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“Worth the Detour”
Review of El Campero

El Campero
Ranked #1 of 113 Restaurants in Barbate
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $34 - $56
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in Barbate , fishing village whose traditional cuisine draws inspiration Campero 's letter , being Wild Bluefin Tuna Almadraba the undisputed star . Traditional cuisine with Japanese touches and cutting edge , but giving priority to the authentic flavor of the dish . With brightly decorated , clean and simple shapes, El Campero provides an exclusive atmosphere to enjoy a unique experience.
Beijing, China
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“Worth the Detour”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

If you are staying anywhere near Barbate, it is well worth the detour to find this amazing tuna restaurant. I'm pescatarian, and gave up red meat about 2 years ago. The fatty tuna steak they serve is the closest you will find to wagyu. You can skip the sushi, as they lack somewhat the Asian touch. But definitely go for the tartare and the Spanish fish stew with onions.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Tuna a Thousand Ways - or at Least 40”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Barbate is a tuna fishing town where a yearly tuna festival is held the end of May. The town itslef is not much, but El Campero Restaurante is a real surprise and is located close to the beach. It is handsome-nautical with contemporary art, white linen and nice glasses. There are two choices of menus - the tapa menu and the full menu - combined, they proudly detail over 40 ways to eat the red tuna. We ordered mostly tuna appetizers (raw and cooked) and each were beautifully presented and delicious. The wine list is thorough but showcases mostly wines from Jerez, Sanlucar and Chiclana nearby. We definitely recommend eating here while in Andalusia and visiting the Pueblos Blancos like Vejer de la Frontera which is just 10 minutes away.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Best tuna experience”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We tried the tapas in the bar area for lunch. The service was very attentive and helpful. All dishes that we tried were of exceptional quality and presentation, I think that this may be one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. Great job!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Johanniti
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Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain
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“Divine Tuna”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is without doubt the best tuna we have ever eaten. Having made a reservation for the restaurant we changed to the bar area where we could enjoy a larger variety of dishes from the extensive tapas menu. Within the bar area there are quite a few tables with full waiter service.

Everything we tried was delicious and beautifully presented. A friend had recommended a number of dishes and none disappointed. The staff started by bringing an amuse bouche of gazpacho with mojama, lovely cold soup with a dried tuna salty hit.

We tried a large number of the tuna dishes and our favourites were the tataki of tuna (where the tuna is only briefly cooked with a raw centre), the atun picante (spicy raw tuna with seaweed and sesame) and semi-mojama tosta (semi dried tuna on toast). The mini tuna burger was served with very finely cut chips - more like potato stick crisps - and a spicy sauce and came in a fun take away style box and langoustine tempura which was perfectly cooked and super crunchy. All the raw tuna dishes were melt in the mouth and the cooked dishes such as tarantelo perfect still medium in the middle.

The only slightly disappointment in terms of quantity was the chocolate brownie dessert with chocolate ice-cream which although very good was a tiny portion and cost 7.50 Euros. That aside the overall value for money due to exceptional quality of the food, beautiful presentation and very efficient and friendly service from all staff made this one of our most enjoyable lunches ever in nearly 10 years of living in Spain.

  • Visited May 2013
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Hamphire, England
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“Stunningly good food”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

As you drive into Barbate you wonder if you've come to the right town to find one of the best fish restaurants ever - but you have. El Campero serves seriously high quality fish seriously well! Tuna is, of course, their speciality and they do it very very well.

An amuse bouche of tuna sushi really hit the spot before our starters of tuna belly sashimi and tuna tempura. Both were absolutely sensational. The freshest tuna sashimi we've ever had, served in generous quantities and beautifully presented with typical accompaniments of wasabi, pickled ginger, soy etc. The tempura was fabulous too. Brochettes of generous chunks of tuna skewered with courgette, pepper and onion in a thick (chickpea, we think) batter, cooked to perfection: the tuna cooked through but still juicy and succulent. For mains we had red mullet grilled a point, and a huge grilled prawn, still oozingly juicy, sweet and utterly delicious. What was lacking was any sign of vegetable, but frankly we were in foodie heaven and didn't give a damn. The dessert was a little disappointing: a pine nut flavoured creme caramel, which was too heavy, although very tasty nonetheless. With sherry aperitif, bottled water, a nice bottle of wine and sweet wines, the bill came to a smidge over 100 euros. If we hadn't had prawns and belly tuna - two of the most expensive items on the menu - the bill probably would have come in at around 70 euros.

The staff were brilliant. Our Spanish is deplorable and they spoke no English, however we managed to communicate and they really went out of their way to look after us, realising that we'd struggle because of the language problem. We really felt very well looked after.

Thank goodness we're only half way through our fortnight holiday so we can go back again... And again... And again!

  • Visited April 2013
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