4 Stars
3,263 Reviews

El Campero

Located in Barbate , fishing village whose traditional cuisine draws inspiration Campero 's letter , being Wild Bluefin Tuna Almadraba the undisputed star . Traditional cuisine with Japanese touches and cutting edge , but giving priority to the authentic flavor of the dish . With brightly decorated , clean and simple shapes, El Campero provides an exclusive atmosphere to enjoy a unique experience.


Ranking
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#3 of 142 places to eat in Barbate

Cuisines
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Japanese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Sushi, European, Gluten Free Options

Meals
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Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Dishes
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Tapas, Salad, Tataki, Tuna, Prawns, Toasts, Torte

Dietary restrictions
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Gluten Free Options

Rating
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4.5 stars - base on 3263 reviews



Average prices
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$33 - $56

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Address

Avenida Constitucion 5 Local C Local 5C, 11160, Barbate Spain

Directions

Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Monday
08:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Tuesday
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Wednesday
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Friday
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Saturday
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
08:00 PM - 11:45 PM

Reviews

gonzalezfri

Great restaurant

- 5 / 5 stars -1 month ago

This restaurant offers good quality products, specially red tuna fish. Local cuisine and wide variety of tuna tapas and other specialities. I recomment it for fish lovers! Prices a little big higher than other restaurants nearby but you should try it at least once.


832LarsB

Very good but prices are rising....

- 4 / 5 stars -2 months ago

Have dined here many times over the years and will continue to so as it is my favourite place for tuna. Quality is still very good but prices are rising. Now You - again - can have Barajuela Fino (2014) by the glass (8€), which is good, but the glass is unfortunately smaller. Last time I was here You could only by it by bottle. I would advise You to buy one bottle (53€) as it is an amazing wine. Callejuela amontillado La Casilla is now 13 €, which is over the top, although it is a good glass. Tradición is now 15 € a glass, which is the highest price I have ever seen anywhere. For a bottle of 2005 Vina Rondônia Blanco from Rioja, they charge 90 €!!! Last summer I bought it in a restaurant in Valladolid for 45 €... You can understand that they have a business to run and want to make money, but as a food a wine lover, I find myself thinking hard about buying the "the perfect" match of a glass for a dish, as it it very expensive....


blessedlynny

Truly the best tuna restaurant in the world!

- 5 / 5 stars -2 months ago

We had the degustation menu and was super pleased with it. All diff cuts of the tuna done different, and to perfection. The service was also impeccable. Warm friendly and knowledgeable staff. SUPER RATING THIS! Book this and I assure you will LOVE IT!


Boxy987

Simply the BEST tuna in the world

- 5 / 5 stars -3 months ago

No, it is not an overstatement.Cadiz's almadraba tuna is the best in the world and through a visit of exploration of many places, we can confirm no better tuna can be found anywhere else.Excellence materiallised in faceras, galete, parpatana, morrillo...Superb service, wine marriage and again again and again, the BEST tuna you will find in this paradise corner of the world.Try yourself and convince yourself.This is my religion!


Golfett

Best of the best. Best tuna in Europe

- 5 / 5 stars -3 months ago

Very surprising to find one of the best restaurant of Spain in a corner of Cádiz region. The tuna is the freshest possible. The various dishes mostly of tuna are inventive and creative. Good service. I would recommend this place 100%.


348giuliai

Amazing experience

- 5 / 5 stars -3 months ago

Beautiful evening at el campero. Tried different dishes all beautiful and super fresh!! Sure be back!!


FM587

Best Tuna you can eat

- 5 / 5 stars -3 months ago

Great place for all kind of Tuna fish. You will be delighted. Is pricey but totally worth every penny. Inconvenience, you have to make a reservation ahead or you can wait for up to two hours for a stall at the terrace or the bar.


J5299MXcarlosm

Still good food, but quality has dropped considerably

- 2 / 5 stars -4 months ago

I've been coming to El Campero since around 1998, and have tasted most of the tapas that Pepe Melero has been offering in their bar menu since that year. An absolute reference of tuna preparation in the world.On Friday 26th of April I attended the tapas bar with my girlfriend (food blogger) and our experience was disappointing.We went straight for my favorite top tapas: "tosta de semimojama" and "tosta de atún y trufa". these were amazing as always, 5/5."Croquetas caseras" and "brocheta de atún" were good, 4/5.We then tried "brocheta de atún en adobo con cuscús", 2019 addition, and to our disappointment we found what seemed to be a hair in the tuna breaded crust. I discretly notified our waiter who immediately took back the dish. Bar manager made his way to apologise, and I found interesting how a top bar/restaurant would deal with such a situation.We were only offered verbal apologies, a new "replacement tapa" and finally offered a complimentary digestive drink to our choice (we opted for "crema de Orujo"). In my opinion, a very poor customer service. The majority of bars would offer at least a complimentary drink on the house, or a reduction on the final bill. Not el campero, who has been part of Michelín Guide for several consecutive years.Every chef can do mistakes, but we considered the management was not adewuate hence the low rating in this occasion.We will come back soon surely, and am sure we will have a much better experience.


Onokay

A deep and delicious ....tuna experience!!

- 5 / 5 stars -4 months ago

I was surprise from the modern and design style of the place, just because I had memories of years and years ago.....but places get ....upgrade! we had a mix selection of all the tuna specialities and they are simply excellent . Never experienced (not even in Sicily where tuna is at home) the variety of cooking and the special part of tuna, not even eaten before some parts of the tuna, like for instance the head and the shoulder. Price is at the level of the tuna food, but the rest of the menu....is not so extraordinary like th tuna.....so my suggestion....if you go ...go for tuna!! any kind and taste all.


MichaelH15168

Tuna tartare & sashimi

- 5 / 5 stars -10 months ago

A special restaurant, for a special occasion, or just spoiling oneself an evening. They are known for their tuna dishes, so nothing for sole meat eaters.. Share a few dishes, as a tuna sashimi & tartar plate. This is as good, or maybe even better, than any Japanese chef would achieve, not at least due to the high quality tuna. A must is one tuna "caprese" bread with truffle (one per head).. Tuna starters are the best, but good to share as well a main dish per three persons. Very attentive and professional waiters & personnel Very clean. Not cheap, but that is not the reason for going here. Count Euro 50 per head. Very fair local wine prices (bottle). Good Caña (Cruzcampo). For a celebration, couple, family, friends.


mehranmuslimi

Tuna Heaven

- 5 / 5 stars -10 months ago

If your a Tuna lover than this is a must visit place. Lovely food and excellent environment, prifetional service.


832LarsB

Still some very good food

- 4 / 5 stars -10 months ago

Have dined here once before in the restaurant, where the big, simple and expensive servings disappointed me a bit, and many times in the "tapas- bar" where I again dined for both lunch and dinner over two days. I tried all the tapas I did not try before and some "raciones". Some tapas are mediocre, some good. Some are simple in style like in any spanish restaurants, and som are small refined masterpieces. You MUST try the signature tapa "Tuna on toasted bread with truffles" - it is magic. Drink a good glass of Fino with it. 2013 Fino Barajuela is perfect, but only sold by the bottle. Barbecue ribs of Tuna is also amazing. A total different style, but super with a glass of "Casilla" Amontillado from Carajuela. A bit of criticism: Earlier You could buy 2013 Fino Barajuela by the glass, but now only by the bottle, and it would be nice to find La Pansa from Emilio Hidalgo. They serve Oloroso too cold. They don't have any good sweet wines by the glass except for Tradition VOS PX, which is fine for chocolate deserts and blue cheese, but not ideal for fruit deserts and lighter deserts. It would be nice to find Muscatel from Telmo Rodriquez and Cream VOS from Tradition. I will still come again...


gabrielledenny

Specialises in tuna dishes

- 5 / 5 stars -11 months ago

Necessary to book well in advance for the main restaurant but you can queue for seats at the bar or in the outside terrace. The tuna dishes are delicious and well worth the wait for a table.


danielz624

Tuna at its best

- 4 / 5 stars -11 months ago

Had a lovely diner with my wife. Service outstanding, location somewhat sterile and food delicious. We tried the huevas rojo de atun, very special and all new for us. The shrimp carpaccio just a thrill and the tuna lomo made to the point. Little downside was the poor quality of the tuna, too dry and too many tendons in it for what the price was. The waitors very attentive and helpfull.


cftjw

Gourmet tour of Cadiz

- 4 / 5 stars -11 months ago

We were taken to this establishment as part of the above tour and our host Annie B had chosen an 8 course menu (plus dessert and coffee) for us and wow.... I have never eaten Tuna in so many different ways, including raw, cheek, ribs and so on, so interesting and delicious. It is a large, brightly lit restaurant, with delightful staff and tasty wines & sherries.


Tartanspartan6

Wonderful food and equally good service.

- 5 / 5 stars -11 months ago

I have been to El Campero twice now over the last 4 years. The food is every bit as good as you will read in other reviews and is consistently amazing. I would steer away from non tuna dishes and urge you to be adventurous in what you order to really taste El Campero at its best. Certainly one of the best restaurants in the area.


RossoTripReview

Not what we expected!

- 3 / 5 stars -12 months ago

Nothing wrong with the place (clean to the point to eat in the floors even) but we came to lunch by recommend and we found a busy place, with busy staff (but correct), with plenty of fame, with good and extensive menu for tuna fish and finally children's beef sirloin steak and cucumber salad was the most remarkable dishes in the result of our experience (when i say good i mean fantastic as the "beef retinto" is also an specialty of there). Tuna Tataki was only bit over average and tuna tartars are just fine to be eaten. Tuna sirloins and tuna grills are so dry and tasteless. Really Good wines menu also available! we just may not have been lucky for some reason, maybe the fisherman didn't bring that day his special stuff, cooker really busy or whatever. Anyway our experience were not as expected and with a bill of 95 euros X 8 persons i think the place gets expensive for what it offers. Personally not coming back but as said maybe i wasn't lucky. Fortunately we only waited 5 minutes for our table.


andrewwK8817QD

World famous and justly so

- 5 / 5 stars -12 months ago

This place was so highly recommended that I couldn't believe it would live up to the hype but after battling our way to the bar from the very first mouthful we couldn't believe the flavours. No accident: your man behind the bar knew what he was doing and gave us a toast of tuna, truffle, sun dried tomatos and basil that is probably the best tapas I have ever had.And from there on it was all superb. This is the "temple" of tuna and we went grilled, with every cut imaginable. My favourite was the "heart" that came as part of the mixed grill but it was all superb - as was the light, delicious cheesecake we had for dessert.Later I discussed with a mate from the area and he said the very best dishes were the stews. I can absolutely believe it - this is a place to visit over and over until you have tried the whole menu.And an absolutely cracking winelist too. In particular some of the local wines from Chiclana de la Frontera that were perfect with what we had.Pro tip: in August book in advance, or get there very early (12:00 ish) or very late (15:30 or so). It fills up very quickly and very full!


cobospin

Incredible tuna in all his types

- 4 / 5 stars -1 year ago

The best tuna I have ever aten. But you have to pay that.The service is also incredible although you have to wait a lot to have a table.


1234texas

It really is "The temple of tuna"

- 4 / 5 stars -1 year ago

This is a very interesting restaurant set in a wonderful little historic fishing village where Red Tuna is THE catch of the day--not literally, but figuratively. Red Tuna is a hug fish that is native to the Med. It is caught in a most unusual way that is as dangerous as it is complex. There are videos on line of the entire process if you are interested, but it is a little gruesome--to say the least. The cost of the product is over the top--most of it ends up in the hands of the Japanese because it is considered a delicacy.We had a special meal in the private dining area as part of our culinary tour of southern Spain. We actually ate every part of the tuna at one seating, and most of it was raw. However, the main course was served hot and was tasty; however, for some of our group, it was more than a bit too much. I really enjoyed the meal because it was so different than any other meal I have ever eaten.The restaurant is not only popular, but very attractive. The place was completely full for the lunch crowd. I did not expect that for such a small city. The service was excellent, but not all that helpful because of the language barrier. The prices are high, but the cost of the product is very expensive....All in all, our take on this is that this is a "been there done that" type of a restaurant. My wife and I would have a tough time returning for another tasting meal, but having done it, I have to admit that it was a unique experience! We certainly would return for a two or three course dinner. But, having something completely different is really what is fun about dining in a fine restaurant with a great chef.