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Santiago's Tapas Cardiff, Cardiff,

Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.1
4.1
789 Reviews
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is an authentic Spanish and Cuban restaurant in the heart of Cardiff. Specialising in Tapas, this independent, family run business offers a genuine Latin dining experience. We use the finest Spanish and local ingredients and produce. Come and enjoy the Spanish hospitality at Santiago’s.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    029 2022 6666
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 789 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Wales

    Good for business meals

  • South Wales

    Good for business meals

  • South Wales

    Good for groups

  • South Wales

    Great for fine wines

  • Cardiff City & County

    Good for business meals

  • Cardiff City & County

    Good for business meals

  • Cardiff City & County

    Good for groups

  • Cardiff City & County

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cardiff City & County

    Great for fine wines

789 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Obviously changed hands as food use to be amazing - our meal last night was just not good - Calamari looked liked it was from supermarket- Chorizo was bland and flavourless - didn’t think that was even possible shame as it use to be great.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff comfortable on a very busy event date. Glad we booked a table would return.

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  3. LauraE

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really friendly lovely service and a wonderful surprise when a cake and candle brought out for birthday celebration.

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  4. KellyT

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I had high hopes for this nice, small restaurant. We had a friendly reception and were seated promptly. From here the service was still friendly but very slow. We had to grab attention to order more drinks, again to get the drink forgotten and to clear empties from the small table. When you are ordering tapas on a table for 2, space is limited. This was all while there were only about 3 tables in, it was full by the time we left. Food was nice enough and reasonably priced.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great time - amazing food and really good service

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  6. Vince

    South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I'm really disappointed and won't dine here again. The restaurant charged us for a dessert that was not served, and it seemed intentional. The price of the dessert wasn't high, so I don't understand why the restaurant would resort to such means to deceive customers!! Our order included one dessert. While waiting for our dishes, the waiter said it was unavailable, so we canceled that dessert. However, when paying, the waiter wouldn't show me the bill, which I found odd. After leaving, I did the math myself and realized the cost of the dessert hadn't been deducted. Moreover, the taste of the food was mediocre at best, making for a terrible experience overall.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    No longer a place I would recommend going. Apart from providing a Spanish menu there is no longer anything Spanish about the place. Really disappointing.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. ColinK

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here several times before, staff are always friendly, food excellent and reasonably priced for the quality.

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  9. Buddy

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food. The service was fine there were very few people as it was midweek lunch time but only one server for food and bar. But did not seem to affect our lunch other than flagging down for another drink. Would definitely be back!

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  10. SueBic

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, speedy service. Delicious food and beautiful wine to accompany!

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  11. SianC

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food but a limited choice of vegetarian options

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  12. SeanT

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, brilliant attentive staff, overall a fabulous night and will definitely be coming back the next time I'm in Cardiff

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  13. NikkiL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Great service, generous portions & excellent value for money.

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  14. linday

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice tapas good service helpful staff. Would visit again.

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  15. Barrybados123

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have eaten here several times and have always had a good meal. Pleasant staff and reasonable prices.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was friendly, however the bottle of wine that we ordered came pre opened and we weren’t offered the cork. the wine was fine but that is an unusual practice. The food was okay nothing more. I don’t think that I would eat here again as there are better options for tapas in Cardiff The location is good, the ambiance is excellent and the young staff are very friendly. The food is just okay

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  17. Milts01

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service , worth every penny. Lovely staff , wonderful location , right in the centre, close to stadium. Really good for a pre game lunch

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  18. SamS

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was appalling. Both me and the table next to us didn't get served while sitting down. No one should wait for 25 minutes without being seen or asked what they'd like to drink!

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  19. CharlotteB

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and our server was lovely and attentive.

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  20. samanthab

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 of us ordered 14 tapas every night r of them were amazing. Jugs of sangria and espresso martinis went down a treat Will be back

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  21. ClaireL

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service spot on, would definitely recommend the tapas for sharing different dishes.

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  22. SeanC

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Santiagos is a lovely restaurant for a spot of lunch, the Tapas are outstanding cooked really quickly and so tasty, I would recommend eating there

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  23. JaneC

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Lovely food . Restaurant itself is basic and toilets were very messy and so glad I went after my meal not before as I may not have eaten here. They had been very busy and not many staff so no time to check and clean possibly . Waitress was quite abrupt but the waiter was very attentive .

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  24. TomM

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The tapas was great and brought to the table as it was ready rather than all at once which was fine. But one of us ordered a main meal and we weren’t informed this would take a fair bit longer to cook, so by the time it was brought to the table everyone else had finished and the plates cleared leaving one person to eat on their own.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and fantastic staff. Didn’t have to wait long for drinks or food which was ll piping hot and absolutely fabulous.

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  26. AdamH

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We found Genner the food was very good as it has been in previous visits. However, on this occasion my friend and I ordered the paella for two and found the salt content overwhelming. I have had this dish before and previously it was perfect. On this occasion, we both struggled the salt content, I did not send it back as paella takes quite some time to cook and we were meeting People after the meal Did mention it to the waitress after the meal not sure if this information got passed onto the chef. It was a shame as I’d recommended this restaurant to my friends in the end. It wasn’t a good recommendation. Also, there were several items on the menu that were not available including fillet, steak and fish, so not the best experience overall, which is a shame as I have eaten there before, and it’s been perfect.

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  27. JessS

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely tapas (probably best calamari I've had in a while) and quick service so we were not late for our work's xmas do. Thank you!

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  28. sianH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and good service would recommend to anyone

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this atmospheric quaint little tapas restaurant. The staff are super friendly and the menu is very reasonable. The padrón peppers and chicken skewers are delicious. I will definitely be returning. Thank you for a delightful lunch.

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  30. JAYNEM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first visit to this restaurant and it won't be my last. The food was amazing amd the service was excellent. Our waiter, Osca, was very friendly and pleasant. I would definately recommend this restaurant

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  31. ElizabethP

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful tapas - freshly cooked and piping hot - last time we were here we had paella which was equally as good. Highly recommended

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  32. MaybePerhaps

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Absolutely terrible. We were lied to that it’s run by the same cooks- it’s not! The food came out together both starters and main and my friend had hers well before mine. They botched up our steaks, the octopus was too rubbery and wouldn’t swap potatoes for a salad! When eventually they brought the right steaks out they were done just as we had asked. Too many staff not halving a clue what they’re all doing. I would never go back, they had the audacity to put the service charge on our bill for such a terrible experience which isn’t exactly cheap. Terrible.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. RHIF

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another fabulous meal, food was excellent, sangria went down very nicely. Great service. We'll be back

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  34. GrahamW

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our visits to Santiago Tapas. The food is excellent and the service first class.

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  35. JoeyL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great evening, the food was amazing the service was amazing, great location

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  36. nairda

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the warmest welcome and the most friendly, efficient service. The food was very tasty and brought out very quickly so we were not left waiting, although we were not in a rush. The portion sizes were fab and so flavoursome. After the lunch we had some cocktails and finished our Prosecco, and no one rushed us or asked us to leave for another customer to use the table. We were welcome to stay all afternoon if we wanted to. The staff were so friendly and had some good conversations, and we really really enjoyed ourselves! Will be back soon to have beautiful food at great value prices. Thank you

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time at Santiagos, and although there was shortage of staff, the service was really good. We had Tapas which was outstanding. The atmosphere was very nice too. Will definitely return ..

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  38. SaraW

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The tapas is reasonable but service is not great - trying to clear plates when we’re eating and there’s a huge cleanliness issue in the restaurant and downstairs toilets. The toilets looked like they’d never been cleaned a d for a food establishment, it’s not a good impression.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yet again, lovely food and service. Love this restaurant

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely food ,with lovely staff ,really pleasant experience will definitely be returning

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Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is rated 4.1 stars by 789 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

3 Church Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BG

Additional information

  • Area
    Cardiff
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 12:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine
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