Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.4
318 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 318 People Are Saying
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DavidB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very basic decor and furniture and not particularly welcoming. Staff seemed more concerned about chatting together than serving and cleaning up. Food very average so we actually left after our first course.

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LiamD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good, service was good, food was top quality

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DonnaH
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome, excellent food, friendly helpful staff. Nice relaxed atmosphere not rushed. In our opinion, excellent tradition food at a reasonable price. We really enjoyed it.

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sandrap
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was at this place on the weekend.
Food was good but not outstanding.
I did think the food could have been a bit better. .
We had the meat and cheese plate. Could have been more choice on there.
3 pieces of small bread between 2 of us !!.

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PhilipP
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service. Good choice of authentic dishes. As near to a Spanish tapas bar as you will get in Cardiff. If you can't get to Spain, go here. Could do with a few more Spanish wines on the menu.

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TonyR
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lunch. Our server, also named Santiago, looked after us very well, delivering our drinks and food promptly and ensured we were satisfied with all aspects of our lunch.

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NickyW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service however the decor could do with updating

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LindaK
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious with a huge choice. The service was great with lovely staff. Can't wait to go back!

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CardiffNorth
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It's a good place for some authentic tapas. I personally prefer the branch in Whitchurch, which has better food and a nicer ambience.

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JustinG
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely choice of tapas, everything that we ordered was delicious

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ClaireL
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and we will definitely be returning. The service was very good and friendly. Lovely atmosphere.

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DougC
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Padron peppers, lamb stiffado, paella, and chorizo with potatoes, all very nice. Staff nice and friendly.

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PaulF
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice - loved the tapas and sat outside for the atmosphere

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AliceL
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, delicious sangria. Great value for money

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NeilC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Terrible food, questionable recipes (potato Bravas not with tomato but cubes of under cooked potato with Mayo squeezed on top??)
Ambience of a school canteen ..
never again .

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ClaireH
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Tortilla was dry and the rest of the dishes were underwhelming. The wine was hugely overpriced and the whole experience was just really disappointing.

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LVRD
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, lots of vegetarian options which made it easy to order for a group with mixed dietary requirements. Loved it there.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very poor overall. Microwave rice on the paella, no flavour, could buy better frozen. Staff didn’t want to be there and made no effort to check how the meal was. Will be sticking with bar44 for tapas from now on, far better in everyway

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AlisonF
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, service and atmosphere. Definitely will return

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HywelL
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, excellent food and friendly, efficient service.

I'd recommend booking as it's always busy.

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RebeccaG
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tapas! Would highly recommend. Authentic & tasty.

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WokiRich
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great classic tapas and mains Spanish restaurant. Nice to get away from chains

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AmandaD
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A perfect day sat outside watching the world go by. Totally enjoyed our lunch and wine.

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AndrewT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at a reasonable price with good service

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dawnm
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere great menu and food was spot on. Attentive service all courses brought exactly as ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff were nice but a bit slow, restaurant is a bit small so close to others as we battle a pandemic is not ideal.

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Pinksnugsy
South Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love tapas but this wasn't my favourite place for tapas. The sardines were cold and a bit raw the chicken skewers were ok the potato's were a tad hard but the paella and garlic prawns a chirizo was lovely. I don't think there's much meat selections compared to other tapas restaurants.

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JaneM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had potato bravas, garlic mushrooms, calamari and a seafood and meat paella. Everything was delicious and piping hot. Excellent customer service.

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SteveR
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paella and squid were some of the best we have had.
Toilets could be improved.

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Sooz
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service. Would definitely recommend to my family and friends.

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GlutenFree
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as usual with a cheerful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Pregunte a una camarera si la paella era hecha al momento y me dijo que si,mi primera impresion al verla ya fue que era pre-cocinada,y cuando la probe lo comfirme,pero weno,como la mayoria de restaurantes españoles en uk

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JessicaJ
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a real family feel to the restaurant. Will definitely be reccomending and returning.

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cynthiah
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service, OK food. Location was perfect however

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Lisax
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food and drinks were really good. Service was slow. The staff took ages to serve but food was ready quickly

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Jojo
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our visit was ok, we had reserved our table but there was some one seating there when we arrived & had to wait 10 mins. The food was good but had to wait 10/15 extra minutes for one of the meals. The drinks order was mixed up but got there in the end.

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RhianP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely meal and surroundings and lovely attentive staff. Will definitely be back. Somewhere I wouldn’t have found tucked away very authentic place

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beautiful xxx we come again very soon x I have shared my 5 star review with my 5k Facebook followers

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emmar
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Ok food generally nice staff nice restaurant looks a little tired

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AlishaL
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night out since having our baby and the expectations were to standard, amazing, friendly, funny service we had. Outstanding food and drinks. Defiantly will be returning and with the family!! X

FAQs

Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is rated 4.4 stars by 318 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.