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“The single worst dining experience in Spain so far”
Review of El Palacete Restaurante - CLOSED

El Palacete Restaurante
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
San Diego, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The single worst dining experience in Spain so far”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Well, the place looks stunning. This is a well preserved old mansion with a view to die for. Regretfully, the food and service were rather abysmal. Despite just three tables being occupied, the service was painfully slow. We have started with quite good aged cheese served with bread, garlic and honey. It all went downhill from there. The salmorejo soup, usually a fragrant, thick and velvety cream of tomato, was watery and lacked any flavor. The "Pulpo", grilled bits of octopus with scalloped potato, were very greasy and once again flavorless. The "Cecina", thin slices of smoked aged veal, were stale and sligtly off; I believe they were pre-cut and kept without vacuum. The waiter has declined to accept a credit card payment "because it's so expensive for the restaurant, you know", despite a VISA logo displayed at the door.

All in all, 72 Euros and almost ninety minutes that could have been spent much, much better. I recommend to steer clear.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Varlajo
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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48 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Worth searching for”
Reviewed 5 July 2013

We came across the restaurant by accident and it turned into a very memorable experience. The manager was so gracious, spoke several languages, and gave us one of the highlights of our trip. We enjoyed the salmoreja and the heirloom tomato salad (similar to caprese) so much that I have already tried to duplicate it twice at home. Be sure to go to the second floor for an outstanding view of the city. We also enjoyed the dried venison as a break from jamon iberico. The setting is very interesting as noted, and is a welcome respite from the hoards of tourists. The cod was excellent as well. We had three appetizers, an amuse of manchego with excellent honey, one entre, water and a bottle of spanish white for about 95 euros.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank texas spot
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Marion, Ohio
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

This is an old mansion/residence and very old. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. The jamon was served right off the bone and couldn't have been better. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the spacious dining area. It's literally a little hole in the wall and easily missed. I'm glad it was part of our tour

Visited March 2013
Helpful?
Thank RhondaR5
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London
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158 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Wonderful in every respect”
Reviewed 26 December 2009

Stumbled upon this restuarant which is down a side street near the Alcazar. Cannot recommend highly enough. It is inside a very old and historic building. Hugely atmospheric. Excellent service and food.

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1 Thank PeteD_London
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