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Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.6
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114 reviews
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£25 and under
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 114 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Tapas outside of Spain.... the staff are incredible, the food it’s tantalising, and the ambience is as authentic as you can get for Spain in the middle of Cardiff!!!
We travel from Gloucestershire just to eat here!!! 10/10 all round!!!

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LucyC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is exceptional. The size of the tapas dishes is very generous. The charcuterie sharing board meats were carved to thick for my personal liking. Everything else though (and we ordered a lot) was delicious. Our waiter was lovely and helped us pick our dishes and the price was really reasonable will definitely be going back soon!!

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BogdanM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great place to enjoy a nice meal and and conversation

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KarenM
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, very authentic tapas restaurant in the heart of Cardiff

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GarethL
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent staff, and excellent restaurant. Loved it! We can't wait to come back and visit again!

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PhilippeE
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Très bonne nourriture. Assiette très copieuse. Bonne adresse.

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RobM
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first time at Santiago’s a great experience, loved the food, the atmosphere and a very reasonable price considering the amount we had.

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AlisonJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere with pleasant friendly staff - food was tasty ( we had tapas) service was quick although not all our dishes were hot ( Luke warm) and dessert was a little disappointing

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CatHall
Wales
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding, Authentic Spanish tapas served in lovely ambiance. Highly recommend, wish I’d found it sooner.

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MaxineT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good value for money...tapas were lush...a taste of spain in Cardiff...perfect evening out :-)

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ChrisJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Smashing food and good portions. Lots of variety to the tapas choices so looking forward to returning.

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SamanthaJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavours and good size portions. Quality service, quick and polite. Very reasonable price for a substantial amount of food. Would recommend to anyone.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, especially when explaining my food allergy. Loved how all the food was cooked fresh. Been to both this one and the new one in Whitchurch and both fantastic

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KavehK
Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful staff. Highly recommended.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santiago’s is just a perfect place to feel like into the heart of Spain. The atmosphere is so welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious. Great value for money and the staff make you fee like a regular even if you’ve been trying the place for the first time. Seafood cooked to perfection and nothing better than a pint of Estrella to wrap it up as a wonderful night out! This is the place where my partner proposed...and it really has a special place in our hearts now!Highly recommend it!

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HuwR
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service with a smile.
Good came out pretty quickly, will 100% be coming back

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StuartW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outside of spain one of the most authentic tasting tapas ive tasted

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Mandy
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Out with my two children who are in their late twenties and we had a great time and enjoyed a seemingly endless supply of delicious tapas

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Yvonne
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is my 4th time with a different group of friends .everyone totally loved the food they had. There was plenty of food all tasty.

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Lorna
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a pleasant meal for my partner's birthday, as it was quiet the waiters were eager to serve us, which meant we felt a bit rushed looking at the menu but I could understand they wanted something to do!
The food came quickly and was delicious! We didn't order much but it was enough to share and be full by the end! But of course, the best part was the complimentary pudding and singing of Happy Birthday! When booking I'd mentioned it was my partner's birthday but understood if nothing came of it more than just saying happy birthday when we arrived! So I thank you again for going the extra mile
All in all a good experience and would be happy to return!

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AndyF
Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was not brilliant, beef stew dish mainly fat and the equivalent lamb dish mainly bone.

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, very quick and fresh!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ordered tapas. They were very good. Ordered too much as the portion sizes were quite big.

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ShirleyB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very close to St David's Hall so ideal place to eat if you are going to a concert/show. We went after seeing Swan Lake ballet. There were 5 of us and we shared 15 tapas dishes. All very tasty although some came with potatoes so we didn't need to order so many potato dishes. Paella, stews, meatballs, meat platter all good. We liked the atmosphere. Staff friendly and fairly casual. We did find the restaurant a bit cold but we were seating in the window seat.

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KateD
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took our granddaughter. Lovely food had 6 tapas My granddaughter said the fish gougons where the best ever. We will definitely be visiting again.

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AngelaS
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Loved the place. Fabulous food , good selection and very reasonably priced.
We went early on a Saturday it was busy but not too noisy.
Food came quicky had gambas pil pil, pulpo, padron peppers, croquettes all fresh and well seasoned.
Wine list short, house wine well priced.
Efficient and friendly service

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LizE
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere, would definitely recommend.

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KevinW
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good. Traditional tapas menu. Service was very good. Staff were friendly and helpful.Only criticism was that service was too efficient...I.e. too quick.

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely character and buzz with a great variety of tapas! Great casual and friendly service!

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our “date-night” out was exciting this time around cause we were trying Santiago’s for the first time due to a gift card that was given to us earlier in the year. And we’re so glad we went, food was very nice, wine was amazing and the bill that came after we ate... couldn’t believe how affordable it all was. Very impressed and will definitely be trying it out again in the near future.

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RachelE
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The meal was pleasant and the staff were friendly. However, we were given olives upon arrival which were added to the bill, without any prior notification. We went at lunchtime but no lunch offers appeared to be available. The tapas portions were small compared to other local tapas venues and the food was average. The patatas bravas were just fried potatoes smothered in a mayo and did not have the lovely tomato sauce you normally get with the dish. To improve matters they should not add items to the bill which have not been ordered and should consider offering a lunchtime special, such as 3 tapas for £10 or £12. £15 for 2 small tapas dishes and 1 drink is a far less competitive price than other restaurants are offering

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LadanH
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose this restaurant as it was close to St David Hall (concert). We were shown to our table and served immediately. The staff helped us select 6 tapas dishes advising on ingredients etc. Food was fresh and delicious. We loved the restaurant and the fantastic service. We shall return.

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MartinW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time. Staff were friendly and extremely helpful and the food and wine was amazing Highly recommended this lovely place

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DawnD
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, lovely wine (chilled to perfection!) friendly service.
Would definitely recommend and will be returning very soon.

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Keiron
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible food and good service, the best tapas I've had.

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Yvonne
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for the first time for a friends birthday we had a mixture of food mainly tapas and 1 seafood paella for 2. Lovely food attentive service.
We took a birthday cake which they brought to the table with a candle and sang which was lovely.
We sat ate drank wine and chatted and were not rushed to.leave so had a very enjoyable afternoon

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HelenD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was nice. Long wait and staff Were sometimes unattentive and slow. Could be greatly improved if the staff paid more attention. We were a big party of 10, and there weren't many other people in there so there was no reason to ignore us when asking for more drinks etc

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good correct, portions reasonable, staff friendly, tables small and quite cramped but this created atmosphere. Will go again.

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leeh
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous food, Lovely atmosphere, fab staff. Will definitely be visiting again soon x

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WilmaS
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Tapas and service
Good value for money
Good location

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Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is rated 4.6 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

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