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“Really disappointing experience”
Review of El Patio

El Patio
Ranked #3,006 of 5,272 Restaurants in Tenerife
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We’d clocked this place when we were wandering along the “Geranium Walk” and thought it would be good for a bit of a special foody treat. Situated in the grounds of the Jardin Tropical Hotel, it looked smart and its menu seemed a million miles away from the run of the mill touristy restaurants in the area. And we don’t mind spending big money on a great meal – dinner last year at Alain Roux’s Michelin 3 star Waterside Inn at Bray was over £150 a head. That was worth every penny. The El Patio is much cheaper, of course, but it isn’t as good value, unfortunately.

There wasn’t much of a welcome. In fact , there was nothing of a welcome. We were ignored by four members of staff at the entrance and it was only on button-holing one that the reservation book was checked for us and we were shown to a table. Not a great start to what the restaurant’s advertising describes as a “special luxurious evening”.

There was a good choice of bread on offer. And the freebie soup was an absolute belter – a light seafood broth with finely diced king prawns, peppers and mushrooms. Unfortunately, the food was downhill from there onwards. Lobster salad was described as coming with mini organic lettuce and a seaweed vinaigrette. Certainly there were some chunks of lobster but the organic lettuce was nothing more than some mixed leaves that may easily have come from a supermarket pack. The vinaigrette seemed nothing more than a normal vinaigrette – but there was some battered, deep fried greasy pieces of seaweed. It was something of a disappointment, as was the salmon salad, described as coming with “dilled Canarian cheese”. Well, it was some pieces of smoked salmon, wrapped around a tasteless mousse – much in the fashion that the supermarkets sell packs of “party food” at Christmas – and some of the salad leaves.

My main wasn’t too bad - a decent portion of monkfish, albeit somewhat overcooked. Also on the plate, a few cockles, a scattering of tiny vegetables, couple of tomatoes and a decent fishy/winey sauce. My partner’s plate was also better than OK, as far as it went. Sea bass, with a salt crust, with a lemon, wine and pine nut sauce. But no veg; no carb. The sort of plate that makes you wonder about getting a bag of chips on the way home.

Perhaps needless to say, we didn’t trouble them with dessert.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Good Food, staff Friendly, Help full, Nice to relax with friends, local just around the conner and fun

Thank Seascubatenerife
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

If you like fish you can't fail to love this place. Beautiful location overlooking the sea, fresh fish - if you love calamari you will be amazed by the portion size and quality and recommend the fish platter - so fresh. The staff were excellent too - Marcus in particular - really welcoming. Make you feel special!

Thank collinson729
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

The food and service were great from the minite you walk through the door

Thank macd0nald3
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

The meal was ok but very expensive. No patio heaters which was a shame because the outdoor space was very pretty so we had to eat indoors which had no atmosphere. The staff were very attentive but compared to La Nonna and The Mirador this restaurant is not in their league.

Thank molero12
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