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Review of El Rincon de Rafa

El Rincon de Rafa
Ranked #138 of 2,400 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $42
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: El Rincón de Rafa is Manchester's longest-serving independent Spanish restaurant, having been in the city centre for 22 years. A family run establishment, El Rincón is regularly described as a 'hidden gem' and offers a relaxed, authentic experience, brought to Manchester from Málaga by owner Rafael Cabrera-Vargas. El Rincón offers a large range of tapas and main courses (including paellas) and a fully stocked bar with a huge variety of Spanish beers (both bottles and draught) and wines. The off the beaten track but central location of El Rincón (close to the Hilton hotel - turn down St John's St from Deansgate and take the first right) ensures an unbeatable authentic Spanish atmosphere, but with hidden nooks and crannies for a more intimate feel. The restaurant doesn't accept bookings for two, seating couples at a number of tables on a first come, first served basis. Customers are also welcome to visit just the bar for food and/or drinks. Que aproveche!
Reviewed December 27, 2013

We went when it was quiet and fell in love again (with the food). Loads of specials this time including the scrambled eggy black pudding dish. Service was great, beer was cold. I just love this little bit of Galicia in a Mancunian basement.

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Thank JoyY13
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Visited in Dec 13 for Christmas Dinner, in group of 11. Very basic surroundings in hangar-type building with very high ceilings. Basic tables (slightly cramped) with basic cutlery and crockery. Zero christmas atmosphere. Zero atmosphere (in general). Would be ok for lunch. Staff were very good.
As others have reported, very small dishes came out very slowly. Maybe sufficient for a small dessert spoon from each bowl. Would have been nice to have a selection of dishes on the table at the same time, but the tables were small! Some of the dishes may have started out ok in the kitchen, then had the taste removed before serving!! Received one course about 15mins after all other courses finished, and just before the mince pies.
Probably one of the worst Spanish restaurants I have visited, sadly. Shall not be visiting again.

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Thank Chris S
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

A must visit in Manchester...Genuine Spanish atmosphere, great food, reasonable prices...Great beer!

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Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

Went there on a Saturday afternoon for a quick lunch and the food and service were both good. Better than average but not very good. Nice bottle of wine. Place is a little grubby and hard to find but worth another visit. Very Spanish although some of the portions like the pil pil were very small.

Thank SimonJRex
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Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

11 of us and overall fairly good. Down a side alley but inside busy (always a good sign) and very pleasant staff. It was £25 per head and that got us 2 of every tapas which didn't seem particularly good value but eventually there seemed to be enough food once we asked for extra bread. Initially the dishes were coming out one every 5 minutes which meant everyone had one spoonful of a dish and then waited... However once we had a word all of a sudden a flurry of hot dishes arrived. Sangria and quality of food was good but 22 dishes (plus a mince pie) for £550 didn't seem right......but maybe that's standard for Manchester!

Thank JeremyHeaven
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