Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.4
238 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 238 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AW123
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were so rushed through our meal sadly. It seemed as though the restaurant was well overbooked beyond what they could handle. We had barely finished our meal before we were asked how long we would be as they had another booking coming in. We had also noticed that another table of friends were actually asked to leave half way through their meal. Therefore clearly leaving their customers completely dissatisfied along with a mountain of food waste which is something I detest greatly. After our food had been taken away were were rushed outside to finish our bottle of wine... all in 15 minutes before they wanted their outdoor table back. Very disappointed with this service. Our food was lovely, however lovely it may have been our experience was not a good one due to how poorly we and the rest of the customers were treated on Wednesday evening.

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Friendswholunch
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The restaurant was very untidy with what looked like gas cylinders sitting in the middle of the room.

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JamesB
South Wales
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, very good quality food, fast and efficient service. Will definitely be back

CJ
ConorJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff were amazing and I had a really good time. Can’t wait to come again. Staff were even happy when I sang Sweet child o mine

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Joanne
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service, would totally recommend

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Jess
South Wales
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food. lovely service. small, quiet and cosy. would 100% recommend!

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LouiseD
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service, wine was great too - highly recommend and will visit again soon

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TerenceR
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good service overall, pity about the broken toilet

RB
RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice ambient restaurant with great range of tapas .

CJ
CeriJ
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service all round. Would definitely recommend.

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CatHall
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both myself and my daughter had the most amazing evening. Even though it was extremely busy the food, service and atmosphere were excellent. A truly authentic Spanish evening, perfect. Highly recommended, we can’t wait to return, I just wish we lived closer.

OT
OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely food! Paella was lush! Nice wine selection

JB
JoeB
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was great. Just had a really relaxed time with lots of small plates and wine. Perfect for date night.

JH
JoyH
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed with the food , after reading the reviews was expecting better.

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RobertW
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great wine and a very nice ambiance. The Paella was exceptional. Would really recommend it.

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AliH
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would reccomend, great food and service. Booked outside seating but was raining so was offered a table indoors!

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MarthaA
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Table was 30 minutes late. Took 15 mins to be served drinks and had to ask to order food. Nothing was offered to us due to the inconvenience of the delayed table.
Music was too quiet so no real atmosphere.
Staff seemed stressed, didn’t talk or explain what dishes they brought over when they brought it.

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jamesA
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

please remember we are in covid times...
3 of the 7 dishes we ordered were not available
too slow & they turned away a lot of people - they really needed another couple of members of staff
what we ate was fantastic.

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gavs
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our first visit here, not sure what to expect.. only one toilet that was shared , and wasn’t clean.. no door handle on door. Had plenty of tapas in past but this wasn’t great. Overcooked prawns over cooked octopus. All dishes seemed to be swimming in grease. Don’t think we’d go back which is a shame

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OHSm
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Lovely food and great prices. A few things out of stock. Waitress was awful. Didn't say a word to us or tell us what food she was delivering. Just left it on the table and walked away.

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HelenL
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. Thank you so much for a lovely lunch

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RaquelV
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’m a Spaniard myself and I found the food here pretty good. A bit overpriced in my view, but a good choice to have some delicious tapas. Good variety and nice atmosphere. Service was also very good. In a nice central area as well. Would definitely recommend.

BH
BethanyH
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great experience as always! We dine here on a regular basis and always love it!

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NomW
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable lunch would be happy to recommend to friends

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ADemps
Devon
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food very bland, feel like I could have made tastier food at home. The prawns pil pil in so much oil it turned both our stomachs. Service- nothing to write home about.

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caitlinm
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really lovely place, food was amazing. Will be back :)

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Trishaj
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.
Couldn't ask for more as all was spot on

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darrenA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service . Good food and a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon. thank you.

JA
JoeA
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service overall. Great.

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slms
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely tapas meal with my son. Food was delicious.

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vipLisaS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Tapas & good value for money. Location was very central.

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Cardiffeater
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was some of the worst I’ve ever eaten. Definitely the worst food I’ve had out in recent memory. Everything was over cooked, lacked any sort of flavour and tasted like it had been microwaved to death. Paella tasted like it was mostly uncle Ben’s rice. Potatoes were edible. Left most of what we ordered but enjoyed the wine. Toilets were filthy.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant tapas restaurant in the heart of Cardiff. Food is excellent and the staff are friendly & efficient. We will definitely be returning and highly recommend!

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CarmenT
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was out of this world amd the service was fantastic will definitely be visiting again soon 🙂

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SarahG
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, lovely staff, and nice atmosphere. Will be back again soon

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Rozmarie
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was a nice time out. The food was good overall but there is still place for improvement. Service was very good!

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RachelD
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and once again the food was outstanding. We were obviously sat outside but the staff couldn’t do enough to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Always impressed with Santiago’s but yesterday more than ever!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal with great service. Highly recommend the Sangria and the Croquetas

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VMcT
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was out of staff control as very limited number of outside tables allowed. We would have stayed longer if they hadn't needed to limit reservation times. In spite of covid restrictions, food and service excellent. Would definitely return.

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LibertyC
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time here, highly recommend! The food was lovely and the staff were friendly, can’t wait to go back.

FAQs

Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is rated 4.4 stars by 238 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.