216 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022Neighborhood:
SpanishPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.solerany.com/
- Phone: 2126441166
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Spanish
- Executive Chef: Danilo Paulino
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Solera Catering will provide the same culinary experience, as does the restaurant, served
by a professional and experienced staff in the venue of your choice. Whether a Tapas
Party for two hundred or an intimate Dinner Party for ten, we will be happy to bring
Solera's talents to you.
Solera has made a fortunate association with Regina Mallon and Mallon Enterprises, Inc., who will provide her Service Staff for all our events. Over the past twelve years, she has earned the applause and praise of New Yorkers and others for her conscientious and dedicated approach to service.
- Private Party Facilities: Prefixe 50, Prefixe 70, Prefixe 85 and Tapas and Drinks*. Patio or Salon
All Menus are available for groups from 12 to 40, in our Patio Room or Salon except the Menu Degustación, which is limited to a 30 person Maximum. Patio Room minimum is 12 and the Salon is 25 persons.
A Room Charge will be assessed if your Group total is less than the Minimum.
Please consult the accompanying Menus for your Tapas, Main Course and Dessert Choices
- Private Party Contact: Ron MIller 2126441166
A word from Solera Restaurant
Housed in a comfortable midtown brownstone, the restaurant occupies two floors, with a capacity for 115 people. Each dining room evokes a warm, intimate feeling and reflects the colors and images of Spain accented by a display of contemporary art. Party space is available in two locations within the restaurant; the "Patio" room, enclosed for year-round use and accommodating a maximum of 16 people and the "Salon", located on the second floor with a capacity for 40. Solera's cuisine has traditional roots and explores the primary flavors found in Spanish cooking. Whether you choose to enjoy Tapas, Paella or the Main Courses Solera offers its guests a taste of Spain in an authentic, yet contemporary manner. Solera's Wine List is exclusively Spanish. It is 'value priced' and reflects Spain's many diverse geographical regions. Additionally, they offer approximately 15-20 wines by the glass, and twenty-five Sherries and Montillas that form a perfect compliment to its regional cuisineContinued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
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Solera Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since April 30, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (10)good for groups (9)special occasion (9)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (6)romantic (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- Tranquil refugeOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/25/2014Paella is is authentic, and tapas are quite good; other fare pretty standard. If you like Iberian (pata negra) ham, which I don't, and Spanish cheeses (good but not to compare with France or Italy) Solera has the high-end stuff. Wine list is good, fairly priced, not outstanding. What makes Solera unique is its small but delightful bar (separate area from the restaurant) and spacious, quiet dining room. It's one of the few high-end Manhattan restaurants where one can hold a civilized, quiet conversation. Service is discreet, fast and unobtrusive. The low noise level and relaxed ambiance make the overall dining experience far better than the food alone would indicate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not recommendedcrudoloverVIPDined on 8/21/2014The food was mediocre at best. The paella was overcooked. The bread was stale and tasted like cardboard. The soup was bland. On the plus side, it was quiet and we were able to get a last minute reservation for a big party at the last minute.
- highly recommendedChataboutfoodDined on 8/15/2014We came into the city for a show on Broadway and wanted to make it an evening out. I went on line to see if I could find a tapas restaurant. Solera showed up as a four star restaurant within walking distance to the theatre. The food was fantastic, service was great and the ambiance was lovely. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely warm placeTimeshortlovewellDined on 8/9/2014Highly recommended! Lovely room and very considerate service. Had paella with cava and a four-part desert. All delicious. We will make it a special afterwork meeting place, especially as the weather cools.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great tapas, great fun.LandBDined on 8/7/2014We love the tapas and we also really enjoyed a special haddock dish and the hangar steak. We were there with friends and, likely, if anyone complained about noise that night, it may have been us. We just had a wonderful time trying the tapas with a terrific rose that the bartender had recommended. This is a neighborhood find and a great choice for anyone who enjoys authentic tapas.Special Features:
- Average ExperienceEdfromCTDined on 8/6/2014Good but not great food. Food is over priced. Should have a lunch portion available. Server stated the portions were single serving but were enough for two people.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/18/2014Small appetizers excellent, particularly the chorizo and grilled calamares. The scallops of salmon were done as requested, though the leeks accompanying them were tough and stringy. The black rice paella was excellent, though all are overpriced. Biggest drawback was that large tables, up to ten diners, are seated in the main dining room, which is neither large enough nor suitably cushioned to absorb the din and escalation of noise level, which made conversation difficult.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Midtown Tapas DelightsRiverboatwillieDined on 7/17/2014A glass of Rioja, slices of Jamon and a bowl of Angulas in garlic butter and you feel like you're on a side street in Madrid. Excellent service, a charming dinning room, nice selection of wine from Spain and a menu full of Iberian delights makes this a great spot for lunch and dinner.Special Features:
- Unexpectedly delightful find!Localdiner63VIPDined on 7/15/2014Needed a restaurant in the midtown area (meaning truly midtown - not way east or west) and was thrilled with our experience at Solera. Family gathering (kids ranging in age from 11-20 yrs) and all delighted in the flavors and variations we tasted through the tapas menu. The cold tapas platter was a wonderful start with a wide arrange of some vegetable combinations (beans were particularly yummy) and robust and spicy flavors, none of which were overwhelming. The vegetable platter, shrimp and the duck were also table favorites among our crowd. Service was authentic and attentive. There is a great back room (open to the smaller, main dining room) with skylights and seating for approximately 12-16 in use whiel we were there. Will return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spanish foodHappyeaterDined on 7/12/2014Wonderful friendly atmosphere, the best spanish food in town. Original, fresh, excellent service and cuisine. You can sit for hours or be in and out as quickly as needed. The bar with tapas is a great lunch or mid afternoon break.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/18/2014I was greeted at the door. By a smiling maître d who led me to a delightful table. This is my second time at this restaurant which continues to have wonderful food. Great service and ambience. I love the lobster potato salad!Special Features:
- Just okayonestrikeDined on 6/9/2014The food was nothing special. One entree delivered 10 minutes before the other. Chose restaurant as it was listed as very quiet. Noise was moderate. I do not plan on returningSpecial Features:
- JoeCDined on 6/9/2014Took a date here, the tapas were excellent, and the white sangria was great. The service was excellent. They never hovered and but they were very attentative.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unique Tapas DiningCitydinerDined on 5/19/2014I have dined at Solera for dinner both with groups and as part of a couple and it never has disappointed. We have enjoyed the fun of Tapas and either white & red Sangria as a true cultural experience. When arriving at Solera, the staff greeting you is extremely friendly, as is the waitstaff. This latest experience for lunch proved no different, however everyone in my party felt the lunch specials were a bit small. We ate at noon - meals that included an appetizer and entree, but by 3:00 p.m. When we were elsewhere, we all felt very hungry! Also, the food was a bit salty on this go around. Besides this, dining at Solera is a friendly bit of Spanish hospitality and should be enjoyed at least once - maybe better for dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Variety of great tastesEyevalueVIPDined on 5/8/2014Solera is an excellent choice for well prepared tapas and a good glass of wine. The beef empanada was not generous with the beef. It was more like a vegetable with beef wrap. However, the meat balls were dense and delicious, and the sauce was excellent. I loved the mushrooms with garlic; my friend not so much (more for me). The broccoli rabe salad added texture to our variety. It was well made. I just wouldn't choose it for a salad before an entree as the broccoli rabe is intrinsically bitter and is truly more like a side dish and not refreshing, my reason for having a salad. The crouquetas, my friend's "must have" tapas, were light, tasty and a very generous portion. In fact all the dishes were generous. Wait staff was great. I'll be back.Special Features:
- Value foodMexicoVIPDined on 5/1/2014Reasonable price and teasty dishes will make you happy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 102 reviews are from the Solera Restaurant reviews archive.
- Good food Good serviceOldboy01Dined on 3/29/2014Small family reunion where tapas menu gave lots of flexibility. Quality was very good and service was goodSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely but disappointingPetieDined on 3/12/2014The ambiance and service was great but we all ordered paella and the seafood was small and barely there with lots of soggy rice. The appetizers were great. We all ordered wine and the little carafes were so small that we each had 3 glasses which is something I never do. The bill was $400 for the 4 of us - too much considering we all ate a plate of rice for dinner. It's too bad because I loved the look of the place.
- Sangria & TapasBenfromNormandieDined on 3/11/2014We had Sangria and Tapas and we were very very satisfied. We are visiting NYC and are a little tired of the loud restaurants. This one is a nice, quiet place you can enjoy food and conversation. We will come here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food was much better thanOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 3/10/2014The food was much better than I expected. Great choices and variety of things to pick from. It was a Monday night so it was pretty quiet and we sat at the bar to eat. Excellent Rosa Cava Sangria. I would definitely go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Solera SuperbOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/8/2014We have been here before...real, attentive professional waiters...know the food, know the wines..This is not an inexpensive place but it is authentic (although the chimichurri definitely had too much garlic)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Can't say anything negative . . .FriendsGettingTogetherDined on 1/29/2014. . . but Solera was nothing special - the food was quite tasty (the cheese course and glass of port was a very nice desert selection we did. The sangria was nice - not a fruit filled as I like, but good. Other than for the convenience of its location - it being around the corner from where my friend worked and where I was also on business that day - and since it was frightfully cold we didn't want to walk too far for dinner of two old friends, I probably won't go back. There are just too many other places as good if not better in all of NYC.
- A perfect eveningBatyaDined on 1/23/2014We wanted something different and fun, and we found it! We started with tapas, all of which were delicious, enjoyed a paella (most if which I had to pack up as the tapas were quite filling), and left some room for exquisitely beautiful and delicious desserts. A perfect evening!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Consistently good54thfoodieVIPDined on 1/17/2014Have visited several times over the years and find this a good restaurant, better than most, that has always satisfied. We recently visited with guests and the meal and service were spot on adding to a very pleasant night out. Reasonable prices and good food, service will keep us coming back...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- No nos ha gustado la cena.nosequeponerDined on 12/31/2013No nos ha gustado la cena. No nos ha parecido una buena representación de la comida española.
- Romantic eveningFlorenceDined on 12/27/2013Great food, quiet ambiance, excellent service. Have been coming for many years and has been consistently great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We had dinner at Solera onMLC0101Dined on 12/21/2013We had dinner at Solera on Saturday night and the overall experience was ok, not great! We ordered paella which was overcooked and nothing special. The service was ok not great.Special Features:
- Gustatory DelightWaterfordVikingDined on 12/4/2013Extensive food choices, tasty wine and beer selections. Frequented by business executives in the neighborhood. Ambiance is one of diners enjoying a gustatory delight quietly tucked away from the bustling metropolis outside. From appetizers to dessert, the presentation is notable, and the service attentive and unobtrusive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mediocre in every wayBigApple1Dined on 11/2/2013Do not waste your time at Solera. The food was mediocre and forgettable. The service was fine and the ambiance was meh. Spend your money elsewhere.
- Good Spanish food, nice ambianceDrmuddawgDined on 10/28/2013Solera was a nice Spanish restaurant between 2nd and 3rd avenues in east midtown. We walked past it several times and decided to make rez on a Monday nite. The food was authentic and tasty. Good cheese and cured meat selection. Relaxed atmosphere with a blend of families, business persons and tourists (like ourselves) with a pleasant ambiance. Plus we were treated and served as if we were locals. After some of the high end places we had ventured earlier on our stay, there was no sticker shock with the tab. We would return on our next trip and obviously recommend to others.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spanish gem continues the traditionNYnativeVIPDined on 10/26/2013On a recent trip to NYC, we discovered that a family favorite for old world Spanish cuisine had closed. Thanks to Open Table, we found Solera and are so pleased we can't wait for another opportunity to eat there again. The paella was a winner and went beautifully with the tempranillo our server had recommended. The dessert sampler was the perfect way to end an excellent meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Split decision-some like it hot!Harper500VIPDined on 10/12/20134 people and no agreement. 2 had cold food which should have been served hot. 2 did not. 2 had Paella which wasn't the usual and didn't like it, 1 had Paella with noodles and liked it. Some had their food served early, others waited. No consensus. Too loud with everyone crowded into one section of the restaurant, while the bar area with tables was empty and quiet. Can't understand this restaurant., and would not go back.
- Tasty SpanishbppdxDined on 10/12/2013Thoroughly enjoyed Solera Restaurant & will happily return. It was vibrant enough to feel festive but quiet enough to enjoy conversing with dining companions. The food was tasty and the service impeccable. Our server, Fernando, was knowledgeable about the food & wine. He was also patient in providing info about dishes or ingredients with which we were not familiar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great tapas!UmbachDined on 10/9/2013This is a lovely Spanish restaurant. The food is very authentic as compared to what we had in Spain. I really appreciated that the servers were very attentive to my nut allergy and made sure I was aware of what food contained nuts. I find that in many places, the servers are a little too casual and don't pay enough attention throughout the meal. The menu has a wonderful selection of Spanish specialties including paella and fideua. The patatas bravas and gazpacho were excellent. Great find!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Muy Bueno!Run4FoodVIPDined on 10/7/2013This was a great find for us on our last night in NYC. Tapas was great and delicious. I highly recommend.Special Features:
- Great evening!BonackerDined on 10/7/2013Dinner starts with olives a chick pea condiment and very nice bread. We had a selection of tapas and split an entre. The food and service was outstanding. We will definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Much more than tapasOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/26/2013From beginning to end - a delightful dinner meal. From almonds and tapas - tasty seafood croquettas, spectacular piquillo peppers with goat cheese and ham; to a daily soft shell crab special, dessert and Spanish ports. A very good wine list. Knowledgable and solicitous service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great to enjoy food and friendsHappydinerDined on 9/21/2013Fantastic Spanish food. Easy to share. Endless variety, both vegetarian and meat and seafood lovers. Lovely people let you sit and enjoy your meal and your company. Tapas, paella, Phenomenal desserts and great winesSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SURPRISINGLY GOOD!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/13/2013I have always passed by this place. Their paella price is what turned me off until recently 3 of our friends said it was good; that's why I tried it. The traditional paella was very good but we were disappointed with the fedua version. I have had better preparation than this. I sipped the sangria and did not like it. What I liked and recommend is their assorted platter, the squid appetizer and their desserts are exceptional. I loved the crispy coated ice-cream or is that just cream???Special Features:
- Very tasty Tapas for a group of sixDiscerningDinerDined on 8/30/2013We went to Solera for a late dinner last Friday night and had a great experience. The staff is very friendly and helped guide us through the selection of tapas on the menu. Everything we ordered was delicious. A must try is the sparking wine Sangria!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.