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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 17/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Comida Casera 100%. A great place to enjoy fresh home-made plates of food and a cool drink right next to the beach. you will always get a warm welcome from the friendly owners. Fresh home made extensive menu each day and renowned for the uber excellent "Gambas al Pil -Pil". Hard to believe such fresh food. Great options available to please all tastes. Delicious...
PRICE RANGE
US$3 - US$14
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
European, Spanish, Mediterranean, International
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Waterfront, Beach
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All reviews gambas pil pil carrot cake beef stew tapas cakes fried camembert prawn cocktail russian salad fish and chips home made home cooked quick snack fabulous place generous portions nice bar lovely food fresh ingredients
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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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Reviewed 24 September 2021 via mobile

Delicious food and wonderful service. Generous portions along with making us a jug of white sangria even though it wasn’t on the menu. Will definitely be returning

Date of visit: September 2021
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2021

Thank you so much for your lovely review, see you next time David and Lisa....

Reviewed 16 July 2021

We were recommend by a friend to have tapas here, it was outstanding, fresh, presented well, friendly and professional service.I would highly recommend this place and it was spotless.We had Albondigas Gambas Pil Pil and fish and chips.All delicious and cooked perfectly.We will be back

Date of visit: July 2021
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2021

Thank you for the lovely feedback, we will always do our best to give you the best quality food that we can. See you again soon, David and Lisa...

Reviewed 13 May 2021 via mobile

Had the cream tea there yesterday and it was amazing!! So much food! Great service, lovely food and so reasonable! A really must try!!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Arcos 38, Fathoms, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2021

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments... We love to hear good reports and we do like to make sure our customers get as good a service as possible. Thank you again.

Reviewed 16 March 2021 via mobile

I contacted Lisa from the UK who arranged for a delicious afternoon tea to be delivered to my Mum for Mothers Day. She also arranged for some flowers to be delivered. There was no delivery charge. The service Lisa provided was excellent. The food was...beautifully presented. My mum said the sandwiches were so fresh and tasty. Beautiful scones with English clotted cream and jam were exquisite apparently! Also a lovely selection of homemade cakes. Cannot recommend Lisa highly enough and hopefully when I can get out to Spain, will take the opportunity to come and visit your tapas bar!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2021

Thank you, i am so pleased that your mother enjoyed everything, that's so important.... thank you for ordering through us..

Reviewed 15 January 2021 via mobile

Great couple, great food and nice bar, what more could you want, it’s a regular haunt of ours (outside of cv19) usually once or twice a week. Lisa’s cakes are estupendo, especially the chocolate orange,

Date of visit: January 2021
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2021

Thank you so much.... hope to see you again soon.... David and Lisa....

Reviewed 15 December 2020

Highly recommend this place.Spotlessly clean. Great menu,Food all homemade. Lisa & Wally are such lovely,lovely people. Pop in for a festive spiced & warming mulled wine that comes with a mince pie. Champion !

Date of visit: December 2020
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2020

Thank you Steve and Julie, always a pleasure, never a chore seeing you x

Reviewed 15 December 2020 via mobile

This is the only place I eat at. Super clean and super friendly. I guarantee you will love it. Great food and lovely service from Wally and Lisa. Go there!!!!

Date of visit: December 2020
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David Wallinder, Owner at Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2020

Thank you Carl, we will always try our best!

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Robert T
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Sorry that answers get lost at times but thank you and it was great seeing you today....
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Robert T
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Response from wolsworth | Property representative |
Hi Robert, unfortunately, I have had to travel to the UK and so close the bar temporarily but hope to re-open again in the next few days. Many thanks for your contact and apologies for any disappointment, David....
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Arcos 38, Fathoms Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5