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“Nice simple lunch”

Restaurante Ruta del Azafran
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Ranked #46 of 1,492 Restaurants in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$24 - US$45
Cuisines: Spanish, International
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Albaicín
Description: At the foot of The Alhambra one can find the restaurant Ruta del Azafran. It is in the incomparable setting of the Paseo de los Tristes right in the Albaicin, which is perfect for the traveller that loves to soak up history. Our kitchen, surrounded by this extraordinary scenery, can be found in the same mix of cultures alternating between Arab flavors, international foods and the traditional tastes from Andalucia. It's worth to mention our Tuna Tataki, the Cous-Cous (chicken, lamb or vegetable), Duck Magret, Moorish Pie and also undoubtedly our homemade desserts. All of this accompanied by the best local wines, cavas from the Alpujarra mountains and a special selection of Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines. The restaurant Ruta del Azafran offers different menus for groups that are carefully put together by our chef to provide the most exquisite flavors. All of our meats are Halal and we are ready to accept any request with respect to this. We have a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Our kitchen professionals who make up a highly qualified team assemble all of the dishes in the restaurant. We invite you to visit us: to enjoy the surroundings and taste our exquisite dishes.
Wallingford, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice simple lunch”
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

We had a simple, set lunch here with beer. All very nicely done, friendly service and as other reviewers have said a great view. Probably the best of the restaurants along this stretch, but little to differentiate them.

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Gent, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Forget the tapas”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

In Granada there's hardly a street or square where you can't eat. But it's hard to find a place that serves real food instead of the usual tapas. Our best experience was restaurant Ruta del Azafran on the banks of the Darro, not significantly more expensive than the other restaurants we tried,but so much better than the rest. Including a great view of the Alhambra.

  • Visited May 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“A touch of Moorish Cuisine with the spectacular views of Alhambra”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We were in Granada for 3 days and we decided to have dinner at this restaurant two nights in a row. No glamour but excellent food and great atmosphere. We ate inside both times to enjoy a little quiet time after a day spent outdoors. One night we had CousCous with lamb (spicy but not hot, exceptionally good), and the other night we had a good paella with fresh seafood and Moroccan spices: definitely not the touristy cheap pre-made paella that they sell everywhere else in town. It is a romantic place,but with a bohemian European style: the interior design is simple, the service is casual but the dishes are genuinely good and a little exotic. We had a very good local Tempranillo (Red Wine) that they advised us to drink. Absolutely spectacular views of Alhambra, from sunset to night lights while we enjoyed our dinner. (See my pictures)

  • Visited April 2014
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Washington, D.C
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“Very disappointing dinner ”
Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

We had read good things about Ruta del Azafran in our Lonely Planet, but were sorely disappointed by our meal and the service. We read that service and food quality are better indoors, so we deprived ourselves of the Alhambra views and took a seat indoors. Moments after we arrived, it became clear that the wait service was direly understaffed and our waiter was rushing around and so out of breath and sweaty when he arrived at our table that the ambience in the restaurant felt tense and stressful. Throughout dinner we speculated on why the waiters seemed to be so stressed. Did someone call off their shift at the last minute? Who knows, but the restaurant was only 2/3 full when we arrived and continued to expand throughout our meal, so the stress level only increased. Working tables indoors and outdoors is way too much for their 3 waiters. They were out of the dish I wanted (truffle risotto with mushrooms- strange at 8:30 on a Thursday night) so we attempted to order sea bass, an appetizer with goat cheese and apples and lamb couscous. Our glasses of Verdejo and complimentary chicken pate were prompt and delicious. We had high hopes for the others! Our apple/cheese appetizer and lamb arrived together which was very confusing. The appetizer was unique and tasty, but the lamb was not flavorful and overpriced at 14 euros. We decided lamb couscous at the Marrakesh Teteria would have been better. Many minutes after we finished those two dishes, another waiter came by to ask if we had something else: Yes, we were waiting on the fish. Ten minutes later our original waiter came by and confessed he had been confused and hadn't put it in. By this time we were ready to go so we told him to forget it and bring the check. Sea bass with coconut sauce was the dish we were most intrigued by and we didn't try it. A disappointing end to our food journey in Granada. Perhaps this restaurant is better when there aren't so many tourists. I would come for the extensive wine list and an appetizer, but spend your money on dinner elsewhere.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Poor service, poor food, high prices”
Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

The only good thing about this restaurant is the location - seated outside underneath the Alhambra on a warm evening is lovely. However...the waiters were rude and unhelpful, the salad starter had unripe tomatoes, the pork was chewy and full of fat, and the sea bass was luke warm. Oh, and the bread was hard and stale. All of this at extortionate tourist prices! There are far better local tapas places, or restaurants at the top of Albaicin, with better views, food, service and at a better price!

Visited April 2014
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