Santiago's Tapas Cardiff

4.5
194 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 194 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious and well presented food, excellent service

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GeorgiaD
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
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
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
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
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.

JB
JamesB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

SB
SophieB
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

HB
HayleyB
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful tapas and staff were great
Covid safety measures in place

DL
DafyddL
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food & staff were superb. Great atmosphere & will be back!

JH
JanetH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, great service. Could gave been a bit warmer.

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AbigailG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Delicious food, good value & came out in a good time frame. Shame we couldn’t stay for dessert due to our 1.5 hrs being up but we understand it’s difficult circumstances currently.

Would definitely recommend for a reasonably priced, delicious meal 🥘

JM
JamesM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, fantastic service, a nice place to dine.

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Lloyd
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

The restaurant was great in regards to the food and the atmosphere. We sat down and had the menu. We placed both food and drink orders.
The food was great! In regards to the service, not very good at all. Our waiter didn’t ask how our food was, we wasn’t asked did we want a drink for the 2 hours we were sitting there. Then after asking for the bill, we waited for a further 20 minutes. The restaurant wasn’t that busy so there was no excuse for the lack of service.
Go there for food not the service!

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HayleyR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely loved this place! Never been before and was very impressed. It doesn't look much from the outside and is quite small inside, so my first impressions were not brilliant, but as soon as we walked in and were greeted by the friendly team and amazing smells coming from the kitchen the 'small place' became quaint and cosy!
The food is just amazing and great value for money! Great selection of wine available to go with the tapas and for someone who is fussy with their wine glasses, I have to add that the wine glasses are lush - just in case there are other fussy people reading this! We will be back! Thank you for a great evening

JF
JayneF
Wales
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place, stunning food. Cannot wait to come back xx

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Kkkkkk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always of excellent standard, service is warm and friendly. Authentic tapas. Best in Cardiff

KM
KarenM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food. Lovely staff. First time at this restaurant but Will be back

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JonathanS
Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent. Lovely meal and great service. Would definitely recommend this to anyone and would certainly visit again.

CG
CGW81
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, fantastic and friendly service - one of our party has a severe nut allergy and the chef was so helpful with this. We will definitely be back and recommend Santiago's 100%!

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ChrisT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb experience food out of this world. Service great too lots of choice with dishes.

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CAREYP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a table booked for 7.30 it was ready on arrival enjoyed the food and the service was good. We ordered garlic mushrooms but a little disappointed it didn't come with a sauce

DG
DomenicoG
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service, would definitely recommend it

LT
LowriT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food, big portions, good and fast service,

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HannahD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the service was great. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Will definitely dine at Santiago’s again!

HB
HarryB
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic dining experience, by far the best Tapas we have experienced in the UK!

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Chloe
Wales
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our meal. The waiter was attentive and personable, and the food was delicious and quick. An excellent experience, we can’t wait to return!

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Emma
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service, will definitely be retuning

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NeilS
Wales
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere with great service, we were a table of 4 and we opted for a selection of 2 tapas each then ordered an extra couple at the end.
Had a lovely bottle of Rioja Navajas.
We all agreed we would go again!!

JA
JennyA
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great food and service was attentive and friendly. Will visit again

CF
CardiffFoodie
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice place with food ambience. Really friendly staff and there is a huge effort to remain covid secure. Some of the dishes were a little bland but overall quality was good.

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ElaineC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience1

Service very good thought drinks expensive food was good but went cold very quickly.
Gave low score for Ambience as Restaurant was very cold could have done with some heat also panel at side of door all scratched could do with a luck of paint. Made the venue look tatty and unloved.

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IsabellaF
London
2 reviews
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
Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service is excellent. Highly recommended

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RebeccaL
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

FAQs

Santiago's Tapas Cardiff is rated 4.5 stars by 194 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 reservations at the moment.