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“We felt cheated”
Review of Restaurant El Castillo - CLOSED

Restaurant El Castillo
Price range: US$34 - US$56
Cuisines: Spanish, Scandinavian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Set in a historical setting, beneath the old Castillo is this Swedish owned restaurant El Castillo. With views over the mountain or the square, you can always find a table for your occasion. International food, cooked on local produce which follows the season. A restaurant which understands the importance of all three senses, a casual fine dining atmosphere.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“We felt cheated”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Most of the restaurants in Benahavis were full except this one, so we kind of accepted this, now we know why it was not full. The setting is similar to most restaurants in this beautiful village, thought they seem to consider themselves "fine dining" yet we set under an old beer-publicity-umbrella and then charged you top Euro for very little food. We left hungry and will not return.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Jim B
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JP Robert G, Director of Sales at Restaurant El Castillo, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
I am sorry to hear that you did not like the food.
We have two international experienced chefs who cook freshly delivered local products. No microwave, no frying etc. All cooked at customers order. That is Fine Dining. The dishies are unique, Spanish products cooked in a Scandinavian way. You do not find many restaurants doing this kind of cooking in Benahavis.
We already state in the menu that we serve twelve dishies a 12 euro. The size is larger than a starter but smaller than a main course so that the guests have the chance to have several different taste experiences. Fine Dining starts normaly cost 6-10 euros and main courses 18-26 euro. We think 12 euro is a fair price!
Next time you book at table please ask for Peter and I will guide you through our menu.
Peter
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GREENVILLE, SC
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Standout restaurant”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

At the end of our stay in Spain, we returned to the village of Benahavis one last time and ate at El Castillo, a restaurant that is located in the remains of a Moorish defense castle built in the 11th century. We were served by Pernilla, who is also one of the owners. She is originally from Sweden and is quite a character. She is constantly bantering with the diners , making everyone feel at home - her loud, distinctive laugh is heard throughout the restaurant. She advertises her cuisine as Scandinavian-Spanish fusion, and we found the tapas offerings to be quite unique and delicious. Our other server was Anton, a former engineer from Finland who is now making a go of the restaurant business. He prepared sangria for us, and it was the best sangria of the entire trip. We sat outside under a beautiful clear evening sky and thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the excellent service, and the unique setting.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank DrJeff88
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JP Robert G, Owner at Restaurant El Castillo, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you for your review!

It was important for us and other guests. It will encourge us to do a even better job next time!

Welcome back
Pernilla
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“5 star service and food!”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We booked this restaurant after a recommendation.. I have to say the recommendation was the best one I've ever had! El Castillo was incredible, great flavours and extremely intimate and friendly service. Would recommend to anyone and absolutely would visit again!!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Eldercaveman
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JP Robert G, Owner at Restaurant El Castillo, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Thank you for your review!

It was important for us and other guests. It will encourage us to do an even better job next time!

Welcome back!
Pernilla
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Just superb... And so so delicious.”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

We went there after searching for places to eat in Benahavis... We saw that the reviews were good so we booked in....what an amazing place! The lovely staff are so passionate and attentive and very knowledgeable on wine and the area! We travel and eat and drink a lot of lovely places... And we loved it here so much that we went and booked in on another night! The menu was Brillant, perfect idea of 6euros a dish and 2 really is enough... However we did share deserts one both occasion because they are just to damn good... Creme brûlée and vanilla yogurt moose... Ummmm so good! The wine selection was just sublime... I ordered it when I got back home! The whole ambience was just perfect... Totally recommend and the price is just unbelievable compared to other restaurants! We eat a lot of places in marbella and benahavis and this was by far the best!

My only upset is that it's not on my doorstep....well done guys great work

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Palmface1985
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JP Robert G, Kundansvarig at Restaurant El Castillo, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you for your review.
Your review is important for us and other guests
Welcome back
Pernilla
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preston
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing food & service”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We were recommended this restaurant but were told you have to book. However, on the evening of a special anniversary we were lucky to walk in & get a table & were not disappointed. We ate really delicious food from an innovative menu & drank lovely wine & the whole evening was made very special by the staff. Thank you so much. We can't wait to return on our next visit to Benahavis in September.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank winniealice
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JP Robert G, Kundansvarig at Restaurant El Castillo, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you for your review
Your review is important for us and other guests.
Welcome back!
Pernilla
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