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“Delicious, authentic” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Las Cancelas Restaurant

Las Cancelas Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 206 Restaurants in Avila
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Madrid, Spain
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious, authentic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

Make a reservation. This place fills up to the brim by 2:30pm for the lunch crowd and you will never get a table. The cochinillo and judias were excellent. Nice wine list, good service, good environment, and location. Feels much more local without all the tourists. Can be pricey, but the entrees are large enough servings to share.

Visited May 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
New York
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122 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“High prices for merely adequate food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

We tried this place as our first choice was closed on Wednesdays. We were aware of the wide diversity of opinions among T/A reviewers but went ahead anyway. In a nutshell, the food was just OK; portions were huge and service was very good. The wine list is a bit on the pricey side.

We started with sweetbreads and blood sausage. The sweetbreads were very tasty enough for 3 people. The blood sausage had too much cumin in it to be enjoyable. The suckling pig was quite dried out and (for some reason) full of bones. Dessert (an apple tart w/ ice cream) was tiny.

You can do better elsewhere for less.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Manchester, England
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Probably the worst meal we've ever had”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

Avila is a beautiful city and we stayed in an excellent hotel in the Cathedral Square but made the mistake of going out for dinner. Las Cancelas looks beautiful: charming covered courtyard: in the daytime there is a terrace area right by the city walls. House wine was ok; service was ok; but the food was terrible.
Starter for me white asparagus straight from the jar; for my husband scrambled eggs with tough green bits of tinned asparagus. Main course for me a slab of steak [filet according to the menu but probably rib eye], heavily salted, full of gristle and just plonked on the plate with a wafer thin slice of green pepper. For my husband, a perfect square of hake [strongly suspect boil-in-the-bag] with half an inch of garlic maionnaise smeared on top. Completely inedible.
Bill was 82 euros.
Visit the city, admire the cathedral, climb up on the walls - but don't eat at Las Cancelas!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Gill_Humphrey
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Plumley
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228 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
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“Average Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

My husband had the black pudding and apple compote he enjoyed it but the portion was very large enough for two. We both had suckling pig for main course it was nice but the potatoes were awful and no vegetables no dessert and half a bottle of wine was 82 euro. Don't have the bread you will break your teeth asked for butter it arrived at the end if the main course

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A dinner with friends”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

Poor service . Steaks under-cooked . Returned to Kitchen twice but still raw . bread hard,also food a little pricey. a group of Spanish people came in shortly after us , the staff seemed more interested in serving them and we felt an inconvenience to the staff.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Jose Alfonso B, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Las Cancelas Restaurant, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Google Translation
Nuestros camareros tratan a todos los clientes por igual.
En cuando al punto de la carne, si no se nos indicia como se quiere, se entrega al punto, es posible que ustedes estén a costumbrado a la carne mas hecha y no hemos tenido ningún inconveniente de preparársela según sus gustos. Lamentamos que se haya sentido marginado por la atención frente a un grupo español, pero nada mas lejos de nuestra intención. Les pedimos mil disculpas.
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