Santiago's Tapas Whitchurch

4.5
411 Reviews
£25 and under
Spanish
Santiago’s Tapas 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 411 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a girlie lunch and the food service and atmosphere were all great

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KieronB
Wales
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service hit and miss. Cookery hit and miss. If you catch Santiago’s on the right day it is great but all too often it’s a bit of a let down.

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SianD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time! I will definitely be going back :)

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Becmonkey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great selection on menu. Generous portions. Delicious food. Knocked one star off because the calamari were a little overcooked and chewy. The octopus was absolutely perfect though so I'd assume the calamari was a one off and I'd order again. Croquettes were nice enough but a bit bland- everything else had so much flavour. Favourite dishes was the octopus, the spicy chorizo in cidre with potatoes soaking up all the lovely sauce (I also mopped it up with bread) and the flavourful juicy chicken pinchos.

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Roger
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a very pleasant meal based on a selection of tapas. The service was very good throughout - courteous and suitably paced. The food was very good although a slight tendency in some dishes to be oily. Oberall, thoroughly enjoyable.

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ELLA
Wales
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Santiago’s, and again food was delicious and service was as expected.
We had a family dinner with my two year old, and were there at 5:30pm, so atmosphere was quiet and service quick which suited us.
Definitely going again.

KP
KimP
Wales
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic asset to Whitchurch Village.
Lovely relaxing atmosphere with great lighting even in the daytime, staff are polite and efficient.
Menu is deliciously Spanish with a large variety of choice which arrived as normal at slightly different times.
The freshness of the food was excellent and the portion size of 3 dishes each was more than enough for two. I genuinely recommend Santiago’s it’s great for either a few but would be absolutely fantastic for a large table as the atmosphere is is fantastic.

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MartaO
Wales
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine, really enjoyed the atmosphere and staff were very attentive and lovely. Would highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wales
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely ambience, great service, good food, was charged for an extra coffee but this was removed from the bill. Would definitely go back.

MJ
MalJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Busy and informal, lots of 'noisy' groups, but good fun and attentive staff. Service timely and helpful. Food varied and good flavours. took advantage of the good weather to sit outside after the meal and finish the3 bottle of wine

MB
MichaelBaker95
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best tapas I’ve had in Wales! So good, would highly recommend to anyone.

AJ
AndreasJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tapas. We shared a few different dishes. The fish goujons,calamari and chicken skewers were delicious. Brilliant atmosphere for a Tuesday night. Very good value.

HB
HaydnB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal in a pleasant setting.

The food was authentically Spanish in both look and flavour. As it is two years since I was last in Spain, due to COVID, it was a delight to have the wonderful flavours of Spain in this restaurant so close to home.

JP
JenniferP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good portion size . Food very tasty only issue chicken skewers were a little dry. All in all a very good experience

RF
RebekahF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. Would highly recommend and will be returning myself.

RS
RichS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our visit - great selection of tapas

LH
LorraineH
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely evening celebrating a birthday . Service was great . Staff was very attentive . Great value for money

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TerryO
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Tapas in a relaxed atmosphere. Great selection and reasonably priced.

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MissL
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, portion size big so we had need up bringing food home. First visit and will defo go again. Host also found us a table inside as table booked for outside. Excellent service all around

ML
MarkLJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service in comfortable surroundings

NN
NewberryN
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great value for money and service. Excellent tastes

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siobhanD
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit for all five of us and we all equally enjoyed the food, ambiance service etc. Felt dishes were quite authentic and high quality. Would definitely go back.

AM
AM26
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Really disappointing food. We had the tapas and thoroughly looked forward to it. Sadly the patatas bravas was so so spicey, it wiped out the taste of the rest of the dishes.

CJ
CharlotteJ
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and service were really good and didn’t disappoint! My partner and I ordered a few tapas as well as a paella - I’d suggest doing one or the other because we were so full by the end but all were delicious! The only thing I wasn’t a fan of were the meatballs (personal preference) but my partner loved them.
Will definitely be returning!

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MartinM
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service top notch! Serrano ham was delicious as was the calamari. Will go again!

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RonM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unfortunately I had a steak which was so overcooked it was virtually inedible. In fairness to the restaurant they were very apologetic and did not include the meal on the bill. Very nice espresso martini to finish off the evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Couple of tapas dishes were slightly but most were excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quick, efficient and friendly

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HonestCritic
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Tapas dishes swimming in oil. Not pleasant to eat at all. Overpriced for the quality.

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JasF
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, 2nd visit here and now a firm favourite. Highly recommended.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstly the food is excellent,there's also plenty of choice from the menu. We were a party of 6 and all chose tapas, the portions were very generous ,all very tasty.
The staff are very friendly and polite, the food was brought to the table pretty quickly considering the amount of food we ordered, Also a good variety of different beers and spirits.
We will be returning again,Would definitely recommend !

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LucyS
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service restaurant was buzzing with a good atmosphere

SH
SiwanH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A welcoming restaurant with a good atmosphere. Plenty of choice on the menu for a variety of likes and dislikes. Several wine, beer and spirit choices.

GL
GeorgiaL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere! Don't bother with the sangria-too poppy!

KM
KatherineM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my first visit to Satiago's last night. The food was amazing and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back again soon as lots more tapas to try.

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IanF
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Excellent every time we visit.

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BeverleyA
London
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Well worth a visit.
For those who are not fans of tapas there is a good selection of main courses available

DJ
DilwynJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A very pleasant evening. We felt Covid secure and safe, as we have not yet ventured out to many eating places.
The service was good, with the staff very attentive and helpful.
We enjoyed our food and we shall return soon!

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Local
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very good menu. One person in party thought they didn’t like Spanish food but they too had a good choice of non Spanish options and even ended up trying and liking some of our tapas.

LD
LorraineD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was quick and friendly too. Only issue is that we ordered too much food!

FAQs

Santiago's Tapas Whitchurch is rated 4.5 stars by 411 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.