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Bar la Carcel

Calle Dean Espinosa 18, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
+34 956 70 04 10
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“eggplant” (13 reviews)
“tapas” (57 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Calle Dean Espinosa 18, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We lunched here. There was only one other family in the place but locals came in and out while we were there. It is an informal place and very welcoming. The waiter was attentive. We had three dishes between the two of us. My partner...More

Thank sandra s
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first tapas restaurant that I visited in Arcos. I had done my research and heard good reports from some locals, so I had high expectations for the place. I was not disappointed and I returned many times during my trip and tried...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We just ate there today because Rick Steves recommended it and the service was wonderful, location good as it is right on the street. They do, indeed charge (1.20 euros) for bread and the olives they bring you (usually free in most Spanish restaurants). Had...More

Thank TravelNowSwUsa
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Be ready to sit on low seats the spniard men are generally short. Otherwise excellent food with smiling hard and quick working staff

Thank shaunr464
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

My wife visited La Carcel last year. It was a must return to for this trip. The food, service and wine was everything she said it was. Highly recommended! It's a small place with charm you will not believe. Rainy day or not!

Thank MrWayne_10
Reviewed 27 April 2017

really nice food and the place was full with locals. they have nice pork dishes. Also, the shrimps were really good. the ham is also worth trying. really good prices for the quality of the food.

Thank Alina D
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Our family of 4 (kids ages 8,10) spent 2 nights in Arcos. The first night our hotel recommended Bar la Carcel. We loved the warm goat cheese and the salmon and olive oil. But what made the great food amazing was the friendly service. Every...More

Thank Jalewczy
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Typical, local place to go for tapas or main dishes. The food is incredibly good, I can say this was the best food / tapas I had during my south Spain trip. Arcos de la Frontera is an amazing town, but I would go back...More

Thank Cristina F
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Really *awesome* lunch there. We ended up having the eggplant with honey and goat cheese as a tapa. Was disappointed we only got it as a tapa. But then our half portion of artichokes stuffed with jamon, garlic and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) dish arrived. I...More

Thank 389tonyn
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Visiting Arcos de la Frontera, we were directed to La Carcel by a local. To be fair the bar is near to the church at the top of the town and no doubt frequented by many tourists. The surprise is that from the outside it...More

Thank Andrew M
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Will this restaurant be open around Christmas time? December 24, 25th or 26th?
25 February 2017|
Response from MaryHsu | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure . I think it's may be off during. 24th-26th.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Dean Espinosa 18, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Andalucia  >  Costa de la Luz  >  Arcos de la Frontera
  • Phone Number: +34 956 70 04 10
  • E-mail
tel 956-700-410
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