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“Looked after us incredibly well” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Nublo

El Nublo
Ranked #23 of 663 Restaurants in Maspalomas
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Looked after us incredibly well”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

Purely in terms of the food, I'd give El Nublo four stars. Their menu can be described as quintessential "holiday food", but don't be put off by that: I mean it purely in terms of variety (the "usuals", in other words - fish, steak, pizza, and plenty more besides) and prices that are perfectly reasonable if not dirt-cheap. The quality, however, is better than lots of similar places I've been to on sun/resort holidays. I'm usually an adventurous eater but I ended up having the same mixed fish grill every time (so it must have been OK!), while the rest of our party seemed happy with everything they ordered, from generously proportioned steaks through to squid dishes. Sides of Canarian potatoes, chips, jackets, salads etc. were of a decent standard, and those who had starters/desserts were satisfied too.

What makes this a five-star review is the service and the general experience. We were looked after extremely well on each of our three evening visits (from little freebies before and after the meal - soup, mini ice creams, after-dinner drinks - right down to one of our party being given a local hat to take home!) and never received anything other than a friendly welcome and attentive service throughout. A language barrier was hit very occasionally, but that's all part of the holiday experience!

As well as evening meals, we needed daily internet access (long story) and the internet in our villa was down all week, so we'd troop along to El Nublo every lunchtime and spend a few hours sipping coffee, eating toasted sandwiches, using their free wi-fi and being looked after by the team. You couldn't have asked for anything more right there on your doorstep, and the peace and quiet of the Faro 2 centre - even if inadvertent due to being largely vacated these days, as mentioned by other reviewers - provided a relaxing place to shelter from the hottest part of the day and tap away at our work.

It's a shame Faro 2 has become something of a run-down concrete jungle (though as veterans of travels through Eastern Europe, we did admire its brutalist "Olympic opening ceremony gone wrong" charm). But if you had to have just one restaurant left in the building, indeed in the whole area, you'd want it to be El Nublo. We'll definitely be coming back to say hello and enjoy their hospitality again even if we're right at the other end of Maspalomas next time.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank faulknmd
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is a great restaurant with good service and really good food in fact once we found this place we ate here every evening. We would highly recommended it

Visited April 2014
1 Thank angela b
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A must visit for food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

We have been going here for years now, its a family run business and they are lovely people. The food is very good and very reasonable. Eaten here twice this week already. Faro 2 shopoing centre is not somewhere to visit as all the shops are closed down now. Just go and enjoy great food with these fantastic people.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank AJBwf4
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Long Stratton, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Not good but not bad”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

This is the only el nublo in the area the other one listed on trip advisor is actually this one. It is located in the Faro 2 shopping centre, which is rather dated and half the shops are closed. The staff at the El Nublo dress in traditional costume which drew us in. The menu was typical of the area, steak, fish etc. The service as stated earlier was excellent with a free soup for starters and some fruit for desert. The main course, well it was not as hot as you'd expect and there was not a hint of seasoning in either of our dishes. I had t - bone steak and my wife a local fish which the waiter sort of filleted for her (badly).The large salad in a lettuce leaf was okay and the chips were cold. The accompanying cold mash with a crisp of pastry was terrible. We will not go again so I wouldn't recommend this restaurant as there are plenty of others about a km away.

Thank Bob T
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Umeå, Vasterbottens Lan, Sweden
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409 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Easy to find, easy to get a table”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

Everything might been said already. I like the meat they have. The price range is among the best for what you get. The surrounding sucks, so it's NOT a cozy place for a romantic dinner no matter what. But for a good meal with good service this place is great.
A bit to much kids and staff playing with them, but still great value food. Tasty and this extra stuff that makes YOU feel special. Very warm and friendly staff. They deserve their high score here. Take it for what it is, a restaurant in a more or less closed shopping mall with good meat, service and extra but not any cozy feeling.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Tomas H
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