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“Ate at the bar for good tapas with the locals”

Restaurante El Faro de Cadiz
Ranked #26 of 616 Restaurants in Cadiz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $37 - $147
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: El Faro de Cadiz is located in the traditional neighborhood of "La Viña", where Gonzalo Cordoba started with a small bar decorated as a sailor tavern, with nets and fishing stuff, with few wooden benches and tables. The customers came in search of the famous fried fish, called "pescaito frito" daily carried by fishermen of "caleta" beach. His daily concern and desire to excel led him to transform the local expanding and providing modern facilities. Now retired, his spirit of service and commitment to others is part of our principle to keep shining gastronomically Cadiz and we are proud to continue this work. El Faro Cadiz is still committed to the tradition to move forward and offer the best of our sea and our land to our clients.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We tried the bar area which is frequented by locals. It's a sort of oval wooden bar, waiters in middle, as well as a display of fresh daily fish where they take the fish from to cook it as you order. Note there are no seats, standing room only, so arriving before the locals eat is probably a good idea. Staff were not terribly friendly but they were professional and efficient. Food is good, and you can try a few dishes that are different to standard tapas fare, same kitchen as restaurant, and you can even share some restaurant dishes if you wish. The "fishballs" were delicious, as was one of the meat stew dishes (although cannot remember exact name). The tortillitas de camarones (shrimp fritters) are very good. It is pricier than other places - that is just because of its nature - but not unreasonable at the bar. It's a good option to try a few different good tapas dishes, but if you want to sit down and relax, other places will suit better. You could always come here for a drink and couple of dishes and then go elsewhere! It's perhaps not a "very good" but is is more than "average", I think TA need a "good" rating!

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We got the impression that El Faro was one of the better rated restaurants in Cadiz and we were looking forward to a good evening meal. Although the interior is pleasant enough, the welcome from the waiters is frosty at best. The food is average and doesn't represent particularly good value on its own. When added to the "Basil Fawlty" style service without the humour, we were left regretting having chosen El Faro. Fortunately for Cadiz, there are plenty of other very welcoming bars and restaurants.

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Recommened by fodors it was a bit of a walk. We got there at 20:15 and the resturant was not open yet but the tapas bar was. We had some cava and the bartendar was quite personable. When the restuarant opened we sat at a nice table, the ambiance was delightful but it went downhill from there. The food was average at best and the service not up to par. We had a collection of dirty glasses, empty bottles that was never removed. The sherry and wine list was good but we expected more for the price and reviews

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We chose El Faro from the good reviews on tripadvisor, but from the moment we stepped through the front door, we were made to feel incredibly unwelcome, being shown to our table by a brusque man who seemed incapable of smiling. El Faro are kind in translating the menu into various languages, with a footnote at each advising that the specials will only be given to you in Spanish. Completely understandable, as we were in Spain after all, but for them to not help us to understand the specials was down right rude, and rudeness is what we encountered throughout our entire meal. I exaggerate not!! My friends and I love eating out and the people can really make a restaurant, but never have we come across such appalling and frosty service.....all six of us were in total agreement. The waiter that was unfortunately assigned to our table, proceeded to slop the wine into each glass every single time he topped us up, resulting in far too much landing on the tablecloth as opposed to our glasses. He said not a word about it.....no apology and no effort to correct it the next time. It was very clear that he didn't care and, to add insult to injury, he proceeded to sniff his way around the restaurant. He sniffed as he was serving our food, he sniffed as he topped up our glasses/tablecloth and basically everywhere he walked. It was both disgusting and obvious, so why the Manager didn't deal with that is beyond me. As regards the food, I ordered the veal and blood oozed out of it, so much so that my plate and chips were soaked with blood. I didn't think veal ever came with blood. I ate a small amount, but left most of my meal. The waiter didn't question why. My punishment, perhaps, for eating something I normally boycott. The waiter had such a combative attitude, which was almost palpable, so we didn't feel comfortable enough to complain. It was a case of, what was the point of making our evening even more uncomfortable. The waiter was doing a brilliant enough job of that on his own!! We wanted to eat, run away and never come back!!!!! That said, overall the food was tasty, but too overpriced. I resent paying that kind of money when you can find great Spanish food in other restaurants without the unnecessary price tag. We probably walked past some of them on our hasty exit out of there, all of which had a happy, fiesta feel to them. In El Faro, the atmosphere was stifled, stuffy and awkward. As the service was so horrendous, we spent the whole evening talking about how horrendous the service was, which hardly makes for a relaxing night!! Even if the service was amazing, it stuns me why anyone would choose to eat here more than once, solely based on the prices not being reflected in the food. So, if you fancy a night of over priced food with an enormous serving of hostility, then El Faro's the place to go!!

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3  Thank Andrea L
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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

We went with a group of friends after looking at the reviews here. We were really looking forward to it but were all very disappointed! The waiter had no personality and made no effort to help us with the menu. Two of us speak a little Spanish and tried to ask the waiter about the specials and a couple of things of the menu, we might as well have not bothered! When we did finally get our wine the waiter just slopped it in our glasses missing one of the girls completely. Some of the food was ok some not. We all left feeling very deflated. They made us feel incredibly unwelcome! Will not be going there again!!

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