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El Riu

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Carretera Callosa d'En Sarria, 03510 Guadalest, Spain
+34 965 88 05 07
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Bruges, Belgium
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124 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

great bbq restaurant. I had the lamb chops which were delicious, but I'm sure everything would have been a good choice. decent price quality ratio as well. Lunch started at 13u.

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Thank ihadthetimeofmylife
Worsley, Manchester
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Surroundings very nice, setprice meal OK. Famous for rabbit dishes but set meal including rabbit rather disappointing. Our friends who had visited many times in the past kept saying it was not as good as it used to be. Suppose all restauraants change.

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Thank 604maureenr
Benitachell, Spain
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Visited without reservation today and was seated, but recommend booking in holiday season. Excellent and sufficient 3 course menu, plus house tapas appetisers. Plentiful main course of meat cooked on huge outside log fired BBQ type grill. Drinks included in the price. Staff friendly and attentive. No rush whatsoever to vacate table. Opening hours 1300 - 1630. Other more expensive... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This restaurant is on a little plateau above the river about 7-10km short of Guadalest - depending which road north you take - the wider road was blocked because of land slippage caused by a storm a few days earlier, so we had to take the steep and narrow alternative to get to the CV70. The restaurant is connected to... More 

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Bilbao, Spain
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The staff were very polite and friendly and was found to be a family that had it for 30 years. Cooking was done over a wood fire outside and done to paerfection. Our friends who were with us tried the rabbit caught locally. Stated it was very nice.

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Thank Ray B
Antwerp, Belgium
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

T-bone, solomillo, octopus, rabbit liver, jamon, lamb: all perfectly prepared. If you like grilled food this is a must visit. Just plain honest food. Owner has been collecting motorcycles for 40 years which you can see in his museum. Just go and check it out, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank jvanvers
New Delhi, India
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Dejar espacio para Los postres. Buenisima seleccion casera. Excellente servicio. Rica comida. Buen calidad precio. Al lado del museo de vehiculos. Una super agradable sorpresa. Wonderful service and friendly staff. Leave space for the homemade desserts! BarBQ- all kinds of meats. And as a vegetarian, the most delicious grilled veggies! The restaurant is part sustainable farm, store and museum. It's... More 

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Elche, Spain
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Had menu del día for 13.50 which for the quality was over priced . Bread was nice. We ordered grilled chicken which was dry. Garlic chicken which was just bones. The salad was dry, olives extremely bitter. Not good. If you are going there eat off the menu.

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Benidoleig, Spain
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78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I visited expecting something extraordinary but was met with an average meal in a very busy and noisy environment; so noisy in fact you couldn't hold a conversation with others on your table. Also 10% service charge is added to the advertised menu prices.

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Thank Esparqui
Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Service first class I would recommend this establishment to those who Like real Spanish food.Important that you phone for a booking only open lunch times. Closed on Mondays

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Barbecue, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera Callosa d'En Sarria, 03510 Guadalest, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Valencian Country  >  Province of Alicante  >  Costa Blanca  >  Guadalest
  • Phone Number: +34 965 88 05 07

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?