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Estragon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.estragontapas.com
  • Email: bigtimeboston@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (617) 266-0443
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Julio de Haro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Estragon has a semi-private dining area that can comfortably accommodate up to 20 seated guests. You can also reserve our lounge area for parties up to 12 guests (seated) or 20 guests (standing cocktail-style).
  • Private Party Contact: Lara Egger (617) 266-0443

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Brookline
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A public parking garage is situated across the street, on the opposite corner of Harrison Av. and E. Brookline St.
A word from Estragon
Estragon Tapas Bar: your slice of Spain in the South End. Estragon is owned and operated by Julio de Haro and Lara Egger. Chef Julio was born and raised in Madrid and his cuisine reflects the fresh simplicity of traditional Spanish fare. Many of the dishes are family recipes, served straight from Abu Luisa's kitchen to your table. To complement Estragon's extensive tapas menu, you'll find a unique cocktail list featuring oft' forgotten classic cocktails, a selection of over twenty local and craft beers, and an all-Spanish wine list with more than 100 references spanning both the country's established and emerging wine regions. An evening at Estragon is unlike any other dining experience. The decor-- art deco meets vintage chic-- provides an inviting, sophisticated setting perfect for any occasion. The Estragon family: Brian, Loren, Joseph, Sahil, Fluffy, Sean, Tony, Whitney,Paula, Charissa, Mama, Duber, Freddy, Yesi, Pedro, Lara & Julio welcome you to their home. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, decent bar and calm atmosphere make Estragon a neighborhood gem. Particularly fond of the grilled octopus, veggie paella, eggplant fries, artichoke hearts, and calamari; desserts weren't such a hit, though. Best part: the place was hopping but we were able to get a reservation just a few hours earlier and didn't have to share a table or endure somebody breathing down our necks to vacate."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I finally went to Estragon and will definitely be going back. The food was really excellent and the service was wonderful. We tried several of the tapas and it would be hard to say which was my favorite as they were all delicious! A great place to go for a wonderful food experience. So glad it is in my neighborhood so that I can easily go more often!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The staff was incredibly attentive the whole night. Loved the food - so many unique choices for adventurous foodies. Definitely great for a date or after-work drinks."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Initially was disappointed that the restaurant week menu had dropped one tapas per person from the fixed price menu, but it still ended up being more than enough food. The portions were perfect for sharing and more than at some other tapas places. The dishes themselves were very tasty and flavorful- some more interesting than others, but I think we enjoyed them all. My favorites were the fried artichokes, steak on toast (can't remember the proper name), North African chickpea dish, and brussel sprouts with chorizo. The fish was only so-so, and the desserts were a little disappointing. Overall, really enjoyed our dinner here though! They also have a lot of fun cocktails and wines."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I found the tapas quite large and a bit hit or miss. I had a great goat cheese and tomato on toast, but a not particularly good chicken and meatballs. The desert was advertised as a flourless chocolate cake, but it was really a brownie (though an excellent one)."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We used a Groupon for ten tapas for four. It was great! The roasted Brussels sprouts are a must. As was the huevos rotos, shrimp, calamares, tortilla espanola( a Spanish potato omelet) the Serrano and Manchego. Try the sangria by the pitcher. The waiter was terrific and the owner chef was visible.. It is a must and lots of fun trying the various tapas."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Estragon is a local restaurant serving authentic Spanish cuisine that is great to enjoy with another person or a group. Order a few tapas at a time to share with the table, take your time, and enjoy the food. There are so many delicious options available on the menu. The service was great too - they don't bother you too much or try to rush you. A fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and ambience of Estragon is like a trip to Spain. If it were not for snow outside and the occasional bus- I could imagine myself in Barcelona. Superb attentive service, the tapas come out quickly and are hot and delicious. We had the impeccably fried artichoke hearts as well as the calamari - not a bit of grease, just yummy crispy coating and delightfully not over salted. The sea scallops were seared nicely, not overdone, as was the lamb chops with garlicky mashed cauliflower. Short rib flatbread was a huge portion, still tasty the next day! The wine list is expansive with many choices in a variety of price ranges. Can't wait till my next "trip"."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We split four tapas which was plenty of food, for a reasonable price. Two were delicious: goat stuffed peppers and the brussel sprouts. However the other two were plain. Pork with cheese and ham was just like an uninspired corde en blue. Breaded eggplant fritters were pretty flavorless. I wished we had asked for the waitress' opinion."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Very good food, fun to order in waves. Bar and waitstaff were very personable. Would go back!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my meal at Estragon. They had an extensive menu, and my husband and I had a hard time deciding what to order, since it all sounded so delicious! We wound up ordering a carnivore's delight of lamb skewers, pork croquettes, scallops, and a serrano ham & cheese plate. We were not disappointed. If I was in the mood for tapas again, Estragon is where I'd look first."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our waiter was fantastic. The place is just lovely every time I come. The food is great, but even better is the hospitality and the setting. I love it here."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Delicious tapas: fried oysters, razor clam special, cubano sandwich, Galecian-style octopus, and lobster empanada (not as lobstery as we would have liked, but flakey and delicious). The 2 of us left happy and stuffed. We used a Groupon but would have been very satisfied if we had not."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "4 of us shared a variety of dishes and were very pleased with all of them. We ordered 8 dishes, and that worked out well. We also had dessert -- the ginger peach bread pudding that night was wonderful. My favorite dish was the fried artichoke hearts. Also loved the chicken livers, which you do not see very often these days."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was delivious, though things tended to be a bit salty. The steamed mussels were also a bit sandy, but it was all still good. Ambience was a bit noisy for a date, though I'd highly recommend this place for drinks or a more social gathering."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Arrived at 5:00 on a snowy night. With no other patrons in the restaurant, we rec'd individual attention from the bartender, Joseph, who was extremely knowledgeable on wines. If you like robust red wines, you must try a bottle of Juan Gil's Jumilla. We noticed the chef so we engaged him in conversation. We mentioned our trip to Madrid (where he is from) and he wrote down 4 restuarants we must dine at. He was wonderful and his tapas plates were terrific! Great waiter named Shahill (patient and knowledgeable too). Must try the crispy chickpeas for fun, the Cuban pork sandwich and the flan for dessert. If I lived in the neighborhood, I would go to Estragon all the time! Comfortable and delicious."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It could improve in adding more Tapas plates. It needs more lighting for when you are looking at the menu, I had to use my cell phone light to look at the menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First timer for tapas. Our waiter was very friendly, explaining the popular dishes, as well as history and tapas fun facts. The ambience is unique, but with a very open and welcoming vibe. Most importantly the food was AWESOME! I will absolutely make it back to Estragon in the near future."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It has been a while since I have been to Estragon. The selection is always varied and the dishes are all well prepared and made. We enjoyed mostly vegetarian options which are clearly labelled on the menu."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed all the tapas we ate and we ate a lot. Cocktails were delicious and the wait staff was fun and really friendly. I would definitely go back...very relaxing and low key!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We got to the Estragon right when it opened at 5 (going to a concert at TD Garden which started at 7). The restaurant was chilly but the heat had not yet kicked in and when it did it was really a very pleasant room. We purchased the 10 Tapas Groupon for a party of 4 and let Lauren our waitress know after she greeted us. The wine and food selections were TRUE MADRID - Spanish. We can honestly say the food is OUTSTANDING. The fried artichoke hearts, the grilled asparagus, croquetas to name a few were delicious! Lauren was a professional and friendly server. Food arrived promptly and hot. I think the only interesting thing was that the wine is not served in wine glasses at the table…but it is served in wine glasses at the bar."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great and vivid environment, exquisite food, most certainly a hidden treasure. Only complaint is that the sangria pitchers were too small! Come on, I like to get my drink on especially Friday nights."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Always a favorite. Great for sharing a variety of treats and unique drinks. Great Spanish beers."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Hands down, the best Spanish food in Boston, and the best Spanish wine list as well. Excellent service, very very well prized. A true "tapas experience" in Boston. Vegan and Vegetarian options a super plus. Recommended by a Spaniard leaving in Boston)"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We enjoy the variety that a Tapas restaurant provides. Estragon has a wonderful selection. Knowledgeable and attentive wait staff helped with little known wines and menu items. We'll go back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I thought that food here was just okay, nothing special. The menu items sound more mouthwatering than the actual food. The service was a little slow, even on a non busy Tuesday night, but the server was nice enough."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Tapas were no-frills, authentic, and good, although some were delicious while others were mediocre. Our favorites were the large octopus and beef tongue. Squid ink paella was fantastic. Returning to try each item on the menu would definitely be a fun endeavor. Service was family-style, which makes sense but was frustrating considering that we were trying to order as couples. We also weren't told what was what when it was set on our table, so the separate ordering turned into chaos, compounded by dietary restrictions. Estragon does label menu items that are vegan, vegetarian, or containing gluten, nuts, or dairy. Limited liquor licence was a bit of a let down but, based on the Fig Old Fashioned, they have high quality infused liquors."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Authentic and delicious food and fantastic service. The service is much slower than people in the area are accustomed to but it is the way food is served in Spain. There is no rushing, so if you need to be in and out this is not the place for you. I could not have been happier with our experience with a group of 8 people."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I've been to Estragon a few times, and I appreciate that it is not always crowded like many other South End restaurants. The atmosphere is inviting, and there is plenty of seating. I personally can't stand crowded bars where you can't hear yourself think and have nowhere to sit, so a place like Estragon works whether you are looking to enjoy a meal, drink with friends or just have a quiet drink at the bar. The food is quite good, and unlike many Tapas restaurants, each dish has plenty to share. It's priced right, and the drinks are reasonable too. Service can be spotty (we had to flag down the waitress both times I went recently), but they are friendly enough. Glad to have Estragon in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I dined here on a Wednesday night. We ordered 5 tapas and the food was great. Our server, Joseph, was really fun and personable. The only downside was that our food took a long time. We ordered the skirt steak then the salad afterwards then our last three tapas at the same time. We were told the lobster pot pie takes 27 minutes but expected the other tapas out sooner. We waited roughly 40 minutes until they all came out so by that time we were really hungry again despite eating two tapas earlier. The server did keep checking in with us however, so it wasn't a horrible experience. I definitely want to go back soon!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We went to Estragon at the request of my daughter who had visited Spain several years ago. She had a craving for authentic Spanish food. I have no point of reference. The food was good. Definitely a more adventurous menu; we tried grilled baby octopus. Lots of less adventurous dishes as well (calamari - nothing special, marinated olives - good, artichokes - delicious). Our server was helpful and suggested that if we wanted Paella to order it right out of the gate as it takes 25 minutes to completion. According to my daughter the Paella was very good. If I had a craving for Spanish food I would definitely go back to Estragon. Tons of street parking."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Though we had a big group, the food was great! Best croquetas I have ever had. I recommend this for groups of people that are 4 or less. I went with 6 people and it was hard to deal with the serving sizes unless we ordered 2 of everything which could get pricey. However, it was still one good tapa restaurant. Not the best as there is stiff competition in the area, but definitely higher on my list."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The waiter was great. The room was cold. The noise level was decent. The food was pretty good, perfectly ok, not cheap, not bad. The drinks were ridiculously expensive and kind of small."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "The service was excellent and the food well prepared, generous, and authentic. Although casual, it made my son's 25th birthday celebration special. We hope to return and try more dishes. The only slight negative was finding the place and parking if you are not familiar with the area - not very convenient from a public transportation perspective."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great food, great service, nice ambience, great prices... Estragon has it all. Plus the small plates aren't so small. My favorite way to start is with a dry gin martini and a bowl of their marinated olives and just sit and enjoy for a bit. Then I order the food. There's no pressure to "move it along," which I really appreciate. I never seem to make it to dessert because I'm stuffed. Estragon makes me want to move to the South End."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The service was slow. The food seemed exciting on the menu but not in actuality. The smoked baby octopus was barely eatable; the mushrooms were so oversalted, we couldn't eat them at all; the butternut squash was made in what seemed like ham juice and had a smoked ham flavor which I hate. The shrimp, scallops and asparagus were good enough as well as the bread. When we told the waitress the mushrooms were not eatable, she did not take them off the bill, but instead took off the bread pudding, letting us know that that was for the mushrooms. Except for the fact that the bread pudding didn't cost as much as the mushrooms. The pudding was absolutely not worth it."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The food wasn't good compared to other restaurants. The service was good. Waiter was attentive and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Great ambiance, delicious food and just overall good service. Check it out!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "My partner is originally from Barcelona; Estragon continues to be a front-runner favorite."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Experience was great, food and service were above expectations!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013