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425 Avenue Alhambra (Palma St.) Send to Phone
An intimate spot for Mediterranean favorites with a definite tilt toward Middle Eastern flavors.

Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cafe Gibraltar, El Granada, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cafe Gibraltar Restaurant Review

: Café Gibraltar is one of the best restaurants in San Mateo County. Chef-owner Jose Ugalde has crafted a menu of Mediterranean favorites with a definite tilt toward Middle Eastern flavors. To further our education, dishes are even earmarked with their area of origin---Catalan, Spain or Sardinia. One standout appetizer is the calamari and octopus sauté dressed up with a hint of cinnamon. Another is the striped bass cheeks sautéed with capers, thyme and picholine olives. Ugalde’s mezza platter features six creatively flavored dips, roasted garlic cloves and olives. Entrées range from rabbit flavored with smoked paprika and pomegranate juice to roast duck served with pears that hint of sherry. The décor is also creative, including four booths with low tables and seating on cushions. Don't miss the unusual Greek float: an ouzo-flavored gelato concoction textured by a compote of warm figs. The wine list encourages enjoying a variety of by-the-bottle selections as well as those by the glass with most priced in the $30 and $6.50 range respectively.
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