Adolfo Coleccion, Toledo, Spain: a clean well-lighted restaurant

Adolfo Coleccion, Toledo, Spain

While in Toledo, Spain back in April 2011, we stayed at the Hilton Buenavista north of the city, and spent most of our evenings at the hotel. However, we decided we were going to stay in the old city one evening, and see Toledo at night, and have dinner at a nice restaurant.  We picked Adolfo Coleccion for our dinner, because it looked promising.

We began the evening by watching the sun go down across the river from Toledo.

Sunset approaching

Sunset imminent

Once the sun had set, we wandered through the city’s labyrinthine cobblestone streets, with the street lights creating a romantic but also slightly spooky atmosphere.

Wandering at night in Toledo, Spain

Wandering still a bit more in Toledo, Spain

Toledo Cathedral at night

Zocodover Square at night

Finally, having worked up an appetite, we headed back to the restaurant.

On first glance, Adolfo Coleccion looked to us like it could be just another one of those delicatessens or sandwich shops that are everywhere in Toledo’s old town.  On further examination, though, its clean brightly-lit interior with simple decor suggested the kind of unassuming smallish place that lets its food be the sole star.

Our second impression was the correct one.  I had a nice pimientos rellenos tapas and then venison for my main course. I don’t remember what my wife ordered, but I know she enjoyed that as well.  We shared a bottle of a really nice hearty red wine. And the chef put together a special dairy free dessert for me, which always wins me over (with my allergy, there is often nothing on the dessert menu I can eat).

From start to finish, we were taken care of by our waiter Michael, the kind of friendly caring host who could be anything from waiter to manager to owner.  He treated us very nicely.  We were very pleased with our one night eating out in old Toledo!

Adolfo Coleccion’s downstairs dining area – the empty table in the middle of the photograph is where we sat for our dinner there!

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to "The Dairy Free Traveler" blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!) The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl's tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros -- (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.) The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs. Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers -- half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world. Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to "Savoring Gotham" edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).
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