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Atrio Reviews

We (a couple) went to Atrio Restaurante one evening in August for a nice dinner. In order to experience this two-star Michelin restaurant in the lovely city of Caceres, we made our reservation months in advance and were looking forward to it. Because we have both previously lived in Spain, we are acquainted with the eating scene as well as the surrounding Spanish culture, and we are both fluent in Spanish.
It was a tremendous delight to be given a tour of the amazing wine cellar/bodega before taking our seats, which we requested and were granted.
The décor is fantastic all around, it’s trendy, it’s hip, and the lighting is wonderful.
One thing that was a bit off-putting and odd for a restaurant that was so obviously concerned with doing things right was the lack of a bathroom. When we sat down, we were asked on more than one time if we had made a decision on which menu we wanted, what aperitivo we wanted, and whether or not we would want to participate in the wine matching….. In what way could we have known this instantly, or even within a minute or two? We had never gone before, so it took us a short period of time to access and make a decision. It wasn’t a lengthy period of time, but it was nice not to be bombarded with all of this information all at once and a bit too insistently by one of the two primary sommeliers and also one of the waiters on more than one occasion. We felt hurried and uncomfortable throughout this process. We were taken aback by such a method of operation.

We did not choose for the wine pairing, but we were not given much time or information to choose a glass and a bottle from the list when we arrived (maybe as a result of this?). I did not anticipate to read the lengthy list/book, but rather to engage in a brief discussion about our own preferences. This was not supplied in any meaningful way. We started with some Sherry as an aperitivo, which was delicious, followed by a glass of white wine for each of us (seems to only have very minimal choice if wanting by the glass as my request for Austrian or German Riesling was not considered possible at all.) After that, we purchased a bottle of red wine, a Ribera del Duero for 60 euros, which was a good deal in this restaurant context (30 euros the following night in another nice restaurant here), but I was willing to pay up to 100 euros if just a tiny bit of time had been allowed for our expression of preference and the provision of some considered advice, which was not the case.

Our primary waiter, a guy from Romania, was delightful and had a great sense of humour, which we found to be really entertaining during our whole stay with them. The Del Mar y Del Campo meal was our choice for both of us ( not the one based on Iberian pig). The first courses were really delicious, including seviche, carpaccio, oysters with vermut blanco sauce, and other delectable items. The meat ones, on the other hand, were a touch too rich and heavy in spots, at least for us. The dessert was delicious. After such a substantial and costly supper, an espresso coffee for 6/7 Euros for a cup seems out of place.

We have eaten at Restaurante Liu/Cocina y Alma in Jerez (no stars), Alexandre Mazzia in Marseille (1 star), and Kokotxa in San Sebastian (1 star) in the past few years and have come away from each of these extremely wonderful establishments completely satisfied with our meals. Atrio, although having some very delicious dishes and being quite fashionable, was a touch less remarkable than we had hoped for for more than 500 euros (the most we have ever spent on a lunch, including a visit to two Michelin star Patrcik Gilbaud here in Dublin).

Cuisine Type: Creative

Specialties:
Flan de papada y caviar

Pluma en costra de falso pimentón y mostaza

Chocolate ibérico con café y jamón rancio

Address: Plaza San Mateo 1, Cáceres, 10003, Spain

Phone: +34 927 24 29 28

Website: Atrio Official Site

Hours:

Michelin Stars: 2