Don Quixote Tapas & Things BYOB

3.4
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

Don Quixote Tapas & Things in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania specializes in serving tapas and other Latin inspired cuisine. The restaurant is family friendly and boasts a warm, inviting interior for comfortable dining.

Don Quixote Tapas & Things serves dinner nightly and brunch on the weekends. The menu at the restaurant includes an assortment of cold and hot tapas, entrées and sides. Tapas options include boquerones, calamares fritos and gambas al ajillo. Brunch fare at Don Quixote Tapas & Things include cod Benedict with saffron hollandaise sauce, eggs Benedict, Spanish French toast, manchego cheese omelet, veggie omelet, bagels, pastries, lattes, juices and coffee.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is a terrible restaurant. Not enough items on the menu should be allow to call itself Tapas eatery. The waitress was rude. She argued with my party when we noticed that the food brought to the table were different than described in the menu, specifically, there were not white fish, but rather shrimps and other shell fish. She smacked the plates of the table, when we said we don't want the food, since it is how it was described on the menu. My friends have strict dietary requirement on only eating white fish.

I will never go back to that place nor recommend to anyone else.

MP
vipMicheleP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great find! My husband and I had dinner with another couple and we all enjoyed our meals. The appetizer anchovies brochettes was delish (I love anchovies) I had mussels in garlic sauce and I could have dipped my bread all night in that sauce . We had seafood Paella which was so fresh and just spicy enough. Since it was BYOB for four people with tip $160 that was including a really nice tip. Get the lemon mascarpone dessert that was made homemade by the cook/owner. We all left the place with a full belly but not empty wallet.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant looks not very inviting from the outside, but it is absolute worth to step inside . The menu selection is not the largest one, but all the items we tried were delicious. We had five starters, one entrée and one desert. We enjoyed each of them as they had different flavors. It is not a fancy restaurant and the toasts were a little bit burnt, but if you are into trying something new I recommend it.

PS
PaulS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my third visit. Modest pricing, friendly wait staff, and a chef who really cares about the food. Weekends are very busy so for the best experience go during the week, I love BYOB places because their only draw is the food. If you ask they will always provide a free white wine Sangria. Highly recommended as a casual dining venue.

PS
PaulS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my third visit to Don Quiote. The low prices are in no way an indicator of the high quality food. Very interesting menu with everything being really fresh and well prepared.
A true gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to restaurant early (4:00)when they had just opened and were the only patrons there at the time. We felt so welcomed.. just like eating in a friends home. The tapas we had were delightful and the paella was good. I think next time I will order more tapas and skip the paella. I would love to try all of them. The presentation was so well done. We will be back next time we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quaint little tapas restaurant. Food was delicious and even better it is BYOB. Very cozy atmosphere and staff was great!

TT
vipTeeTimeMike
Philadelphia
224 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Bad experience with both food and service. This place may out of business within a year at this rate.
Tough meatballs and paella was nothing more than a rice mixed with chicken and seafood with no seasoning. Cheesecake was horrible. Plenty of other places to dine in Philly other than this place which I would not recommend at all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The paella was good...best was the cod fritters. Desserts on the website not available. Will try again.

K
Krayon
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall1food4service2ambience1

My boyfriend and I went for Valentine's Day. The place was understaffed, not their fault, but it made the service slow and the people who were working were visibly stressed. It was loud, other people left without eating. I felt bad for them, but in the end, I'll never eat there again.

The food was quite good, slow to come out, but that's very normal for tapas.

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vip400restaurantssampinphila
Philadelphia
185 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Inexpensive, generous and delicious tapas. my favorites were the shrimp and the chicken and rice. the chicken had some balsamic vinegar that really set off the flavors. we also enjoyed the anchovies and meatballs. I had the seafood paella as an entrée. it was an inexpensive and surprisingly great meal.

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PaulS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were a party of four and participated in the tasting menu.
The food was surprisingly good especially at the very modest pricing here.
Everyone in our party enjoyed their Tapas, entree, and the desserts were excellent.
Highly recommend this place.
A true gem!

JS
vipJodyS
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I dined here on Christmas Eve. We had the opportunity to enjoy the feast of seven fishes. The owner, Vanessa who also served us that evening was very attentive and super friendly. The food was very good and the atmosphere was fun. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I got hummus, calamari, and seafood chicken and chorizo paella. It was all very fresh and tasty. The portion of the paella was small for 2 people, but since we both had a tapa it was fine. The calamari was really good, perfect amount of frying. The service was great as well. It's very small so be prepared to sit really close to others, although it wasn't super packed. I enjoyed the ambiance of Spanish guitar music, it really sets the scene of a Spanish restaurant.

MT
vipMatthewTastes
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Pretty low-key, non-pretentious place. The food is good -- the cheese and charcuterie plate was fresh and tasty, and the paella was decent. The highlight, though, was the meatball tapas. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. A pleasant surprise was the complementary sangria that came with our meal. And the cook also sent over a "taste" of another tapas that we hadn't ordered.

LI
LarInPhilly
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience2

They are still new. We liked the menu. Food was good but not great. Server was not professional (mistakes, doesn't check the room so every trip to a table did not check any other table when we needed her attention, etc.). Room is too brightly lit.

But we will give it another try.

PJ
vipPabloJuan53
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Cozy (aka tiny!) place off South Street. Tables were very close together, so it felt like you're dining with everyone else. As for the food, Don Quixote doesn't match up to Amada, Tinto, or even Bar Ferdinand. All three serve better Spanish food. Service was ok, waitress was pleasant but seemed scattered at times. If you live in the neighborhood, then perhaps this is not a bad option but certainly not a place you would venture to from the burbs or from other parts of the city.

S
vipSteve
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's hard to imagine that they can make a profit. The portions are huge for the money and the quality is excellent. We loved the manchego cheese plate - much more cheese than we've seen on similar dishes at other tapas restaurants - and there were little slices of pineapple, strips of quince jelly, and crackers that added up to a very satisfying dish. The meatballs were tasty, moist, and just the right size. The Valencia paella - they have several takes on paella - had shrimp and mussels. Although the restaurant thinks one cold plate, one hot, plus an entree (e.g., paella) add up to a single meal, it was more than enough for the two of to share. Coupled with being a BYOB, and the free sliced carrot appetizer (really good!), this was a fantastic bargain.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent and the food was pretty damn good! It's a brand new place so they're still working out some things, but overall it was a great experience. Would definitely come back! Try the fries if you go, they're fantastic.

NT
NoraT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have been to Spain several times and miss the food so I was excited to try this place. We brought our Mom here to celebrate her birthday. There was only one other customer in the restaurant our entire meal and she left soon after we arrived. The table was cramped, and if it had been busy I would have felt claustrophobic. The food did not have a lot of flavor. The server was nice, but didn't know enough about how to describe the food. He described one of the cheeses on our cheese plate as "queso" and when we told him that just means cheese, he said "yea but it's also a specific type of cheese." ??? He checked in on us too many times to ask if he could clear the plates while we were still eating which made us feel like we might as well just leave, and when he wasn't checking in on us he was sitting by the front window on his phone. I like the concept of this restaurant but they need to work on the follow through.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I'm not sure how this restaurant is going to stay in business. The food was either too salty or tasteless and the vegetable paella consisted of overcooked vegetables and rice. It was a big disappointment..

Y
vipYcook
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2015
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Although I tend to be very supportive of small new neighborhood restaurants, these people have no clue about good food or how to operate a new business.

AP
vipAsburyParker
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We'll definitely be back! Especially loved the manchego dish.

JM
vipJdMa
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a reasonable Latin restaurant off of south. The seafood paella was well prepared and seasoned. Service was above and beyond. Nice taste with the complimentary sangria served in cute mason jars.

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Don Quixote Tapas & Things BYOB offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 923-2200.

Don Quixote Tapas & Things BYOB is rated 3.4 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.