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Tapas Papa Frita
Tapas Papa Frita

Tapas Papa Frita Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tapaspapafrita.com
  • Phone: (480) 699-5004
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner 3pm to 10pm Weekdays 3pm to 11pm Weekends
    Happy Hour 3pm to 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Joeseph Gutierrez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off premise catering for 20 - 200 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining for parties up to 70 people. Pre-set menu for parties over 16.
  • Private Party Contact: Joseph Gutierrez
  • Entertainment: Entertainment: Live Flamenco shows and Spanish guitar on Friday and Saturday Nights from 7pm to 10pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scottsdale Rd & Camelback
  • Public Transit: Scottsdale Trolley.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We Offer Valet, Free Underground parking , as well as street-side parking.
A word from Tapas Papa Frita
Authentic Spanish Tapas and Cuisine are the highlight of this view restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale. Live Flamenco shows and Spanish Guitar add to the ambience of Tapas Papa Frita with Award Winning Chef Joseph Guttierrez creating Catalonian, Basque and Andalusian cuisine along with the largest selection of Tapas in the Valley. A full bar and a large selection of Spanish wines round out your dining experience.

Outdoor misted patio seating available.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I came here because I heard about the restaurant from a friend that said she adores this place. I will have to say that I was impressed by how authentic the food was and the service was great. I ordered a few tapas and a paella. All of the food was wonderful. It reminded me when I went I was in Spain last summer. The owner sure has made a great experience bringing me back to the flavors of Spain. The server was great and helped me find the perfect wine for me and my boyfriend. They made my birthday perfect!!! The server even brought out a special port on the house. It went well with my dessert as well. I want to come back on Friday to see the flamenco! This restaurant is a hidden Jem and I will be back soon!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "From the decor, ambiance to the first tapas to the paella de pollo excellent ,saffron, chorizo like in pamplona spain i just return from the running with the bulls Gora Y ole Bravo Maestro!!!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • " some tapas were good, others terrible. Stay away from the croquetas and pan con tomate. The jamón serrano was dry and tasteless. Food Prices are reasonable, wine is extremely expensive."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend on my birthday to try the Paella. It was horrible. I chose the Paella de pollo, saffron rice and chicken dish with Spanish chorizo..what I received was a shallow iron pan with rice STUCK to the bottom of it, which you had to scrape off with your fork, and swimming in oil. 3 small chunks of chicken breast, and what looked and tasted like chopped up hotdog. I was mortified and embarrassed instantly. The dish was priced at $17. I politely mentioned the oil and asked where the Spanish chorizo was. the chef was rude and stated that he does not cook his food for ME specifically and asked that I not return. The hostess never brought our drinks, the waiter was rushed and rude, and also forgot. OVERPRICED"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Some reviews said the service is terrible but the food is worth the wait. We felt the service was good but since the place was packed it was a little slow. Not a restaurant to get a quick bite but to sit and enjoy the evening. So slow down, watch the band and relax with some great food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Restaurant is beautiful. Obvious planning went into décor an building. Great ambiance. Outdoor dining beautiful and intimate. Service was great. Server friendly and engaging and seemed genuinely happy we were there. Tapas were good. Could have been hotter. Luke warm. I like my food hot. Paella was very good, although it appeared it had sat under the warming lamp for a period of time. Unfortunate because we were there on a Tuesday evening and only 4 other couples in the restaurant. We might try it again in the future, perhaps just a bit off that evening. I did discover a fantastic new white wine The Field of Dreams Muscato from Australia. If you like smooth and sweet, I suggest you give it a try!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I lived in Spain for 6 years during my military years and for me the food was awesome! once we moved i always wanted to eat at spanish restaurants. We tried eating at spanish restaurants in Maryland, Washington D.C., St Louis and we very disappointed. We now live in Phoenix Arizona and we found the perfect spot (Tapas Papa Frita), great location, awesome service and the food is i would say at 99.9%, you have to remember we are in Phoenix and not in Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, so i do not expect 100% Spanish flavor but in my book they are great! I definetly recommend this restaurant to all."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "But too loud. It's hard to talk to the person sitting in front of you when they play live music and tap dance. It's fun to watch for 5 min but gets annoying if your're trying to have a conversation."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Fabulous and unique food. It's was hard to understand our waiter through his accent but we managed. Great atmosphere with the flamenco dancer and live music! Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My group of 8 went there on recommendation. The food was excellent! Service was great. Entertainment was great (Flaminco night). I would recommend this resturant to anyone who wants something special. Go there on the Flaminco dancing night. Dealers Choice variety Band Phoenix AZ Ole'"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The gaspacho and the luxury tapas were excellent - really good! The paella, however, was too salty and the chicken used seemed dry and old. The dessert, churros con chocolate, was very rich and tasty."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Was not sure what to expect really but the atmosphere was great, Flamengo dancer and authentic band. Staff were knowledgable about the food and drinks. We had tapas and paella which were both outstanding, the sangria was wonderful, would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It's been a year since our last visit to Tapas. We had a wonderful time and a great meal. For fun, we had the waiter pick our tapas. All were wonderful. Our entrée was Paiea which was done remarkably well. You must try their red sangria and order it by the picture. For both, the sangria the valley."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I had high expectations for this restaurant, after seeing it featured on Check Please!, but unfortunately our expectations were not met. The food was good- small plates, just what we thought. Good vegetarian options. The tomato bruschetta was delicious and the caprese salad was also very good. The desserts looked good but were rather bland. Our server was nice but didn't introduce himself, and took very little time to speak with us. It was very hard to hear him over the loud live music. We did see him taking time with other tables, just not ours. We recognized the owner from the TV show and were pleased to see him making the rounds in the dining room, but he ignored us. That really left a bad taste!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "everything was great service (everyone) food and atmosphere loved it !!! we were there for my friends birthday they made it a wonderful experience for her and all of us"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was our 1st visit & we enjoyed it very much. Our waiter was a help in our selection of tapas."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It was my birthday and I had a great time, the Chef was so nice and friendly and the same foes to the servers.they really made me feel special on this day .i wouldn't have it any other way"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were at the Tapas Papa Frita for dinner. We were seated immediately and the service given to us was outstanding. The lady who helped us gave great recommendations particularly to one of our companions who is a vegan. The entertainment ( flamenco and superb Spanish guitar player) complemented our meals. The menu even includes what part of Spain the tapas we chose are from. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My dining experience had room for improvement. 15 minutes to get our drinks. After 50 minutes we had only been served two of our tapas orders. The tapas is good; however basic and lacking creativity. Tapas should be a social interactive experience.... We were waiting for service the entire night. I mentioned it to the front of house manager... She did nothing to make it right."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our food was delicious. The service is really slow, we waited a while for menus not to mention refills on drinks. Took over 30 min to get our check. For the prices the service is not what it should be."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had not dined at Tapas Papa Frita for a couple of years, but this visit was as great as we remembered it. It was a very quiet night, so we got lots of attention, but since it was a special birthday dinner, that was fine with us. ALL of the food was excellent and our service was outstanding. Now that we know there is an elevator from the parking garage, we will dine there much oftener."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Love it! Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It was our 2nd visit to their waterfront location, my husbands birthday dinner. We were concerned when we booked the reservation that it might not be as busy and festive in the summer as it had been a few months ago. We were pleasantly surprised that business was great including entertainment...live music and dancer. Food was delicious and service delightful...felt like we were in Spain again!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for our anniversary and we loved it. My husband's family is from Spain and in Arizona it's hard to find authentic Spanish food that he likes. He loved it. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to go to a beautiful restaurant, deal with a friendly staff and eat great food!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "9 girlfriends & I went this past Saturday. They had our table ready, close to the stage so we could watch the flamenco band/dancer. The staff was beyond fabulous in helping us order/recommend food/drinks. But, the best part of the night was the "owner"....he's so energetic & personable. This place is fabulous for couples, groups & families! I will go back next time we are in town for sure & I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun place with great food!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The chef was both talented and a gracious, welcoming host. We sat outside with a view of the Flamenco dancers from the picture windows. A plaza and the Scottsale waterway were part of the view we enjoyed from our table. Every dish we ordered was a delightful surprise for the palate. The atmosphere created by the jubulant musicians and Flamenco dancer is a "spot on" recreation of the bar scene in Spain."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service was great and so was the food. I didn't stay late enough but they also have dance performances in the evenings. Very nice atmosphere. Glad to find a place with something like rabbit on the menu (something that isn't offered at most places). I'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Get directions, it's tough to find, but once you do, the food is outstanding. We lived in Spain for many years, and it was very authentic, we're still talking about it. We ordered several tapas, all were fabulous. The people working were also super friendly, loved it!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The staffs were friendly. The atmosphere was great, we sat outside at the patio. It was about 90 degrees outside but the misting system kept us cool. Our server was friendly but kinda hard to understand because he talked very fast. He didn't check regularly on our table. We waited for our food for almost 1.5 hours, and didn't get any explanation of why or what's going on. The food, when it came, were great. We ordered the Chef's Tapas Special (date wrapped in bacon, garlic butter shrimp, manchego cheese, tenderloin beef skewers, lamb chop, pepper stuffed crab meat), and a seafood paella. The paella is outstanding! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food, fun entertainment and excellent service!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We went here with another couple for the first time. We tried to sit inside but the music was too loud to carry on a conversation. The food tasted very good but the portions seemed small, even for Tapas. I would go back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The Paella is legit and the tapas are fantastic. Tortilla Espanola is a must! Wish more people would go, as the ambience is a little quiet. But it is starting to be summer. Great server!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The food here was excellent. The lamb was so tender it literally fell off the bone. The service was among the worst I've ever experienced. The restaurant was nearly empty, yet the hostess struggled to get us a table. It was a good 10 minutes before anyone came over to greet us or bring us water. When the waiter came over, there was no introduction. He barely explained the menu and was gone. Once we did order, it was hard to get anyone's attention for more service. We ended up going to the bar and getting a second round of drinks for ourselves. This was not a cheap meal. I would expect top notch service when paying higher end prices. Very disappointed. Great food doesn't matter if the overall experience isn't good. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Food was good but service was horrible. Waited over 30 minutes between courses. Didn't even have time to have the dessert that we ordered and never received. Had to ask to have the charge removed from the bill. Asked to speak to a manager and after waiting another 20 minutes opted to leave since he never showed up either."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great flamenco music and flamenco dancer made this a treat. We ate there for Arizona Restaurant week. Loved that they made a separate gluten free menu for that. Food was very good overall and reasonably priced. Server was very helpful and really knew the wine better than most servers we encounter at most restaurants. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • " First time here.. loved everything we had! I highly recommend the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese ( for dinner or dessert, or both!) . For an entree try the tempranillo lamb. Perfectly tender, rich, and all around mouth watering. Definitely will be going back!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "First time here bc we wanted to try something new in Old Town. The food was excellent, at least the parts if our order that actually made it to the table. Our server was bad from the very beginning- knew nothing about the menu, awkward, and SLOW. What should have been an hour event trend into 2 only because our server disappeared half the time. Good was good but not good enough to combat terrible service unfortunately. With Kelly's at Southbridge within walking distance, I see no reason to return to Tapas. I will just go to Kelly's where I am guaranteed exceptional food and service. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy tapas and have found excellent restaurants in Tucson and internationally that serve the food. When we heard of Tapas Papa Frita were excited for our reservation. First impression was very good with the nice outdoor seating and the interior was very nice. In addition, live music was being played. But when the food came, we were extremely disappointed in the preparation and quality of the food. Everything was very greasy and lacked flavor. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Overall a very nice restaurant with different food than others. Food taste was not as good as in old Spain, but was adecuate."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Over price for the food good tapas the wine is ok "
    Dined on 5/18/2014