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“Our Favourite Tapas in Barcelona”
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Arola
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Ranked #17 of 293 Restaurants in Sintra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$46
Cuisines: Spanish, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Arola's menus offer a creative and contemporary twist to Portuguese cuisine, mixing tradition and heritage with his inimitable modern approach. Like his mentor, Arola seeks to give diners unexpected contrasts of flavour and texture with the ultimate aim of provoking, surprising and delighting his guests. Food is available throughout the day and for dinner Arola's take on the Portuguese tapas will compete with his more elaborate main courses. Wines will be served from a glass cellar, situated mid-restaurant. Live Dj from Wednesday to Sunday.
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Food excellent. Changed the tomato bread, prefer the old way. Service average for this type of restaurant.

Thank Niall K
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

I have eaten much better tapas in traditional cheap shops than here. Was expecting refined ideas and flavored but very disappointed.

Thank Manfred E
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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We were staying at Penha Longha and this is one of the restaurants in the grounds. It is very modern and has excellent views over the 1st and 18th holes of the championship course. The menu is the traditional Tapas with modern twists - so patata bravas served in towers and do it yourself garlic and tomato bruschetta. The cocktails in the bar beforehand are very good but the bar itself has no atmosphere so don't drink them there. As it is in the middle of the grounds of the hotel the majority of the guests are from the hotel so expect lots of noisy children and also even if you are staying in the hotel book in advance as it fills up. All in all though excellent modern tapas serve very well but probably not worth a detour to the hotel especially for this alone....it is though a distinctly above average hotel restaurant.

Thank William C
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

I must admit that we were hesitant to try the restaurant because it is located in the hotel we stayed in (Penha Longa Resort) and our experiences surrounding hotel restaurants typically leave us disappointed. That was not the case with Arola. The atmosphere was beautiful, edgy and fun. The service was fantastic and the food was amazing. We ordered the Potatas bravas based on other reviews and they were outstanding! A must order in our opinion. All of the other food was also great. I highly recommend the shrimp salad with spinach. My husband doesn't like tapas and left saying how surprised he was by the experience. Parents - we brought our 5 year old and it was perfectly fine. They had a well rounded kids menu. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to parents with children.

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Thank nvs1717
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Reviewed 16 June 2017

Implausibly fine tapas, some excessively expensive options and some astonishing good value(shrimps). Whilst you need to choose well it is an incredible post round venue

Thank davidjmorr
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