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Santiago's Tapas Whitchurch

4.3
4.3
451 Reviews
£25 and under
Spanish

Santiago’s Tapas 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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Booked 14 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00
    Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    029 2061 5394

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 451 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cardiff City & County

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  • Cardiff City & County

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  • Cardiff City & County

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  1. RC

    RosalindC

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food ( as always) in a lovely setting. Friendly, helpful staff - lovely Spanish ambience. We have eaten at both Santiago’s restaurants and love them both . Looking forward to a return visit in early 2022 !

  2. NC

    NiaC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing paella, well worth the wait for it to be Cooked fresh.

  3. VO

    VivienneO

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Apart from the chicken which for my taste Was overcooked the rest of the meal for the two of us was good we enjoyed it very much. The restaurant was very very quiet considering they were only one other party there but we did go quite late. The service was absolutely brilliant and can find no fault in it. Would we go there again probably I just found it very quiet

  4. JM

    JoyceM

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food,pleasant environment,friendly and efficient service,reasonable prices.

  5. RC

    RosieC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Server was very attentive and friendly. Atmosphere was very authentic. Everyone was lovely.

  6. CJ

    CharlotteJ

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and lovely service. Would definitely recommend :)

  7. k

    kimr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent, friendly staff, good choice of food.

  8. N

    Nobby1955

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Haven't been for a tapas meal in ages so this made a nice change, had 6 tapas meals which my wife and i shared, only disappointing one was the potato Bravas otherwise the rest were really good especially the paella, would go again and have no problem recommending.

  9. LR

    LesleyR

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely food , good sized tapas portions and a gorgeous Malbec .

  10. P

    Phyllis1976

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely meal we chose three tapas dishes each, all were exceptional. The service was great and the general feeling of the restaurant was cosy and friendly, so lucky to have this restaurant in our village.

  11. S

    Shauna

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Been here a lot, probably the worst meal I’ve ever had there. Don’t think I would return

  12. H

    Hellome1234

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience1

    The tapas was very dry. Nothing compared to Bar44 in Cardiff. The staff were lacking personality and came across as not wanting to be there.

  13. AC

    AndyC

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    Food was a bit hit and miss. Some of the dishes we ordered were great, with lots of flavour. Others were a little bland.

  14. T

    Trigger

    Caribbean

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Food was tasteless and swimming in water just like it was a frozen dish that had been defrosted. There was a table next to us about a foot away, to close in my opinion, lucky for us it was unoccupied.

  15. S

    Sarah

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, great atmosphere and lovely staff. Will definitely be back :-)

  16. PB

    PeteB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience2

    They bulk out pricier meat dishes with fried potato cubes, so much so that we did not need our patatas braves dish; which itself was in a mayonnaise sauce and not an authentic tomato base. The baby squid were overfried to the point of being burnt.I pointed this out to the very pleasant waitress only to receive a glowering look from the chef !!

  17. JM

    JoyceM

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food very tasty . The lunchtime offer for £10.95 is excellent value. Pleasant environment and courteous staff.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Lovely food but very slow service

  19. MD

    MargaretD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely decor excellent food and staff very friendly

  20. TW

    TraceyW

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent company

  21. CF

    ClaireF

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was excellent, arrived at the table very hot and looked and tasted delicious. Great cocktails.

  22. KI

    KIBO

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    very nice early Sunday lunch. We weren't the only family with young children which was nice. We've found it can be a bit hit and miss at Santiago's but the food and service was excellent this time. If the menu were tailored for the younger customer it could be a master stroke for lunch time take up.

  23. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    All delicious apart from the paella which was a bit of a let down , would absolutely go back as all the tapas were so good and freshly made

  24. RP

    RichardP

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    A great evening. Food was lovely. Even though it was tapas the portion sizes are very generous. Plenty of food to share and go away satisfied.

  25. SF

    SarahF

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first visit I really enjoyed it .I will come back the food very lovely

  26. C

    Cath

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Delicious tapas . We will be back! Good selection of wines and gins.

  27. C

    Cad69

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Went with friends, we all had tapas. My husband and I are vegetarians, and found the choice very limited, only vegetarian paella as a main course. We chose this as one of our tapas choices, it was nothing like an original paella taste. The others were very poor value for money. My friends had meat based tapas and found them tasty and filling. Would say the pardon peppers and cocktails well made. Probably won't use it again in a hurry except for drinks.

  28. SH

    SophieH

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding, real authentic Tapas ! Very quick service and friendly staff.

  29. KP

    KeithP

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nothing fancy but perfectly good local with a very reasonably priced lunch menu. Will return. Dates wrapped in bacon the stand out dish

  30. AS

    AmandaS

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Fab food . Lively atmosphere and staff very attentive . Good service

  31. CD

    CraigD

    Berkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall1food4service3ambience3

    Booked table at 8pm , main course arrived at 8.30 which was ok , after eating main course ordered more drinks at 9.10!pm was then told we had to leave at 9.30 because there was another booking for the table so was forced to drink very quickly , yet there was a table of 3 who were there before me drinking cocktails and were still there when I left. I should have been told I had the table for 1hr 30 mins when I arrived, my whole experience was spoiled, this will be the first and last time I visit this restaurant. I hope this feed back is given to the owners. Kind regards

  32. M

    Mary

    South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    The food was nicer at their branch in town, some of the food was quite dry here, and nothing was served with dressing or sauce.

  33. E

    Emma

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent family meal and reasonably priced too. Nice to try something different from usual chains.

  34. k

    kevins

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent food with a thoughtful menu. Should carry a good standard non alcoholic beer.

  35. RS

    RuthS

    South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Starters were poor, olives had just been thrown in a bowl with couple sluces french bread, no oil, no balsamic. Canara potatoes with main were hard and salad from a bag was but limp, overall not great.

  36. KP

    KayP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I was very happy with the service I received and the food was excellent will definitely visit again

  37. K

    Kallan

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Food was ok but that’s it. Bar 44 is better. It’s wasn’t as great as I imagined.

  38. EP

    EarlPS

    South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good service and great food. I would certainly recommend

  39. h

    happydiner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food, generous portions, friendly efficient staff. Great value for money.

  40. GH

    GarethH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the tapas from the menu, really tasty and good value for money. With attentive service, it made the overall experience very good, and will definetely be going back again!

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Santiago's Tapas Whitchurch is rated 4.3 stars by 451 OpenTable diners

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2 people

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Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Santiago's Tapas Whitchurch

77A Merthyr Road Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1DD

  • Area

    Cardiff

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00
    Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Wine

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