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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Thank DeeJ1987
Dukinfield
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading Charlotte V's review I felt I had to reply. We've been going to Rafa's for around 20 years and never been disappointed. Four of us went just after Christmas, 8 tapas including fillet steak and sea bass, 3 different breads and alioli, 2 bottles of house wine which is very good, it changes quite often, the bill came... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were seated immediately and left to browse the menu. When we struggled to decide on a bottle of wine we were suggested to try the sangria which was excellent! So delicious! We ordered various dishes to share including a sea bass special, chorizo which was incredibly tasty and tender! The patatas bravas was also exceptional. The service however slowed... More 

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Thank Chantelle T
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For quite a few years we visited on New Year's Eve afternoon to sit at the bar, drink Rioja and have a few tapas. The house wine was never very good so we always ended up buying a more expensive bottle. We stopped going as it was getting more and more expensive. For a couple of bottles and a few... More 

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Thank Charlotte V
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We turned up for an impromptu late lunch on 30 December without a reservation. Despite them being busy, they managed to fit us in. We'd only popped in because we were staying nearby at the Hilton and just couldn't resist having some of their fabulous mussels in cream sauce (which we've had many times before!!). The atmosphere here is really... More 

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McHenry, Illinois
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here prior to this visit and the food and service have always been excellent but on this occasion the service was below average. We had to ask 3 times for water, when it didn't arrive after 20 mins I had to go to the bar to get a glass of it. Eventually the water arrived 10 mins... More 

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Cheshire
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reviewed Rincon's before, but want to share another gorgeous experience: we popped in yesterday and sat at the bar. Ordered 4 tapas, far too much as the portions are so generous, including large langoustines wrapped in bacon and battered, and the Magro en Salsa, this time diced lamb (normally pork), stewed with potatoes, honey, peppers, onions and wine. Added a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and me visited tonight for the first time since the place got done for a 0 score for food and hygiene . Well can i say this place used to be a great night out . How things have changed . Service. Poor Food . Poor- cold and uncooked There are better places to eat tapas in manchester... More 

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Thank Donna O
Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited last night with family. Ordered 10 dishes between 4 of us (which was ample). All were delicious but particularly recommend steak with brandy. Service was good to. The dishes came out in stages not all brought out at once & going cold.

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Thank Lesley M
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here for our office Christmas meal and it was a good alternative. Lovely food, good service and didn't rush us for the table. Close to the bars for post-meal cocktails.

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?