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Sat, 2/17
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El Born

25 reviews
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$30 and under
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El Born in Brooklyn, New York has a number of different menus, all of which are influenced by Barcelona. The name itself comes from the El Born district of this famous city, where ancient alleyways feature the latest fashions and nightlife venues. Here in Brooklyn, El Born serves up new twists on Spanish favorites.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm;

CLOSED: 1st of January, Super Bowl Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
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Phone number
(347) 844-9295
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Please send us an email at with your catering needs. We would love to cater your next event, à la Spanish! Think croquetas, paellas, sangrías and fun!
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Cross street
Bedford and Norman
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Public transit
The closes subway stops are Nassau (G) and Bedford (L)
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Live flamenco guitar on Sundays at 7.30pm by Achilles Kallergis
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 25 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely fabulous service and food!! The chef selection took the guss work out of ordering and it was totslly worth it.

eater31 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a wonderful experience there on NYE. Food especially the seafood paella was absolutely delicious. Am excited to go again another time.

vipWineisgood (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

Great small plates!

vipCaitlin (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Had a group of 10, sat at the long table by the bar and had great food and service the whole time. The employees were all helpful and sweet, offering suggestions for different wine and food pairings. We were there around 6:30, so we got to enjoy the happy hour specials for a bit as well, so the bill at the end of the night was surprisingly low. The paellas were all great, as were their signature gin and tonic drinks, which I recommend highlt.

mm999 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2015

Food was inconsistent, some plates good, some horrible.

KaitlynAlexa (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2015

For my second time at El Born, I booked a table for 10 for my birthday dinner. The restaurant was very flexible with our numbers and seated us comfortably at the extension of the bar. The table was great, as the birthday girl, I could easily speak to all my guest. That said, we did feel a bit in the way of the bartenders, who needed to pass behind us throughout dinner.
The food at El Born is always excellent. This time our usually rare tuna came out a little over cooked. Additionally, our server, who's english was not perfect, did not tell us the specials. He did not hesitate to make recommendations, however, for dishes, and in some cases put in orders for specials that we had specifically said we did not want to order. That said, we were 10 and the dishes are tapas/appetizer size, so we welcomed the additional plates that we had not ordered. The same conundrum occurred with drinks. Some guests received new drinks without ordering them, and sometimes without having even finished their current drink!
I however had a great time and as usual, enjoyed the food immensely. I will definitely return again to El Born, but with a smaller group that may be seated with servers and not bartenders who were extending their service to our bartop table.

vipbrunchinpc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2015

We had a great brunch here and they have a menu true to Barcelona and Catalan food. Loved their brussel sprouts, fideua, and escalavida. Definitely great for a group.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2015

Excellent tapas, great happy hour and very attentive service.

vipJenn (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2015

Great customer service and food from start to finish!

vipFine2Dine (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2014

Very nice place with attentive service. Food was seved at a very good pace alowing for the dishes to be eaten as they were placed.
Restaurant tables are small and very tightly placed. Much better for a tapa then for a full dinner. Paella was undercooked. Croquetas very good.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

The food was absolutely delicious, we ordered 4 plates and all of them were outstanding. The service was very good as well, the waitress was very helpful regarding recommendations, pairing and quantities.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

This is definitely an appetizer and drink spot. Many of the food options were not appealing. I had the chicken meal and it was very bland. The same can be said of the octopus. The sangria and filet minion appetizer were awesome!!!

vipLuvtoosail (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 23, 2014

Bartender congenial. Apps were very interesting and delicious. The three of us each had different versions of the paella. They were ok, but only just ok. Oh almost forgot the best, our waitress provided her recommendations based on her favorite dishes. Then later informed us that it was her first day as her reason for forgetting to order one of our entrées, and mistakenly billing us for three deserts by accident. Had to wind up taking one paella home.
All in all a big YAWN!!

Dinnerandashow (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

Food was great and the servings are generous for tapas but not quite an entre. oh, and did I say the food was delicious.

vipYvan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2014

Great food.... like in Barcelona. Super kind staff. Cool ambiance.

Dannycupcake (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2014

I've never reviewed a restaraunt before but this place was so good I felt compelled.

SamtheBrit (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2014

I'm not exactly an expert on Spanish (or more specifically Catalan) cuisine, but this place has a authenticity and simplicity that seems to often be lacking in New York. The food is an honest reflection of a cooking tradition, rather than an attempt to create flashy culinary mashups that so often fail. The portions are a little more generous than many small-plate restaurants, so the check shouldn't be crazy. Great wine menu, relaxed but attentive staff who seem to really care about the food they're serving, and occasional live music that is actually very good, and appropriate to the setting without being conversation killing.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2014

A fine example of tapas dining with excellent ingredients, albeit a limited selection which hopefully will expand over time. We had the paella which was worth the 25 minute wait. Desserts were a for both the 'eye' and the sweet tooth. On balance, not to be missed!

vipBKdiners (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

Our dining experience at El Born was truly fantastic. I have been to barcelona twice and dining at El Born was like eating in the finest restaurants of Barcelona. Very authentic! Very lively!! Muy, muy delicioso!!!. Can't wait to return.

SamtheBrit (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2014

2nd time at this place. Fresh interesting zesty Spanish food. Good specials. Portions pretty reasonable.