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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Solera Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (11)great for lunch (10)special occasion (9)romantic (8)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- A Spanish surpriseryckileeDined on 10/18/2014I chose this place at the last minute because it was near my apartment and I wanted Spanish. I went with my parents and it turned out to be really good. Great atmosphere but quiet enough for conversation. My steak with chimichuri was perfect and my Dad, (the wine snob) was very happy with the wine list. My parents shared several tapas dishes and I got to taste the calamari and it was fabulous. If you like tapas this is a great, quiet little neighborhood gem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Tapas!CarmenVIPDined on 9/27/2014This is our second time returning to this restaurant, the tapas are delicious and the Cava sangria is exceptional! The service is impeccable, the restaurant is very clean and well maintained! Will return again!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- disappointed dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/27/2014Food was sub standard, poor quality. Mushy paella. If you can't make a paella how can you call yourself a Spanish restaurant. Sat.night, place was almost empty. Felt like others knew what we didn't.
- Very CivilizedALPSVIPDined on 9/24/2014First Time at Solera - lovely, adult atmosphere, good for a business lunch or for a date. The garden room at the back was very lovely, but tables by the bar in front also looked inviting. Food was delicious and service attentive. Had Hangar Steak and Black Paella. Shared an appetizer plate of iberico ham and chorizio. We will return!Special Features:
- good tapasNYOrangecatVIPDined on 9/23/2014I went there with a friend for tapas. They told me over a phone that tapas are only served in the bar and they don't take reservations. When I arrived nice gentleman told me we can have tapas at dining room and it was great. It was Tuesday night and place was not crowded. They had good selections and every dish was delicious.Special Features:
- Welcome to SpainLucerneDined on 9/18/2014Great tapas, fantastic wines with real Spanish ambiente, the owner always seems to be close-by; pricey though!Special Features:
- Smb30VIPDined on 9/11/2014Great location, cute atmosphere. Extremely overpriced for the quality of food. Our dessert (chocolate cake) tasted like freezer burn. The Paella noodles were mushy while the seafood was extrememly over cooked and dry. In addition, I have never had a paella that didnt keep the shells on the seafood. There was so much more noodle than seafood it barely balanced the dish at all. Instead of keeping whole pieces of seafood, they chopped it up into small pieces so you couldnt tell what anything was as well. Tasted like mushi Rice-a-Roni with some dried shellfish mixed in.
- Been a whileOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 8/29/2014USed to be a monthly favorite, but as their prices began to increase, their food quality began to diminish. Their paella is still good, but nothing that's special relative to other spanish restaurants. Bill is expensive for what you get unfortunately. Probably not very material to a review, but as we were seated we experienced a vile odor which we attributed to the carpet. Turned out to be the Maitre'D (body odor).
- Old-fashioned neighborhood SpanishWoad2014VIPDined on 8/28/2014We'd walked by Solera for years but never went in because we were intimidated by the whole tapas thing. After a trip to Barcelona cured us, we tried Solera and liked it very much: the empanadas, broccoli di rape with goat cheese, and grilled vegetable tapas (appetizers, but calling them tapas makes it okay to get more than one) were delicious and not oily. The seafood-chicken paella was comfortingly homey, with a lot more seafood than chicken. Fish of the day was cod and a bit overcooked, but not bad. Decor is old-fashioned, the round tables are all well-spaced with comfortable chairs and places for couples along the walls. Service friendly but a bit slow and amateurish. Noise level okay but could be high if restaurant is full. Recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tranquil refugeCosmopoliteVIPDined 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.
- The following 108 reviews are from the Solera Restaurant reviews archive.
- 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.
- 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.