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“Avoid - Hostile service. Horrible experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of El Barquereno

El Barquereno
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Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Waitstaff
UK
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Avoid - Hostile service. Horrible experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

Ate here on a Sunday night, arrived at just before 2100 (not particularly late for Spain) welcomed on arrival and food served quickly after ordering. Food was ok (typical for area, meat and fish) it was the downside after we had finished pudding (about 2230), staff became intimidating and hostile and wanting us to leave as they had an early start (1030) in the morning. The other restaurants around us that we could see were still serving and this bunch of clowns became more and more hostile. Our son’s Spanish girlfriend was very embarrassed and our son (a chef who works in Spain) said he had never experienced such an attitude like that in Spain before. Horrible experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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Cantabria
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“I wish I could say good things about this place!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

I don't like writing negative reviews! But I feel I have to about this place, we have eaten here twice, once earlier in the year, and again last week. It had escaped us that we had decided the first time that we wouldn't go back here to eat, and we remembered as soon as the food hit the table. It's in a lovely location, tucked away in the crook of the road near the bridge, with a very reasonable menu of raciones, hence we chose it again! The staff were friendly and helpful, despite being vey busy. But the food... The first time we came I remember (now!) having a cheese board which was sparse and had obviously been sitting there for a while, everything hard. The cecina, last and this time, was terrible to be honest! Hard, thickly cut...most of it went to the dog. And the salad, the first time we had a very nice hot salad, but this time there was none, so we went for another, which was terribly presented, just chucked on the plate, and again, sparse. The meatballs were good, but there were only 6 or 7 between 4 of us, and the bocartes, like sardines, were again quite obviously reheaded. The first time we went it was off season, but this time it was peak, and it was just as bad. I would really hope they would read this and improve on this, as it could be a lovely place to eat, but even for the cheap price it was not good enough, I would go somewhere else and pay more next time.

  • Visited July 2011
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1 Thank RatonCantabria
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