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“Great food, friendly staff”
Review of El Castizo - CLOSED

El Castizo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $29
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Visited at 6pm for a pre-theatre meal. Made a reservation the week previously. It's a very unusual room; tucked away, in a long brick cellar with a curving roof, but nicely decorated and jolly atmosphere - sound does carry, though. It was full by 7pm. Staff, who appeared mainly Spanish, excellent throughout. Good straightforward menu, reasonably priced and served fast, with the calamari, and mushrooms in a cream sauce, standouts. Croquettes were a bit overcooked, and the patatas bravas/aioli a little wet. We had six dishes between us, very almost too many. Started with a glass of fizz and a beer to start, then half a bottle of a fantastic Rioja to share, the food and drink bill was £45, rounded up to £50 for good service. We were greedy, and could have done without one or two dishes. No room for dessert. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Stephen F
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

had an early reservation and only around 10 others were sitted, however still a nice feel about the place.

food was superb....2 of shared 6 dishes, all cooked fresh and brought out at intervals, with complimentary bread and olives, was more than enough for us....service was excellent....with the food we both had wine and for £35 it was a lovely meal and brilliant value.

I cant wait for summer to go back and enjoy their quality food alfresco style in the beautiful decked area above the restaurant.

if you like tapas, you have to go here,....this is 1st class!!

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Thank aston1510
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Over the past few years I have eaten here with family and friends easily over 25 times and having recently joined Trip Advisor felt compelled to write a review as it really is a cracking place to eat. I have just enjoyed another fabulous night out with friends and it is not just the food that is utterly delicious, authentic and great value, but the service brilliant too.The owners, James and Diana, who is Spanish, are always so warm and friendly. The atmosphere is very relaxed and fun. One of my friends has a wheat intolerance but she can eat virtually everything from the menu and the calamari she loves can be cooked in chick-pea flour/another type too. Recommend booking ahead for dinner especially, as they are so popular. They also have a wonderful deli in Crane St Chichester. You will have a brilliant time!!!

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Thank TACAFamily
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Popped in to try this place out at the weekend as we were looking to book it for a family birthday party, as we'd heard it was good. It's tucked away off St Pancras behind a solicitors and their sign is rather hidden by a tree, so you have to look hard to find it! Despite us not having a reservation and the restaurant being fully booked, they squeezed us in early for a quick bite. So we ate fast, trying a few dishes which were all freshly prepared, authentic, piping hot and delicious. Service was great, they were really friendly and so we've booked our party! So all round, very pleased, and we're looking forward to a good family get-together in October!

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Thank Sophie L
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

What a find! This restaurant certainly lived up to the excellent reviews that I had read on tripadvisor. My husband and I were celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary so shared a bottle of Cava and 8 dishes. Everything was absolutely delicious - we spent ages saying to each other how much we were enjoying the incredible food. Everything was piping hot and extremely tasty. The restaurant had a very authentic feel and the live music was perfect -enjoyable without being too intusive. The manager was extremely amiable and I understand it's his wife who does the cooking. They're doing a brilliant job and I can't wait to return!

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Thank Foodfan40
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