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“Not awful, but there are much better” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurante Tabanco

Restaurante Tabanco
Ranked #4 of 61 Restaurants in Carmona
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Not awful, but there are much better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

We expected much more from Tabanco, having read the Tripadvisor reviews. First, though it has its own entrance, it IS part of a hotel (the Alcazar de la Reina), and has a bit of that feel (if you don't like hotel restaurants, you'll know what I mean). It has some outside tables, in the courtyard by the (small) swimming pool, but the setting is a bit rough and ready. The restaurant room is quite large and could be charming, if half of it wasn't laid out as an overspill for the bar/tapas.

But here's the rub - the food was just about OK, but nothing near the standard of the other 'restaurantes' in Carmona. One of their 'signature' dishes - venison in a red wine sauce - was laughablly bad: tough wafer-thin slices of meat, horribly overcooked or left in a warming oven too long; dull starters; passable steak. The wine lst in overpriced by comparison with other decent restaurants, and even the waiter described the list as 'boring'.

We were the only people in the restaurant, but the bar was crammed with locals having tapas - so that's probably the clue... Service is good and friendly.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Go for the tapas section!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

The restaurant is divided in a restaurant and tapas section. We tried both. The restaurant is pretty good; the tapas section more informal and also very good. Try the solomillo tapas dishes!

Visited April 2012
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Kingsbridge
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent tapas and main courses, great service and loads of charm.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2011

By chance, we visited Restaurante Tabanco in late September 2010, and found it to be one of the very best we have been to in Spain!
The menu and carta de vinos were a delight to read, and the food wonderful, all cooked to order, but with no long delay
All the waiters were delightful, and helpful with suggestions of various tapas to try.
I would and have firmly recommended this restaurants to friends, and we cannot wait to re visit one day.
Furthermore, when i emailed the proprietor to ask for a particulally delicious spinach recipe, back it came, with instructions! A great find, but do reserve as it gets very busy!

  • Visited September 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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