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“amazing tapas”

El Jardin del Califa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $40
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Vejer's most popular restaurant has stone vaulted dining rooms and a lush palm-filled courtyard set in an emblematic 16th century building. 'The Caliph's Garden' is one of Andalucia's prime eating destinations. You will be served fabulous North African & Middle Eastern food in a historic, tranquil & unsurpassed setting in the heart of Vejer's medieval quarter. Overlooking the palm filled square of the medieval quarter the Jardín del Califa is inspired by the Moorish rule of Vejer over 700 years ago. The Jardin del Califa is set in one of Vejer's most important historic buildings. The principal building dates from 1527 (and includes parts from the 11th Century) and is now a grade 1 listed monument. The stone clad dining rooms and the palm filled courtyard are the perfect company for your meal with us. Come to the Califa and you will enjoy tasty dishes, stone vaulted cellars, an enchanted garden, a splashing fountain and scented plants. The haven of this quiet corner in the heart of Vejer will provide you with many memorable moments.
London, United Kingdom
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“amazing tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

yummy food and delightful setting with amazing views. I recommend that you select several starters as the dishes on offer are so interesting and portion sizes are large.

Visited July 2013
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“If only the food and service matched the setting!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Driving South from Jerez wanted to stop for lunch. Lonely Planet recommended El Jardin del Califa. We were beautifully impressed by the old spectacular location. But it ended there- service was at best mediocre as was the food. The mezze platter was tasty, but lacked anything special. The flat bread that accompanied the starter came out ice and warm. . But the main course of local beef took over 40 minutes to come out and was disappointing -a small portion for the price. We didn't try dessert as the whole meal took just too long.

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“A very different experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant has a very different atmosphere. We enjoyed our dinner. The main courses were average but the starters were better. We tried a Moroccan wine but did not like it. You can go to this restaurant for the ambiance rather than the food.

Visited July 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Living up to expectations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We booked into the Casa del Califa Hotel and decided to try the Jardin Restaurant on the first night, as the reviews were so good.
We were not disappointed! The welcome was excellent, the service friendly and attentive, and the food and wine were delicious. Very Morrocan in style, and an extensive menu with everything freshly cooked and authentic. The courtyard/garden was very pleasant and this actually became even better after dark and the mood became more intimate.
We had the recommended meze to start, two different tagines for mains and Arabic pastries for desserts. With drinks before, a very good bottle of Ribera del Douro, digestifs and coffees the bill came to a very reasonable €100 for the two of us. Great value for such wonderful food.
We will certainly be back!

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“Morishly Moorish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Gorgeous setting,inventive and delicious food,good service, wonderful! Don't missi t if you are in Vejer

Visited July 2013
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