Review on El Puerto

Occupying the ground floor of the handsome old Customs House (circa 1865) by Penarth Marina, El Puerto is in a prime spot to attract the crowds. The idea here is to order your food direct from the display counters of meat and fish and enjoy the convivial buzz.

Lobster, halibut, lemon sole, red snapper and sea bass – plus steaks and the like for meat eaters – are generally served with chips; there are also a few more intricate ideas such as roast guinea fowl with confit of garlic and wild mushrooms. Begin with – say – gravlax, fish soup or warm goats' cheese and finish simply with crème brûlée, sticky toffee pudding or raspberry Pavlova. The food is backed by a better-than-expected selection of wines, including plenty from Spain.

La Marine (on the first floor) offers something a bit more formal, with fine views across the marina towards Cardiff Bay and a menu that leans towards more sophisticated dishes such as crawfish with lemon butter sauce.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (3.00pm Sat) (4.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 7.00 - 11.00pm (6.30 - 11.00pm Sat) (6.30 - 9.00pm Sun)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

Online Booking Availability for El Puerto

Facilities at El Puerto

  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 25 covers


El Puerto
The Old Custom House
Penarth Marina
Vale of Glamorgan
CF64 1TT

Customer Ratings on El Puerto

4.7  / 5

Based on 2 reviews

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    Roger Jones
    March 2017

    17 people found this review helpful
    date night

    Just arrived home from dinner here. It was very busy for a Monday but the food was delightful and the service excellent. The wines they have available are immense and they are priced very reasonably. Thanks

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    July 2014

    21 people found this review helpful
    Excellent dinner

    I attended el puerto with the family for my wife's birthday. The service from the off was excellent, we arrived early as we know it's a busy venue and we wanted a drink outside on their delightful terrace. The selection of wines is excellent and very well priced. For food we are choose from the two course £17.95 menu, this offered a vast choice at a good price.

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