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La Nacional
La Nacional

La Nacional Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lanacionaltapas.com
  • Email: reservas@lanacionaltapas.com
  • Phone: (212) 243-9308
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Lolo Manso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Enjoy a Spanish Paella Party, catered for 10-500!!
    Full bar and affordable pricing for those on a budget.

    Call 347 4791021

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 7th and 8th Avenues
  • Public Transit: Union Square, the L and A,C,E.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free after 7 on 14th street, between 7th and 8th avenues.
A word from La Nacional
Opened in 1868, La Nacional is a beloved Spanish Restaurant located in the Spanish Benevolent Society.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious, authentic tapas and great wine. The food came out quickly and the servers were friendly. It's a bit of a hole in the wall, very basic (the ceiling features bare bulbs- no frills here). On a prime Friday night there were maybe only 4 other tables. What it lacks in decor, it makes up for in charm. A perfect place for a low key night with friends."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is my second time dining here and it didn't disappoint me at all. The fried artichoke was fabulous, gazpacho was so creamy and dreamy and you MUST have octopus, which is tender and perfectly seasoned. Also, gotta try Black Paella. The waitress was very charming and attentive - she said that she is a Madridianne and the food at La Nacional makes her feel like she's home and gave us great advices in choosing dishes. I love this restaurant not only for the food, but also the simpleness of the atmosphere and sincerity of the staff. The decor is far from pretentious. The price is just right, too. Though I'm afraid that this place could become too crowded, I would highly recommend La Nacional and I'd go back there very soon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Unfortunately I was shocked by how poorly maintained this restaurant was. I feel as if I should stop writing because I sadly have not many positive things to say."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I dined here with a friend on a Friday evening around 9:00. The decor of this garden level restaurant is no frills basic and reminded me of my days living in Spain. Prices were reasonable and food was good, but the service from our waitress left something to be desired. I'm not sure if it was a language barrier, but she didn't seem to understand some of our (basic) questions such as "Is there onion in the tortilla?" "Can we have some more Brava sauce?". I could see past this, but after bringing us our food we were not checked on for well over an hour. Finally we were able to flag her down for the check, but she never came to offer us coffee/dessert/see how our food was etc. Overall a decent experience, but nothing mind blowing."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Service was lax on a moderately busy Friday evening. Ordered two appetizer/tapas and one entree for two. Server forgot one of the tapas and it was difficult to flag down a server in between courses. As for food, amazing gazpacho, otherwise food was just average."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Loved this little restaurant. It's a bit rough around the edges but part of what makes it special. The food was quite good. Rustic. Never been to Spain but it felt authentic. Had amazing roasted peppers, potatoes bravas, grilled squid, paella, and the dessert was really yummy. Will definitely be back but this time with friends."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went on a busy Friday night and the restaurant was full and lively. The food is great but sadly the service was quite lousy . Pity, because this can be a great place for a great evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, great service, you will love this spot for its traditional decor, leaving all the snootiness at the door."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "I expected a little more from this place. Our waiter only checked on us when we gave our order and then he vanished. We had to ask another waiter for our food, which we waited for for 30 minutes. Being a vegetarian, they didn't really have too many large plate options to chose from. Overall, I would not return."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Pleasant experience.. Nice authentic vibe and tasty basics."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "The food was delicious. Almost all of our small plates came out at once, which I don't prefer, but we didn't ask for them to be staggered either. There's an open kitchen in the middle, so you know its clean, but it gets a bit warm in the restaurant. The place had a very authentic feel. I'd definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The paella was ok, the octopus really was not. It just was not that nice...."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Great selection of food. Dined for an anniversary and the atmosphere was great. Waiter was on top of his game and was very well spoken and professional. La Nacional will be a place my family attend a few times a year."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "I had higher hopes because I like their restaurant, Soccarrat, a lot. The paella we ordered was not nearly as good as what I've had Soccarrat and the tapas were only fine. Service was not very good- the waiter could not figure out how to divide the bill evenly between 4 credit cards and over charged us."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We had just come back from vacation in Spain and wanted to go for authentic tapas. This was the place. Very hard to find good octopus done as in Galicia, with steamed potato and paprika. It was so tender. All the other tapas were just as good. Sangria very very nice. Try it, you'll be back. Also went to their sister restaurants, all very nice, all with authentic paellas as well!!!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013