Tapastre
Tapastre

Tapastre

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tapastre.com/
  • Phone: 9085260505
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 3:00PM

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Victor Sguera
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Craft Beer/Tapas Pairing Dinners, Beer and Cigar Pairing events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bridge Street
  • Public Transit: Somerville train station is two blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Small private lot attached to building. We are directly next to municipal lot #6, and there is available parking across the street at Bank of America.
A word from Tapastre
At Tapastre we offer an ever-changing selection of 12 different craft beers on tap, and over 30 different bottled brews for you to enjoy in our casual, lounge-like atmosphere. Our newly revised all-day menu serves up selections of tapas to please everyone's taste. In addition to our tapas items you'll find traditional fare; soup, salad and sandwiches, to give our guests additional options. We also offer a comprehensive international wine list and the best martinis in town!

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Tapastre reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (4)romantic (4)vibrant bar scene (4)special occasion (2)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great martinis!
    TheRock
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We really enjoyed the Fig Martinis and the Bourbon smash from the specials menu. The Tapas were all tasty and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place,
    Paco2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First time dining in Tapastre. The food was great, the atmosphere was great and the staff was very accomodating. The hostess(maybe owner) was very friendly and was doing a little of everything, seating people, setting up tables, cleaning off tables, etc. We ordered dessert and she said it was on the house for the wait. We really did not even think the wait was long but appreciated her gesture.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favs
    NJFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We love it at Tapastre! Great food, great bet selection, awesome mixed drinks, cool vibe. It's a tapas (small plate) place, but you can get regular entrees as well. However, we love getting lots of small plates to try different things. Love the seafood risotto, ginger shrimp, maple bacon, fried olives, and the Elvis sandwich is a stand out! Great desserts too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Craft Beer List & Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Having driven by the sign "CRAFT BEER" several times over the past few months we finally decided to try it out on a rare kid-free night. The craft beer list was great and we enjoyed the flight option. The tapas were more than enough on each plate and we found some new favorite dishes like the ginger shrimp! The fish tacos were awesome and the maple bacon??? WHAT? Insanity on a plate. I'm still dreaming about it... :) Yes we will go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was better
    David
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I'd been to Tapastre for dinner twice before and thought I'd try it for lunch. Based on this visit, dinner is the better choice. Our waiter at lunch was rather lacking in personality, not very knowledgeable about the food and managed to charge us for twice as many glasses of wine as we'd actually had. The food was quite good (although not up to the standard of the dinners I've had here). The tapas-format makes this an especially nice choice for groups of people and there are some really interesting choices on the menu. Wine choices by the glass are limited but they have some very nice bottle choices. They also have a wonderful selection of hand-crafted beers. I'll definitely go back but wouldn't if this lunch had been my first visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Tapastre reviews archive.
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had a great time with our adult children celebrating my husband's birthday. Grabbed an outside table on a beautiful evening. Matt, our waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. Eternally grateful to Susan, the manager, for re-printing our theater tickets eliminating a trip back home that would have prevented me from enjoying our meal. Dessert was a little slow in arriving which was only a problem because we had plans -otherwise we would have been content to sit for several more hours. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We've enjoyed the tapas as well as just their burgers. Everything tastes so fresh and is beautifully presented. It has become a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food awful service
    Elguapo
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The bar tender and waitress made my party feel like it was a chore to fulfill our orders. I had to get up and track our waitress down anytime we needed something. The food was great though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kute Keeper
    GoodEatsforFunPeeps
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our couples date night out was a success wrapped in surprising tastes and sautéed in a decent variety of spirits. Though perhaps not the most dynamic bar scene the rails is long, lit, and active after 10p on a Saturday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Amy30VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We have been going here for years. The place has been through ups and downs, menu was changed constantly and for a while we just stayed away. We decided to go back on a Friday night, the place was full and vibrant. Finally the menu is great again! The tapas are tapas size, great flavor, great choices, we are so happy we got our gam back!! We had the Caesar salad always good, the caramel shrimp that was cute, pulled pork sliders very nice, fried olives signature dish forever amazing, pizza with pork amazing, cheese plate was amazing! They also have a beer tasting which I love! And all kinds of good wines! Highly recommend to go there you'll become a regular for sure!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night spot
    MelEats
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Enjoyed dinner on the lovely patio. Server was a bit awkward, but prompt. Lettuce wraps were delicious...had great hopes for the rest of our meal, but entrees were just average. Pizza crust was wafer thin. Great beer list. Poor wine list. Had the weakest Cabernet that I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Enthused
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Had a business lunch. I met a colleague there. I had passed the place hundreds of times, and gave it a shot. I was not disappointed! The Morrocan salmon was so good. Great ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    veros925
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The tapas were really good. I loved the shrimp & chorizo. The sangria was delicious. The waitress was very pleasant. The place looks like a house from outside, but it was very energetic inside. The bread pudding was a let down, not very good, but the cappuccino & cheese platter were great. Overall I enjoyed my experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious at times
    KaraMarie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a variety of tapas and drinks. They have an extensive craft beer selection and a delicious sandwich called the hot elvis sandwich. the sangria was also delicious. the tapas are small (which I know is the point) but at times they were too small for the price in my opinion. It depends what u order. The one problem was our burger was delivered to the table with out a bun and pretty much raw in the middle. (We ordered it rare but it wouldn't even hold together and was still cold in the middle and the consistency of chop meat when it came out.) At first we thought we ordered something without a bun but they just forgot to put the burger on the bun before it came out. They fixed it and we were happy. :) mistakes happen
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent tapas place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The beer list is fabulous as well. Some great and unique craft brews on tap and the food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Double Date!
    Sharon
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had a great time here! Ambiance was very nice and our waitress Sarah was fantastic. They had a great beer selection (which the men enjoyed) and a delicious white peachy Sangria (which the ladies enjoyed). We requested the booth table which was comfy and so nice! As for food, we ordered about 8-10 tapas... and they were yummy! My favorites were the salmon (perfect!), baked brie, chicken lettuce wraps, Chimichurri Chicken (probably the biggest portioned tapas item), and the duck crepe was delicious but a little dry. The only one I didn't like was the pork sliders, very dry and just didn't taste that good to me, but the others liked them fine. Overall a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place, horrible server
    123456789
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Very pleased with the place, food, and ambience. The server was rude and it felt like he was trying to rush us out of there. Also the menu said to ask the server about out craft beers and the guy said "we have a lot of beer." At that point just put them on the menu. I would like to go back there in the summer with friends but I fear that I might beat the daylights out if that guy if i ever see him again. I wont hold the place responsible for that guy though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night dinner
    LoveBichons
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Four of us went to Tapastre hoping to share some great appetizers and wine, along with some beer. The first glass of wine was not so good and when we simply mentioned it, the bar tender acted like he didn't hear us, I guess didnt't want to deal with it. We wanted to order a bottle of Santa Margherita, which they said they were out of! Really? On a Saturday night to be out of such a popular wine, $38? Anyhow, the food was just okay. Nothing special. The presentation was nice but lacked flavor. The service was okay as well, the hostess was not very friendly, waitress was better. Our bill was just over $200 so we did order quite a bit of food and drinks, desert and coffee. Would we go back? No, there are better places to visit in Somerville.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find. Good craft beers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This is an amazing place. We love tapas and this place is a great close find. The food was fantastic and the service was good will repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates and great beer choices
    newnycVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Loved the selection of beers! The small plates were fun to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    great dinning though I had mentioned occasion was celebrating bday of a friend, but didn't look like they read or they do anything special celebrating events
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer and tapas
    rkstant
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Enjoyed the flight of beer tasters and a number of small plates of tapas with my wife. Shrimp and Chorizo, baked Brie, fried pickles and short ribs were all good. Matt, our server, did a great job and noted our special occasion that I had in my OpenTable reservation. Matt also made good recommendations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service + bad tapas= no return
    2fordinner
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    First why is there no beer list? The waiter suggested you go to the bar and read the chalk board, Get rid of the chalk board! Two of the items we wanted to order were not available. If you like fried food then you will get by. Was very disappointed. They would do better just offering basic bar food. Waiter never came around to ask how things were and had to flag him down for a drink refill and the place was not busy at the time!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plates with reasonable
    mraven
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Small plates with reasonable prices. We each had 2 tapas, so we got a good sampling. Food was very good. They have a broad beer menu with a eclectic tap menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Beer list
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I was very impressed by the beer list and had a chance to sample something different. The 2 plates that I ordered were good, not outstanding, and a perfect match for my beer. I'd have to agree with what others say about coming to drink as the primary reason to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place to chill..
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    The beer and the service was great. I love the atmosphere and you did not feel rushed at all. It was a great Friday night out with my wife.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    DinnerGoer
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Calamari mixed with re-fry one, .some crunchy, some gummy. Overlooked shrimp. Service was good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service, eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    First time visitor and on a beautiful (Friday) night we were hoping to sit outside. Unfortunately 1 person sitting in a chair next to table of familiar patrons/friends took a whole table away. Too bad the hostess could not make some sort of accommodation. The interior ambiance was nice and pleasant. The attention of the service staff was severely lacking and if it were not for the delightful plates that eventually made it to the table, this review could have gone in a more negative direction. Food value was good but you'll need to be a bit patient. Not for rush through diners (we weren't so it didn't bother as much as it could).
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't live up to promise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    We had high hopes for Tapastre, which promised something for everyone, including "the best martinis in town." The space was inviting, with nicely situated outdoor tables and a cozy dining room. Alas, though the food was fine and the beer selection interesting, indifferent service and substandard bartending made it a disappointing outing. Our waitress/bartender impatiently awaited our order despite not having given us the drink menu (there's only 1 copy!). Asked if she makes a good martini, she responded "I can try"--sadly, she failed. A mostly-seltzer Mojito was also a miss. Glasses stood empty more than once; had to flag down a server. After we paid, the server returned, unapologetic, with a bar tab they had not added in. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Work on execution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Beer list great. Menu impressive but food did not live up to the menu. Service very congenial. Desserts were very good. Portion sizes small even for a tapas bar. I would say good start with great potential
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bar, great beer, bad food
    EA2979
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    The bar was very nice. The beer selection was great. The service was excellent. Unfortunately the food was bad. I would go back but only to drink.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not going back to Tapastre ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Our dining experience at Tapastre was very average - it is unlikely we will go back. We had a reservation and we were seated direcly across from the kitchen - everytime the door opened, we had a bright light in our eyes. Our waiter had an attitude, he was pushy regarding ordering all of our apps at once (though it was unnecessary as the restaurant wasn't crowded and they didn't fit on the table when they arrived), he was not knowledgeable on the menu and he forgot drink refills and was no where to be found. The food is very pricy and the portions extremely small (yes, we know that tapas are appetizer size portions). Also, Tapastre advertises that they have a wide variety of tap beers - well, not on the night that we were there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mirco brews on tap.
    megan
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Great Mirco brews on tap. Bartender Justin was fantastic. Had great drink recommendations as well as Tapas. Very personable and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fair. The group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    The food was fair. The group I was with had tapas. For four of us we ordered about 10 plates. We were still hungry afterwards. We would try the place again but not for tapas, we would try thier regular menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall experience was good
    SandmanVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Overall experience was good but this place needs to figure out what it wants to serve - food for the bar crowd (sandwiches and burgers were very good) or people looking for Tapas.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted to sit and chat with
    pamkVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Wanted to sit and chat with friends sharing food..this was the perfect place. We were able to talk easily as the noise was moderate. Unfortaunately, there were no beer drinkers in our group as they have a great selection of micro brews. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a casual meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We made our reservation but when we arrived the hostess said they don't check their email so beware of making open table reservations here. In general a good place for a casual meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's Tapas, so anyone complaining
    AK47VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    It's Tapas, so anyone complaining about portion size doesn't understand the meaning and should stick to the right side of the menu. The pizza was fantastic along with the beef kabobs, crab cakes and Creme brulee. Cappuccino after dinner was delicious as well. My only complaint would be the spacing between courses. The first course came out fast, but took several minutes for courses #2 and #3 to come out - and yes, they came out at the same time which cluttered up the table. I would have also liked more attention from our waitress as the busboy seemed to do the majority of the work.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perhaps dinner is better?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    First choice of wine (bottle) was not available. Menu for lunch seemed limited. Crab cake(s) were very good my companion said, but my chix breast sandwich had no flavor at all. Hue calarami was prepared to me liking, with a fine coating of crumbs and cooked evenly. The 'salad' served with was just lettuce ribbons dressed with a house vinaigrette...no other choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'm not really sure what Tapastre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    I'm not really sure what Tapastre is trying to be. Their food is OK but, it used to be not just very good but, very interesting as well. The dumbed down menu and less thoughtful presentation has me on edge. The craft beer selections are new and exciting but, they atmosphere and hours of the establishment seem at odds with their prominence. The management seemed disinterested and unable to wrangle employees. The waitress was rude when I called and inattentive, jarring, and rude while serving (when she decided to ACTUALLY come by the table).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet