Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.4
225 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 225 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoyH
South Wales
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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Jess
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyed the food, some pricing doesn’t make sense, staff friendly but seemed stressed, took a while before we got anything and never got the chance to order a second drink.

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PeterC
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Superb experience despite needing to dine outdoors because of current Covid restrictions. great waiters, quick service and very tasty food (tapas).

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LowriW
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food but because of
Covid regulations had to eat outdoors and some form of outdoors heating would have been welcome!

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AngharadB
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. Great atmosphere, staff very welcoming and accommodating. Chorizo & calamari were soo tasty! Will be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious and well presented food, excellent service

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GeorgiaD
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff 10/10 - delicious food and one the wait staff were so friendly. I recommend the meatballs and the patatas bravas

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FinolaN
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent and food was delicious, especially the calamari! Olives were also great. Overall pretty good value as the tapas plates were bigger than expected (we got 5 dishes between 2 and that was plenty). Would definitely recommend and visit again!

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Lauren
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff are really friendly, helpful and welcoming. Food is generous and delicious. This is simple, traditional tapas. No surprises, nothing fancy, just really tasty food. Drink selection is good. Atmosphere outside was nice, the street is lively with bars and people walking through. The inside of the restaurant when open is lovely and relaxed. There is some shelter outside but might not be the best in very bad weather. A lovely choice for a really sociable meal with reasonable prices.

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AdamC
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was looking forward to this booking being the first time I'd been out dining since last year but must say I was quite disappointed.

I opted for the lunch time special of 2 tapas and a small drink. Firstly the restaurant was out of cider so I asked for an elderflower tonic which was also out stock. Considering it was 12 midday and they had only just opened I was surprised that they did not have these in stock.

Secondly the food was unfortunately below par. The paella of the day was chicken and chorizo and only 2 tiny pieces of chorizo on it and the rice was not paella rice, in fact I'd go as far as saying it looked and tasted exactly like Uncle Ben's golden vegetable packet rice. The patatas bravas were also disappointing. These were not as I have experienced when holidaying in Spain, they were basically glorified chips with garlic mayonnaise skirted over them.

All in all I failed to get the authentic Spanish cuisine I was hoping for.

nlikely to return or recommend this establishment.

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HywelL
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times, always great food and very pleasant atmosphere. Service great despite being busy (even under current limitations).

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely place. Great food. Good, polite service. Shame we couldn't drink alcohol during our visit, due to local covid restrictions, but we still had a lovely time & meal.
Highly recommend.

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JamesB
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent quality, very good value for money. Will definitely be back.

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SophieB
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really great food & service, The covid measures in place were really clear & all staff had face masks on which was reassuring

FAQs

Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is rated 4.4 stars by 225 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.