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Restaurante El Pilon

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PRICE RANGE
US$4 - US$24
CUISINES
International, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We first visited the restaurant on a sunday. 15 euro for 3 courses (4 choices each). We enjoyed the experience so much -very nice food and lovely service- that we returned later on. A la carte this time but again a tasty and nice evening....Enough vegetarian options (who can be turned in vegan on demand). The cosy bar in front of the restaurant to take an apero or a pousse-café is also crowded each time. Reservation can be made by phone/WhatsApp.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 October 2022 via mobile

Having spent 7 weeks in Competa we visited El Pilon a number of times. The views from the restaurant are stunning. We found the staff here very friendly and the food was outstanding. With a good selection on the menu we tried most of them...and all of them were really tasty. We love the banoffee pie so nice. Than you El Pilon for some great food.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 5 October 2022

We can't classify this restaurant more than average in all aspects, food was OK but lacking in flavour & seasoning. There were four of us in the group & our German friend said that her stuffed chicken was like 'a meal in an old person's...residential home', very bland. I had a skewer of chicken tandoori, which, quite frankly, was boring, tasted nothing like tandoori & I had to order some spicy sauce to give it some flavour. Nowhere throughout the meal were we asked if everything was OK. or we could have voiced our opinion.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2022

Thank you for your comment, your feedback is extremely valuable to us. Thankfully we rarely get complaints about blandness or dry food comparable to an old persons residential home. This is evident in our other reviews and 4.5 stars with Trip Advisor for more than...More

Reviewed 4 October 2022 via mobile

Excellent meal. We just had main courses but all of us were delighted with our choices. Friendly and efficient service and complementary brandy on the house is always a nice gesture.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 27 September 2022

Really disappointed in this restaurant. Most of the food was mediocre at best, but the “secret cut” Iberian pork was over cooked, dry and barely edible. Didn’t complain as visiting friends were paying for the meal. Service was slow and inattentive. Nobody asked if we...had enjoyed any of our two courses. Skipped desert as we had lost faith by then. We will definitely not return.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2022

We are very sorry that you were dissapointed with the food and service. Whilst we grately appreciate your feedback, as you can see from our other reviews, this would not be our normal standard. We are famous in the area for the quality of our...More

Reviewed 25 September 2022 via mobile

Spent the night here with the wife last night, good service, good food, reasonable prices.. not my favourite as too much of a british hangout (i'm british btw)... prefer spanish clientel . but certainly a place I'd revisit...

Date of visit: September 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 4 September 2022

Lovely welcome, friendly staff, delicious food and wonderful service! Stunning traditional restaurant, plenty of rustic charm and a beautiful table setting for my Birthday too! A very special evening all round, we'll be back next year! Thank you...

Date of visit: August 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 1 September 2022 via mobile

Just the most amazing location set in the side of the mountain and overlooking Competa. Beautiful interior and amazing terrace with superb menu. Lots of steps to negotiate but my son (currently on crutches with a rugby injury) said it was well worth the effort...!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 29 August 2022 via mobile

Headed there on a Monday evening with my partner and another couple. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The restaurant inside is lovely. It can be quite busy, so would advise booking in advance.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 22 August 2022

This place is incredible. The interior is lovely with a real old-school charm, the food is varied and delicious, the wine list is great, and the cocktails they make are probably the best I’ve ever had. The staff are very friendly and the service is...great. I have dined here a number of times when visiting Competa, most recently in August 2022. We came here for my wife’s birthday, and without being asked the staff had already arranged a banner and decorated the table for us. We were also given complimentary drinks upon arrival. As with every visit, the food was outstanding. For me, it doesn’t get any better than this. I can’t recommend El Pilon highly enough.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 20 August 2022 via mobile

Thus was our third time visiting this restaurant in 4 years and we weren’t disappointed. The food, view and service were great. We will be back.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 19 August 2022 via mobile

We love El Pilon and have been visiting it for many years. It is a very special place for us and we have had many happy times there. This visit was for my birthday and they made it such a lovely occasion, greeting us with...special cocktails and decorating our table with balloons & banners. The food was, as always, excellent with a great selection for both the the vegetarian & vegan in our group. The staff work so hard to make sure everything is right & take such good care of their customers. The location is outstanding too. No better place to watch the beautiful sunsets while enjoying fabulous wine & food. We can’t wait for our next visit. Thank you El Pilon for another wonderful evening xMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Marketing at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2022

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always happy when our guests have an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Muchas Gracias El Pilon

Reviewed 28 July 2022

Prides itself on its authentic grill. Lovely if you like roadkill cooked badly. Luckily, the service is equally dodgy and they do not care. Go somewhere else!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Owner at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2022
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Estimado Sr. lamentamos que su visita a nuestro restaurante no haya sido de su total agrado. Nos disculpamos si hemos...More

Reviewed 28 July 2022 via mobile

Sorry. This is not a good restaurant. They have become so complacent that they have taken their customers for granted. Caesar salad with no dressing, grated Parmesan and a few anchovies does not make it a Caesar salad.Inedible steak that we refused to pay for....Advise anyone else to do the same if they are not happy otherwise they will continue with turning out substandard food. Just really really average. Seriously need to up their game. Absolutely not good enough. One star is generous.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Owner at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2022
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Buenas tardes, lamentamos mucho que la comida no haya sido de su agrado. Intentamos siempre que nuestra comida y servicio...More

Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

We liked it here, it wasn’t our favourite place but it was nice. The staff were lovely and the cocktails were good. We had mixed grill which was good but the main piece of beef was very over cooked. Pasta main was nice would have...preferred some garlic or chilli added as it was a bit bland - portions are very generous. We booked a table outside and the views were wonderful.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Restaurant El Pilon, Owner at Restaurante El Pilon, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2022
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Le agradecemos su presencia en nuestro restaurante. Siempre aceptamos sugerencias de nuestros clientes , y lamentamos si no fue totalmente...More

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I know that El Pilon does a vegetarian option but I'm not sure about vegan.
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Restaurante El Pilon is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5