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El Rincon de Rafa Manchester
Tel. 0871 246 5643 (*= Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's operating charge)
Longworth Street, Manchester, M3 3BQ [map]
~ 2 mins walk to the Opera House Manchester ~
One of manchester's hidden gems - very popular basement tapas restaurant near the opera house
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El Rincon Restaurant Manchester - overall reader reviews
most popular dish: Chorizo
El Rincon Manchester - member's reviews
"We went to El Rincon on recommendation and I don't hesitate to recommend you also try it. The food is traditionally Spanish Tapas and a notch above the usual in town. The decor is rustic and the ambiance is easy charm." - Alan Wilson, Manchester - Member since Sep 2010 (14/5/11 visited on a saturday evening)

Trusted Reviewer "Before I tell you anything, let me say you have to try El Rincon De Rafa. We loved it. My husband and I phoned to book a table on Friday afternoon but told they were fully booked, so we chanced getting a table and turned up anyway. We were greeted and told an hours wait, however five minutes after getting our drinks at the bar, a table was available due to a cancellation. We were informed by one of the regular customers that you can't book a table for two people anyway, so you will just have to turn up and be prepared to wait, and it's definitely worth waiting for. The atmosphere was just as I expected a tapas restaurant to be, friendly, relaxed and authentic.

"We ordered the house red which went down nicely along with eight tapas dishes, all fairly priced, freshly cooked and all very tasty. I can highly recommend three dishes, which were excellent. Chorizo, Meatballs and Chicken in Cream & Sweet Paprika. We were very full after eight dishes and between the two of us we would probably only order six dishes on our next vist. What we loved was that the dishes came seperately, Two dishes every five minutes or so. Much better this way, so the dishes don't get cold. So, if you fancy a bit of tapas, definitely try El Rinco De Rafa - as it's hidden away on a back street, you only get people in who wanted to be there, not just people walking in off the street. Fab!" - michelle, rochdale ~ TRUSTED REVIEWER (20/10/08 ~ visited on a fri evening )

Trusted Reviewer "Without a shadow of a doubt, El Rincon is Manchester's best tapas venue, hands down! After hearing whispers of its greatness by a few associates, both English and Spanish alike, we had to pay a visit to this off the beeaten track, hidden away gemstone, just off Deansgate. Upon arrival, it's very relaxed, friendly, rustic and, basically, just what I'd personally want from a tapas restaurant. We had to wait a little while for our table, but having a drink while we waited wasn't a problem, and it was nice to soak up the atmosphere before sitting down to eat. The only gripe on the service was that another couple who arrived after us were seated first, and when we mentioned this to a waiter, he asked which waiter greeted us, only to openly criticise his colleague about his mistake to us. Anyway, its not a Michelin starred place, nor does it try to be, so this wasn't really an issue to be fair .

"Upon being seated, we opted for the house red, after hearing that its a good choice, and we weren't disappointed. It wasn't spectacular, or anything to write home about, but fitted the bill well, especially for the bargain price that it came with.

"The decor is casual, very personal to the owner, and bursting with rustic character. There's nothing fancy, glam, or modern about El Rincon. It feels homely, casual, and very much as if you're on holiday.

"The main event of the Tapas was pretty much flawless in my eyes. My partner used to live in Spain, so is well versed with Spanish food, above and beyond La Tasca's 'British Tapas' offerings, and she was equally impressed. Whether it be the prawns, chorizo, steak, veg, or chicken, everything was bursting with flavour, plentiful (for tapas!), and went down a treat, as did another bottle of the house wine.

"They didn't have the Churros desert which I ordered, but then it was after 11pm at this point, so we had to go for the Cheesecake, which wasn't anything special, and probably came from Iceland, but there was nothing offensive about it.

"On the whole; a great local restaurant. Top quality tapas, friendly, efficient service, reasonably priced yet basic wine list, good atmosphere, and perfect as an everyday eatery for two, three, four, or ten people. Miles ahead of other trendy 'Spanish' places in town where the food can be technically good but, realistically, are about as Spanish as Cumberland Sausage." - chris handley, salford ~ TRUSTED REVIEWER (20/5/08 ~visited on a saturday evening)

Trusted Reviewer "I have been trying to get a table at El Rincon for several months, but they have always been fully booked. The restaurant came highly recommended and I was looking forward to giving it a try. I finally got a table early on Saturday evening and visited the restaurant with my wife and two children after completing our Christmas shopping in town. Sadly, we were all disappointed. The staff were too keen to serve. Having ordered our drinks, we were asked twice more if we'd like to order drinks and when they arrived, the order was wrong.

"We were then mithered for our food order. The waitress could not answer all our questions, spoke little English and did not offer to go and find out. The Tapas came at lightening speed and couldn't have been cooked from fresh. Two of the dishes were lukewarm and the tomato sauce on one dish was cold and another was almost burnt. We had ordered 12 Tapas dishes, but we only got 11. The only saving grace was that we were only charged for 11.

"On a positive note, the bill only came to £68.00 for one round of drinks, 11 Tapas dishes and a bottle of wine. However, I was surprised to have been charged for the basket of bread that automatically arrived at our table. I hate to be kept waiting in restauraunts as much as I hate to be rushed. At El Rincon, we sat down at about 5.05pm and I paid the bill at 5.52pm. So, if you want to be rushed into ordering and eating mediocre food, then El Rincon is for you, that's if you can get a table in the first place. To be honest, there are better Spanish retaurants in Manchester and, from this visit, I can't understand why this one is so popular." - richard newman, chinley ~ TRUSTED REVIEWER (26/11/07 ~ visited on a sat evening)

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