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“A Pleasure and a Privilege”

Cantina la Estacion
Ranked #1 of 102 Restaurants in Ubeda
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Contemporary
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Blueys Beach, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“A Pleasure and a Privilege”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

Driving from Cordoba to Toledo the day following my birthday we decided to take a detour to the town of Ubeda. To continue celebrating I decided to book lunch at Cantina La Estacion as I had read the great reviews and discovered the restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. This restaurant has also recently recently received a "Sun" in the Repsol guide for their excellent quality and variety of dishes. This award recognises that this is one of the best restaurants in Spain. We have eaten our way around Spain for the past three weeks and I can assure you Cantina La Estacion definitely deserves these accolades.

The inside of the restaurant recreates the interior of a luxury train dining carriage. The staff are welcoming and efficient and because there was no English menu they quickly printed an interpretation for us. As translations go it was rather confusing so we decided to treat ourselves to the Gastronomic Degustation menu for 35 euros each.

The food was sensational the flavours enticing and delectable with every course a surprise created by a true gourmand. I could attempt to describe the dishes, we were not always sure exactly what we were eating as our waiter had limited English. But it is best to enjoy the experience without preconception. Just enjoy the ride!

The portion sizes are large enough to enjoy the flavours and still allow you to eat so many courses (I think 7). The value is astonishing. The previous night we celebrated my birthday at El Choco a Michelin Star restaurant in Cordoba. It was excellent but the portions were miniature and our lunch at Cantina La Estacion at a fraction of the cost was far superior in our opinion.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank Marj H
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A Pleasant Surprise one sunday night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

Our hotel, Santa María de Ubeda , recommended it. I usually do not write reviews but this is an exception. Very good service and food with an extensive bodega. Highly recommend for lunch, dinner or tapas.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank LUCRECIA3
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Europe
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Fine cuisine and value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

Exceptionally good value. Excellent fine food, creatively presented. No half bottles of wines but an interesting selection by the glass. Original décor. Friendly and helpful service, eager to advise and explain.
Definitely to return to and recommend.

  • Visited September 2013
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3 Thank berdafina
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Etchingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An Experience to be savoured”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

What a surprise. The outside is deceiving and does not reveal what lies inside. The decor, as the name of the restaraunt suggests, is that of a luxurious railway carriage. The staff were so helpful in assisting us translate the all Spanish menu. The wine selection is a site to be hold and of course the food was superb. Undoubtedley one of the highlights of our holiday. This is a MUST if in Ubeda.

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank John M
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Competa, Andalucia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Super”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

The place is very unassuming from the outside, so we didn't expect much on entering, but we were very glad that we did! We went on a Sunday afternoon for tapas, and they were absolutely fantastic & probably one of the best meals that I've had in Andalucia, You can definitely see why this restaurant is recommended in the Michelin guide.

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank jonjoffy
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