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El Rincon de Rafa

244 Deansgate | Entrance on Longworth Street, Manchester M3 4BQ, England
+44 161 839 8819
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“tapas” (311 reviews)
“paella” (58 reviews)
“crab claws” (10 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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244 Deansgate | Entrance on Longworth Street, Manchester M3 4BQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Food was good, but basement location smelled foisty as though it was damp. Service was OK, not exactly warm & friendly. Worst part was the gent toilets, urinal's both overflowing and stank! Would have been a lower rating but the food was pretty good and...More

Thank davechilde
Reviewed 3 days ago

The first thing that hit us as we entered this restaurant we as the overpowering smell of urine from the toilets near the entrance which filtered through to the restaurant. However as we went with someone who like the restaurant we took our seats. The...More

Thank Shelly T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A Friday night in Manchester. .. 7pm .I am writing this as we eat... Almost empty.. only had a jug of sangria (poor quality and over priced )and 2 x tapas.. .. patatas bravas and gambas pil pil.. both OK ..but nothing special .. leaving...More

Thank sexyrexyCheshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Tapas bar for a birthday celebration. It was fairly quiet, as it was a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. We were not given menus, asked if we would like drinks or welcomed. We got our drinks from the bar, and sat down,...More

Thank Alison A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A warm welcome, great service, good food. We came as a party of four, tried at least ten of the tapas dishes, none of which disappointed.

Thank Sinope1954
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is authentic Spanish tapas served in a restaurant with attractive and authentic Spanish decor. A poor first impression is given by the smell of urine from the blocked and overflowing urinals in the gents toilets near the entrance. The staff were charmless,...More

Thank laurence1999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited at lunch for a family birthday meal. I understand the tapas dishes will come out at different times but there was probably around 30/40 minutes between the first and the last. One member of our group ordered a main meal which only arrived after...More

Thank Annabel C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for some late lunch excellent service as always and excellent food as well , enjoy every time we come never lets us down, and worth the trip just for the Estrella

Thank rob502017
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We have been visited El Rincon De Rafa 24 of December, so, I and my friend Katy are so great about our experience in your restaurant! Thanks a lot for delicious food and great service!

1  Thank Hawa H
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Best spanish food outside of spain and impeccable service. Authentic feel to this little gem that you dont get in many tapas places...well worth the visit, I promise!

1  Thank MichelleViz
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Response from Lisa C | Reviewed this property |
I normally say 10pm - they will serve later, but you really need to sit down by 10 if you want to get a good range of dishes. And yes, it's a good idea to book - can get very busy from Thursday onwards. The food is... More
Diane A
9 February 2015|
Response from MikeyD566 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry you'll have to ask the restaurant if they do gluten free bread etc but I would think you could eat there by only choosing tapas that did not involve flour..
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 42
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 244 Deansgate | Entrance on Longworth Street, Manchester M3 4BQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +44 161 839 8819
El Rincón de Rafa is Manchester's longest-serving independent Spanish restaurant, having been in the city centre for 22 years. A family run establishment, El Rincón is regularly described as a 'hidden gem' and offers a relaxed, authentic experience, brought to Manchester from Málaga by owner Rafael Cabrera-Vargas. El Rincón offers a large range of tapas and main courses (including paellas) and a fully stocked bar with a huge variety of Spanish beers (both bottles and draught) and wines. The off the beaten track but central location of El Rincón (close to the Hilton hotel - turn down St John's St from Deansgate and take the first right) ensures an unbeatable authentic Spanish atmosphere, but with hidden nooks and crannies for a more intimate feel. The restaurant doesn't accept bookings for two, seating couples at a number of tables on a first come, first served basis. Customers are also welcome to visit just the bar for food and/or drinks. Que aproveche!
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