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“Very friendly and with fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Toro Contento

El Toro Contento
Ranked #9 of 56 Restaurants in Ventnor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $32
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Small restaurant striving to give excellent value for money. Snacks from around the world, plenty from Spain, plus lots of others. Constantly changing specials, genuine interest in cooking tasty, healthy and traditional really authentic dishes. Informal dining in the tiny street level bar or dinner in the "dungeon". Fair trade coffee, chocolate and tea. Excellent value Spanish wines, beers and cider. Paella available, freshly made to order. Lots of options for vegetarians, vegans & gluten/lactic free.
London
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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“Very friendly and with fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

We popped in to El Toro Contento whilst on holiday with our ten month old baby and had a very warm welcome. The food was excellent - a far cry from the masses of deep fried food you often see in so called "tapas" places in London. As my partner's vegetarian, we mostly had a selection of veggie dishes which were all extremely tasty. Added to that were some fish dishes for me, including a special of locally grown chard and prawns which was absolutely divine - the chard providing a wonderfully earthy flavour which worked fantastically with the prawns. Apparently the restaurant uses local produce as much as possible.

We'd booked in advance and we loved the fact that when we got there, the high chair was all set up with a little bowl, a knife and a spoon set out for our son. To be honest I'm surprised more restaurants don't provide baby friendly eating implements - it's a lovely touch - and it works so well here. Tapas is a food for sharing after all, and our son absolutely loved it.

I only wish we lived nearby - we'd be here regularly without a doubt!

  • Visited October 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A Spanish food experience with friendly fast service.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

We enjoyed the Spanish atmosphere and friendliness of the staff who gave us excellent service, but the restaurant was full and the quality of the food suffered as a result.

  • Visited October 2013
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London
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cosy and welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

We loved this quirky place. Great food and an open fire in the cellar while listening to great music.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Sailinginstructor
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Croydon
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88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“An authentic Spanish experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

A wide selection of dishes and a good specials board. The garlic prawns and scallops with chorizo along with the meat balls were delicious. Other guests recommended the wild boar. Service is very efficient and friendly and the downstairs room has a welcoming open fire. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the food. We would certainly go back.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Chickadeecroydon
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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

My husband and I are from Canada and were very pleasantly surprised to find such a quaintly Spanish restaurant in Ventnor! Great food and atmosphere.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Saroda
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