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Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.5
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161 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 161 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IsabellaF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was so yummy and the staff were lovely!!

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Matt
Wales
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and better value with a very relaxing environment

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PhilipP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had lunchtime tapas, good choice, meat platter was excellent. Nice house wine. Friendly service. Authentic Spanish feel. Beware the padron peppers, very cheeky! Will return and recommend.

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is excellent. Highly recommended

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RebeccaL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious freshly cooked food. Authentic taste as the last time we had tapas was in Spain and these dishes were just as good! Generous size portions.
Service was friendly and staff very welcoming. We also felt Covid safe. We will definitely be returning.

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KeithE
Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cosy restaurant. Great service and very good food

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SusanHB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal here. The tapas was excellent - especially the pulpo and the tortilla. Will hopefully return

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DavidS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice tapas, great service and a nice chilled atmosphere.

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PilarD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Spanish food, very tasty and the service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Lovely, but the toilets are a real let down!

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ChrisB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I booked Santiago’s as a last minute table, as it was one of the few places left available. This definitely worked out in my favour as the food was delicious.
Albeit, the food is very expensive for the size of the dishes, and the dishes came out very staggered as opposed to in one go which meant some had gone room temperature by the time another dish was brought. But still very tasty!

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MartinW
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went for the tapas plates including the paella and meat balls amongst other dishes. Most of the food was great although the paella was undercooked void of chicken and very bland. The meat balls tasted like they had some kind of liver or offal in them ( the taste was slightly bitter). The rest of the food was fantastic and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. I'd recommend this place but would not have the small plate of paella or meatballs again.

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HayleyM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the waitress was very accommodating!
The food was GREAT! Tapas was lovely and very tasty definitely recommend

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adrianr
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas and service. Certainly worth visiting and definitely would return.

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Beth
Wales
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The choice of food in terms of variety is great but maybe too much as the quality doesn’t quite keep up. The presentation of the food was great but the taste was not reflective. The food lacked flavour and was a little dry. The food tasted as though it had been cooked previously and just kept warm.

Would work better with a more limited menu but fresher and more flavourful dishes.

The service and overall experience was enjoyable.

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janep
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to Santiago. Food excellent. Staff were lovely.

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GailH
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty, hot and fresh. Service was great and we will definitely be returning to Santiago’s

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AlexW
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tapas food. All piping hot and delicious.

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KarenD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santiago is my favourite tapas restaurant. Food and service all excellent and it’s authentic (staff have twangs) and it’s not a chain. For Covid I would say they had measures in place that sufficed. Not all the tables were occupied and we had our own bottle of hand gel at our table.

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Carld
Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - excellent quality - well worth the money - very authentic - fast service - highly recommended

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JASONT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The Manager needs to be more accommodating at the end of the evening, we had a bottle wine to finish and my friends had no drinks but the manager refused to serve some beers because he was tired? business don't survive with that type of thinking.

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GemmaS
Wales
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and wine, great service and very reasonably price

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute restaurant with yummy food and great service!

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Niamunna
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food from a menu with lots of variety. I like that you can choose a main meal or tapas (or both!) Staff were lovely, very helpful and friendly and service was really fast. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service from the staff was lovely and friendly and felt safe, given the current circumstances.
This was our second visit and the food was again, absolutely lovely!!
We were celebrating an anniversary and the chef gifted us churros for dessert:)
We’ll be back again!

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ChrisW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, quick service, reasonable prices. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice shame it wasn’t in the government eat out deal

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ElunedM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here multiple times, and it never disappoints.

Food is excellent quality, and very authentic. House wine is also very good.

Staff are very friendly and service is efficient.

You get a large plate of olives on arrival which they marinate themselves and are the best olives I've had any where. Better still, if you ask they will make you up a carton of olives to take home.

We will definitely be back.

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Amber74
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice overall experience but the restaurant could do with deep clean

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HelenM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and sangria! fast service and nice atmosphere. Highly recommend

JP
JamesP
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening, great food and service. Highly recommend

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DeanT
Wales
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Spanish tapas great value for money

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SimonK
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was lovely, great service and nice location. Staff were very helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit .

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SeanB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Almost as good as being in Spain. Draught Mahou a real bonus.

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NicolaD
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant in the city centre of Cardiff. Service, food and ambience all five star. We will be back again soon

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janep
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to current situations was lovely to go out for food. Very friendly staff . Will definitely be going back .

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MartaR
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly and welcoming staff! Very nice food (large portions).

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SarahL
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always, great choice on the menu, served fresh and hot. Covid restrictions in place and adhered to throughout the meal. It is only a small venue but they ensured social distancing. This was our first meal out and we weren't disappointed, we love Santiago’s and we will definitely be back

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kitkat
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning meal and excellent service 👌. We will definitely be back (Be sure to order the garlic prawns. SO GOOD!)

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Nolan
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Sat outside,
Service was slow. Food was good-
Padron peppers, pulpo, prawn pil pil. Bacon and dates.
Got accosted by a drunk / drug up person looking for money! Had to call the police! Staff rather than standing up and sorting it out ran inside- we called the police!

FAQs

Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is rated 4.5 stars by 161 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.