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“A lovely tapas restaurant”; “fantastic food at great prices” – you’ll rarely hear a bad word spoken about El Parador, where classic flavours, effervescent vibes and rustic good looks combine to make one seriously seductive Spanish venue. With so much garlic and verdant extra-virgin olive oil on the menu, it’s hardly surprising that everything tastes so good. All the classics are here, alongside a few “interesting extras”: boquerones, calamares and albondigas share the billing with, say, bacalao al piquillo (baked salt cod with piquillo peppers, shrimps, garlic and wine) or panceta con cidra (rolled pork belly braised in cider). Vegetarians are treated to some big, bold flavours too, from textbook tortilla to grilled courgettes with spinach and sunflower seeds, while everyone can indulge in sweet treats of orange crème caramel or Santiago tart. El Parador also boasts a beautiful courtyard garden – “perfect for alfresco lunches in summer”.

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El Parador

245 Eversholt Street ,London NW1 1BA

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Jan 2013

I've visited here several times with friends, relatives and work colleagues in varying size groups. We have all loved the food and the atmosphere.It is probably the best Tapas I've had outside of Spain and is as good as Fino (but not as smart) however, it is considerably cheaper. I must admit on my first visit when we were seated in the basement room I was a bit apprehensive, but once the place filled up and the food arrived, all my concerns disappeared. The waiting staff are overstretched at times,...

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Graham E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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245 Eversholt Street ,London NW1 1BA

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Jul 2012

El Parador is local to our work and so has become a regular place to take visitors at lunchtime. On each occasion the food has been interesting, tasty, plentiful and value for money Ok, the place doesn't look in the least bit fancy and the staff can get stretched when it is busy, but they are always helpful with recommendations. All in all a great value lunchtime venue – and in the summer, the garden is a really nice place to eat in a sparse part of town for that sort of thing.

ANDREW G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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El Parador

245 Eversholt Street ,London NW1 1BA

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Nov 2010

Don't know what planet the other reviewers where on when eating at El Parador but I had a meal there last week and I thought the food was excellent, the hake and cod quite simply out of this world, the Calamares unlike others I have had in some of the more well known Tapas Eateries in London where succulent and melted in my mouth, the meatballs nice and moist in a rich garlicky and tomato sauce, had a few others things and where all spot on. Yes it is very busy and at times noisy but that's the...

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Nick D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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245 Eversholt Street ,London NW1 1BA

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May 2010

I am sorry but I would not consider this restaurant for “best tapas” No way!!! I arrived around 18:00 (opening time for dinner) and they looked like upset. I had Grilled Octopus (not fresh at all) and spiced chorizo (extremely salty) No way that I would recommend this restaurant, ever!!! Go to Cigala, barrafina or Tapas brindisa if you want to have a real taste of Spain. Max

Massimo F.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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245 Eversholt Street ,London NW1 1BA

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Oct 2009

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I visited this place with my husband on a busy Saturday night after having read good reviews about the place. I really feel the urge to add my review in order to balance the much too overrated reviews. We started out with quite high hopes for this small restaurant. The atmosphere was pleasant, but the noise level very high. The service was friendly and quick to seat us, but we several times after this we had to call out loud to get their attention. We ordered five different tapas. The vegetarian...

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Marie S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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    The Hedonist :: The Hedonist El Parador

    I had heard rumours about El Parador in Camden for a while-that it is a little hidden gem, a family run tapas restaurant running for 30 years with a lovely garden and a favourite of celebrities and politicians. It’s the sort of place that you don’t tell people about because you want to keep it for yourself…So I was pleased to be asked to review it to find out what the fuss was about…

    After an initial glass of a deliciously nutty Fino (&4.70) we dug into Pure de Habas (&4.80)-broad bean, confit garlic and rosemary which came with some very serviceable bread. It was a warm coarse pur&e spiked with the garlic...
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  • Address: 245 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BA
  • Telephone: 020 7387 2789
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sat 6-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30) Sun 6.30-9.30pm

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