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Reviewed 28 March 2024

Have been several times and it is my absolute favourite for a yummy lunch! The nicest people run it and their cakes are incredible. Are you closed permanently? Or will you reopen for summer? We tried to come in September last year and you were...not open and now again we are here now and you are not open and we love you guys and wanted you to know that and would be very sad if you were closed for good. All the bestMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 6 May 2023 via mobile

Today 6th May, Fathoms were closed but they offered to deliver to our door 7 Afternoon Teas for The Kings Coronation. Arrived on time, The food was in individual boxes with our names on. The Afternoon Tea was amazing. The Best I have ever had.

Date of visit: May 2023
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2023

Thank you so much for your 5 * review, that means so much and we are so pleased you enjoyed them and the day, thank you.... Lisa....

Reviewed 1 April 2023 via mobile

We popped in to this lovely bar/café for a late afternoon bite. We only ordered sandwiches but they where extremely tasty and presented lovely. Family run . Very friendly.

Date of visit: March 2023
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2023

Thank you for your lovely review, it means a lot to us to hear your valued opinion, thanks again and we hope to see you again soon. Have a lovely time in Spain.

Reviewed 20 March 2023

Can't praise this more. Twice had this and both times excellent food and service. Lisa can bespoke choice on sandwiches rest is home made cakes and scones with cream and jam. Fresh fruit and glass of bubbly included. Unlimited tea or coffee included. Doggybags given...when full. Yum yumMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2023

Thank you so very much for your lovely comments.....

Reviewed 9 March 2023 via mobile

Went for lunch last week the Prawn Thermidor was absolutely out of this world. Lisa and David always so welcoming. Then had the fish pie as a takeaway last night, yet again another absolutely amazing dish. 😁

Date of visit: March 2023
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2023

Thank you so much, it is an absolute pleasure seeing you and we love the fact you enjoy our dishes so much , see you soon, David and Lisa....

Reviewed 14 November 2022 via mobile

We saw the great reviews so thought we would give it a try. Charlie looked after us so well. The food was amazing- we had gambas pil pil. Best we have ever tasted. Needed extra bread to mop up the gorgeous garlic and chilli butter....Then had egg chorizo and patatas bravas which were lovely. Charlie gave us complimentary shots of baileys and lemoncello. Looking forward to coming back.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2022

Thank you so much for the lovely review and 5 stars, it really makes our day... We hope to see you agsin soon and have a great day....

Reviewed 13 October 2022

We had heard good reviews about this little restaurant and on our frequent visits to the area had never managed to be there when it was open. However, we did eventually find a table for two for lunch. We just ordered the crispy beer battered...prawns to start - so glad we did, they were delicious, with batter as light as a feather! Tempted by other diners, we then ordered a pulled pork roll between us, served with crinkle cut chips (frozen, I hear you say?) - not these beauties, hand cut and absolutely superb. We can’t wait to return.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2022

Wow, thank you so much, we're really happy you found us and hope to see you again soon.... David, Lisa and Charlie....

Reviewed 2 September 2022 via mobile

We just happened upon this place (enticed by the sangria at €7.50 a jug!) and what a find! The gambas pil pil and quesadilla con pollo were delicious but we will have to go back as everything else on the menu was tempting too. Unassuming,...reasonably priced and delicious - what's not to like!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2022

Charlie loves making Sangrias haha, thank you so much for your wonderful comments, you will always be welcome at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar. David, Lisa and Charlie....

Reviewed 4 June 2022 via mobile

This little bar come bistro is one street back from front in sabinillas. Not many tables inside so book early if you can. Fab afternoon teas all homemade by owner. Mothers day afternoon tea was brilliant with doggy bag needed, which we got for stuff...we couldn't eat. Not just english but spanish food excellent also. Worth a lookMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2022

Thank you for the great feedback, it means so much to us, have a great day and see you again soon...

Reviewed 7 May 2022 via mobile

Lunch today in Fathoms was absolutely outstanding. Beautiful food, langoustines, Nigerian stew and prawn saganaki, my favourite, it was amazing. And the service is so friendly and relaxed. One of many visits to this restaurant and it never disappoints.

Date of visit: May 2022
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2022

Thank you so very much for these lovely comments... David, Lisa and Charlie

Reviewed 28 March 2022

Lovely cosy place with outstanding food. Loved the cream tea, gorgeous food, well presented and lovely staff. Lots to eat and plenty of refills of tea. Thank you for making my afternoon so enjoyable

Date of visit: March 2022
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2022

Wow, thank you so much, your positive review means so much to us, we are so pleased you enjoyed yourself and our Afternoon Tea.... David, Lisa and Charlie....

Reviewed 11 March 2022

Having heard positive things about the place I was finally able to make a visit. The Tapas menu was extensive and well explained. The staff were courteous and the food was delicious. I look forward to coming back on my next visit and trying some...more dishes.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2022

Thank you the great review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your meal and we look forward to seeing you again to try some of the other dishes that we offer.... David and Lisa....

Reviewed 6 December 2021

Menu offering variety of dishes for all tastes. Homemade food reflected in the flavours we experienced. Great service and relaxing atmosphere.

Date of visit: November 2021
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2021

That's so nice to read, thank you very much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your meal. David and Lisa...

Reviewed 7 October 2021

We've been coming to Arcos 38 for the past few years and have found that the food and service is consistently outstanding. This place is one if not the best little eateries on the Costa Del Sol - The biggies in Benahavis could learn a...few tricks from this couple. The food is truly amazing we never want the meals to end or eat anywhere else. Everything is home cooked with fresh produce and made with love, care and attention, always with generous portions at amazing prices. Which is why I was taken back by the review left in August? We were there around the same time and I honestly wonder if someone had a bad day as the food and service were as perfect as usual. The portions are uniform and to a formula, so if I order the same meal as my husband they are exactly the same. I really cannot understand why this person has said that the portions were lacking? You couldn't get more genial hosts, they always go out of their way to make you welcome, explain the dishes and contents and adjust the menu to suit you, so why not say something if you felt there was a problem? Very odd. All I can say is keep doing what your doing Wally as you can't improve on perfection :0)More

Date of visit: September 2021
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2021

We feel so happy that you have invested the time writing this wonderful review, thank you so very much...... Wally and Lisa x

Reviewed 26 September 2021 via mobile

Reviewed this restaurant before and have to say previous visits were great. However … this time very poor to be honest. The usual attention was sadly lacking and the food portions were laughable. Only went in for a quick snack but a prawn cocktail with...4 small prawns (yes 4 as we counted them 😂) and the shelled one on top was ridiculous for the price considering what you can buy them for in the mercadona. (I know that’s a supermarket just trying to put some perspective on the amount served) Let’s not forget the lettuce and one cherry tomato cut in two. Very disappointing. The chicken Caesar salad had a tiny amount of chicken in it. Again terrible value for money versus the quantity of meat. Don’t get me wrong we’ve been here a few times before and have great meals but to be fair, you have to give reviews as you see it. Did we say anything to the staff? No. Didn’t really want the embarrassment of that conversation. Would we go back? Yeah probably but maybe not for a while.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5