La Nacional
La Nacional

La Nacional

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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La Nacional reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Authentic Spanish food at a fair price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    La Nacional is a great authentic Spanish restaurant housed in the building of the Spanish Benevolent Society. The prices are very fair for Manhattan, and on Saturdays they have a live flamenco show upstairs. It's the closest you'll get to Spain in the US.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Nacional Lunch experience.
    Flowermum
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My two high school girlfriends and I met for lunch on a Sunday. One friend is a high school Spanish teacher. She said the paella was the best she's had outside Spain. Great tapas selection and the sangria was excellent. Very fair pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner experience!
    TheScarsdaleFoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The Paella La Nacional was outstanding! Very flavorful. We also had the calamari appetizer which was cooked perfectly. Great place to go with friends to hang out, drink sangria and have a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Visited La Nacional this weekend, and spending several weeks in Spain this summer. The food is excellent and holds up well to what you would find in Spain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice suggestion
    dineoutwithfriends
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    we were looking for a table for 12-15 people…and one of my friends suggested this place…it was great for the group…we wanted to talk and obviously that would be noise, but no one seemed to be bothered. We were sort of having a get to together after a year or so. Great place for a group, but not for a couple if you are looking for a romantic time. nice food, we all loved it. Nice sangria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for food, prepare for noise
    RubyChewsday
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been here many times and the food is always very good. This nite were only two tables taken in our dining room, ours was four older women talking, the other a larger group and very noisy. Between that table and the music (which we asked twice to be turned lower) it was very difficult for my party to hear each other and we felt we were shouting. The paella La Nacional, as always, was excellent. The person who ordered the vegetarian version said it was pretty much nothing but rice and chickpeas and she barely ate it. If you're prepared for what may be unavoidable noise from happy other diners, you should have a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tops for Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    For one of the most extensive Spanish tapas menus and paella ...meat, seafood, chicken or vegetarian ...authentically prepared and attentively served, with a correspondingly good wine and beer selection ... look no further
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance2.7
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 34 reviews are from the La Nacional reviews archive.
  • Good paella and small plates
    VanKid
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Incredibly noisy. Uncomfortable chairs and tables but if you need a paella fix go for it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Waaay to noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Not a good date place. Groups were way too loud. Had to shout over them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love, love, love!
    PNH8
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately I was shocked
    JbennybennyVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Tapas
    UES123
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Sub Par Service
    Lauren
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was lax on a moderately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Gem in NYC
    NYCGirl
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OrrerrificVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice mom and pop spot
    TommyD
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Great food, great service, you will love this spot for its traditional decor, leaving all the snootiness at the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay dining
    Kate
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Traditional Spanish done well.
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Pleasant experience.. Nice authentic vibe and tasty basics.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Tapas Restaurant
    LisaKNYC
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The paella was ok, the octopus
    wynk
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    The paella was ok, the octopus really was not. It just was not that nice....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spain dining at it's finest!
    Johnny
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • okay- had hoped for better
    cbouck
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Nacional
    budd
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland birthday
    capdanmycapdan
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Went to La Nacional for my birthday dinner with four other friends. I'm a big fan of paella, and I specifically chose this restaurant because I heard the paella was tasty. Unfortunately, the seafood was overcooked, giving the dish a somewhat mushy texture. My friends said their food was bland to begin with. The best thing was definitely the coco vegetariana. We were in charge of filling our own water glasses and sangria glasses but still paid the 20 percent gratuity that was added to our bill. Overall, it was a fine place. I probably wouldn't go back, but it wasn't terrible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We almost all ordered the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    We almost all ordered the paella, mine was vegetable and was ok although $18 was a bit much for rice and veggies My friend ordered the black rice seafood paella which tasted fishy to me. Another friend ordered the garlic chicken which was delicious. The waitress was very polite even though we booked reservations for 9pm on a Sunday night which was an hour before closing and we were the only customers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paella was a rip off. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Paella was a rip off. They ask how many people want paella and don't mention that it is $22 each yet each portion can feed 2 people.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely a place that stands
    TinyT
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Definitely a place that stands out by the food and not the decor. They were out of the Cava we wanted, and the one recommended was good. All of the tapas were great especially Gambas al ajillo, Croquetas and Chorizo, serrano & manchego platter. Our only complain would be the noise. We were sat in a front room that has low ceilings and it was hard to have a conversation because it was extremely loud. Other than that, it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good tapas bar
    TonalismVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The things we ordered were good ...except the calamari which was rubbery as most places do. A good lesser expensive place but has sort of a non intimate basement feel.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre food; unattractive restaur
    abracadabaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    There are many better Spanish restaurants in the area. This one can be skipped.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    hchan46VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    It was a decent experience. Cute place that's not too crowded. The food is good but wasn't spectacular. I think they must be understaffed for a Monday since service was a bit spotty. They forgot our croquettes and was "surprised" when we told them that it didn't come yet. Like as if we had eaten and forgot. Patatas bravas was okay, paella was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food
    andreaVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Paella valenciana and arroz nigro for 4 people, a selection of tapas, and desserts.... Excellent on all accounts. I'd recommend this place especially for the food. Service was attentive and the ambiance is good, the music was just at the right volume to enjoy while still being able to have a conversation . This was my second time here and certainly will come in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Spanish Spot
    Rachel
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    This restaurant was the perfect place to celebrate our family birthday celebration. Our group of 12 was easily and comfortably accommodated. The delicious tapas and paella were perfect for sharing. Service and staff were friendly and helpful. Food tasted fresh and not overly salty (like so many other restaurants). The staff surprised us with a birthday candle in one of the yummy desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • May Day B-day Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Celebrated my birthday with 9 friends and had an absolutely wonderful time. The food and sangria was delicious! All my friends raved about the tapas and their entrees and agreed this place is a keeper. The only issue we had was the spotty service. Our waiter was a very nice young man, but in his zeal to place the paella orders becauase of the amount of time it takes to prepare them, he didn't take the entree orders for the other half of our table, so our entrees were staggered and he skipped over one friend entirely. Her food arrived when the rest of the table was ready for dessert and coffee. But again, despite this hiccup, we will all come back again. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for group lunch or dinner
    MadisonVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    We went there as a group from our Spanish class, for lunch. This is a very nice place for an informal lunch or dinner with a group of friends. Because the place is loud at night anyway and you don't have to be careful that the other tables would be disturbed. Two of us made a reservation for the Wednesday flaminco show. That was something we would not do again. It was really awful :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its a shame the service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Its a shame the service was mediocre, since the food (when it finally arrived) was delicious. The room we were in (about eight 4-tops and two 2-tops) had only 1 server. Also, we had to walk and get cash since their credit-card machine broke. Will be hesitant to go again...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love tapas and Paella. Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Love tapas and Paella. Friends had recommended it. Good but not great. Like the funky, "real-deal" vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real neighborhood gem!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    An institution, a place where you can taste and enjoy real food. No gimmick of using high sounding food description.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was nice but not very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Service was nice but not very efficient - waitress was very nice and apologetic but could not speak any English and had trouble understanding any requests we had. Food quality though not bad, did not justify the extravagant prices. Decor was sub-par and bread served smelled stale and with packaged butter (like the ones given in airlines). Overall, not going to return given the plethora of choices in New York City.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner. The atmosphere is not fabulous but it is very authentic. I had Sangria which was very well prepared. The food was good. I did not get the Paella which looked delicious! The small plate Potato dishw as excellent (Bravas?)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet