Despaña Princeton

4.3
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Despaña is an all-authentic Spain restaurant and tapas cafe with full service lunch and dinner. Despaña, unique space features a beautiful industrial chic atmosphere with a second floor dinning room and outdoor terrace overlooking scenic Nassau Street. Despaña also offers guests take out from the spacious market featuring all imported goods from Spain and the ability to cater private events.We offer California Wine and also Despaña is BYOB restaurant (BEER- WINE ONLY) We can't wait to see you!
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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vipbunnygirl
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dates and bacon were sooo good- desserts were great and the sangria that they made with our red wine was out of this world!!

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carlos
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The fried artichokes with aioli appetizer is very good!

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vipHungryInPrinceton
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We’ve been to this restaurant many times. Used to be consistently excellent. Not anymore. Service has been disappointing the last few times and now the food is starting to go downhill. This visit, the salmon was overcooked and the paella was way too salty. Going from consistently good to sometimes good.

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SureshB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

An above average Tapas place. Nothing bad to say, but certainly not a wow.

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Eduardo
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Tortilla de Patatas is always a favorite and we tried for the first time and loved the desserts. Torta de la Abulea was outstanding.

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Gabri
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

The restaurant was EMPTY other than us!! Nice food, great waiter, but the prices are high for what feels like a fancy fast food, and the ambiance was terrible.

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vipJenniferP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing as is the service. Never disappointed and we can’t wait to go back again.

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vipCECE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food from the beginning to the end was delicious
Great service

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vipEddieH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was not good. Waiter took our order and disappeared. When there was an issue with the food, it took a busboy and another person to get the waiter. Ordered a filet mignon medium and got a piece of uncooked meat. Sent it back and got rare. Waiter said the meat was medium rare which is fine except medium means a little pink, not dripping blood when you cut into it. 3rd time it came back the meat was too well done. No apologies at all. Bad experience!

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DonG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good tapas selections and the full sized entrees also looked great. Friendly staff, especially our waiter Brian, who was fun and gave excellent advice

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Ashley
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was horrible and serve was inattentive

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vipLindaB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious; always love the paella!
Our waiter, Brian was friendly, polite, and engaging. We enjoyed hearing about his background in Peruvian food and culture.

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LovedIt
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious, great menu with many choices. Very convenient to have a parking lot available. The service could have been better, the waiter never came by to see if we were happy after the food was served, we had a bit of a wait for the check and even though we said we had to skip dessert due to having to run to a show, he took so long to come back for our credit cards, I finally had to go take it to the cash register myself.
We really enjoyed the food, so will be back, but make sure we have a lot of time to eat!

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vipProudImmigrant
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Con: Service was extremely slow and not attentive at all on a Sunday evening. It wasn’t that busy but there was only one waiter and one busboy on the floor.

Pro: We had black squid ink paella which was very well seasoned, flavorful and moist. I was very impressed with it! We also tried the pork chop with vegetable on the side . Pork chop could use more seasoning but was cooked to the right temperature as we requested. The vegetable was excellent!

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vipJAG2020
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal! Our experience has always been positive. The salmon and the vegetable tapas was terrific.

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vipBruno68
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food is good. Not many vegan options, but the waiter offered to customize some of the dishes to make them work. Good service. Very overpriced though. $14 for a glass of virgin sangria. $8 for bread with tomato. All other tapas were in the $15 range. And this was at lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration — food and service were both terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first impression!

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SallyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and fresh. I would suggest a dip or sauce of some kind be served with the ham croquettes. otherwise excellent. The service was terrific and even though we were there close to closing they did not rush us at all. Lovely restaurant.

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Miguel
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricy but the sea bass was cooked perfectly and the paella was outstanding!

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vipJenniferP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing here! We enjoyed multiple tapas/small plates. Datiles, croquettes, patatas, and the filet mignon special was out of this world. The staff is so courteous. Sangria is delicious too! Can’t wait until our next visit.

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vipTimC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We have enjoyed Despana several times in the past. However, this visit was a disappointment. One of the dishes was improperly submitted and as a result our dining companion was unable to eat it. The server put in a corrected order. I don't know what options the kitchen had available to them, but they were unable to speed up the process, swap out the next dish from the kitchen, or do anything else creative. The server and manager both apologized, but once the corrected order was submitted we didn't receive any attention for 30 minutes, at which time everyone else had finished dining so we cancelled the corrected order. Nevertheless, it came out 10 minutes later. No one in the front of the house appeared to be communicating with each other. Of course we didn't end up paying for the dish, but our dining companion was forced to cobble together a meal from portions of the rest of our plates. We enjoy the food and ambience, but this was a pretty serious service misstep, so I don't think we'll be back, at least for a while. I certainly won't be taking friends to dine there anytime soon.

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vipValerie
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We always enjoy Despana but really miss their old paella option called Paella Despana. It was very flavorful and did not contain seafood. While I LOVE seafood, it is nice to have a variety. They have added one with chicken and egg, but I we had them add chorizo, trying to recreate the old.

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vipJodyIndy
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our “go to” place for dinner in Princeton. Easy parking, but walking distance to campus. We love the atmosphere and the small plates offerings. Sangria, paella, and more. Love, love, love it!!

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GlennC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Pricey for the quality. Entree came with starch or salad or veggie, why? Menus did not have listing to order additional side. My filet came out 2/3 raw when asked for medium and I had to send back and then we had to wait to eat. Then dish got cold. No apologies for error...

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

This was our 3rd time at Despaña. The previous two were great but this time the food was v poor. Eggplant uncooked, langoustne over cooked & leathery.
We took friends there & we were embarrassed .

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vipGigi
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always really enjoy the food, cozy atmosphere, attentive service. Looking forward to next time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed the restaurants food and service. Service was attentive, without being intrusive. The food brought me back to my visit to Spain last year, papas bravas, just the right amount of heat, shrimp in garlic (though would prefer larger shrimp), chorizo, meats and even a core basic, pan con tomate, were all wonderful. We had about 12 different tapas for 4 people and no one walked out hungry or unsatisfied!

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vipGhiottone
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food is reasonably good, the tapas being on the whole better than the paella. The service was, at least on this occasion, rather inept.

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vipFranky
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were quite pleased with our experience at Despana. The food was good the service was good and the parking was easy. The only issue is the NOISE level.

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vipCeeSee
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Paella Negra was perfect. Salad too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! We have dined there several times since moving here to Princeton two years ago in December. We are never disappointed.

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DaveR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here to celebrate a birthday. Everything from start to finish was outstanding. Someone in our party had been to Spain in the past and commented that the food at Despana was as authentic as what she ate in Spain. We will definitely return.

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vipcasualnommer
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food made with fresh ingredients - tasted just like I was back home in Barcelona

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vipKeithR
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s an impressive restaurant! Food was delicious yet most entrees range from $30-$38. There is a Spanish flair to the menu! Certainly a great place to check out! It’s a BYOB.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent!

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LeticiaG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’m from Spain, and this is the most real spanish restaurant that I found in the US. Highly recommended!!

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DebP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The overall experience was good. The tapas plates were excellent but the meals fell short. I would go back for tapas and drinks only. The service was not very attentive. However, we would give it another chance. The outdoor seating looked quite nice as well.

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davidO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and even better ambiance. Sat out on balcony overlooking Nassau Street in Princeton. A unique experience when the weather is good. The scallops over black rice was outstanding, as were the meatball appetizer. All of the fish dishes also looked great. Great restaurant overall.

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vipErinC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always love coming here. Their bacon wrapped dates are the best I have ever had!

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Despaña Princeton offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 921-2992.

Despaña Princeton is rated 4.3 stars by 722 OpenTable diners.