Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.6
63 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After never ending English food always same music, something different, simple, well prepared with nice staff

AP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner with 4 people and shared tapas. Our favourites were the Pulpo dish and the Canarian potatos with mojo sauce. But to be fair, all the other tapas were great as well. Same for the desserts.
The service was excellent and our waitress very friendly and helpful. Would always go again!

LS
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, good food and at a decent price. We had a lovely meal here and certainly recommend it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really lovey place. Great food. Incredible value. Service a bit slow for drinks and bill.

JM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Authentic Spanish food. Food cooked to order,service great. Estrella beer particularly good. Great ambience to the place. Five stars !

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such friendly service- felt like friends were cooking for us! Very authentic tapas and everything was delicious!

HM
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fantastic meal with work here. Owner was very charismatic and helpful and full of advice. Food was delicious, Sangria went down a little too quickly and we are already planning our next visit.

JR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very lovely meal with friends, good tapas and first class paella. Staff really good. We will be back.

SK
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Santiago's tapas bar to even the most critical of my friends.
The service was outstanding, nothing was too much trouble, and all staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes and able to offer advice and make recommendations.
I visited with my husband on a Saturday lunchtime, and even though it was really busy it still felt calm and unrushed .
Cant wait until my next visit.

LF
Surrey
55 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

In the heart of Cardiff, so buzzy atmosphere. The food portions were good for tapas - and the patatas bravas, whilst not the traditional recipe, was the best I've ever eaten!

NM
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, staff very welcoming and there was a lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

M
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the tapas at Santiago’s. Food was delicious and authentic. We were nearly put off by the street outside which was filthy with rubbish but I’m glad we went in because the meal was delicious.

JP
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, fantastic food and the best Sangria I have ever tried!

Y
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was probably the best Tapas we've had. Only suggestion, toilets were a bit grim!

SM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The paella is the star of the show, fab wine choice too. Would recommend to friends.

AG
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great good, service was ok and place was busy.

Front of house seemed very stressed and other waiting staff seemed a bit inexperienced but sure that will get better.

DP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Very poor tapas, with rice that tastes microwaved and frozen prawns that taste rubbery.

There are much better tapas options in Cardiff.

NW
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, we both really enjoyed. Staff were lovely, really friendly. Food was ready really quickly even though the restaurant was busy. Would definitely recommend.

BH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service 2nd to nine would highly recommend.went for my partners birthday and she was very happy with the choice 👍🏻

TS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was great but the service was poor. I reserved a table for four for Father’s Day and there were two window seats reserved but my family and I were put in a dark corner on a booth seat that was too low. We were mostly ignored by the waiting staff.

SG
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have just come home from 10 days in Spain and were delighted with the classic more home style tapas selections that Santiago's is offering. Great to have more traditional Spanish food to enjoy.

PV
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and staff, we had a table of 12 for the recent Take That concert and we were very impressed with level of service and quality and the speed of service.
Also had a great wine selection, very impressed and will return.

L
Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was friendly. The owner recommended the wine which was very good. The restaurant itself is very quaint and has a nice atmosphere. We really enjoyed the food and I will return again.

LA
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location, food, atmosphere, service, and the owners personal attention Fab.

KB
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tasty food, nice atmosphere. Portions are quite small for the price compared to what we’ve experienced elsewhere.

N
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best tapas I have had ever!!! Would highly recommend.

E
Spain
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Sensationally good, authentic tapas. This place is very special.

DD
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I very much enjoy Spanish cuisine and have, over the last 20 years, spent a lot of time every year in the Valencia region of Spain and away from the tourist traps . As a result I would say I was a reasonable judge of what is good and bad with Spanish food. In my view the food was excellent and compares very well with what you expect in Spain. We had a Mixed Valencia Paella for 4 which was absolutely packed with squid, prawns ,muscles and chicken. It was very substantial, tasted great and cooked perfectly. We also had a number of Tapas dishes to start and while we waited for our paella which takes about 30 minutes to prepare. (Exactly as it should be) . If a paella comes to your table any quicker you know you are not getting a paella cooked from scratch.
I would also recommend the Navajas Rioja which was excellent and very good value.
Its not often I can't finish a meal because I'm full , but they were even able to give me the left over paella in Tupperware box for lunch the following day. Thank you

GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately it did not live up to expectations. We felt rushed in the service and the paella was particularly dry . We were told the olives were free only to then be charged.

JD
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of food, in conjunction with the great service make this restaurant first class. I would recommend Santiago’s to anyone & would love to revisit it next time we are in Cardiff.

CH
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little find, in a good location in the city. Staff were friendly and attentive and food was authentic and tasty. It's not a huge place but that adds to the experience of being intimate and relaxed. The menu has a great selection of dishes with something for everyone and the food came out as it was ready and was really quick.

PE
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The small plates we ordered were unexceptional. They arrived at the table very quickly, so much so that I infer the cooked dishes were either already made and kept warm, or perhaps microwaved. The wine we chose was excellent.

L
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, friendly staff and a good atmosphere. We will definitely be returning

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent addition to central Cardiff restaurant options and great to see a family restaurant doing authentic Spanish food of high quality ,a really nice setting and experience we will be back for sure !

C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with very friendly staff . Good range of tapas . Two of us shared a Paella and did not have to wait long. All six of us really enjoyed ourselves . Would go back if in Cardiff

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal. Super helpful staff. Great value.

l
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time here and the food never fails to disappoint, it’s also very good value for money!
The service was fantastic and as it was my birthday they even brought my out some gluten free almond cake (so delicious) with a candle in! I will definitely be coming back

d
Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good selection of tapas dishes, great service and friendly, helpful staff. Need to book

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birrliant Sangria!

OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was poor and inattentive as the meal progressed. They mad a mistake with our coffees and desserts, which made them miscalculate our bill.

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