Iberico Spanish Bistro
Iberico Spanish Bistro

Iberico Spanish Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ibericobistro.com/
  • Phone: 8584541958
  • Hours of Operation:
    Opening Hours
    Mondays:11:00 am. to 10pm.
    Tuesdays:11:00 am. to 10pm.
    Wednesdays:11:00 am. to 10pm.
    Thursdays:11:00 am. to 11pm.
    Fridays:11:00 am. to 11pm.
    Saturdays:11:00 am. to 11pm.
    Sundays:11:00 am. to 10pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Luis Cárdenas Luna
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Life Music & DJ

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  • Parking: Valet
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Iberico Spanish Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (18)fit for foodies (11)romantic (10)special occasion (8)good for groups (8)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great service. Delicious food.
    JCF24
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Arrived a few minutes early for our reservation to celebrate a birthday. No problem. Our table was set shortly after we got there. Service was very professional and food was amazing. Wait wasn't long for our food to be brought to the table. Tapas and paellas were unique. Will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good restaurant!
    tmetmb
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Everytime,this restaurant give us quiet and tasty restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth trying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    did not find a lot of effort being made to make the food special in any way --especially for the price. also was hoping to find some Iberico ham on the menu but found that although it exists, it is rare, over-priced, and served in paltry volumes. i suppose the hope of the owners is that tourists will run out of other options and end up in their place. waitress was attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Spanish Bistro in La Jolla
    LJDiners
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful experience! Tapas are varied and all well made. Service is attentive. Wine by glass selection a bit limited but Sebastian the owner will offer better wines off the menu by the glass at fair prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A most enjoyable experience!
    happy2dinehere
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We chose Ibericos for an intimate family birthday gathering. The service and attention to detail was fantastic. Our host was delightful and attentive. Loved the ambience and the chic music in the background...Just right for conversation. The food was very good with beautiful presentation. We especially enjoyed the vegetable paella...fabulous dish! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    NPfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had very nice dinner here. Great Service. It was fun to try so many different plates
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming, but...
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good location, charming place, however the service was slow, waitress disappear right when you're ready to order another drink, can't judge all the menu, but my husband claim with tomato sauce was bland lacked spices and my flatbread dish was soaked with olive oil which made it kind of soggy, but we liked the ambiance, and we might come back and try something else on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Overall Experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good with quite a bit of variety. It was served as ordered and the prices are reasonable except the prices for bottles of wine which are high with no good values.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas!
    FoodieFreakVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    At last, a place for tapas in La Jolla ... and they're good! Do try the marinated anchovies and the shrimp in olive oil and garlic ... couldn't dunk enough bread in that delicious sauce! We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of La Jolla
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Iberico is a perfect example of how to create a successful restaurant. Combine excellent food, excellent service and a nice atmosphere. Easy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed with girls!!
    tmetmb
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We used here for girls night out(5 people),it was so good! Good mood,food and prepared seats were half moon table and bench chair,so we can sit together and easy to talk! We must use this restaurant next time again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must for lovers of Spanish food
    travlan
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Been here a few times and it get's better every time. The food is excellent and the service is attentive and professional. Great for an intimate dinner or a larger party. Particularly enjoy the ambiance on the outdoor patio. Loved the paella and the tapas is bursting with refined spanish flavors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LHDiners
    LHDiners
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Iberico exceeded expectations--we felt as if we were in back in Barcelona. Went with a group of 6 and the tapas made a full dinner and were all wonderful. Sabastian, our server, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu--his recommendations were spot on. He even got us Bordeaux glass for a bottle of wine that we brought with us. Prices were very fair Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch was open at 11 am - good serv
    earlylunch
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The smoked salmon salad was very delicious and the service was friendly
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great TAPAS!!!1
    DivatcatVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Fully enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Outdoor dining was nice and the variety of tapas was amazing. All in my party enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Iberico Spanish Bistro reviews archive.
  • Meh!
    FoodieJudy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    As you walk into Iberico, you'll be impressed by the vibrant interior design. Unfortunately, the experience goes downhill from there. Though I arrived 10 min ahead of the rest of my party to let the host know about our reservation, our table was still not ready when my friends arrived. We stood round and waited. Once we were seated, we were offered drinks right away, then our waiter disappeared. It was at least 15 minutes before our orders were taken. When the food arrived, it was either flavorless or overpoweringly spicy. We ordered dozens of tapas, yet not one did I finish on my plate. And the sangria we ordered tasted like Kool-Aid. Or course, when it was time to collect our money, the waiter became oddly efficient. Funny how that works.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fri. Dinner w Helder, Kristen n j
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Spanish food, a different style for us. Enjoyed the tapas mentality. Service spotty w water service. Felt like they tried to push us out to seat the next table. Nice night w old friends. Food fun n different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly staff and great food
    ScottyCycles62
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were there to celebrate my girlfriends birthday and we were a small group of five. The table we were seated at allowed for plenty of elbow room (nothing worse then bumping elbows with your fellow diners) and the food selection covered the vegan, vegetarian and the carnivores. Our waitress was friendly, attentive (but not hovering). The food tasted great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining Experience!
    NancyP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went for an early dinner with friends. The tapas were delicious and meals wonderful. Franco was our server and he was delightful and helpful! They have quite an array of gin cocktails ---- which supports their Gin Club. Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gourmandVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    First time at the restaurant. Maybe it was that one perfect evening...the temperature was right on the patio, it was not crowded, the food was excellent (rarely do you get a really good paella), the service attentive (Leo), maybe because it was somewhat slow, relaxed business. We'll have to try it again, just to make sure it wasn't just a series of coincidences.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, authentic Spanish restaurant
    NorthParkresident
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We went for the first time to celebrate my wife's birthday. The food was exquisite, with great, hard to find locally Spanish wines, and the service was impeccable. Franco, the manager was our most gracious and knowledgeable server, and made great wine pairing suggestions. We still can't believe how tender the octopus al ajillo was, and how well it went with a brut Spanish cava. The menu selections are great for any lover of Spanish food or as an introduction to Iberian cuisine. My sister is coming back to San Diego after 5 years in Spain and we plan to take her to Iberico. She will love it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best authentic spanish food in SD
    anaM
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    and this is from someone from Madrid! Truly authentic! Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not accomodating to the occasion
    FoodLoverman
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    So I booked the reservation on Open table and let them know that it was my anniversary and I would like a choice table in the restaurant for the celebration. When we arrived, they made no not of the anniversary and they really had no table reserved for us. Of course the restaurant was not busy at this time but other restaurants have gone the extra mile to provide a choice table "reserved" for you. The table that we were seated in had no view and was not in a "romantic" location of the restaurant to suite the occasion. The staff did make an effort to accommodate with normal service as we ordered off the menu. All in all I just did not feel like this was the place to celebrate a special occasion. Good place for a random meal though.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas spot with wide
    RonnieVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Great tapas spot with wide variety of interesting small plates. Friendly, attractive waiters who are eager to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night at Iberico
    2foodlovers
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The service was very good, but the food was not as good as our last visit. I think that the wine list and menu are overpriced. The serving also seemed to be smaller and presented differently. I'm not sure I would go back even thought it is very close.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    a perfect dining experience. The service, food and ambiance couldn't have been better. We will definitely come back when in La Jolla again. Music was perfect choice and perfect volume, just enough to give background music and flamenco vibe. Love the decor. Turns out we stayed for 3 hours! Great tapas, loved the marinated artichokes with sauce and flash fried Serrano ham.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative Food and Gin Coctails
    Ty2dine
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Their octopus and ox tail tapas were out standing. Their fresh seafood dishes, the black cod and the sea bass were done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had high hopes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Unfortunately it wasn't as good as we expected. That's not to say that it was bad, it wasn't. We were disappointed in our server not knowing the menu items. The grilled octopus with citrus vinaigrette is excellent. One item we ordered is blatantly wrong on the menu, we asked our server about it, ordered it and found out it was not what we wanted. They did take it off our bill. The manager, Sebastian, was very friendly and helpful. Not a bad place, but not great either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth it
    AAAplus
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This was my second visit. I've enjoyed both visits to this relatively new restaurant. The food is well prepared and flavorful. Our waiter "Franco" was excellent. He's casual yet knowledgable manner was most appreciated. The Paella was very good. The Gambas al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) is excellent. I'm looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed
    Iguana
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Our Argentinian friends found this place when they stopped in for a glass of wine. We met them at a later date for Tapas and drinks. We had their signature gin cocktails, our friends had wine. All good. Tapas were good. The waiter was excellent. He was attentive and made suggestions. The restaurant is in a quieter section of La Jolla. It's in a group of 4 different restaurants. I want to try them all. Cool spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spanish food
    Micky
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great Restaurant Outstanding food and service. Congratulations to the chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved their patio dining ...
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Also loved the ambiance and decor. Tapas were good but the fried calamari tapa was outstanding, Choose a beautiful day and enjoy a leisurely lunch on the second level of this beautiful restaurant in downtown La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic from my solo visit
    Lawrence
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I am a well-educated student of Spanish culture and cuisine. My one time at Ibérico was very pleasing. This was not imitation Spanish cooking; this was very fresh, properly seasoned, authentic fare. I am only speaking from the experience of one visit. The service was excellent, as well as the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Sputnik1
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    My only complaint was the music too loud. I found the drinks fun & refreshing . We lived in Southern Spain for three years, & this was the first Spanish Restaurant haveI really enjoyed since we left. I loved the garlic mayonnaise & the jamon platter, & paella. Wonderful. I was surprise at some of the poor ratings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well, at least the salad was good..
    Tina
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Disappointed. Staff was stressed out, food was mediocre, except for the salad. Loved the gin drinks... Would go back for one or two of those. But not on a holiday weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a disaster!
    outoftowners
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    With reservations... we were seated 45 minutes late. The place was busy but certainly not packed. When seated only half the table received water and half received menus. The waiter would disappear for stretches at a time and never took a drink order. The muscles in saffron we more than 50% empty shells. The seafood paella was nland and the seafood overcooked. The roasted "boneless" Cornish game hen had more bones than a cemetery. The food lacked flavor and presentation. The waiter argued with the diners about drinks and food orders. Go somewhere else!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What is this place trying to be?
    sporeformer
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Four of us had a large assortment of Tapas to get the flavor of the theme and of the kitchen. Some were good and others not so. Waiters running around and not accomplishing anything. Order a glass of wine...wait 15 minutes. Some Tapas arrive ...wine needs refill...15 minutes later. Not all the Tapas have been served...find the waiter and ask where they are? He replies ...What did you order? He can't find any record of your order!! Meanwhile conversation is drowned out by music..Gypsy Kings at one point but the rest just noise. Televisions over the bar showing basketball..is this a Sports Bar? Certainly it is not a fine dining establishment. Mostly adult clientele. A couple at the door waiting to get in commented how noisy it was and left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was okay, but Not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was okay, but Not particularly outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT authentic Spanish cuisine
    Espanalover
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've travelled throughout Spain and was excited to dine here for the first time. Unfortunately, the only authentic Spanish thing at this restaurant was our waiter, who was from Madrid. Our waiter from Madrid was EXCELLENT, but NONE of the food we ordered (Gambas Ajillo, Paella Mixta, Tortilla Espanola, Croquetas, Churros y Chocolate) tasted authentic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    mandi
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The staff was very friendly. Food was delicious. And the place is very unique and beautiful. Great for casual or formal. The ambiance is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.