Estragon
Estragon

Estragon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.estragontapas.com/
  • Phone: 617 266 0443x
  • 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 6172660443x

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.
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Estragon reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (25)romantic (19)special occasion (18)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (9)notable wine list (9)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • TAPAS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for Dine Out Boston and loved it! The pre-fixe menu offered more options then the usual restaurant week menu and every item we chose was delicious! Will certainly be going there again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    anonymous
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful combination and variety of superb tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Tapas Place!
    Rachintherock
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This hidden gem is truly fantastic! The choices of tapas are varied and all delicious. You can get everything from octopus to chips. In addition they have great portion sizes and a wonderful ambiance and decor. I would highly recommend this place. It's great for groups because you can easily try everyone's dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Judy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was great. Ambience would be better without the TV. Noise was a little more than I like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hit or miss tapas
    JC11
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent service from our waiter but the food was sadly inconsistent. The fried artichokes and patatas bravas were great, as was the stuffed trout. Unfortunately our garlic shrimp came out watery and severely overcooked and rubbery.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food!
    SuFraz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    For a place a little removed I wasn't sure if it would be any good but it definitely was. Delicious food and drinks. Get the scallops or the fried oysters or the mushrooms. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Friends
    DiningAsANewParent
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food, great service and great scene. I love the multitude of menu choices. Each item we picked was delicious. I also loved the way the room was divided. There was a large leather sectional, that divided the restaurant and created a small dinning room in the front. As a new parent I was happy to see that family could eat in this section without mixing with the vibrant bar scene in the back half of the restaurant. Making reservations online was very easy and the staff was very helpful when it came to recommendations. Can't wait to go back, maybe with baby!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Angellike5
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have been to this amazing place approx 10 times in the last year. Every single visit was amazing. The food is fun and delish and the servers are personable and great at their job. They dont rush you and they explain it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas
    kp3398
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We love this place. Cozy lounge seating in the back with dim lighting. Great for couples night out or getting together with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine meal with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a lovely evening with friends visiting galleries in the South End - a very enjoyable event celebrated the first Friday of every month. A quick stroll away is Estragon, with a Spanish menu and wine list. Tapas surpassed expectations - fried mushrooms with garlic, chorizo on toast and a lovely arugula salad full of tasty surprises, accompanied by a white wine from Spain. We shared a paella that was a bit disappointing - although the rice was tasty, there was just not enough flavor in either rice or fish. Service was friendly and the locale itself very attractive. Yes, I'd go back and specialize in small plates instead.
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  • Good service, okay food
    NyneveVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I went to Estragon Friday night with my boyfriend. Our first mistake was sitting outside, given that there's a police station and hospital in proximity. However, our server was really friendly and helpful, gave us recommendations, and made sure our food came out in a timely manner. We ordered the artichokes, gambas, pulpito, patatas bravas, and hamburger. The gambas were the best out of all the food we ordered. The artichokes tasted oily and the patatas bravas sauce didn't have a kick. The food was mediocre, but plentiful - American portions. I didn't try the hamburger, but when my boyfriend took a bite out of it, the juice splashed down his sleeve, ruining his shirt. Needless to say, despite the nice waiter, we didn't stay for dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Relocating to Boston after living in Andalucia for 8 years, we were craving tapa y vino espanol. Estragon was just the right place! Our selection of tapas were wonderful, from very delightful staples (tortilla, pimintos y aceitunas) to delicately fried artichoke hearts, to mussels, octopus and lamb (pinchitos morunos). A delightful surprise was the Potaje Andaluz One of our group ordered a perfect jumilla from Juan Gil - perfecto! Thanks Estragon!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JackVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great Spanish meal. Nice choices and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Tapas restaurant
    Flyinginfordinner
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Why people wait hours to get into Toro when they could walk into Estragon is beyond me. Don't let the outside looks fool you. It's not an out of business convenience store. The food is Outstanding and the service is great. And you can have a conversation. My companion who dines out most every night tested them with a variety of orders and was very impressed with the attention to detail and presentation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a pleasure
    lk2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is truly a special place for me to go. Every item on the menu is unique - each time I try something new, I am pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A co-worker recommended Estragon for a group dinner. It was amazing...great selection of tapas great drink selection. Waiter was very helpful in our selection offering great recommendations. Real neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The place looks like a sports bar, but the food and the service is outstanding!
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  • very impressed
    Acertainflounder
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Estragon is fantastic. Excellent tasty food, cocktails that are skillfully designed and prepared (tried their fig old fashioned and grapefruit gimlet, both wonderful), low key but lovely decor. I loved every part of the dining experience but the food is definitely the star. For tapas, the portions are very generous. I also love that for all the sophistication and skill of the menu, this place is decidedly down-to-earth and unpretentious. I will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very good tapas--love the chickpeas. Service can be spotty, but was very good this time. I think the number of wines by the glass has decreased, or certainly changed, which is too bad. Well worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tapas beyond the usual
    pwbeantown
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    3 of us enjoyed shrimp in garlic sauce, asparagus, BBQ short rib flatbread, sautéed spinach. Not in love with the chickpea dish--too dry. Helpful wait staff, reasonable portions and prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TinyPK
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The sangria is delicious but deadly, our duck confit was amazing as well as the goat cheese with tomato. The staff was very understanding about our party being smaller than anticipated and were overall very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific
    Salem68
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food with outstanding service. A truly wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but noisy
    450painter
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    For four of us getting together for dinner and conversation it was the wrong pick. The noise level was si high we were yelling over the very active bar scene. And we were at the quietest table they had. The food was good but nothing spectacular.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What fun
    Artwhirl
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    For a first timer it was tough to not over order. Save room for Lauren's homemade ice cream. Eager to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 459 reviews are from the Estragon reviews archive.
  • Yum!
    outtolunch
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in the SouthEnd. I have been coming here for several years and have never had a bad dish yet. Creative and flavorful food, a fun place to meet with friends, knowledgeable and attentive service. Always crowded, so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, delicious nightspot
    queensprofmama
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had a group reunion of 8 ladies and we ordered a variety of tapas and drinks. All of them were delicious! And our waiter was so helpful and friendly. Really had a wonderful time! Highly recommend the artichoke hearts!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great gem of a place
    Angellike5
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food is always amazing and fun to eat. Its a great place to go with friends or as a couple. The waiters are always beyond accommodating and never rush you during your meal. I love eating Tapas because it gives me a million things to eat in one sitting because it is small portions. I highly recommend that you make reservations, ask to sit near a window so you aren't in the middle of the restaurant and bring plan on being there for an hour minimum.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unlike Toro, you can get a table!
    SoWAGuy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Tapas
    diningcat
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas are large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    TeeeVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty tapas
    Lilah
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Spanish cuisine!
    Cnewk
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50/50
    kassa
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • like a trip to Spain!
    foodnerdVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food, fun to order
    Jlynn
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Very good food, fun to order in waves. Bar and waitstaff were very personable. Would go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas abound!
    Gina
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas
    Nandrew
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent ambience
    mares11
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate