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US$7 - US$34
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tapas the best butterfly prawns i have ever had,peppers,anchovies and potata braves. Lovely lunch. Very helpful,friendly staff.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely the best tapas I’ve ever had! Each dish was complete not just meat or fish but with some vegetables. Would recommend booking as restaurant is small.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't been to Albarino's for well over two years. At the time I said it was the best Tapas I have had outside of Spain, that is no longer the case. Online booking’s only, £20 deposit on booking, none of which I mind but...things have changed. Our table was booked for 7.00pm, we had the audacity to arrive 6 min early and was told very abruptly to come back at 7.00pm, which we did. Just as well it wasn't raining. During our 6 min wait outside we contemplated not paying the 10% discretionary service charge but we would not of been able to justify that as the staff were very helpful and polite (apart from the one who told us to come back at 7.00pm) The food was indifferent, the main issue being served cold chorizo with remoulade and cold crab on warm toast. Now I'm sure the proprietor/cook will say thats the way they do it in Spain but have had similar dishes in Spain and they were not served that way. Padrone peppers good, croquets good chickpea chips OK but the whole set up is geared for the connivance of the kitchen. It's changed and not for the better. Now I did mention the chorizo and that the food in general was disappointing, I did this mindful that the proprietor would say in his response (he must spend an age responding to these reviews) that it wasn't mentioned at the time, well it was but no comment from the kitchen on this occasion. I did get a response from the kitchen the first time I visited. I put my head around the pass and congratulated him on his food, his response was a sort of grunt. Many of the reviews mention people being rude, not everybody is rude, the two waiting staff that served us were very polite and helpful. I think the adverse comments stem from the top. I eagerly await the inevitable response. Oh by the way I won't be going back.....everMore

Date of visit: August 2021
sixtynineLondon, Owner at Albarino Tapas Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Twit advisor, your inevitable response is as follows. Although Covid restrictions have been lifted, government guidance for restaurants remain in place. The thorough cleaning and sanitising of table and chairs after use is just one of many. As is ensuring that the restaurant remains...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great tapas restaurant, visited while holidaying in the area, ignore the bad reviews, food was fantastic, could have eaten every choice on the menu, served promptly, great beer selection! Staff really friendly and good humoured too

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really did not want to write this. But having left and had a debrief at a local bar, we played a game of the worst meals we’ve ever had. . . and Albarino was the winner. The octopus was chewy, the croquettes were greasy, and...the crab toast with pancetta was indescribable. Less said about the sausage, chickpea and spinach ensemble the better. The staff were lovely, and to be fair I didn’t raise a fuss. However, there are much nicer places to go to in Broadstairs that won’t cost you north of £100 for a £10 kids menu and 9 tapas.More

Date of visit: August 2021
sixtynineLondon, Owner at Albarino Tapas Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for this frank review. We strive to give our guests an excellent dining experience and make good if we fall short. However, it is rather difficult to do so when the customers leaves the restaurant having said not a word of their dissatisfaction....More

Reviewed 7 August 2021

After a lovely day soaking up the sun in Broadstairs, we took a little stroll through the backstreets in search for a delicious dinner by the sea. On our travels, we spotted Albarino and were not disappointed. We did not have a reservation but we...were warmly welcomed and offered a spot despite there being multiple bookings that evening (would advise booking!). We sat at the bar, which I'd definitely recommend as you can take in the Spanish decor and peek into the kitchen as your food is freshly prepared. It's a set menu to choose from, but the portions are substantial and full of flavour. The presentation of the food was top notch too (particularly liked to see the potato and tuna salad re-housed in an Ortiz tuna tin), and the dishes arrive as soon as they are made. The service was great: super friendly and informative when we asked for recommendations. The bathrooms were clean and sanitiser was readily available. There was also good ventilation in the restaurant. Very much a good use of time if you're in the market for some lovely Spanish food in a small, friendly, colourful environment.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 7 August 2021

Amazing small Tapas restaurant. Really good. You need to book to eat here, but we were very lucky because someone cancelled and me and my wife got a table at the bar. Menu is fix at GBP 23.5, menu divided in 3 sections and you...must pick one dish for each section. Very smart and good to organize work of the chef and food flow, but didn't appreciate the lack of flexibility. Average size of the plates is slightly bigger compared to other tapas restaurants. The issue is that you must pick 6 dishes if you are with your partner. In my case, my wife doesn't eat much hence I felt that normally I would have ordered less and hence pay accordingly. Staff very, very friendly, however I found curious that there were no Spanish staff or Spanish speakers in a Spanish restaurant. But this is just a detail. In summary, for what is important to a restaurant, meaning the food, it was absolutely delicious.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 July 2021

You must book to eat here because its so small they often can't take walk-ins and they now ask for a deposit on booking. The menu is a set menu with a minimum of £23.50 per person we didn't know this before we went so...it's important to note. You also can't really pick whatever you want from the menu, it's divided into 3 sections and each person MUST pick 1 item from each section. The food is honestly so delicious. They are quite substantial plates I'd say 3 per person is quite a lot but good if you're very hungry. The downside was the wine which didn't taste nice and the waiting staff said it was our taste palettes but I'm not sure it was but the waiting staff were nice enough. In the end we paid for the wine but didn't drink it. Service charge was included at 10%. Overall the food is super tasty and I would recommend the tuna potato salad. I would go back because the food is so good but not regularly because of the price and I'd stick to water next time.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 14 July 2021 via mobile

The best restaurant in broadstairs. We love Spanish food, my partners mum was Catalan and we visit Barcelona as much as we can. This food was fantastic , the wines brilliant and the staff knowledgable and friendly. We hadn’t booked , they squeezed us in...and we didn’t feel rushed. Tapas menu fabulous , proper squid ( not circles in batter) boquerones to die for, chickpea and fennel chips and aioli delicious, pan con tomate lovely. Loads of wines to choose from, flan for dessert with the best Sherry and 2 types of Anis !!! It felt like spain. Windows open and ventilation good in this tiny piece of Spain in England ❤️❤️❤️More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 9 July 2021 via mobile

We visited this amazing tapas restaurant while on holiday near Broadstairs. They were accommodating before we even went as I wanted to change the table time so we could watch England in the semifinals of the Euros. The whole experience was wonderful from the fabulous...tapas selection to the great wine list all delivered by a wonderfully welcoming young lady, who was very knowledgeable about the wine and food. We have eaten in many tapas bars in Spain and this tapas was as good as anything we have had there. Please visit and support this amazing little restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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26 October 2020|
Response from Theatremanager | Reviewed this property |
Hi I wouldn’t think so as it’s a small restaurant but you could email the restaurant.
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Response from BenAchie | Reviewed this property |
Don't know about cocktails, but menu is on their website. A good wine or a spanish beer probably goes better with their food though. get your chops down there.
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Albarino Tapas Restaurant and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5