Spanish restaurant which could use improvement in service. Had to tackle waiters to get service. Food is fine and reasonably priced.
Good selection of traditional tapas, very good bread and an excellent selection of wines from different regions of Spain. The tapas do have an authentic Spanish flavor.
Simply fantastic. A standout in the United Nations neighborhood.
An unsung neighborhood gem. Consistently delicious food in a low key setting. Reasonable wine list, quiet ambience.
It was a busy night at the restaurant. We had to ask for water 3 times. They forgot about a dish we ordered, and the shrimp we had was over cooked. With a party of two, they charged us automatically a 20% service charge.
Despite the food being fine (we had four tapas (cheese plate, garlic shrimp, chorizo, lamb chops) and a dessert (chocolate mousse trio) the service was horrendous. We had to ask for water after sitting for ten minutes and then three times throughout the meal, as each time out water would run out but nobody would come by to fill it. We were asked about dessert, gave our order and then asked if we'd like the coffee, dessert or just the check ten minutes later by the *same* waiter. When the dessert finally came out over tweety minutes after we ordered the white chocolate mouse had halfway melted into a puddle on the plate. To add insult to injury, they have the gall to add a 20% service charge to your check regardless of party size (we were a party of two!). I may be back for the delicious gambas but it's unlikely.
We had the cazuela de mariscos but it was really NOT good. Just a few rings of calamari and a couple of shapeless shrimp and a lot of garlic. The place was crowded and the venue was pleasant with good lighting, but really the food was sub-average and so was the service.
I was here about 4 years ago , it has deteriorated quite a bit. The service was absent, the food was mediocre and the prices were average.
I would not recommend this to anyone.
Our waiter was extremely rude, condescending and unpleasant. For most of the meal, there was a screaming baby. We will not be returning and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Alcala’s healthful and taste budding prix fixe lunch continues to be excellent value , served by warm and cheerful waiters who know the regulars well