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Candela blends authentic Spanish, Italian and Cuban cuisines with inspiring results... Chef Armando Vega meticulously minds each dish, occasionally emerging from the kitchen to chat with his clientele... The pace of the service here is attentive but leisurely, geared toward a lengthy sit for wine and conversation.
Wilton Manors, FL 33334
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Cuban
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Okland Park Blvd
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Thursdays and Saturdays, Live Music
Private Party Contact:
Armando Vega: (954) 563-8088
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Candela Ratings and Reviews
As a Spaniard I can say that this was a terrible experience, the food was salty, the paella rice was raw, the octopus burnt, the waiter had an attitude as if we did not know we were ordering. And the worst thing is that they charge for bread, please the place is nothing fancy, it is unfortunate that there are these types of restaurants that denigrate Spanish food. And if I tell you about the desserts, I do not think so, my sister makes them better. In conclusion do not go to eat at that restaurant do not waste your money it's bad bad bad. The only good thing was the wine and surely I can get better at Publix. No no no
Believe me if you decide to go is at your own risk is bad bad bad
First time at this restaurant and I was excited because of all the good reviews. The food could have been better. We started with the bread with EVVO. For $1.50 I was expecting more than a 4" small, thin loaf and drizzled with the oil. It was barely enough for the three of us.
The fried yucca starter wasn't bad though the chipotle mayo & aioli was quite spicy. I had their signature Paella Marinera. It came on a small paella pan and was enough for two so I got to take home leftovers. The shrimp, baby clams, baby mussels, calamari rings and veggies in it were cooked perfectly and delicious and the waiter scraped the sides like you're supposed to so you get all that beautiful crusty rice. The dish was, however, a little over seasoned and salty for my tastes but edible.
I had a taste of what my companions ordered, the Crispy Pork Ribs, which were a bit tasteless except for the spicy sauces that came with it and a shrimp and mushroom dish which was also rather tasteless to me. Seems those two were the direct opposite of the Paella.
The flan and almond cake are delicious but overall the meal was a "meh". I doubt we'll be back. Not worth the drive. I gave it 3 stars for the service which was truly outstanding.
Food is wonderful and all individually prepared. the staff is very professional and accommodating. And they have a very nice selection of wines, olive oil, meats and cheeses for sale. Definitely should get it on your regular rotation. A real neighborhood gem.
It is sooooo good to see this restaurant busy. I have been going for years and never understood why it wasn't busy. The food is always fresh, delicious and a good value. I've been to Spain several times and this restaurant brings me back each and every time. The service was not great. They seem to be new and certainly needs more training. Other than that, I can't wait to go back.
What a gem! Unassuming location and exterior but a real find once you go in. Service was exceptional and grazing on a selection of tapas was beyond expectations. Highly recommend the chorizo cooked in cider but everything from serrano to manchengo to shrimp in garlic was outstanding. Wonderful wine recommended by Yves complimented our meal and everything found a stunning end with cava and an almond cake.
As always, the food was outstanding. The Chef combines fresh ingredients with an authentic flair and expert preparation resulting in a terrific experience. As someone who has worked in 6 countries on 3 continents, I would comfortably recommend Candela to anyone seeking a gastronomic delight.
A clean unassuming place - with a very warm and unpretentious ambience - and a well-organized menu. The front of house staff is very well-trained; attentive without being intrusive. This chef is fearless and generous when it comes to seasoning and creativity - with spectacular well-balanced and beautifully presented results, redolent with aromatics and brimming with very gratifying flavors. I've had several meals here over several years and they have been very consistent. Definitely a destination for foodies.
. One of our party was allergic to chicken and asked the waiter if the dish she wanted contained any chicken or stock. He said no. 30 minutes later, as he delivered the entrees he told her it did after all contain chicken. He handed her a menu to order something else. She didn't want to wait so ordered a salad. This sort of out a damper on the evening. But the food was excellent and we will return.
Decent Food, Poor Service. Overall not worth a return visit. The restaurant was crowded, noisy and the service was laboriously slow. In addition, we had a 12-year employee (obviously the owner's daughter) who would take part of our order at times. While some people might find that charming I didn't. She neglected to tell us about some of the specials and had we not double checked with another server we would have missed out on certain items. Overall, I would not return to this restaurant as there was nothing special at all about the experience.
Three of us had a 5:30 seating on a Sat, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Thoroughly enjoyed sharing the 5 tapas. The only one needing more seasoning was the Paella Marinera; however, the seafood was fresh and plentiful. All the other tapas had excellent flavor. The bottle of Spanish wine suggested by our waiter went perfectly with our food once given a little time to breathe. Cappuccinos were good and very hot. Tea order was presented without any selection offered/explained. Apparently only green tea is available. Overall impression of the wait staff is they are pleasant, courteous, but need more experience, ie, not have to be reminded of requests. The Spanish music and decor were pleasantly appropriate. Am looking forward to returning for lunch very soon.
A little pricey for the traditional cuban food , nothing different, just the presentation of the food on the plates is different, more sophisticated. You can find cuban food with better quality and more affordable prices any where in South Florida-dade county. But overall it's a good restaurant, different experience, good try.
This is not my first time at Candela's. It is a small restaurant, so reservations are definitely suggested. The menu is not huge - but it is soooooo good!!! The service is outstanding and they have the friendliest staff without being intrusive. Definitely recommend for great tapas and Spanish food. You will not be disappointed!!
We were looking for something different in the area of a Wilton Manors' theater. We are so glad we came upon Candela. The atmosphere transports you to Spain, the wait staff was accommodating, and the food was not only good, it was beautifully presented. We'll be back.
The appearance when you first drive up is a little unsettling. The liquor store next door doesn't help. But a true hole-in-the-wall treasure is what this restaurant turns out to be. The ambiance inside takes you away from the strip center where you parked. The service is attentive from the start. It seemed as though "the kitchen" was fully aware of who was at the table and catered each order to us. There was always just enough in the order for the four in my party, as opposed to some of the places we've been where there are 3 pieces to an appetizer for the 4 people at the table. When the Paella came out it came with instructions from (who we assumed was) the chef/owner to let it steam a bit and they would be back to serve.Although the rice was slightly more al dente than preferred, everything was delicious. The wine was perfect and the noise level from the other few parties there was jovial and lively. A lovely evening.
Located in a non de script old run down shopping strip. You could very easily miss this place but worth the effort to find this quirky restaurant. No mixed drinks but they do have a reasonable wine list although I was taken aback to discover upon checking out the wine walls in the 2 dining rooms that the bottles were just empty decoy plastic bottles made to look like real wine bottles. Food is authentic and nicely prepared. The Owner chats up the patrons and is one of the chefs.
Absolutely great quality food. I liked how traditional spanish food had small influence from other areas and viceversa. Number of items was fairly limited and would have liked a couple of larger options. But if you are going for tapas to share its about right. Neighborhood not nice, but inside was fine.
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