Espana Tapas Restaurant
Espana Tapas Restaurant

Espana Tapas Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.espanaomaha.com/
  • Phone: (402) 505-9917
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 61th & Maple
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available in various lots in Benson and street parking.
A word from Espana Tapas Restaurant
Welcome to Espana! Our Goal is to take you to Spain for an Evening. To make your taste buds dance, to stimulate all senses, feel lost in Spain!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Espana Tapas Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (13)romantic (10)special occasion (10)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Consistent
    CJOmaha
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We love the options and most of all they have been good each time. The food is consistently prepared and good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KAG63
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere. Saturday night music was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The sizzling shrimp no longer sizzles!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We have been going to Espana since it opened and stayed through ownership changes. Our favorite dish has always been the sizzling shrimp - good shrimp, garlic, great olive oil, served in a cast iron "skillet". Yes, it really sizzles, and tastes fabulous. Now, it is served in a ramekin, barely warm, a pale imitation of its previous form. We asked why. Because a customer had touched the cast iron skillet and been burned, we were told. We have NEVER been served this dish without a clear and friendly warning from wait-staff about the very hot dish. In my opinion, this change is an example of going too far. The woman who sued McDonald's over too-hot coffee lost that case. We urge Espana to go back to the cast iron skillets and GOOD olive oil, please. Use a "hot pad" to cover the handle and continue to have your wait staff provide warnings. Please!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Tapas
    fargofoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I stumbled across this restaurant mentioned in an article about different dining options in Omaha. I love tapas restaurants and this one being more Spanish oriented and the good reviews online definitely made me want to make a reservation. Located on a street amongst local college student hangouts, this restaurant was quaint and a nice ambience in a restored older building. The service was fantastic and our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and able to point out favorite selections. I really wanted to try the paella but the rest of my group wasn't that hungry so we ordered about 8 different tapas to try and they were all delicious, including the chocolate cake! I would definitely eat here again the next time I'm in Omaha.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food.
    Tony
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Unique food offerings. Everything was great and flavorfull!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Tine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've been to Espana several times and have nothing but great things to say about this place. Always delicious food, fantastic sangria, and awesome service! The atmosphere is quaint and romantic. I would most definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    went on a first date here and we had a great time! Good food, great atmosphere, and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too many Choice
    TrishR402
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The only problem with Espana is that there are too many great choices. Love the tapas and sangia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The lighting was very poor but the food and service was great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Espana Tapas Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Highly recommend
    Lefty
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Couldn't be happier with this recommendation from my Omaha co-worker who rants & raves about the place & says its one of his & his spouses faves. Tables are very small & also quite close together are only negatives besides difficult parking situation. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable & prompt. The food was great. Loved the various dishes we ordered with the assistance. The Paella was wonderful. We'll be back for sure. Our friends were quite happy as well & we all plan on returning. Prices were not an issues based on the amount of food & the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    elderdiesel
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We love España. Great tasty tapa selection, fun atmosphere, and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Pinkshopper2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great place, food is always wonderful. A little expensive. Very small. The only thing I don't care for is all the tapas came out at same time. Would prefer to have a free at a time , bit I did not ask since they were already done when I realized it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Noisy, with bad ambiance, low quality and expensive food. I don't recomment at all
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Can't go wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great dining, can never go wrong with Espana! The food is delicious we always eat the tapas and they have a wide variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A forgotten favorite
    chops
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    In the boom of Benson, don't let Espana be forgotten...it's a fabulous gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    Kurt
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    the food was just okay to me, but the service was awesome. Drew is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistently terrific
    diner112213
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    While most restaurants in Omaha struggle to deliver reliable dining experiences, you can count on España Tapas never to disappoint. Highlights of this occasion included superb Gambas al Ajillo accompanied by a rich and full-bodied Catalán red wine, Torres' Sangre de Toro. Highly attentive and friendly service from Drew51 ensured the evening was successful and pleasant in every respect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and special food.
    Dejo
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great restaurant. Can be a little noisy. But very fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great Tapas
    buzn
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We tried the new chicken tapa with the orange salad among others, but those were the favorites. As always the red sangria is the best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    Zimm
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Highly, recommend getting the paella. It takes 40 minutes to make so order some tapas in the meantime. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Sunday Evening
    Cates1stchoices
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Paella was excellent, the pork stuffed with serrano ham not fabulous, the chicken and tomato aioli delicious. Guitar music lovely.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food / fun time
    Adventurous
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Loved the melted manchego cheese appetizer.. Got to go back for it !! The rest of the tapas were also good, and the sangria is the best !!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    CJOmaha
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    They have added new menu items in the last month. Would love to see them continue to add items, even if seasonably.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic overall, I will
    fatgirl
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Fantastic overall, I will return often if I can find a place.to park :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff was very helpful
    bdaygirl
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Wait staff was very helpful and attentive, sangria was the best in Omaha. Food was good lots to choose from, can be a little pricy but a fun chance from the regular places.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nebraska gem
    Robb
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have been dining at Espana for several years and always enjoy the experience. There is no place in Nebraska like this restaurant. It's a wonderful place to have the opportunity to try different dishes, thanks to its very well planned tapas (small plates) menu. I have never had one I didn't like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    Luvgr8tfood
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We have dined at Espana several times and once again it was was wonderful. Each time we come we choose a new dish this time could not pick a favorite! The Sangria was amazing as always! Very short wait time for our meal and drinks! This is one of our favorite restaurants in Omaha!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    INeverLeaveReviews
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food is amazing, sangria is awesome, atmosphere is great. Only two complaints were: even with a reservation we had to sit very squished, basically in the middle of the isle...and the bill was outrageous for just two people. Would definitely come back, but we will have to wait for a very special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    jakem
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Unbeknownst to me, this is one of my date's favorite restaurants. Needless to say, our first date was a success. Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Background music perfect for the setting, although the 5 minute flamenco dance performance twice during the evening seemed a little odd. All of the tapas we tried were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    buzn
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Espana is a favorite place. I love the atmosphere and live music. It is fun to try new tapas and the sangria is awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    kenright21
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was great, service was outstanding. A little loud by the bar but hardly a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    chardar
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Neighborhood gem in Benson great food knowledgeable servers great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So many options so little room...
    CJOmaha
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We enjoyed 5 tapas between the 2 of us, they were all great! Sadly, there were several other options we wanted to try but were too full. So "so many options, so little room in the tummy". We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place
    hensterVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We went because we had a Living Social voucher but will definitely be back. Food was excellent and the service (Anna) was as well. So nice to see this in this part of Omaha.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Small Plates-Fabulous wine!
    BeckyJVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We always love going to Espana! Every dish, from cheeses to meatballs to sizzling shrimp to desserts, is perfectly prepared. It is truly a wonderful tapas restaurant. Portions, as such, are small, so you can sample a variety of unique and delicious dishes. Espana is always crowded and lively. There are groups of 10-12 and parties of 2, and everyone has a wonderful time. It does not disappoint - ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas in Omaha
    E1Guru
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I have had tapas from all over and these are some of the best I ever had. The restaurant was busy on a Friday night but they took care of us even though we were just a small table of two. The food comes out in holders that allow them to stack several plates so you can have quite a bit on one table. They also staggered our order a bit so we could get started eating pretty quick. We had several dishes with allioli which was just the right amount of spicy. The chicken filled empanadas were my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Experience!
    Toddy
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Espana allows you to have a dining experience. Our tapas lasted almost 2 hours. No rush here! Wait staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. The tapas and homemade sangria are delicious!!! I thought I was in Spain. Enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood find
    luveatingout
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Great food, Tapas style allows you to sample many different menu items even within a small group. The food was refreshingly unique, yet simple and prepared well with great flavors. The service was outstanding. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but why the rush?
    NannarpiteVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Had a table booked for 6:30pm on a Friday. It wasn't until I called to let them know we'd be about 5 minutes late that they told me we only had the table till 8pm. The reservation had been made 2 weeks in advance, so why was this the first time I was hearing about this? By then it was too late to make reservations anywhere else, so we were a little annoyed to say the least. When we did arrive, we were offered a table by the door, which we reluctantly accepted since we could stay there past 8pm. However, shortly after that, we were moved to a table in the back. After that, everything was great, but why the rush? Especially when a table for 6 sat empty the whole time we were there, even though people were turned away at the door.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quant Place
    Don2
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Very nice and friendly staff. Very attentive and informational about the menu items. We enjoyed the food items we chose but will try something else the next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.