Tertulia
Tertulia

Tertulia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tertulianyc.com/
  • Phone: (646) 559-9909
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Seamus Mullen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Place
  • Public Transit: A,C,E; B,D,F,M to West 4th subway station 1,2 to Christopher Street station
  • Parking: No
A word from Tertulia
Located in the West Village, Tertulia is an award-winning Spanish restaurant inspired by the lively cider houses of Northern Spain. Here, chef/owner Seamus Mullen brings his unique, creative approach to Spanish cuisine, with a menu that ranges from classic tapas to seasonal vegetable and seafood-driven share plates, and large format dishes such as paella. All food is served family-style, adding to the bustling, convivial energy of the dining room. Our excellent wine list features unique, hard-to-find Spanish wines, as well as wines, sangria, and sherry on tap. The warm, cozy interiors feature original brickwork, vaulted ceilings, a skylight and an open kitchen anchored by our custom wood-fired grill, the heart and soul of the restaurant.

If you experience any issues making a reservation, please call the restaurant directly.
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Tertulia reviews from OpenTable diners
143 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)neighborhood gem (63)romantic (32)good for groups (32)notable wine list (26)special occasion (25)hot spot (25)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (16)great for lunch (15)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Absolutely delicious
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Wow. This was our first time here in a very long time. We're kicking ourselves for not making this a regular hangout. We shared five small plates, and every bite was stellar. Their famous grilled bread with garlic and tomato, a skewer of grilled winter vegetables over swiss chard, a Brussels sprouts salad, octopus, lamb meatballs. Followed by Crema catalana and a bread pudding dessert. GO!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    DelectaVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food was excellent; service was unobtrusive yet attentive. A class act. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible special ocassion
    myshunissharp
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The night started right, with great attention from the hostess. I waited for my date at the bar. I asked for a cider recommendation, funky and earthy...the bartender nailed it with a unique pour from northern spain made from crab apples. When my lady arrived, we were taken right to our table, which had a good view of the kitchen and grill. We ordered many dishes to share and it seemed, as they came out, they just kept getting better. Baby squid special was incredible. The grilled broccoli was firmer than im used to, but the char and flavor was so good, makes me realize i've been eating it overcooked my whole life. Chef Seamus made an appearance, checked in on us, shared some great info on the whole fried butter fish - local, seasonal, sustainable. He also encouraged to eat the head, and it was delicious. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The $1 oysters they advertise didn't exist. The food was expensive for what it was (mostly bread or bread related) and the service was spotty at best.
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  • Great Vibe
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    You can easily walk by this eatery on busy 6th Ave and not notice it. Inside though is a lively ambiance without being overbearing. Lighting is soft but not soporific. Food is inventive tapas. Mostly for sharing. Attractive fun crowd. Keep in your list for West Village restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful!
    JBaileyVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Amazing food and wonderful service! Seamus is a genius in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tetulia ~ this evening off a bit!
    TheDiningDivaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I love Seamus Mullen's food. Tertulia is a fav of mine. I came back with friends. No bread served...had to ask more than once for oil etc to go on bread. SLOW service. Just a bit disappointed. Will be back! Hopefully chef will be there net time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Marysusan74
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The place is cool. Noise level almost unbearable and I was so disappointed by the food after reading good things about it. Their jamon was more like an extremely salty prosciutto. Croquetas were terribly boring. The tortilla was ok. I would not recommend this place to friends. I get the feeling the chef is not in his kitchen enough because the food had potential but made no one in our party enthused.
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    hot spot
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  • katkat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Was very good and would recommend and has $1 oysters during happy hour which were excellant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great experience
    dineinnyc
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was amazing, the atmosphere was wonderful and the staff was very friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent seasonal tapas
    Hansen0000
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Tertulia never fails to disappoint. It's hard to write a specific review because the menu changes seasonally and even within seasons. Always go fro anything with jamon Iberico and you'll never go wrong. Waitstaff is always extremely helpful in making recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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  • great food and ambiance
    EtarreVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I dined here with my mom, and it felt hip without being parent-unfriendly. We were seated near the big coal oven, and enjoyed watching the chefs making various dishes in it. Our sangria was OK, but the food was the real standout. Everything we ordered was well-prepared and perfectly cooked. My favorite was the brandade, which was served attractively, had great flavor, and was a deliciously new twist on one of my favorite classic dishes. Servers were friendly and helpful. We dined very early, and the restaurant wasn't crowded, but I suspect it's very noisy when it's full. I would definitely recommend this place for a romantic date night, cocktails with friends, or a fun night out with out-of-towners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was good although really small portions. Not really Spanish but interesting take on traditional Spanish cuisine. Wine was ok although the bottle that the waitress recommended was nothing to write home about. All in, for 175 dollars for 2 ppl in the village, I think you'd be better off playing "open table roulette" and go with something else simply because there are so many other good places.
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    romantic
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  • Nice food, disappointing service
    Englishpatience
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We ordered 3 starters amongst 3 and 3 main dishes at a 12 noon sitting. After 30 mins we had finished our first drinks so I reminded the waitress that we were still waiting for our food. We ordered more drinks and eventually 2 of our starters arrived. The 3 mains followed but a L dishes were charged for on our bill so we reminded them that only 2 had arrived. Great food. Not so good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go!!!!!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    What happened to this place? Full of frat boys and girls speaking at the top of their lungs after too much booze. Service really lacking and juvenile. And the food........I don't know if I have the right vocabulary for my disappointment.
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  • Yummy food, wait staff=uninterested
    schulzie1973
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    4 of us went Sat night for dinner. We got seated waaay in the back, next to the kitchen. Everything was really delicious, different types of ham & smoked meat, tomato & melon salad, kale salad, & smoked chicken paella. However, our wait staff, from the main guy to the helpers did not know the menu very well & seemed uninterested in explaining any of the food to us. The holder for the paella was dropped off unceremoniously on our table about 45 minutes before the dish arrived, along with a seared lemon & some garlic aoli. All we were told is, "don't eat that". When the paella arrived, we asked what the lemon and garlic were for. The answer, "well, you can use it if you want." ok. I think they need more training on the menu & being polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, good service
    travellingvirgochick
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The dept of health was there and the servers apologised and comped us a round but truthfully I hardly noticed any delay. The cod brandade was delicious and the octopus to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • warm and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Delicious Spanish food with a great wine list. The wood burning pit is a winner, the aroma of the food and restaurant transports you to a past era of rustic old country kitchen's.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Dusan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is the neighborhood gem you wished you lived around the corner from. The staff is friendly, the food delicious and interesting, the surroundings fun. Just wish it was a little less a surprise at the end when the bill comes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • silkcityVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Came with high expectations on rave reviews-have to say they were generally spot on. If there is one dissent, then it would be the somewhat limited menu. Also some offerings were sold out. However, a definite return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around very good
    TKAGMA
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was our second time at this restaurant. Every dish was very good . The baby squid special was extra good . Olive oil ice cream ice cream and walnut ice cream were both yummy for dessert .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grumpy bartender
    tallblonde2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Bartender was unenthusiastic, took his slow time acknowledging customers, and had an attitude about making simple mixed drinks over ordering from "his list". Thankfully, the food was delicious and they have a great efficient wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Not quite sure how this got so much buzz but I guess there are a lot of Goop followers buying the hype.
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  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING TOMORROW NIGHT?
    meandhetravel
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went with a friend for an after-work dinner and, well, we loved it. Two small plates, three large plates, oh, yes, the bread pudding and several wines by the glass. Liked it so much, went back the following night with the husband. Just a great place. Crazy delicious, comfortable easy, excellent choices and portion sizes and a really (really) wonderful server ) knowledgeable, helpful and professional/personable. The kind of place that could just become a habit. You have to have the Tosta Huevo Roto y Jamón Ibérico. And the bread pudding. And the ... Just go!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Mediocre food, awful service
    bkreviewer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was nothing special, and we felt the prices did not reflect the quality of the meal. The service was off-putting. Waiters were not friendly at all, barely spoke to us and made little to no eye contact with us. All of our dishes were brought out and almost thrown on our table without a single word. We had to ask a waiter to clean our table after they took our dishes away. I would not come here again.
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  • Mixed bag but some great plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We read other reviews mentioning the horrible slow service and have to agree. The waitstaff is friendly but it does take a while to get anything. THe delicious dishes suffer by being brought to the table in a haphazard - one at a time - manner. Guess that's why it's more of a tapas bar than a restaurant - That and the noise level make the ambience of this place just nasty and I would not go back - EXCEPT they have some delicious dishes on the menu. The Choclo alone is worth a trip back. Crispy fried hominy with a delicious lime sauce - it was very fine. Other stuff was anywhere from just okay to really good (the Albondigas).
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  • Unique menu
    shanagementVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The menu was unique at Tertulia. I wish that the specials were listed on the menu. It would have just been easier than listening the servers who had trouble remembering the specials, and we had a hard time hearing. I also thought the Sangria could have had some more zing. Loved the patatas bravas. The paella was only okay.
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  • DdukesVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Sorry but food was just average. Server was very helpful and nice. Drinks at $16? Do you think this is the Plaza? Excessive price! Used Blackboard eats discount so total bill was reasonable. To summarize: nothing special about Tertulia.
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  • Tertulia
    Patty
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Server was extremely knowledgeable. Loved the food, she made great recommendations on both the food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYC Tapas
    Cece
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Cafe Tertulia was recommended by a friend. We were in from Chicago so we decided to try it. It was a bit out of the way from where we were staying & Friday night traffic was abysmal but -- once we arrived the Arroz A La Plancha and the Tosta Matrimonia made our trip worth it. If you go, please try both along with many other wonderful options.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hbzs
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    off beat menu with very good food. different than the normal every day restaurant. fun
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the top tapas
    lgtravelbug
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were disappointed in Tertulia. We ordered 2 small spanish beers (because they are all small) and paid $8.00 each for them plus 1 glass of mediocre red wine. We ordered 5 tapas dishes, all vegetarian: potatoes, corn, green beans, olives and bread w/tomatoes. As with all tapas, the plates were small and designed to be shared. It's a good thing we weren't very hungry. The service was absent, literally requiring us to flag down our waiter for our 2 additional beers or extra tapas or the bill. And when the bill finally came, we were shocked that so little alcohol and a few plates of vegetables cost more than $160 for 3 people. The ambience was that of a noisy bar, rather than a restaurant. We will not be returning.
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  • brilliant tapas!
    NoraBVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We've been to Tertullia three times over six months and the food has been spectacular. Great ingredients and imaginative usage but not at all fussy or pretentious. Great vibe, good service, glowing and candle lit, like a tapas bar should be. Not sure why it's gotten low reviews, it's great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Hostess was accommodating. Restaurant has no ambiance and kitchen service was slow. Our tapas selections were very good. Tried a new main dish chicken special that was outstanding. Kudos to chef for this dish. It's a keeper. We would return for the dish alone despite the slow service.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in the west village
    Foodieatheart
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you don't mind sharing a table with strangers this is a fabulous spot! Wonderful and friendly wait staff and delicious Spanish tapas. Great rustic, quaint atmosphere, but a little loud. I would definitely recommend.
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    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmetdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ordered paella - very disappointing (served with an abundance of roasted potatoes???? come on, when is paella served with roasted potatoes - are we in Texas?Barbecue?). Very salty, would not insult the dish by calling it paella.
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  • Truly Delicious!
    AWhitneyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A good friend and I had taken a trip to Spain a few summers back and made it a point to visit all of the well rated Tapas restaurants in San Francisco upon our return. She recently moved to NYC and when I read about Tertulia I knew it was the perfect place to continue our Tapas Crawl! The food was truly delicious, no complaints on flavor or texture. The Paella was a little dry, but we polished it off. Sangria was tasty as well. I would only note that the dishes were a little heavier and richer than normal Tapas, but yummy none the less.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opinion
    Jose
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had Lunch, worse spanish restaurant that ever eat, we couldn't even eat their bread!
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  • BillNYC
    billnyc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was excellent and diverse. It came at intervals that were irregular, leaving fairly long gaps between courses.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have visited this great gem twice and adore everything about it Lovely food, nice atmosphere, delicious drinks,,, and great service! Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.