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“Nothing less than Phenomenal!”

El Jardin del Califa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $41
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Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nothing less than Phenomenal!”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

Stumbled upon this unassuming place while mooching around Vejer. Immediately charmed by its tiny winding stairs and corridors. Accidentally found the rooftop terrace with tapas and cocktail bar and the most amazing view. If you are anywhere in Andalucia, this place is well worth a detour. Will definitely return!!

Visited May 2014
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“Great menu, great setting, affordable”
Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

Lovely restaurant and great menu, great food. Staff was extremely friendly, though a bit lost sometimes. Nevertheless a great dining experience and surely one of the best in Andalucía. Hard to match price-quality combi.

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Spain
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“The best garden in Vejer!”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

The food is great and there is a garden where you can smoke! The view is beautiful and there is a nice bar with a roof terrace....

Visited June 2013
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Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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“Buena!”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Amazing meal, amazing setting, service was great. Would highly recommend this spot if travelling to Vejer

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“Oh no what has happened to Califa?”
Reviewed May 2, 2014

It's so sad we have been coming to this restaurant for 10 years but it is now destroyed no doubt a victim of its own success. It's in a beautiful setting, some great red wines and in the main not bad food. But the new poncy manager thinks he is in the latest soho cool restaurant where you treat customers like crap and train the waiting staff to do likewise. Califa owners you have made a terrible error of judgement

Visited April 2014
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James S, Owner at El Jardin del Califa, responded to this review, May 3, 2014
Hola. If you have been coming to the Califa for the last 10 years then it's a surprise that you don't know that the management of the restaurant hasn't changed since then. There is no new manager unless of course you are referring to me the owner who is definitely not 'new'. It's a shame that you can't be more specific in your complaints. You say that you love the restaurant, the food is great and you enjoy the wines. Perhaps you don't like the way I dress or my hairstyle. I have never been to Soho and have only ever worked in Vejer (where I have lived for the last 27 years). The waiting staff are the same as when you were here last time whether it was a year ago or 5 years ago. Perhaps you just had a bad day when you wrote the review. It happens to us all.

Next time be a bit braver and speak directly to the management if you are unhappy with any detail of the restaurant. If you wish to address any issues re this response then please get in touch with me direct via the reservations desk of Vejer's No.1 Hotel and Restaurant - la Casa del Califa.
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