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What you can expect during your visit
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
Updated 17/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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...
US$3 - US$14
European, Spanish, Mediterranean, International
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
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
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
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 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
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
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...
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
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..
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
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....
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
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
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....