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“Just OK”
Review of El Gitano

El Gitano
Ranked #1,098 of 1,805 Restaurants in Dusseldorf
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Altstadt
New Jersey
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

The restaurant is warm and welcoming. They start by offering a free glass of dry sherry which while well intentioned smelled and tasted like old cork. The food selection is beyond extensive and the menus are available in English. The portions are generous but the quality and preparation is not what you would expect. For example, the onion soup is just that, onion soup, no cheese and the mixed grill fish platter while exceedingly large included one poorly cooked shrimp and a piece of fish that was not that fresh. The champignons in a garlic sauce were tasty but slightly uncooked.
The most disappointing and annoying happening was the waiter’s insistence for a tip. In Germany, like in most European countries, the tip is included in the bill. However, most patrons will reward good service and depending on the number of guests, will add a small additional monetary reward. Many establishments leave a "Tip" line on their bill and most guests from countries other than Europe unknowingly add another full tip.

On the same street with this eatery there are at least three more Spanish restaurants with very similar if not identical menus so, next time I will try my luck elsewhere.

  • Visited November 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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346 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Spanish specialties and Argentinian steaks”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

This restaurant features Spanish specialties and Argentinian steaks. The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon, and we felt lucky to find on open table. We enjoyed their house wine, as well as their gaspacho, grilled fish, and two servings of grilled calamari. We found verything very much to our liking.

  • Visited June 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great steaks and warm welcome.”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We didn't plan on eating Spanish food in Germany but the place looked so welcoming we just went in and had a great evening. We were given sherry, bread and dips to start with, the waiters couldn't do enough for you, the food was top quality, melt-in-the-mouth steaks and delicious stroganoff. Decor quite weird, but atmospheric. Recommended.

Visited December 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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707 reviews
433 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 371 helpful votes
“Good Spanish restaurant in the altstadt”
Reviewed October 20, 2011

We stumbled upon the Spanish restaurant by chance. And really, since they had a table available the Sat night we were there. The entire city was packed due to the Japanese fest so finding any seating was difficult... The food was pretty good for a touristy area. The menu selection was also quite good. For a super busy night service was pretty quick and efficient. Would I return? Probably not since there are hundreds of restaurants in the altstadt area but on this night El Gitano did deliver good food.

  • Visited October 2011
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