a large cupboard on the floor.

But the lunchtime tapas became a magnet for those seeking something away from the norm.

For some reason, I stopped going there. The years slipped by until one day my wife suggested we give it a try again.

The people have changed, as has the decor, but the basic message remains the same. The lunchtime tapas are a must-try experience if you've time for a leisurely lunch when in Sheffield. Rival restaurants and even national chains specialising in this quintessentially Spanish delight sprung up in later years, but few could match the Med. They still can't.

The evening, by contrast, is the time to look elsewhere.

The tapas are tasty, basic, freshly cooked and authentic.

But our return there for dinner was a let-down. What should be simple crab salad was adorned with superfluous, cold, tasteless mussels and emaciated prawns that collapse when you try to shell them. The overall car crash tableau is worsened by the plate being daubed with dubious and uneccessary sauces.

The sole Dieppoise that followed was an epic of overcooking. My first impression was that the fish had been cooked to the point of liquidising. Recalling science lessons at school, I postulated the theorem that it had surpassed that stage and might well be on the point of turning into a gas ("waiter, my main course has vapourised...")

They are trying a bit too hard in the kitchen, adhering to the belief that good cooking requires that dishes need to be studded with completely contingent items.

The reverse is true. The Med is within an ace of being a very good restaurant. If it can learn from its lunchtime success, it'll still be going strong in another 20 years.

Visited March 2012
3 Thank marwoodSheffield
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“5 out of 5!!!”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

I don't normally write reviews but felt compelled to having read the previous review. Since rediscovering The Mediterranean last year, we have eaten there on numerous occasions and always had 5 out of 5 for everything. We've enjoyed delicious tapas, celebrated Valentines' Day, Mothers' Day (11 of us) and my Birthday today. It's our favourite restaurant!

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Bad Experience of Mediterranean”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Starter very good, main course terrible, service not good once we had complained, we wanted dessert and coffee but waited a considerable amount of time, we got fed up and left and came home to our own dessert and coffee. Will not be going back in a hurry, a bad experience.

  • Visited April 2012
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4 Thank MichelleWebster
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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“lovely atmosphere, delicious food and very warm welcoming”
Reviewed March 21, 2012

we when there for mother is day and were very impressed by the amount and quality of the food at such reasonable prices.the service was great .this is an excellent venue.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank Luqman Z
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

I was recommended this restaurant by a friend of mine and decided to come down with my fiancé on Valentine's Day.

We ate scallops and squid for starters, which were both perfectly cooked! Followed by Monkfish and Lemon Sole for mains. Again, cooked to perfection and were full of flavour! For the first time, I felt like I was eating a real Mediterranean meal! For deserts we got a heart shaped cheesecake on the house - nice little touch.

Would highly recommend, we will sure be back!!!

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank Hrbee
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