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Spanish, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music, Family style, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ambiance is nice, staff is welcoming, but food just nah... Didn’t feel like was same value as amount paid for, all about profit. Ordered about 5 different dishes. Paella at the pic here in ad, and real one is so different, less prawns, less mussels,...even less rice. Piquillos de Mar with mussels was something that hidden under sauce, but not tastes like mussels really. So, my rating is only two. Should think about customer satisfaction more, сheersMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 12 September 2021

Great ambience, friendly staff and easy relaxed atmosphere. Downside was quantity to price per dish didn’t reflect value for money but overall food was tasty. Didn’t seem like the entire menu on the night we ate as per the website was presented so a bit...disappointing.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

Had a wonderful Tapas lunch here,extremely reasonably priced . The staff were extremely friendly and attentive The food Devine and beautifully presented ! The atmosphere is relaxing and the view over the river is lovely . Highly recommend !

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021

Staff was really unfriendly. Half of the food didn't show up. After repeatedly asking the food came 40 after ordering. Not even a sorry when they brought it out. The food was not fresh and overpriced for what we got. Also the venue was freezing...cold.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 27 July 2021

Four of us dined here, sharing 8 tapas and a paella. 2x mushroom croquettes (so we could each have one) 2x chicken (we each had three boneless pieces) Chorizo (we each had one piece) Fennel salad Garlic mushrooms Patatas Bravas Chicken and chorizo paella The...waitress had first suggested we each order two tapas and then suggested we may have ordered too much, but we got it just right. Service on the night was very good; we had two staff looking after us and both were the right level of attentiveness. Each dish was served as it was finished in the kitchen, but we basically got all of the tapas (minus the chorizo) close to the same time. None of us had a complaint about any of the dishes; every single dish had its own flavour profile and was prepared perfectly. The fennel salad was perhaps the biggest surprise as we didn't know what to expect and all of us enjoyed it. The paella came just as we finished off the tapas, and it didn't disappoint. I can't say I was a huge fan of the chicken pieces sitting on top - I would have preferred the chicken to be 'in' the rice, but then again I wasn't really fussed on chicken at all. I was more than happy with the rice itself. We didn't leave so much as a bite behind. I've already booked a return visit.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Adventure36485394619, Marketing at Castro's Tapas & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2021

Hi Beth, Our paella and chorizo are two of the most popular tapas! We are so glad you got to try such a variety and as you mentioned each tapa has it's own flavour and freshness. Thank you very much for sharing such a detailed...More

Reviewed 21 July 2021 via mobile

Pulpo and fried chicken were fantastic, great atmosphere, nice Spanish style music. Good service, pleasant people.

Date of visit: July 2021
Adventure36485394619, Marketing at Castro's Tapas & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2021

Hi Jules, Muchas gracias for your kind review. We work hard to provide the best possible experience through our service and food. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 19 July 2021

Exquisite! Delicious! Cooked by a very “Youngz Chef”. One of the best seafood paellas in Aotearoa. Wish he could open up a restaurant in Auckland. Well done Adrian! And his dad! Al though you’re only 7 yrs old, you showed how clever you are with...your culinary skills. Can’t wait to go back to CHCH and try more tapas too! The patatas fritas plus other tapas and the whole dining experience was great! Gracias! Fue’ un verdadero placer! Hasta pronto! GraceMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Adventure36485394619, Marketing at Castro's Tapas & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2021

Thank you so much for such a kind and awesome review. Adrian has been cooking paellas since he was 6! so you can totally see his skills only continue to develop. We are so happy to hear you had such a pleasant experience with us...More

Reviewed 17 July 2021 via mobile

Ok, we came to have a lunch today, the restaurant was not even half-full. The manager (bearded man) said we can sit on a terrace. Went on the terrace, spent like few minutes trying to find dry stools; no attention from wait staff, no one...offered to wipe stools. Then sat there for 15 minutes with no attention whatsoever. At the same time staff were going in and out of the terrace, attending to other customers. After 20 minutes we have had enough and left. When leaving, I told the bearded man why we are leaving and he was not even apologetic. So disgusting and rude! We have been loyal customers dining and lunching here quite a few times, but I do not believe we will be back again. ¡No estamos feliz! I hope the owner will read this.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Adventure36485394619, Marketing at Castro's Tapas & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2021

Hi Paul, I am glad we were able to fix this. I believe our conversation was proactive and insightful. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks! Rodrigo. Marketing Manager

Reviewed 11 July 2021 via mobile

I will definitely be coming back on my next visit to Christchurch! Fantastic range of tapas. The food was absolutely delicious. I can highly recommend the mushroom croquettes, prawns and fried chicken. Definitely one of the best prawns dishes I’ve ever had. The decor and...vibe were also great. This would be a fantastic place in summer to have a sangria on the balcony. Lovely waitstaff as well!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 15 May 2021 via mobile

Three of us came here for lunch and shared three small plates. The prawn's were amazing and both the chicken and squid very good. Service here was friendly. Big open restaurant upstairs at Riverside Market.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Castro's Tapas & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4