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El Cortador Tapas Bar

41 The Old High Street, Folkestone CT20 1RL, England
+44 1303 243974
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Overview
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (152 reviews)
“garlic prawns” (21 reviews)
“patatas bravas” (20 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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41 The Old High Street, Folkestone CT20 1RL, England
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1 - 10 of 545 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

The service is ok and the food average and quite reasonable. The staff are friendly and the location is good.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank JCLPAM
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to post your comments. Sorry we didn't wow you on this occasion. Hope you'll give us another try sometime.

Reviewed 5 days ago

I have visited El Cortador several times and always come away satisfied. The tapas repertoire is a refreshing change. There is a wide variety of dishes to choose from, well prepared and served by efficient and friendly staff. The ambience is relaxing in this quiet...More

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Colin M
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your charming review Colin. So lovely to hear such positive feedback from satisfied customers. Always a pleasure to know we are providing that all round experience that makes a visit to El Cortador an enjoyable one. Muchas Gracias Senor!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited El Cortador several times now, and each time has been a magical experience. The food is delicious, and you always leave full. Wide range of food from meat, fish, rice and vegetarian- all freshly made at the front of the restaurant. It's...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank HungrySimba
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much indeed for your flattering review of El Cortador, it is much appreciated. It's hugely satisfying to know we are providing an all round enjoyable experience for our customers. Thanks once again and hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this lovely welcoming little restaurant late in the evening. The staff were exceptionally friendly, nothing was to much bother for them! We didn't have an advanced booking, however they invited us to sit at the bar until a table became free 10mins...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Caroline P
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you enjoyed your first visit to El Cortador Caroline. Thanks for taking the time to give us a fabulous review. Look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A large group of us girls came in on Friday and a smaller group on Saturday and I can honestly say the service is always great, the staff cant do enough for you, the quality of food is always exceptional and the bill is always...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Joelle A
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your top review Joelle. Always great to hear such positive feedback. We're honoured you chose to visit us twice in one weekend, glad you enjoyed your evenings with us. See you again soon.

Reviewed 6 November 2018

Lovely local tapas bar with exceptional specials. A little small for larger groups but good on the spot cooking. Good service friendly atmosphere.

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank Dayofamily
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear you enjoyed your get together with us at El Cortador. Thanks for taking the time to post a great review.

Reviewed 5 November 2018

My mum wanted a Tapas for her 90th birthday, having only had one previously many years ago in London and this didn't disappoint. The food was great and the staff very accommodating, putting the radiator on for mum, helping us with our own birthday cake,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank nikkihooker62
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate your very special birthday with us and posting such fabulous feedback. So lovely to hear we made it a memorable occasion for you all. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 29 October 2018

I wanted a quick meal with my daughter. She just wanted an omelette whereas I wanted a paella. I rung them beforehand to book and asked them if they had these on the menu. They said yes so I booked a table for 8pm. When...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank littleanie
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thanks for your review and feedback Littleanie. Tapas dishes are traditionally small and normally 2 or 3 dishes is best to get the full experience. Patatas Bravas, which are small fried potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce is the Spanish version of chips and...More

Reviewed 28 October 2018

We called here on a walk from Hythe along the sea front. We were pretty chilled by the sharp wind so the warmth of both the restaurant and the staff was especially welcome. They quickly accommodated an odd number of us and service was quick...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank mdix44
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thank you for visiting us after your brisk walk from Hythe. Glad we warmed you up on a cold day. Our homemade fish croquetas made with fish and prawn mixed in a bechamel sauce and then deep fried in breadcrumbs are proving to be very...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We’ve been to this little slice of Spain in Folkestone before. As always it was lovely and reminiscent of our Summer Holidays, with lovely food, delicious Sangria and good service. Simple, honest and delicious. Could sit in there all day sipping on chilled Rioja, and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank 337peteri
ElCortador, Owner at El Cortador Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Always a pleasure to read such positive feedback from returning customers, so thank you so much for posting Peter. Great to hear we replicated your experiences of holidays in Spain! Let’s hope the sun keeps shining 🌞 Look forward to your return for more tapas...More

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maisiefletcher11
7 September 2018|
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Response from ElCortador | Property representative |
Hello Maisie, if you send us an email we can answer any questions you have. Best regards El Cortador
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weesleepy2016
11 June 2018|
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Response from ElCortador | Property representative |
Hello, we have availability. Please call us with your full name and contact details to secure your booking. 01303 243974 Thanks
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Jacqueline S
26 March 2018|
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Response from ElCortador | Property representative |
Hello Jacquelin, sorry we are closed Easter Monday, but we are open Easter Sunday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 The Old High Street, Folkestone CT20 1RL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Folkestone
  • Phone Number: +44 1303 243974
  • E-mail
Description
Our dishes are made from traditional, classic recipes and many of our ingredients are sourced from Spain. The specials will change with the availability of seasonal local and Spanish produce. Prices range from £2 to £8. Tapas are a wonderfully sociable way to eat, food like life, is best shared with friends and loved ones, so with that in mind we have created an authentic relaxed atmosphere for you all to come and enjoy a taste of Spain. So, whether you're looking for a coffee, a snack at lunchtime or an evening meal with wine, beer or sangria - El Cortador is the place to come. Booking is recommended.
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