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El Bar de Tapas

4.7
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29 reviews
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£25 and under
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Spanish
Welcome to El Bar de Tapas!
We are a family run business in the heart of the historic Stevenage High Street; creating fantastic food by combining the finest imported products with sustainably sourced local produce.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 29 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gili
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our third visit, highly recommend! Great food and lovely cocktails.

RB
RobB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service all night. Food was amazing and arrived quickly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always, can’t fault anything
Thank you!

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Royski
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Following a very enjoyable lunch a couple of weeks ago, we returned for another lunch and have to say it was terrific. It’s a lovely place, staff very helpful and friendly, and food terrific! Highly recommended to anyone who likes Tapas, or just good food.

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TinaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing friendly atmosphere, lovely food and sangria

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Zoej
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We when there at lunch Time 4 of us and the four we received was ok not much flavour compared to the other tapas restaurant we went too
Which was disappointing

No sure if would return

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit, Fantastic food and attentive staff

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas and sangria was amazing, will be back again !

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Hope
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous friendly service in well designed surroundings and even better food. We went for the lunchtime 3 tapas for £10 and it was great value. We’ll be back soon!

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Jessd90
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great customer service as usual!

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RosyV
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. I visited with a friend on a Friday evening. We order around 6 or 7 different tapas dished and snagria. The food was excellent, so tasty! The service was also brilliant - friendly staff and the food came out very quick. I will definitely return :)

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vickyd
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful choice of food, portion sizes weren't too large and everything came quickly. Service was very attentive and welcoming.

MS
MarketaS
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food and lovely decor, will defo be back soon😁

LA
LouiseA
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch here today , not the first time I have been and won’t be the last . Great atmosphere, staff and food... would definitely recommend

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Yellowlady65
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely surprise to have on your doorstep!..👏🏽👏🏽👍🏽

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Charmaine
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great service, delicious food. Highly recommended the Sangria too. Good value for money for quality food.

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nickyc
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, food delicious, staff professional and friendly. Atmosphere is buzzing. Best Tapas in the uk! Highly recommend- try the cocktails!!

MC
MattC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal, really enjoyed it. Slightly on the expnsive side but good food quality!

HB
HungryBoi
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The biscoff cheesecake was very tasty and the cocktails were very good!
The lady who served our food was very attentive and we felt well looked after.
Paella was slightly dryer than expected but the flavour there.
All in all a pleasant evening.

FF
FoxyFoster
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Spanish omelette tasted a bit greasy, never tasted like this before.

Think ambience could be improved by background music. Authentic Spanish again

Love your restaurant, your staff are fabulous and it’s great value. I’ll be back

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Teresa
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, as always. Great service and well organised. Love everything about this restaurant. Went with 3 friends who have never been before, and they all loved it

MH
MelanieH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Bit more choice would be nice. Service great though

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GraceM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and attentive staff. Love coming back time and again to this restaurant.

MW
MarkW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great place to meet, eat and chat, wouldnt say it was for romance, maybe a first date!

JJ
JoeJ
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very attentive and the food was great! The mocktails were also a hit! Will be visiting again in the near future.

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adamr
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service, good beer, nice relaxing atmosphere

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emmaw
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Great service from Maria. We will be back

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Derya
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

In short: gangbanging Spanish cuisine with surprise Bukkake at the end.

The long version:

The culinary version of having sex in an elevator in Magaluf. The food is appalling, the croquettes are frozen, really low quality. The chorizo al vino, prawns with garlic, mushrooms are sweet! I mean... like if they added sugar syrup to them. Then there are other dishes, that aren't Spanish at all, like fried halloumi and hummus? I just don't get it... there are 2 Turkish restaurants in the High Street, is it really that necessary that they have that in the menu? Then there are dishes that are simply an equivalent to jumping to the swimming pool from the 5th floor of your all inclusive hotel, completely drunk at 11 am: costilla de dinosaurio (translates as dinosaur rib), what on earth is that? An attempt to bring stand up comedy to a restaurant menu? Others like chicken with honey or tomato meatballs, are simply not rightly cooked. Don't get me wrong, I like when chefs try to innovate with traditional recipes, but one thing is Barrafina's chef creating a new dish like their cuttlefish with ink sauce, that takes a very simple, traditional dish and makes something interesting, to this abomination of literally fried chicken strips with drizzled honey! Or the meatballs... my goodness, they aren't any better to canned meatballs.

All the above take me to the next level, the Spanish Omelette. It is like if the chef was in a worse al crusade to bring the best of a fish and chips on the Paseo Maritimo in Torrevieja. He does a great job at that. If I was the Spanish ambassador in the UK I would personally ban him from ever cooking tortilla, I have seen worst! But this one is in my top 10 of the worst tortillas.

The wine list is like a snow white Brit laying in the sun, without sunscreen for 12 hours drinking San Miguel, unnecessary. All wines are bad. There isn't a single good choice, better drink beer.

The decor is nice though.

EB
ElizabethB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy lunching at this restaurant, staff very friendly, great atmosphere and food.

FAQs

El Bar de Tapas offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01438 721010.

El Bar de Tapas is rated 4.7 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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