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“Not sure they want to be in the business” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Cucurucho del Mar

El Cucurucho del Mar
Ranked #557 of 10,440 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Centro
Paris, France
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45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Not sure they want to be in the business”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We went there one evening early May, my daughter and I - I appreciate that it was only 20:00, probably one hour before the normal dinner time, but still two tables (of 10 or 12) were already occupied - but after 20 minutes, the (only) waitress had not said hello and not taken our order, so we just left to find a warmer welcome elsewhere... Probably the poor lady was overloaded... Meanwhile the cleanliness, Framework and greasy menu were not very appealing either, I would recommend that you forget about this place...

Visited May 2013
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Torquay
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tasty food at incredible prices!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We arrived early for lunch on a Saturday, (most Spaniards would have considered it closer to breakfast time, but we were only just getting used to their later meals!) In spite of this the waiter seemed genuinely pleased to see us and was very friendly. We went for the 'menu del dia' at 13.50 euros per person, which was three courses and included wine. We were expecting a glass each but were very pleasantly surprised when a whole bottle arrived, quickly followed by an 'amuse bouche' of marinated mussels. The following three courses were delicious and the service was very efficient.
Two days later we went back again and as it was no longer the Easter weekend the 'menu del dia' was now only 11.50 euros and it still included a whole bottle of wine! The food was equally good and this time the restaurant was filled with Spaniards who obviously thought it was a pretty good restaurant too. We watched one couple eat their way through a seafood feast of many courses (seafood is the restaurant's speciality). It looked absolutely delicious but must have cost a fortune...maybe another time when we're better off!
Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Smithalors
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“really worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

i just come back for a holiday in Madrid,and this was the far best restaurant we found,its really worth a visit but you need to book in advance,otherwise a long wait

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Henrique J
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“not very good vibe & food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

its been the 1st restaurant weve been to in our vacation in MAdrid and we were quite dissapointed. service was not very attentive and the "seafood plate for 2" we chose was dissapointing and quite expenssive - 38 euro. prawns were served in a very difficult - to - handle manner and some of the oysters were too raw (and we usually LOVE seafood!)
wine prices are great though - 1.90 per glass and you get a free liquer at the end of the meal..
all in all, we wouldnt go back!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank irenakopel
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Maryland
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very nice restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Four of us had dinner here. All ordered various broiled fish or shellfish dinners. I had a kind of mixed shellfish dinner. The food was fine, but not in the excellent range. Nothing that would knock one's socks off. The service was good. And, the prices, given the central location, were quite reasonable.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LMK240
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