Café Royalty

Plaza Candelaria S/N 11005 Cádiz Spain Map
Average price €40.00
9,1 /10
186 reviews
1300 reviews

About the restaurant Café Royalty

El único restaurante-café romántico de Andalucía y uno de los más bellos cafés históricos de Europa. Destaca por su cuidada oferta gastronómica con productos de primera calidad de la provincia de Cádiz como el atún rojo de almadraba, la carne de Retinto o el pescado fresco de la Bahía.
El único gran café romántico histórico conservado en Andalucía y posiblemente en toda España. Sus ricas pinturas de artistas de renombre como Felipe Abarzuza, su exquisita carpintería artesanal y escayolas originales recubiertas de pan de oro fino, junto al mobiliario de las primeras décadas del siglo XX, no deja indiferente al visitante.

El Café Royalty se exhibe orgulloso en esta encantadora plaza del Cádiz mas antiguo: la Plaza Candelaria, antigua Plaza Emilio Castelar. Un emblemático y elegante espacio muy visitado en la época por la alta burguesía gaditana.

El empresario gaditano Gómez Doreé abre sus puertas en 1912, festejando el centenario de Las Cortes de Cádiz de 1812. Gracias a su suntuosa decoración, exquisitos productos, su servicio esmerado y conciertos todas las noches, se convierte rápidamente en el café más visitado de la ciudad. Literatos, intelectuales, políticos, músicos y artistas hacen del café un espacio con un ambiente variopinto y único. A él acuden figuras internacionales tan ilustres como el gran compositor gaditano Manuel de Falla, quien deleitó al público con sus conciertos.

En los años treinta, en vísperas de la Guerra Civil Española, Café Royalty decide cerrar sus puertas. Ya en la postguerra de los años cuarenta, se convierte en almacén y poco después en bazar, comenzando su decadencia y quedando en el olvido durante las siguientes sietes décadas.

En el año 2008, Ricardo de la Serna Viguera y su mujer Ana Dolores Martin Fernández compran el establecimiento y deciden restaurarlo minuciosamente, para devolverle así el esplendor de antaño y recuperar la marca Café Royalty.

La familia de la Serna Martín, después de una meticulosa investigación, reúne a un grupo de artistas y restauradores, que emplean las mismas técnicas y materiales que se usaban a principios del siglo XX. Llevan a cabo un largo proceso de restauración, siendo siempre fieles a la Historia y cuidando hasta el último detalle la decoración original de 1912.

El Café Royalty, en el año 2012 y en pleno Bicentenario de las Cortes de Cádiz, reabre sus puertas a todos los gaditanos y visitantes de la ciudad, con la intención de volver a ser un símbolo de calidad y armonía para sus clientes y un orgullo para la ciudad, tal y como lo fue cien años atrás.

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Cafe Royalty is the only historically preserved grand romantic cafe in Andalusia and probably in all of Spain. Its rich paintings by well known Spanish artists such as Felipe Abarzuza, beautifully handcrafted carpentry from the era, and gold leaf plaster details together with early 20th century furnishings, will no doubt capture the attention of all its patrons.

It is proudly situated in the old quarter of Cádiz, the enchanting Plaza Candelaria previously the Emilio Castelar Plaza (former Spanish president of 1873, and his place of birth). This emblematic and elegant spot was in its day very popular with the city’s high society.

Local entrepreneur Gomez Doree, inaugurates the Cafe in 1912 in celebration of Las Cortes de Cádiz one hundred year anniversary.Thanks to its lavish decor, exquisite products, excellent service and nightly concerts, it rapidly becomes the most frequented cafe in Cádiz. Renowned writers, intellectuals, politicians, musicians and artists turn the cafe into a spot brimming with a unique and diverse atmosphere. It is visited by illustrious international figures such as the great local composer, Manuel de Falla, who delighted customers with his concerts.

In the 1930's, just prior to the Spanish Civil War, Cafe Royalty decides to close its doors. Then in the postwar 1940's it becomes a warehouse and shortly thereafter a bazaar. This was the start of its decline and impending fall into oblivion for the next seven decades.

In 2008 Ricardo de la Serna Viguera and his wife Ana Dolores Martin Fernandez, purchase the establishment and decide to meticulously restore it back to its splendor, recovering the Cafe Royalty brand. After a thorough investigation the de la Serna Martin family brings together a group of artists and professional restorers, who apply the same techniques and materials used in the turn of the 20th century. They carry out a long process of restoration staying true to the cafe's history, with the utmost care and detail of the original decoration from 1912.

In 2012, in midst of Las Cortes de Cádiz two hundred year anniversary, The Cafe Royalty reopens its doors to the city's locals and visitors, with the intention of renewing a symbol of harmonious quality, just as it was a century ago.

Restaurant prices

Average à la carte price
€40.00
(average à la carte price based on a two-course meal excluding drinks)

Drink prices

  • €3.00
    Half bottle of mineral water
  • €4.50
    Bottle of mineral water
  • €2.50
    Glass of wine
  • €12.50
    Bottle of wine
  • €25.00
    Bottle of champagne
  • €2.80
    Coffee
Prices and menu can change. Those prices don't take into account any promotion and are VAT included.

How to get to the restaurant Café Royalty

Opening time

Comida: de 13:00 a 15:30 (todos los días)
Cena: de 20:00 a 23:00 (todos los días)

Services

Excellent
9,1 /10
Only clients who have dined at the restaurant, after booking on TheFork, can leave their opinion.
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    31
  • 7
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  • < 7
    16
Food
9,1
Service
9
Setting
9
Value for price
Correct
Noise level
Quiet
Waiting time
Correct
50/186 reviews
Gary T.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 25 May 2019
One of the best experiences we've ever had in Spain. Staff was very courteous, greeted us with warm smiles, seated us and politely waited for our order. Every dish served was done so with great detail and finesse. Food was absolutely superb and we enjoy all of it. Travelers tip; if you order a meat dish, ensure you specify to what degree of cooking it should be or it most likely will be be medium-rare. Definitely worth 5 stars rating.
Thank you Cafe Royalty!
Ellen M.
Adventurer
(2 reviews)
Average Rating
8 /10
Food
6
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 21 Apr 2019
The restaurant beautiful and service was excellent, but the food could have been better..
Ines B.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 11 Apr 2019
A very nice moment ! Good Service and of course the fantastic decor!
Helen S.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 2 Apr 2019
Cafe Royalty was the restaurant my husband and I chose for our “expensive “ meal while we were visiting Cadiz for a couple of days. We weren’t disappointed. Everything was impressive - the decor, the service and the food. It was all excellent. We chose the fixed price menu with wine (a different, appropriate wine for each course) . It was all delicious and, actually, really good value. We can often spend more in a beach bar! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Cafe Royalty. It was really one of the best highlights of our visit to Cadiz.
James D.
(1 review)
Average Rating
6,5 /10
Food
4
Service
8
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 16 Mar 2019
Very nice inside but food was bland.
Tricia S.
Foodie
(11 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 13 Mar 2019
Lovely place faded glory look
Excellent food
ALAN C.
(1 review)
Average Rating
9 /10
Food
10
Service
8
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 25 Feb 2019
Enjoyed it but would have liked more explanation on the wine pairings and food relations. Service was good, attentive. Food was very nice
Patricia S.
(1 review)
Average Rating
7,5 /10
Food
8
Service
6
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 15 Jan 2019
The wine list could be expanded
Anna G.
(1 review)
Average Rating
7,5 /10
Food
8
Service
6
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 31 Dec 2018
We had New Year’s Eve there. Food was nice, service OK. The wines were awful (really cheap ones). By grouping people in tables of 12 people (x8) they took managed to fit the max, number of people in the restaurant.
Rob S.
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 25 Dec 2018
Went for Christmas Day lunch with the family - amazing food and wine pairing, great service and atmosphere- highly recommend :) ????
Jon W.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
8 /10
Food
10
Service
6
Setting
6
  • Meal date : 18 Nov 2018
Staff were not very attentive
Robert S.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
7,5 /10
Food
8
Service
6
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 1 Nov 2018
Very good food, but overpriced. 13 clams for approx. $30 is a bit much. Overcharged for bread and water...careless waitress. Fresh fish was excellent as was the verdejo wine we enjoyed. Beautiful venue. Linch for 2 cost us about $125.
Susanna G.
Explorer
(3 reviews)
Average Rating
9 /10
Food
10
Service
8
Setting
8
  • Meal date : 28 Oct 2018
Food is excellent. Nice environment and friendly staff.
Josephine M.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
3,5 /10
Food
2
Service
6
Setting
4
  • Meal date : 10 Oct 2018
Quality of food poor, had full menu with wine pairing for lunch. Salad was tasteless, the beef fillet dish was only warm at best when it arrived and cold by the time it was half eaten, same for small cube of potato and veg. Dessert was bread & butter pudding, tasted ok but not a dessert I would ever order from a menu and indeed not one you would find on a menu anywhere anymore. I sense there is more focus on profit rather than offering quality food. The decor was lovely & waitress was friendly which seems to have given a better star rating here than it deserves.
Orsula K.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 7 Oct 2018
The best service we have ever experienced. The food was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for the best restaurant in the city.
Robert H.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 28 Sep 2018
Beautiful setting in a lovely building. Fantastic food and very good service.
Cyril W.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 26 Sep 2018
The full experience was unparalleled. Watching the manager help serve, top off wine, and dish up plates of paella and salt fish tableside with such fair was enthralling.
Dr Barry M.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
9,5 /10
Food
10
Service
8
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 26 Sep 2018
This is a high-class restaurant with a long history. The food is excellent and delivered with a flourish, but the decor is the star of the show.
Robin H.
Conqueror
(7 reviews)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 20 Sep 2018
This restaurant we chose because it looked very nice in the pictures - it had style and atmosphere. It was our our little bit of extravagance as the meal cost about Euro 100 with wine. We chose the fixed price Euro 40 menu together with a different wine with every course for Euro 10 each. The latter turned out to be too much - we had anticipated just a small tasting glass with each course but it was more the this so the waitress charged us less. This however was good value for 4 glasses of wine. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. Really recommend this restaurant if you want a special night out.
James T.
Adventurer
(1 review)
Average Rating
10 /10
Food
10
Service
10
Setting
10
  • Meal date : 9 Aug 2018
Excelent eal and service in ornate surroundings
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