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Cafe Español
Cafe Español

Cafe Español Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeespanol.com
  • Phone: (212) 505-0657
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mr. Cazares / Mr. Nava
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Let us cater your next event in your own setting. Food, Drinks, Staff, entertainment, just ask.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties available for 40-90 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Rosendo (646) 584-2781

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sullivan
  • Public Transit: A,B,C,D,E,F to West 4th street station. Walk south 2 blocks to Bleecker St. and make a left.


    6 train to Bleecker Street. Walk west on Bleecker St.


    1,9 trains to Christopher St. Walk East on Bleecker St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and local garages
A word from Cafe Español
Cafe Español has been a staple in Spanish food in Greenwich Village since 1976, Starting off as a tiny eatery. Gradually it has expanded to offer private dining areas as well as an outdoor garden. Our menu features freshly prepared traditional Spanish cuisine. We also offer an extensive Tapas menu as well as a full bar.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Diner Reviews
  • "very good and tasty food. The ambiance is very nice! Love the back yard where you can sit outside and eat."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My second visit didn't disappoint. Food was good and excellent value. Sat in the back garden which while a little tight is a great ambience!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Having a hard time trying to replicate our summer Spanish vacation and will have to continue the search for authentic tapas. The grilled octopus, chick peas with spinach, and cheese/jamon plate were very good. The croquetas, squid, potatoes, paella were not as much. I would try something else when dining there. The larger entree plates of seafood looked delicious."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had a lovely dining experience whilst at Cafe Español, last Friday night. As soon as we arrived, the captain wisked us to our table where a smiling waiter was waiting for us. With menus on hand, he proceeded to make recommendations for different tapas and we wisely obliged. The stuffed mushroom and the hot, spicy chorizo stood out and were a perfect compliment to the sangria. I cannot wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our waiter was entertaining and helpful.....the bathrooms could use a little work. Not very appealing......otherwise the food was good. Next time I would like to try your tapas....I had grilled fillet of sole which was ok but a little dry."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Good paella and lobster; love the waiter who touts the desserts."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent food, sangreia, and ambiance. Have been going to Cafe Espanol for 25 years"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The service was excellent and people from the restaurant are very nice."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Cafe Español is a classic Spanish restaurant with a seasoned staff and relaxing atmosphere. Our party of 6 had a great time feasting on generously sized Tapas, with semi-strong cocktails. I had the Sangria and recommend it for not being overly sweet as is typically the case in other establishments. The Tapas and salads were large in portions. Even so we also ordered entrees, which everyone enjoyed. The flavors were rich but not overpowering. Overall we had a wonderful evening in this classic but non-pretentious eatery...reasonably priced large menu...beautiful Greenwich Village location convenient to all. Recommended! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We tried 7 different Tapas. All tasted bland, similar and overcooked. Nothing tasted fresh. Despite steam table consistency, took forever (1 ½ hrs) to serve. We then had Paella Marinara which was too salty and watery."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Happy Hour pitcher of sangria for $15 was wonderful! Prix fixe meal is great! Always order the pitcher of sangria and the Prix fixe meal!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I have been coming here for dinner and always been happy. Recently decided to try coming with friends after work for Happy Hour. Will definitely be coming again for happy hour again because with half price pitchers of Sangria or Margaritas and their great tapas all half price this was a huge value. The service as always was great! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Co-workers said that it's great for tapas, this is def the case. Food was great, however our waiter seemed to lose interest in the table after a little while. Would definitely go back. The restaurant is a bit tight so it might get a little uncomfortable at peak hours."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our favorite dining experience during a recent trip to NY. The food was excellent and the service was spot on. We will definitely make it part of our next visit to the city."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "we were five people the food is always good, they give us the table of our choice and weren't rushed and very nice thru out lunchlunch comes with a glass of their sangria - try it"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The place truly does make you feel as if you were in Spain. We were a group of 5 and went there for appetizers and delicious sangria. The food could be improved a little bit, but overall fantastic place. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "First time at the restaurant. Enjoyed the food and the selection. The Margaritas were great but watch how many you have, very potent. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Booked for a group of 20 people for a business lunch. They put us in a great private room at the back of the restaurant. The service for a large group was very good and the food was great. Very good menu options and pricing."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "It was a girls night out, 6 of us. Had some tapas & the Seafood Paella, the dishes were very good - everyone of them. We had 2 pitchers of sangria & not once did our waiter refill of glasses with sangria. will I return? Certainly but not for a GNO."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This food is consistently good. Good restaurant for dinner with friends, work or couples. I come here regularly, even with a group and always get welcomed. Great place!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Been here many times and the food never disappoints. Come here if you love paella! This time tried the lunch specials and were a great value. Meal comes with a drink and portions are big. The five of us left full and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Have been to this restaurant several times. Pre-fixe gives tremendous value and is available seven days a week, with no time limitation. Seafood is fresh, bread and olive oil are delicious,, lobster on Mondays is great value. Sangria is very good. Tapas and drinks during happy hour are half price and so worth it. Two tapas are equal to a dinner! Rooms are pretty and intimate. I will be going back there very soon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "One feels as if entering another country walking through the closed doors into the restaurant, far removed from the car horns and fire trucks. The food was delicious and the pitchers of margarita plentiful. The 3-course dinner is a great deal - highly recommended! The "dessert waiter" was entertaining and brought along a "vocal troupe" when he realized we had a birthday in our party."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "great food, great atmosphere, good value and phenomenal sangria...always has had it all and continues to impress. I have been coming here for over a decade now and have never had a disappointing experience at Cafe Espanol. Its a NYC institution for those in the know."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food great atmosphere great service ! No complaints !"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Cafe Espanol on Bleecker Street never disappoints. The ample servings are fresh, delicious and beautifully served by friendly, funny and adept staff."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Saturday lunch before a show this weekend. Service was great, so we didn't have to rush through lunch in order to get up to Broadway in time for our matinee. The price of just $14.95 can't be beat for soup or salad, entree w/veggie, rice or potato, and sangria, wine or beer. For just a buck more, we also got coffee and flan for dessert. Lots of entrees to choose from too. Not as good food or ambience as our lunch at Don Quijote the last time we were in the city for a show, but the price was a LOT less expensive here at El Café Español!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Came to Cafe Español for a few tapas and a glass of wine. I was really impressed. The "pulpo a la plancha," and the "albóndigas" were delicious. The wine (I had a glass of Ribera del Duero tinto) was tasty, too. But more than all of this, the service was impeccable. Attentive, but not intrusive. Cordial, without seeming put-on. In other words, really professional. From the hostess who greeted me, to paying the bill...it was a great experience. I can see why they're still in business after all these years. ¡Felicitaciones!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "You can get some great paella here without breaking the bank. Don't forget to order sangria too."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Cafe Espanol has been a round for a long time and there is a good reason. The food is consistently good, the servings are generous, and the staff is friendly. And to top things off, it is reasonably priced!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Decor felt authentically Spanish. Menu a little large which is rarely a good sign. We chose tapas which was ok though not enough vegetable option. Langoustines were delicious other options were ok, lamb was overcooked."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Delicious appetizers, lobster was a bit harsh as a usual. My Russians friend from New York invite me to Espanol 10 years ago- and I remember delicious lobsters and come with my wife and son. Actually I am living in Moscow . Unfortunately in Moscow have not such kind of restaurant. Yes, I will recommend to my friend, thank you."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "In the mood for a lobster, Spanish style with green or white sauce, or nicely broiled, with nice sides and a salad, a bargain under 25. And get the sangria, refreshing! Service always good even when crowded. Nice people! A village staple."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here on Christmas Eve. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The portions were huge and our cava sangria was done right. This place has a nice European ambiance but it's very tight inside. It was a little too hectic for a romantic experience. Nevertheless, we had a great dinner and we will definitely go back next time we're in Manhattan."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This is an authentic Spanish restaurant. I have been a customer for over 25 years... Most recently, we went on Christmas Eve. I love this restaurant because the food is consistent. Service is by mature, experienced waiters and always professional. The paella and any of the mixed rice dishes are delish. There is full menu of seafood and other dishes to choose from. Tapas are fairly new to their menu and I am not familiar with them. I don't usually order an appetizer because they serve bread and salad with every meal. If you're with a group of three or more, be sure get different side dishes (potatoes, vegetables or rice) and share them. And, leave room for desserts. I recommend...of course, the flan."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This restaurant is special to our family.My husband and I used to dine there before our kids were born.We later introduced them to the the restaurant and now they go there with their friends on special occasions.We like to go for dinner/tapas every year after seeing the Christmas Tree in NY .Nice place."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "You should try to let the lovely old man to introduce the desert for you."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Had a company dinner there for 19, while service was good mainly because they were empty, the food was bland at best. The sangria is very good! the apps were small and lacked any punch! the mains are large but also lacked flavor. The piaya had a decent amount of items! but the sausage was dry and tasteless! the chicken was bland and the lobster was not as large as advertised. Some folks had fish, which no one was very impressed. The prosciutto and bread the employees were eating at the bar that they obviously bought elsewhere looked like the best food in the restaurant. While it was fine for our large group, I'd likely stay away until the food improves"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Delicious food but felt assaulted by the noise level on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Mariscos and paellas were very good. Veal also a winner."
    Dined on 11/16/2013