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“A bit of local flavor”
Review of La Marquesita

La Marquesita
Ranked #5 of 356 Restaurants in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$67
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: LA MARQUESITA RESTAURANTE, Located in the central Plaza Alcolea , is a very familiar restaurant, where you can enjoy a homemade mediterranean cuisine, also modern and innovative, that is made with high quality ingredients.
Barcelona, Spain
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104 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A bit of local flavor”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

Very nice atmosphere in a convenient location. Family run, with the owners cooking and serving. But do not let you to look down on it. It is stylish. Good quality cutlery and nice cloth. The food was excellent, strongly local (if to take into consideration the fact that about 80% of the tables were with local well to do, middle aged. Maybe a bit too much oil and too much deep fried, but this is the local cuisine. My wife had fried vegetables (they call it Tempura, but it is deep fried) and myself fried cabbage and meat rolls. This was followed by Sea Brim a la Plancha and an extraordinary Rabo de Torro (one of my favorite dishes; quite an expert on this !). Very good and exotic deserts. The wine was a good Rueda Rose.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Nicolae I
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CarlosFAlmansa, Gerente at La Marquesita, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear customers,
Thank you for leaving such a great review here about our restaurant. Hope to see you around here often. Best regards. La Marquesita Restaurante
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English first
Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Ignore other reviews-this is THE restaurant to go to in Cartagena and surrounding area”
Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

I live beside the Mar Menor and having been to many restaurants in the area, this is by far the best restaurant. It's run by a Spanish family who excel in customer service-and speak English too for tourists. There's a good variety of meats and fish on offer, the wine is excellent-and if you have any food intolerances, they can rustle up a gluten free meal in a flash. I've visited many times and loved the food every time-they even arranged a special chocolate birthday cake when we booked a reservation to celebrate a friend's birthday. Recommended dishes are habas con huevos y jamon and Rabo de Buey - beautiful.

I also have to say it made me laugh when I seen that a certain family pub in Los Nietos was rated highly on this list-they do average English pub meals, not what I would call a top restaurant! This is pretty misleading for tourists who are visiting the area for the first time and want to try good Spanish food. I can only assume people have been 'encouraged' to post reviews; why someone would bother to go online to praise an average Sunday roast, I'm not too sure! Ignore these plebs and go to La Marquesita.

Visited December 2013
Helpful?
Thank Bob M
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CarlosFAlmansa, Gerente at La Marquesita, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear Customer,
Thank you very much indeed. Such a good comment here in Trip Advisor about our restaurant.
Come back whenever you like. For us always will be a pleasure to see you again.
Best regards. La Marquesita Restaurante
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Elche, Spain
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116 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excelent rices and desserts”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

We delighted an excepcional food, specially fish and Caldero rice, with fish and garlic, very tipicall in Cartagena and Mar Menor. Excellent desserts

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank salibmi
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CarlosFAlmansa, Gerente at La Marquesita, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear Customer,
Thank you very much for your comments about us.
Come back whenever you want. For us will be a pleasure to see you again
Best regards. La Marquesita Restaurante
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Totana, Spain
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great Food and Atmosphere in a Nice Setting”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

This restaurant is situated in a nice square just off the Plaza de España, where there is a huge underground car park. Although in central Cartegena the square is fairly quiet so whether you chose to eat in the covered area outside, or in the air-conditioned interior, you are ensured of a peaceful meal.

The restaurant is not large, and is well patronised by locals and tourists alike, so arrive early or make a reservation! The decor is subtle, and table linen, flatware, etc., is of high quality.

The current a la carte menu is not extensive, but the daily specials board contains a large selection of dishes, with many fresh fish choices. The wine list is comprehensive, but the staff recommendations make it somewhat obsolete!

For visitors, English and German is spoken, and all the staff go out of their way to make the dining experience an enjoyable and memorable one.

The food quality is excellent, and the presentation is superb. Where possible fresh local produce is used, and the staff are more than happy to advise on combinations of dishes. We find that having two or three starters placed in the centre of the table to share gives an excellent variety of taste and flavour, and the same can be done with mains and deserts if so required.

We have used this restaurant several times, always with good results, and will continue to visit when we are in Cartegena and in need of a memorable meal!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank modek
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CarlosFAlmansa, Gerente at La Marquesita, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear Customer,
I like to say thank you very much for leaving here at Trip Advisor such a great review about us.
Please come back anytime. This is your restaurant in Cartagena. Best regards. La Marquesita Restaurante
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Colville, Washington
2 reviews
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“A Mother's Day Treat”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

We were delighted to have found this restaurant on Mother's Day! It ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. When we arrived, all was quiet but within the hour, it was filled with locals (always a good sign), chatting away and enjoying their meals. Our table was beautifully set with white linens, lovely china and fresh flowers. The patron was very friendly and so helpful with the menu, taking lots of time to help us make good choices. We even let him choose our desserts and were thrilled with the selection! The food was fresh, fabulous and beautifully presented and the staff went out of their way to please as well. Don't miss this restaurant if you want an experience that will end up being counted among your fondest memories!

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank rls0054
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CarlosFAlmansa, Gerente at La Marquesita, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear Customer,
Thank you very much for your comments here in Trip Advisor about our restaurant.
Come back whenever you want. For us will be a pleasure to see you again
Best regards. La Marquesita Restaurante
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