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“Typically Spanish” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rincon de paco

Rincon de paco
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Alicante, Spain
Level Contributor
85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Typically Spanish”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

We arrived early for Spanish lunch time and it was empty. We had no reservation but were offered a table which seemed to be a little problem but we did not realise that every other table was reserved and within 30 minutes the restaurant was full to overflowing, all Spanish we think.
As others say, you needed to read and speak Spanish but we had enough. A little pricey but we found something we liked at a reasonable price and it was superb. We found the wine a little harder to sort, but we did. The beers were OK but a little shy on full The coffee and "English" tea was spot on.
Staff were a little distant and in the end busy so maybe a reason.
You do need the menu to save overspending.
All the food we saw delivered to other tables looked fantastic.
Would I go again, yes, with care.
It was pretty place.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Diez66
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
222 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“One of worst meals in a long time”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

The learning from this is, it's very hard to get a decent steak in Spain , if the menus not in English and you neither you or the staff can speak to each other then consider somewhere else.
All that said our steaks came hidden under sauces, the meat was in both cases full of fat and gristle the meat was hardly cooked but then again we were not asked in fairness how could the waiter.
We left our meal but still ended up paying how can you complain however lesson learnt and at €54 for two mains and two soft drinks not a cheap lesson either.
To be fair the decor was ok and the fact locals were eating in there suggests not everyone shared our experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Freeman5802
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Barcelona
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Spanish food prepared by Spanish people for Spanish people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

The reason for my above title is very simple, dear foreign visitor: speaking Spanish is essential if you are going to enter this restaurant as no-one speaks any foreign language and the menu is not translated.

This restaurant, and indeed the whole of Caravaca de la Cruz reminded me of my first trips to this country 25 years ago, when all activity in the streets ceased at lunch time, and the only place to take refuge from the intense midday heat was in a restaurant or a café full of the locals with whom back then I just could not communicate.

Our experience here began in a great manner: two of our Spanish speaking party asked twice for the menu (written version), but this was given to us verbally by the waiter Francisco, who quickly, quietly and efficiently named the all the dishes available that day, twice over.

We started off with a dish of very tender Jamon de Bellota, a dish of local cheese, and a salad, all shared between us and washed down with a bottle of Castillo Luzon from the local Jumilla wine region. Our main course consisted of the local specialty lamb, and fish dishes. All produce was fresh - not a single frozen chip to be seen. For deserts we went for the excellent house “Tarta de tres chocolates” or local fruit. The three course meal with wine, water and rounded off with properly prepared espressos came to 30 euros per person. Fantastic value.

The restaurant décor is intensely Spanish, decorated with signed pictures of bull fighters (there is a beautiful bull ring in Caravaca), a picture of the Athletico de Madrid football team and other Hispanic mementos. A great Spanish backdrop for a great Spanish meal.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank BCN1992
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