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£3 - £30
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited tonight (10 May) two weeks after our last visit and what a difference in service and quality of food. Turned out to be a very expensive disappointment.. This used to be a great place to eat and whilst not cheap used to offer more...value. Charging £15 for 4 tiny slice of cheese and £18 for 9 paper thin postage stamps of ham is just not on. The rest of the food was lack lustre and just not the quality I expected for the price. It appears this bar / restaurant is living on past reputation, no wonder the place was less than 25% full at 7pm on a Friday eveningMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

Awfully disappointing. So sad to say that. Been coming here for over 10 years. Food is ok but service is such a disappointment. Used to be amazing however this afternoon I was made to feel (as a woman dining alone and taking up a whole...table) like an inconvenience. I was acknowledged after a couple were served before me despite being there for five minutes. Drinks left on the bar, I was tempted to serve myself, food “placed” on the table, no check back and no interaction whatsoever. Apart from a slightly begrudging “was everything ok?” when I declined to pay the discretionary 10% service charge. Staff more concerned with themselves then the customers - echoed in others reviews - hence lack of service charge. Won’t be back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 November 2023

Have always enjoyed coming here but tonight was sadly very underwhelming. The staff are nice but the standard of service has dropped dramatically. This seems to have coincided with the departure of the lovely manager was in charge over the last couple of years. The...staff are very young and appear to have had no training in how to deliver great customer service. No one seemed to be in overall charge and they were more interested in chatting with each other instead of checking on customers. At no point during our meal did anyone check to see everything was ok. At one point during our visit 2 staff members were rolling cigarettes at a table at the bar! They may well have finished shift or been on a break but this to me is inappropriate. The food was ok, patatas bravas were however very crunchy and overcooked. As much as I want to support local businesses I don’t think I’ll return.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

Lovely lunch - taking advantage of the special offer . Extensive choice , generous portions and high quality food Service was also excellent

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

Incredible service, outstanding food and a beautiful selections of wines and sherry. Could not recommend more. Best penarth restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023

We were very disappointed by the tiny portion sizes, none of us in the group have big appetites but found the portions very small, not particularly well cooked (patatas bravas were hard) and the prices far too high, comparing poorly with other restaurants nearby serving...similar food. A bottle of house white was £29, definitely nothing like Spain. There was a long wait for food and it came randomly, one person having all three tapas at once and the others over a period of time. One person's starter came with the main course. It was also incredibly noisy and we struggled to hold a conversation. Overall a very disappointing experience.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023

We were not overly impressed, the food was ok but not as good as on previous visits. No fault of the waiting staff but service was slow. I waited over 20 minutes after my wife had received her drink before mine arrived, this only after...I went to the bar myself. Overall expensive for what it was. Management issues need addressing.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023 via mobile

We visited at lunchtime and took advantage of the lunch offer - a drink and 3 tapas for £20. Plenty of choice and generous portions. I had the pane con tomato, the tortilla and the fish of the days. Others had a salad, the croquetas...and the pork and duck mini burger. We shared three different ice creams - olive oil and thyme, salted almond and chocolate. Nice atmosphere. We really enjoyed it.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 September 2023

Great flavour in the food, the taste of spain is great here. I will be returning here for another night the one is cardiff is great also so both venues are amazing to eat at

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

Fantastic experience! Friendly and helpful staff. Callum was very knowledgeable of the menu and made some brilliant recommendations. The flavours of each dish were delicious. Can't fault it. Would 100% recommend.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023

It was very difficult to appreciate the food once the loud, banging dance tunes started, which was completely inappropriate for the setting. We have eaten here many times before but the quality of the food was average. Overall it was a disappointing experience and we...are unlikely to return. Such a shame.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 August 2023 via mobile

Having been a few times before I feel I need to write as this bar hasn’t lived up to the hype and reputation that is around the area. We were sat at a sticky table and had to chase the service who clearly was not...interested in putting our order through. There were mistakes in the ordering and the prawns on one of the dishes were mushy and not nice. When paying that level of prices for food, you would expect better. Atmosphere is noisy and hard to hear your companions speak. Sorry Bar 44, there are now better places to eat in the area and we won’t be visiting again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 July 2023

We eat out very regularly, and we would say this was one of the best meals we have had this year. We were here on a sunny Saturday evening, and the place felt really lovely with the front all opened up. Staff were amazing, and...the service was excellent. The tapas menu was varied, with plenty of choice for all. Every single dish we had was lovely. It feels very genuine, and would not be out of place in any good tapas bar in Spain. We have not been here for several years and left wondering why we had left it so long. Wine was pretty good too. We will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 8 July 2023

Well this was an unexpected gem of a place. The food was great but was made amazing by the service. Watching the efforts of the kitchen and service staff was a treat but the exceptional service of Chris (deputy manager) made our evening. Thank you...all for a lovely evening. We will be back!!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2023 via mobile

Great friendly welcome from Chris, our server. Good atmosphere, some perfect soul music in the background. The wine selection is excellent and the tapas was some of the best we've had, and all at a decent price. We'll be back.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Phoebe C
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Response from Parador44 | Property representative |
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate dogs in Penarth. So sorry not to be able to
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I didn't ask, and I didn't have a dog with me myself, but I'd imagine not. It didn't seem like that kind of place.
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Response from Cowbridgelady1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I wouldn't know. As others have said perhaps give them a ring.
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Bar 44 Penarth is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4