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El Rincon de Rafa

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244 Deansgate | Entrance on Longworth Street, Manchester M3 4BQ, England
441618398819
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12:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW! The most authentic Tapas experience we have had. Everything was great from start to finish. We were a little apprehensive as if there are 2 of you, you cannot book in advance, but we did not need to be as on arrival on a very busy friday evening we were greeted by very helpful staff. We explained that we... More 

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Thank kevshent
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

this is the worst tapas i have ever had. all dishes came at seperate times and they were tasteless. the ribs we ordered were just complete fat no meat on them. i feel like i have just wasted 50 pound on rubbish wven the sangria was like water. will definitely not be returning

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Thank Deborah S
Manchester
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I first visited El Rincon about 15 years ago, Keith Floyd was sat at a table enjoying the most authentic tapas in Manchester, how things have changed. I still live the environment and the staff are very good however the food has taken a serious turn for the worse. I wouldn't expect to see chopped up crab sticks in an... More 

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Derbyshire
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325 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So many Spanish people dine here that you think you are in Spain and allows you to think it is very authentic. Large selection of tapas and main courses all of which are good including the paella mixta. House wine is very acceptable and reasonably priced. The thing that can catch you out on their website/Facebook page is that although... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I usually avoid Spanish restaurants, and specifically tapas restaurants, in the UK because I'm half Spanish and I always find them overpriced for the quality and portions. However I have to say that El Rincon in Manchester was an exception. The prices were great value considering the very generous portion sizes, and the quality of the food was absolutely excellent.... More 

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Thank AndyPics
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met up with some friends to come here for the first time. My immediate impression was that it looked like a scruffy back street restaurant, but I soon realised that the look of this place adds to the charm and authenticity of the restaurant. All the tapas we ordered were top quality. We tried a variety of things ranging from... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Patatas bravas was the best dish of the night, the rest (lamb chops, fillet steak, gambas pil pil) were underwhelming. They forgot about the Filetitos until we asked and when it arrived it was tough so we sent it back. There are better Tapas places in town

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Thank jennifermckennauk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As always in Rafa's ... great food, lovely staff and great value for money - despite our last round of drinks keeping the staff late! A pleasure to eat here

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Thank DJR1601
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 5 (plus a 4 month old) of us wanted to have tapas on a visit to Manchester so I looked at El Rincon reviews it sounds fab and it didn't disappoint. Seated quickly and although they ran out of cave we switched to the rose at the same price. 3 dishes each plus 3 bottles of cave... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Authentic, quality, great atmosphere, good price, great wine....I cant really say more. I've ate in Spain and this restaurant was just as good. I would highly recommend a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$37
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Monday
12:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:30
Thursday
12:00 - 22:30
Friday
12:00 - 22:30
Saturday
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 244 Deansgate | Entrance on Longworth Street, Manchester M3 4BQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: 441618398819
Description
El Rincón de Rafa is Manchester's longest-serving independent Spanish restaurant, having been in the city centre for 22 years. A family run establishment, El Rincón is regularly described as a 'hidden gem' and offers a relaxed, authentic experience, brought to Manchester from Málaga by owner Rafael Cabrera-Vargas. El Rincón offers a large range of tapas and main courses (including paellas) and a fully stocked bar with a huge variety of Spanish beers (both bottles and draught) and wines. The off the beaten track but central location of El Rincón (close to the Hilton hotel - turn down St John's St from Deansgate and take the first right) ensures an unbeatable authentic Spanish atmosphere, but with hidden nooks and crannies for a more intimate feel. The restaurant doesn't accept bookings for two, seating couples at a number of tables on a first come, first served basis. Customers are also welcome to visit just the bar for food and/or drinks. Que aproveche!

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