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“Excelent everything!”
Review of El Hidalgo Restaurante - CLOSED

El Hidalgo Restaurante
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Porto, Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excelent everything!”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

I hesitated for a bit if I should give this restaurant a try mainly because, as other patrons have mentioned, it doesn't look like a such a great place from the outside. I am very glad I did enter, had an amazing tapas meal with a couple of drinks.
The "cooked tapas" are incredibly, almost too good to be true. The staff was always on hand to make sure we hda everything we needed and in the end, after asking for the bill, we really thought they had forgotten to charge several items: it was a bargain!

All in all, I advise EVERYONE who visits Salamanca to go to this restaurant and try some of their cuisine, it's worth every penny and you'll be hoping to come back.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Pedro N
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Superb food”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

Having arrived at the restaurant we were a bit worried but once we started eating our first Tapas that all went. We sat outside at one of only 4 tables and watch Salamanca parade past. The whole experience was wonderful and not expensive. We will be back

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Mark A
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Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Remarkable meal and service”
Reviewed 22 July 2012

It is incredible that these people should not understand that they need to completely renovate the exterior. We were the only two diners that night all evening to enjoy that fantastic dinner (food and wine) in the beautiful decor, served by an attentive staff. What a waste of talents ! All this is due to the entrance on the street that looks like a mere bistrot !

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank ParisandVenice
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Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Not what it's cracked up to be”
Reviewed 20 July 2012 via mobile

Been mentioned before, but exterior not a feature. Next door much more what you'd expect. We didn't have many tapas but the special little strips of local beef were tough. Served with potato chips (crisps) not what you'd expect either. Pile of beef stew better but also with chips/crisps.

But they did have sherry! Hurrah. However before you get too excited, we finished what must have been the last bottle in Salamanca.

Quite pricey but the rare sherry (go figure) didn't help. Service pleasant.

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Thank Grombler
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Perth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't be put off by the exterior”
Reviewed 5 July 2012

One of the best meals we had in Spain although we hesitated before going in as the outside looks like it is a tourist trap. Maybe the cafe part is but we were the only non-Spaniards in the dining room. Excellent fresh food but not inexpensive.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Anthony K
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