Solera Restaurant
Solera Restaurant

Solera Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.solerany.com/
  • Phone: 2126441166
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

    Closed Sundays
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: at Third Avenue
  • Public Transit: 6 train (51st /Lex), M and E trains (53rd / Lex)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street Parking available after 7 pm Local parking garages within walking distance of restaurant
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 cuisine
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Solera Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)romantic (8)special occasion (8)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Smb30VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been a while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    USed 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).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old-fashioned neighborhood Spanish
    Woad2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We'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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tranquil refuge
    CosmopoliteVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Paella 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:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommended
    crudoloverVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The 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.
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  • highly recommended
    Chataboutfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely warm place
    Timeshortlovewell
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Highly 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas, great fun.
    LandB
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average Experience
    EdfromCT
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Small 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midtown Tapas Delights
    Riverboatwillie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpectedly delightful find!
    Localdiner63VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Needed 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spanish food
    Happyeater
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wonderful 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I 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:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    onestrike
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The 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 returning
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoeC
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Took 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:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 105 reviews are from the Solera Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Unique Tapas Dining
    Citydiner
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Variety of great tastes
    EyevalueVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Solera 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:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Value food
    MexicoVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Reasonable price and teasty dishes will make you happy.
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    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Good service
    Oldboy01
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Small family reunion where tapas menu gave lots of flexibility. Quality was very good and service was good
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely but disappointing
    Petie
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The 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.
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  • Sangria & Tapas
    BenfromNormandie
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was much better than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The 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:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solera Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We 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)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't say anything negative . . .
    FriendsGettingTogether
    Dined 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.
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  • A perfect evening
    Batya
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    54thfoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Have 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...
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No nos ha gustado la cena.
    nosequeponer
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    No nos ha gustado la cena. No nos ha parecido una buena representación de la comida española.
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  • Romantic evening
    Florence
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Great food, quiet ambiance, excellent service. Have been coming for many years and has been consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had dinner at Solera on
    MLC0101
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We 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:
    late-night find
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  • Gustatory Delight
    WaterfordViking
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Extensive 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:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre in every way
    BigApple1
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Do 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.
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  • Good Spanish food, nice ambiance
    Drmuddawg
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Solera 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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish gem continues the tradition
    NYnativeVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    On 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:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Split decision-some like it hot!
    Harper500VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    4 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.
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  • Tasty Spanish
    bppdx
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Thoroughly 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas!
    Umbach
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    This 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:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muy Bueno!
    Run4FoodVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    This was a great find for us on our last night in NYC. Tapas was great and delicious. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening!
    Bonacker
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Dinner 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much more than tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    From 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.