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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not the most inviting place in the world from the outside - however if you love a rustic decor , great beer and wine plus awesome food this is the place for you - I always go for the tapas options their authentic and delicious - garlic lamb chops - hake in garlic batter - prawns Pil Pil my favorites... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We travel a lot, and unlike some of the negative reviewers on here, we've eaten in many tapas restaurants in Spain and we know good, authentic tapas when we see it. El Rincon is the most typically Spanish tapas restaurant we've found in the U.K. Hidden away behind Deansgate, it's avoided by the La Tasha crowd. Great specials keep the... More 

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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tapas restaurant that although airy inside with good spacing between tables is in need of some TLC when it comes to the external and internal standard of repair. Sadley the food is also in need of some TLC as well. We have enjoyed many Tapas dishes all over Spain but the ones in El Rinco fell well short of those.... More 

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Thank Barry G
Cheshire
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited at lunchtime....lovely food and decent portion sizes...value for money and good service. Will be going again !!

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Thank Carol Anne E
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a couple of times. This is a Manchester hidden gem. Food is amazing all the tapas are made fresh and the paella is the best in Manchester. Service is good and the place looks like a typical Spanish place. Kids enjoy all the tapas.

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Thank mheineberg
Kirkham, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited here for the 1st time for a late lunch with my sister (who has been several times) and was very impressed. The food was excellent and plentiful. It feels like you are in a taverna in Mediterranean, lovely atmosphere.

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Thank MDunkley
Manchester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant and really nice food. The whole place felt really authentic and was the perfect spot to come for lunch for a quiet place to eat good food and have good company. Would definitely go again (if I can find it by myself)

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Thank Ra289
Chester, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on Saturday afternoon for a large group of 11. Food and service was excellent throughout. We had the set menu for all of us. All tastes and diets catered for and excellent value for money.

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent meal last night on a first visit as have never heard of the place before. The atmosphere was the best along with the excellent food quality and service. A good sign to a great place is how busy it is and this certainly was busy. Recommend 100%

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Thank Edward W
Aintree,Liverpool,UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic slice of Spain this in Manchester, awesome food, drink and atmosphere, love the Gambas Pil Oil, the hake, patats bravas can't recommend it enough.

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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$13 - US$38
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups
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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