Casa Don Carlos

5 Union Street, The Lanes, Brighton, BN1 1HA - View on a map
01273 327177.

Casa Don Carlos Restaurant In Brighton
Overall 10.0
Food 10.0
Service 10.0
Atmosphere 10.0
Value 10.0

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What a beautiful day we all had in Brighton visiting from Surrey. Stopped at Casa don Carlos for a bit to eat. The food was fantastic, my husband who is spanish and a chef said the food was outstanding and service top class. We will be back.
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Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Have been to this restaurant many times over the years. The food and atmosphere are great. It was very busy at the weekend but apart from being a bit cramped the atmosphere was great. Friendly helpful staff.

Only downside this time was one of our tapas dishes the garlic prawns. They arrived in a sizzling oil but there were only 5 of these small prawns! We queried the small amount to be told thats a portion! At £4.99 this dish was extremely expensive. All the other food were served in good portions.

Would still revisit!
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Jackie w
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
Monday, January 16, 2012

Casa Don Carlos is my favourite place in Brighton. I've been in love with all things Spanish since I was little, so I am probably biased, but judging from the other reviewers, maybe not.

There is nothing I love more than spending a few hours here grazing over the culinary delights. Such a pleasurable experience. The wines and food are superb.

Ok, I'll go.. I'm just daydreaming of returning now.. :)
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Heidi - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Have visited this restaurant several times over the past couple of months and have enjoyed every meal. The only negative is that the tables are a bit too close which means that any conversation is likely to be shared with other diners!

The portions are mainly on the large size compared to similar dishes I have had ion Spain, the staff are very friendly and will help you decide on what dishes to order, and how many, if you are not sure.

Great value food and remember to book if you plan to visit.
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Have been coming to this restaurant for over 15 years, the last 10 as a Brighton resident, and was delighted to discover that this year they have been open for 25 years, no mean feat for any restaurant in a busy city like Brighton.

I have never been dissatisfied with any meal I have had here, sometimes the service can be slower than normal, but I equate this to a more relaxed vibe to allow customers to soak up the atmosphere. My family used to holiday regularly on the Costa del Sol and frequently commented that this reminded us of our holidays.

Five years ago I chose this venue to serve as the restaurant after our Civil Partnership ceremony, and although it was a Saturday, a traditionally busy day our party of 50 was made to feel exceptionally welcome and everyone enjoyed the day, both meat eaters and vegetarians were more than amply catered for.

Overall I have always chosen to eat here when we want a special treat, and the food and service never fails to hit the spot.
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AmaZed - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Sunday, November 13, 2011

I went here with my grandparents who spend 6 months of the year in Spain and therefore had very high expectations. These expectations were met by all dishes besides 1 which wasn't to their taste.

Overall a fantastic dining experience and great selection of food to choose from. The staff were very warming and friendly, service was very fast and the wine was great.

Would highly recommend.
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Emma Vanstone
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In recent times, tapas style dining has had a lot of press and many new restaurants have opened. London has seen the likes of Jose, barrafina, polpo, and morito opening in the last year or so and all have been eye opening, especially for the english public used to needless formalities such as the old-fashioned starter/main/sweet tradition. This limits the amount of fantastic ingredients we could be showcased, as well being too filling and regimented.

So tapas is about Spanish tradition, their ingredients and doing the everyday really well, which should be easy for a family run restaurant. It wasn't.

Though the service was nice and friendly, the food was mediocre, some ingredients downright old and skanky; nothing was executed better than an average home cook could achieve. On top of this the wine was really rather poor.

As for portioning, the dishes were quite large, you could say value for money, but more quantity over quality. This more than anything defeats the point of tapas style eating, i was unable to try any dishes, i was too full.

The main ingredients of the dishes where lost in a swamp of tomatoes and made ugly by needless garnishes, old pepper and shredded iceberg lettuce.

The atmosphere and location were beautiful; maybe this showed up the food.

Casa Don Carlos is nothing special, and nowhere near the standard we now come to expect now.
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Troy Le Roy
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 2 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I honestly have to say after reading the previous reviews that prompted me to visit Casa Don Carlos in the first place, that the only explanation must be that there must be two of the said restaurant in town. One being the restaurant that has received all the glowing accounts below and then another, the one my friend and I visited, which for want of a stronger word, was atrocious.

The extortionately expensive started plate of olives (their brine soaked sogginess suggesting that they were tipped straight out of a jar) and cheap bread basket luckily lined our stomachs, protecting them from the mediocre and bland 'tapas' that was to follow and linger for hours after... Several dishes went uneaten and particularly disappointing were the marinated anchovies which arrived seemingly still partially frozen. Both the anchovies and garlic prawns were bizarrely served upon a bed of iceberg lettuce too, perhaps a minor point but one that certainly irked me- is that standard?

Ok, so this is a negative review, and there is more to a restaurant than the food.. atmosphere, service etc, which was all fine. To be fair the rabbit special was a good dish. However, to call this a 10/10 dining experience as previous reviews have done I feel is to do a disservice to the amazing tapas available in this country at the moment. With London tapas bars such as Brindisa, Jose and Moritos flying the flag for small plates using beautiful fresh ingredients and showcasing the best of Spanish wines and sherry just an hour away on the train, it would seem that Casa don Carlos still has some ground to make up.
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Overall rating 5 stars
Food 2 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - The paella was quite stodgy with little of the tasty morsels you'd hope for. Patatas Bravas and the tortilla were passable but unremarkable. The sizzling prawns in garlic oil were fine but seemed to be the chewy frozen variety and the calimari were tyre-like. However, the fried, battered aubergine slices covered in sticky honey were an unexpected win and the chorizo flambed in rum at the table is always an unashamed crowd pleaser. Padron peppers are crack-addiction gorgeous everywhere and anywhere.

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