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Some of our tapas dishes - El Camino, Whitchurch, Cardiff

El Camino

4.6
4.6
788 Reviews
£25 and under
Spanish
El Camino previously know as 'Santiagos' is an authentic Spanish restaurant in Whitchurch, Cardiff. Specialising in Tapas, this independent, family-run business offers a genuine Spanish dining experience.

We use the finest Spanish and local ingredients and produce. Come and enjoy the Spanish hospitality at El Camino.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Traditional Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    07305 177643
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Wales

    Good for groups

  • South Wales

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Overall

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Food

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Service

  • Cardiff City & County

    Best Value

  • Cardiff City & County

    Good for groups

  • Cardiff City & County

    Neighbourhood gem

788 Reviews
  1. Pauly20

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was brilliant food and service, will defiantly go again

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  2. TazT

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, drinks and food! Would definitely recommend and will be returning 10/10!

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  3. MichaelDiff

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We easily changed the time we booked our table and the venue knew the updated times when we arrived. The drinks and food were just superb. We ordered two tapas items - Bread with tomato & garlic and mushrooms with garlic. Both were plentiful and excellent. For our "mains" we had Patatas Bravas, Cod goujons, gambas pil pil and spanish omelette. I must say they were all cooked to perfection and we couldn't finish all the food! The service was superb but not overpowering. The venue was quite busy around 7 pm when we wanted to leave - there was no waiting for the bill - will be back. The total bill including rose cava, two large glasses of Pinot blush and a few large glasses of Rioja was £85. Great value for the food, drinks and the venue.

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  4. jeremy

    Liverpool

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good tapas. Slightly busy on a Friday night but otherwise food and service are both ok

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  5. AingieM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant and the food and drinks were absolutely outstanding. Really delicious.

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  6. Cymru2012

    South Wales

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food from a very wide range of choices served by pleasant and efficient staff.

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  7. BeccieW

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and staff, first time there and would definitely return! Xx

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  8. RobertH

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choice of food on the menu, very helpful service at a reasonable price.

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  9. Pierre1958

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and fabulous service. Very good for Coeliacs/GF

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  10. AnnetteW

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the place and the food , very friendly staff ..

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  11. JulieP

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very authentic. Food. Staff are lovely and really good at what they do. Really enjoyed the whole experience

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  12. RuthH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal. Polite staff. They were happy to add another chair to out table too

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  13. thepretzelqueen

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious authentic food with a great ambience! Nice decor too. Would definitely want to come again!

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  14. ElaineO

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious tapas, great service, feedback : a tiny bit too light for evening

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  15. SusanW

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very welcoming and good service to begin with, however later on when the restaurant had filled up we felt a little forgotten about and twice had to call the waiting staff to the table Food was good but not outstanding

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  16. BethanJ

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food wasn't very warm. Service was very good. Got very busy and noisy about 7 30pm

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  17. MarkJ

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not impressed I'm afraid. Food wasn't very tasty, probably one of the worst tapas we've had

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely gorgeous selection of food, and such a food price and lovely service

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  19. RaulM

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, lovely atmosphere and delicious Spanish cuisine, fully recommended it!

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  20. KarenH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic evening with fantastic food and service and already looking forward to going back.

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  21. AlexH

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Spanish restaurant, brilliant cocktails and great food!

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  22. LauraT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious tapas, in particular the smoky garlic prawns.

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  23. JULIEJ

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was extremely busy, very noisy and hot, they were short staffed so Our food came out in dribs and drabs not altogether and the food temperatures were not great and some had to be sent back, we are very regular visitors to this lovely restaurant but this was not a good experience

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  24. ViktoriaS

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very disappointed seeing the staff after serving customers, collecting dirsty dishes and taking payments going straight to cut baguettes and touching it without washing hands or using gloves- doesn't show a good hygiene. Otherwise has a good potential, nice atmosphere.

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  25. MartinV

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was our first visit. The food and service was excellent. Really enjoyed. We went mid week so was not that busy but still a nice atmosphere.

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  26. MB123

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were really friendly and helpful. Great, extensive menu for both food and drinks. Would definitely recommend!

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  27. SCCS

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible & welcoming service. We felt really comfortable and valued as customers. The tapas was all incredible, as was the wine. The paella wasn't the most amazing one that I have ever had but it was tasty! I felt this was really fair value and much better value than lots of chains where the food is mass produced and the employees don't really care about your experience. Definitely recommended.

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  28. Amos

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Had a lovely time thanks.

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  29. CardiffGirl

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great variety of tapas, generous portions. Very tasty although some dishes a little too spicy.

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  30. CathrynN

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Despite one of our party being very delayed due to problems on the M4, the waitress was friendly and understanding and there was no pressure to have to leave. All the food was delicious, as always.

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  31. GeeJ

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambience, great value for money, highly recommended

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  32. PaulM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Tapas was fantastic and unbelievable tasting. We will be back soon.

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  33. LeanneK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow what a beautiful place! Gorgeous food and excellent service! Friendly warm family rub and all staff members were awesome! Highly recommend you try here if you haven’t been before!

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  34. MaryLS

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening, 5 adults and a 2 year old. Staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. Early evening so the restaurant wasn’t too busy which meant we didn’t feel pressured to rush or to keep our toddler quiet. Food was really good and Sangria fantastic.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service and great value for the money.

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  36. CeriB

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Def recommend...food was stunning, nice vibe for 1st date

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  37. Cymru2012

    South Wales

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good variety of tasty food at reasonable prices served by pleasant staff.

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  38. LlMD

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely tapas, easy going ambience, great service. We will come again!

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  39. EmmaO

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Fantastic food, full of flavour and amazing drinks! Very authentic. Definitely will return would like to come back on a busier night!

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  40. MiaS

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing Waiter was very polite & helpful Waiting times a little too long Between meals & waiting for the bill Definitely coming back One of our favourite places.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Camino is rated 4.6 stars by 788 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for El Camino

77A Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1DD

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Cardiff
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Traditional Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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