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About Candela

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.

2909 NE 6th Ave.
Wilton Manors, FL 33334
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Cuban

Hours of Operation:


Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Okland Park Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(954) 563-8088

Website:
http://www.candelarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Thursdays and Saturdays, Live Music

Executive Chef:
Armando Vega

Private Party Contact:
Armando Vega: (954) 563-8088

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (273)
Fit for Foodies (260)
Special Occasion (133)
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Good for Groups (125)
Romantic (117)
Notable Wine List (91)
Tapas (22)
Authentic (20)
Late-night Find (18)
Casual (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Outstanding Value (11)
Cozy (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Kid-friendly (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 17, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Delicious local spot with authentic flair and very pleasant service.

Tags: Casual, Outstanding Value, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 3, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Got the chefs suggestions (he came by our table). This is an undiscovered gem in Wilton Manors. The food made me think I was in Barcelona.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Love to bring friends and share lots of delicious tapas and entrees.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Planning a return trip...before we left

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great gem. Would highly recommend to any one looking for authentic, and stupendously delicious Tapas and Spanish cuisine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Fun, Outstanding Value, Organic
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Incredible restaurant. Highly recommended. Have been there several time. Will return to this great restaurant.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Armando the owner was incredibly gracious, the wait staff was outstanding. As usual, the food was authentic and excellent

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 4, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We visit at least every month. The chef and his staffs make you feel like you're at home and part of the family.

The food is always delicious and at a very fair price.

Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Tapas, Romantic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Seedy neighborhood, poor service, food was not served at same time and was over cooked and dry, wine was good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great Tapas and authentic Spanish cuisine with a solid wine list. The experienced and friendly waiters made great suggestions and were attentive without being intrusive. We will be returning!

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 15, 2017

One of our favorites! Fell in love with the place. Have recommended it and invited friends and never disappoints. Not fancy but it doesnt pretend to be. You will be treated like a friend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Had such a great experience we returned for a second meal...equally as good and made a future reservation for a gathering of friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Delicious and interesting food beautifully presented by a server who really wanted us to enjoy. Everything wa so perfect...casual and outstanding.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere. The tapas are delicious. A perfect evening every time.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2016

We loved the ambiance! Dishes large enough for sharing!
Worth the trip from Boca Raton!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Long drive for us but, well worth it. The best artichokes we have ever had!! The paella is also excellent. Very creative cooking with love! We will most definitely return soon

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2016

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Fabulous paella wonderful small plates

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2016

. 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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2016

In general, the food was good however the waitstaff is weak and drags down the experience.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Tapas, Vegan, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2016

First time we were there, but are looking forward to returning. Great Food and the owner was very helpful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2016

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!!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Casual, Tapas, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Always reasonable always tasty. The outside looks old and uninviting but the inside is warm and comfortable.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Armando is the only chef in Wilton Manors that takes bold steps with flavor. Every bite is a treat to the palette. If you are a foodie, I can't recommend this place highly enough!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 10, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 8, 2016

as a Canadian from Niagara Peninsula the quality, diversity, and flavours from Candela do not exist in my part of Ontario

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 27, 2016

New menu and tapas approach does not work. Food came out in a hodgepodge fashion and the waiter was not really aware as to how each dish was prepared. Loved the old menu. Dissapointed in the experience

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 11, 2016

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 6, 2016

This was an outstanding dining experience; the Chef is a genius.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 17, 2016

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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