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“A great new restaurant in Rappahannock County”
Review of El Quijote! - CLOSED

El Quijote!
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: El Quijote features traditional Spanish cuisine, tapas, paella, delicious homemade sangria and desserts. The restaurant ambiance is warm, colorful and very inviting. It is a great place to socialize with family and friends. The owner is a seasoned restaurateur with a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Besides growing up in the kitchen of his family's restaurant in Spain, he holds a Culinary Arts Diploma from the New York Institute of Culinary Education. His previous restaurant in Miami won "Best Spanish Restaurant" in the New Miami Times in 2013.
Boston, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A great new restaurant in Rappahannock County”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

I have eaten two dinners at El Quijote since its recent opening and have been very impressed with the quality of the kitchen on both occasions. The food is authentic Spanish and the tapas are not to be missed - fresh ingredients, delicious taste combinations, and a variety that suits every taste. We loved the seafood-based tapas, but the beef carpaccio on a slice of toast (a "montadito") was equally good. The vegetable-themed dishes were also excellent and the desserts reminded us of what we had been eating in Spain the previous week. El Quijote is a very welcome addition to the restaurant offerings in Rappahannock County and deserves the support of local residents as well as the admiration of urban visitors.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Dianna711
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Annapolis, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Make the Drive to Sperryville Just for This! Stay for a bunch of other stuff.”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Unbelievable that the owner and chef of an award winning tapas restaurant in Miami started their next venture in Sperryville, VA - speaks volumes about the rising charm of this town. We stopped in for an early Sunday evening dinner and immediately loved the atmosphere of the place nestled among the artists studios of the River District Arts building. It has a casual feel, but the food is top notch. We sampled a few of the tapas and can't wait to dig deeper into the menu of innovative Spanish dishes. Check out some of the other reviews that went deeper into the cuisine - that sea bass filet sounds awesome! This place adds to my growing list of reasons Sperryville is my #1 weekend getaway for DC/Balt. area. Here is my basic itinerary:
1) Friday & Sat Night stay at the Inn at Mt Vernon Farm
2) Fri Night Reservation at El Quijote
3) Sat - breakfast at the Inn featuring farm fresh eggs, sausage, buttermilk pancakes, and Vivian's hash. Walk across the creek to Copper Fox antiques and purchase an antique farm table, walk over to Copper Fox distillery and take a tour to see their special approach to making whiskey, purchase the 2 liter barrel kit and age some for yourself and a bottle of either whiskey or gin for immediate gratification. Walk over to the River District Arts building and purchase from the artists in residence or from the local artists they have in their store area. Grab lunch at El Quijote and try a different tapas item on the menu. Walk up the street to the Heritage Hollow Farm Store and purchase some grillable meat (chicken, pork, beef or lamb) for dinner. Take it back to the Inn at Mt Vernon, let it thaw while you have cocktails made with the Copper Fox spirit and get the Green Egg grill fired up next to the boccie pitch. Grill that beautiful meat and any veges you've brought from your real life, and eat while enjoying the sunset with new friends. Tell them how awesome your dinner & lunch at El Quijote was! Sleep better than you have in months.
Sunday: repeat the breakfast you had saturday morning. Chill or take a hike around the Mt Vernon farm, or on one of the nearby trails into the SNP. Visit Haley fine arts gallery in downtown Sperryville - very cool art in there! Delay your drive back to the big city by stopping into El Quijote for a drink and a tapas or two. Head back to the big city, and smile as you hit 66 East and some douche-bag cuts you off, because you just had a great weekend.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Walter Z
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Amherst,Ma
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“tapas nearby”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Great waitstaff.Good food! Fun atmosphere.Paella was excellent as was my beet salad. Other dishes were good to excellent.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank slowtraveler9
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washington dc
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great new restaurant in Rappaphannock County VA”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

This is a new and quite excellent Spanish tapas restaurant in booming Rappahannock County VA. The chef is from Spain and really knows his ingredients, many of which, our waiter informed us, come all the way from that country, including the divine mussels which are from Galacia. We stuck with the tapas part of the menu which is quite varied with both hot and cold dishes but there are also many full meals from the large menu selection. We chose 5 tapas [the mussels, marinated shrimp, fried goat cheese balls, a delicious potato salad with olive and asparagus wrapped with smoked salmon]. Desserts required discipline - we had the milles feuilles with strawberries and cream which, though a large portion, was very light.

Service could be a bit more polished [they need to figure out the plate issue - when to bring a fresh one, when to removed used ones, etc -] but this is a young new restaurant and the kinks will get worked out.

Highly recommend!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank addy
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Gainesville, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Salud! El Quijote”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

The jurors for the Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase dined at El Quijote for lunch on Friday. The seafood medely Chef Andreas prepared was delicious! I recommend Lubina a la Kosqera con Huevo Poche which is the
sea bass filet made with shrimp, mussels, poached egg, asparagus, green peas, parsley and white wine served with white asparagus. It was delicious!!

Their menu is online http://www.rappcentral.com/content/menus/

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Jimallmon
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