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“In our opinion, well worth the trip to eat there”

El Chambao de Joaquin
Ranked #46 of 60 Restaurants in La Herradura
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 9 August 2014

My wife and I have eaten here many times, we live a 4 hour drive from La Herradurra and have previously made the trip on a Sunday specifically to eat here, and specifically to enjoy the paella.
Most recently we were there in June 2014 for a 4 night stay at the nearby Los Fenicios Hotel.

We ate every lunchtime at El Chambao De Joaquin and made use of their sunbeds and beach umbrellas which can be hired for about 10 euros for the day.
Its a good idea to book your table early in the day ready for a sit down at about 1pm which is when the paella will have been freshly made and ready to be served.
In the summertime we sit on the outside patio area which is right on the beach with fantastic views all along the beautiful bay.
Everyone will have their own idea of what a great paella should be like, some us might well like the crunchy bits you get from if being near the bottom or edge of the pan, others prefer the smoother portions from the middle, incidentally the pan is about 5 feet in diameter and is cooked outside along with an outside BBQ.

We can assure you all that each paella is made fresh on the day and made on a continual basis as the demand is so high for this dish, it's the restaurants signature dish after all, many celebrities as well as the king of Spain have eaten there so it has an excellent client base, there are pictures on the walls inside the restaurant to back up this fact.
We have tried other dishes there but we have invariably ended up going back to the paella.

They do a special offer from time to time, one being the 6.50 euro paella meal deal with an inclusive glass of wine, another being a free bottle of house wine when you order 2 paellas together but you have to specifically ask for this or you will simply get the paella and be charged normal rates for wine separately, in this respect they fall down a bit on customer service which when we discovered this left a bad impression as depending on if you have seen the offer advertised anywhere or not and tell them when ordering will depend on how much you end up paying.
When we raised this point with them the following day the response was a bit surly rather than apologetic for not making us aware of this.

This place gets incredibly busy from the end of June right through to September when the Spanish holiday season is in full swing, particularly in August as Spanish factories and businesses close and they are are on holiday.
The Spanish tend to start having their lunchtime around 2.30 onwards so get in earlier if you want to have bit of relaxed meal, the staff will be run off their feet otherwise and this will have an impact on how quickly any requests for service will be met.

In general the menu is extensive but expensive as are the drinks, so in this respect its a bit disappointing, its not a 5 star restaurant its a quaint 'cherringito' on the beach.

So in summary, overall great food if a bit pricey, and pick your time of day as well as the time of year you visit carefully to avoid a sense of being crowded out.

La Herradura in general is a beautiful place with a fantastic beach, watersports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and canoeing, as well as mountains to explore, the seawater temperature is just right and the water crystal clear (when we've been there), there are lots of other bars and restaurants to choose from all along the bay so you will never be lost for somewhere to go or eat.

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Thank Graham105
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Visited due to an widely advertised special offer of paella and drink for €6.50. Firstly took a major effort to get the offer. Then asked for a meat free paella - was told it would take 45 minutes, then in 5 minutes was brought a dish that was supposedly fish paella that turned out had only some of the meat removed ! The wine was poor quality and portions were small - when you consider that you get free tapas with wine in all restaurants here in Granada - this made this offer the biggest rip off and to add insult to injury they added 10% tax to the bill.

The worst restaurant in La Herradura, in fact the worst I've experienced in Spain!

There are other restaurants that have the beach view that are much better - do yourself a favour and visit them instead.

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1  Thank William P
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

First ate here over 10 years ago and food was really good, fresh fish cooked very well.
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returned to La Herradura for 2 weeks to get some late winter sun and ate there 3 times 1 x lunch and 2 dinners.

Lunch was OK but very few dinners at night, so maybe that was the reason. Shared a fish main course with my wife and fish priced at 50 euros - undercooked, unenjoyable so expensive bill at over 100 euros. Service was good but overall better restaurants around at half the price.

Trading on past reputations ?

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Thank silvertreveller
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Sundays are the best for paella lunch/brunch
You need a reservation!!
Very nice sea&beach view
Salut!

Thank Kristof v
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

This restaurant had very poor food and service. The waiter was clearly overwhelmed with even just a few tables occupied. Shame because the location is outstanding. It is also very expensive.

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1  Thank LouiseJB76
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