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“A must!! Make a reservation.”

El Jardin del Califa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $43
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Rota, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A must!! Make a reservation.”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

In a very quaint but peaceful setting, the restaurant offers North African cuisine of very good quality. The food is not too rich in taste, but well flavored and very good!! The dining options are outside on the dirt floored garden with the sounds of birds and distant footsteps, or in their dining room overlooking the garden from floor to ceiling glass windows, to the very few tables inside in the nooks and crannies. Service is a bit slow, but that is common in southern Spain. This is the second time I have eaten here, once for lunch last fall and this time for dinner. Both were very good.

  • Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Beautiful restaurant, good service, good food”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Have been to Califa twice now and have enjoyed each visit. This time we sat in the vaulted room which looks great but was very noisy due to a large party of 14 and noise just bouncing of the vaulted ceiling. I had a mezze platter which was nice but nothing exceptional. I had a Beef tangine with prunes and almonds as a main which was absolutely delicious.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant but ask for a table in the garden or in the glass wall room. Also make sure to have a fees pre dinner drinks at the roof top bar overlooking the restaurant.

  • Visited May 2014
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Cheshire
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462 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Good, but not great”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

Promising beginning thanks to tasty mezze, but slightly disappointingly average main courses (chicken tagine / lamb kebab.) Nothing very wrong with the dishes, but I have had much better in the Manchester area, which is a bit further from the country of origin of the food.
Service OK in a slightly disengaged way. I had the feeling that it matched the cooking. This restaurant is, apparently, very popular, so maybe they don't feel that they have to try very hard?
I liked the cave-like setting, though.

Visited May 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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“Beautiful Setting, delicious Food”
Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a great meal with friends at this fantastic restaurant in a fascinating, historic building. The Lamb Tegine was delicious and the decent wine list was reasonably priced. Service was very good too. When I Visit the area again, this place will be at the top of my list of places to visit.

Visited May 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews
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“Underwhelming”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

After being completely taken aback by our gorgeous hotel room in la Casa del Califa, we had very high expectations of this restaurant. We had been advised by a friend to visit, and were really looking forward to eating here.

Maybe it was because we had expected a lot, having been to some great restaurants already in Spain, but we were both a little disappointed with the experience.

We decided to have a mezze plate to share to start, which was decent, but nothing incredible. I then went on to chicken sufa (one of the chefs specialities) and my boyfriend had the vegetable tagine. Neither really had any wow factor about them. It felt like we were eating something the chefs had made a thousand times before, and were just bored of doing. Afterwards we had the chocolate fondant and sultans cheesecake and for the first time ever I didn't even finish my dessert.

The service was fine. The only problem was when our wine was being opened the cork broke, so the first glass had bits of cork floating around in it, which we showed to the waitress but she didn't offer to change the wine and neither of us wanted to make a scene right before our dinner.

One thing I must say is the location and decor of the restaurant is absolutely stunning. And the tables are well spread out so you don't feel like you're on top of the people next to you.

I would definitely advise people to stay at the hotel, but maybe skip dinner at the restaurant and just enjoy the delicious breakfast buffet there in the morning.

  • Visited May 2014
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