Reviews on Mediterranean food in Los Arcos, Spain including Casanellas Taller Gastronomico, La Cepa, Restaurante Sidreria Casa Armendariz
5 based on 164 reviews
We loved the cuisine, the friendly chefs, and overall vibe of the restaurant...endearing us even more to the city. Everything carefully prepared and most ingredients, if not all, were home made, grown or purchased locally. We wanted to visit the best restaurant in town so looked here and saw all the great reviews. I agree with every single superb review. The Chefs are local artisans and clearly are passionate about their craft. If in Estella, especially if you're a Camino peregrino....stop by here and take a break from the Pilgrim's menu. Their local but global approach to ingredient selection is evident in all the dishes. A rustic but modern Spanish cuisine that is more than a meal ...but also creates a lasting memory.We had the home made bread and butter, bacalao (w/Apple honey, tomatoes), duck (magret con arroz piÃ±a red curry), amazing lentil soup and mouth-watering salad. For dessert ordered the pecan pie and chocolate cake.We made reservations before arrival. Definitely will be back again!!!Suggestions: email in advance for reservations between the hours posted here on tripadvisor. They are responsive and will email you back. As other guests noted, there are only about 5 tables with a maximum capacity of about 16 seats. It's spacious though and the decor is modern and nicely decorated.
4 based on 339 reviews
We stumbled in here on a Sunday lunchtime after arriving in Estella after a day's walking on the Camino. It's very traditional and a bit like stepping back in time. It's obviously well loved by local people and has a rather old fashioned, bourgeois style. The name La Cepa is translated into English on the menu as 'Restaurant Strain' which intrigued us. I think actually it means a strain of good breeding as in 'coming from good stock'. That made sense given the customer base. Most customers seemed to be well heeled regulars and were welcomed warmly. They were very tolerant of us pitching up in our walking clothes but we felt a bit out of place. The service is friendly but rather fast. The menu is traditional and reminded me of something out of the 1970s. Big portions of classics including a local dish of roast pig's trotter with lettuce which we didn't sample but was very popular and was enormous. Not the most relaxed dining experience but we didn't know this until we'd gone up the stairs into the dining room by which point it was too late to leave!
4 based on 220 reviews
We ate at this restaurant last night and paid 70 euros for two for an average dinner with table wine tasting more like vinegar. The waitress was nice but I saw her grab my water bottle before setting it on the table and take it in back only to return a moment later with it in her hand. Turns out she filled the bottle with tap water and placed it on the table. I had baked cod and my husband lamb chops. Both were average. We had desert and his was straight from the freezer; some coffee ice cream deal with ice crystals all over it. I would not return to this restaurant.
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