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“Overpriced, surly and unwelcoming”
Review of La Isla

La Isla
Ranked #971 of 3,020 Restaurants in Seville
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Sevilla signature restaurant specializing in seafood, fish and meat. We have an extensive wine list and desserts are homemade.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Like other reviewers, our hotel recommended this restaurant. We attempted to gain entry to the restaurant and were three times turned away by different staff who claimed the Restaurant was full. At the fourth attempt they found our booking and pointed us to a table for 4 people before asking us to move to another even though the place was empty. The service was surly to the point of rudeness. The food - except for the bake - was poor, no butter, olives or bread served. Plates were brought to the table for the second course while we were still eating the first. Foie gras and hake ‘bites’ returned almost uneaten - at no point were we asked if our food was ok or if there was a problem with the food left uneaten. Four of us had starter, main course and 1 bottle of wine - no dessert, coffee - the bill was 75€ per head. Yes, clearly locals are looked after and they have no interest in tourists. Avoid.

Thank Gary J
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel. In fairness to our hotel it was 7pm when we wanted to eat and many restaurants do not open until after 8pm. La Isla was only a short walk away and open. I wish I had the opportunity to see the reviews before we went.

The four of us were seated immediately by a host (?) who did not (or chose not to) speak english. Our waiter came by for drinks and also did not speak english so it was limited to "cervesa" and "vino roja".

Every other restaurant we went to attempted to communicate with us and our bits of spanish and their bits of english worked fine. Not here. Two in our party had shellfish and egg allergies so that had to be clearly communicated. Not confident they would be safe they were very limited in what they could order.

Anyway, bread was served. We asked for butter, which came a while later. The meals, although overpriced, were good. Gezpacho, salads, steak, fish, and shrimps in garlic.

As others have commented much more attention was given to the locals who were eating there. Their service was much faster as well. We noticed that every other table got a plate of olives with their bread. We didn't and, since we love the spanish olives, asked for some towards the end of our meal. The waiter acted like he didn't understand until we pointed them out. He seemed annoyed at our request and mentioned it to the other waiters. Although we couldn't understand what he was saying...you just know!

Not once did they come by to see if everything was okay or if we wanted dessert. We had coffee and went elsewhere for dessert. When the check came we were charged for the bread (typical and expected), the butter, and the olives. Arguing would have been fruitless as nobody speaks english (right!).

AVOID THIS RESTAURANT!

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Thank Rick G
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Paella was very good but service was sombre. An expensive restaurant that even charged for pre-wrapped butter which was a poor show !

Thank daytrip38
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

We went here for dinner on the recommendation of the hotel we were staying at in Seville. The seafood we ordered was excellent - very fresh and tasty. Not a budget restaurant and not easy to find but the trouble we took to find the place was worth it. We asked for a bottle of Cava to be recommended and the waiter chose the cheapest bottle on the list which turned out to be excellent. The waiters were very professional and provided excellent service. If you’re in Seville and want an excellent meal then just go. Highly recommended.

Thank Parkhill2
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Nothing was particularly good, or bad. They forgot 1 of my dishes, but good thing they didn’t charge for it. The seafood was made with so much sauce it was hard to tell whether it was fresh still. Staff level of English was inadequate, sometimes it makes you wonder whether they were trying not to understand you so you would get a wrong order. Seafood quite expensive. The only upside was that the toilets were cleaner than most other restaurants. The downside was that the table was not. Some bugs flying around. Anyway, nothing I’d miss.

Thank HK_Traveller05
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