Permanently Closed - Espana Tapas & Wine Bar

4.6
315 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. España Tapas & wine Bar is an authentic tapas bar with cuisine from Spain. the closest thing to Spain you will experience on Long Island.For more information on the specials, menus or the upcoming events visit us at www.espanatapasny.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm -4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(631) 656-1564
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Julio Caro
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Private party facilities
Private room up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Julio Caro: (631) 662-3062
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Ave
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Parking details
Small parking in front.
Private parking lot in back for up to 40 cars.
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Public transit
Local Bus and close to St. James Train Station.
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Entertainment
Visit our web site for the upcoming events every month, Spanish Guitar player, Spanish singer, Romantic singer, Flamenco, Magician,Andean flute player, etc
4 Flat tvs. Showing tha soccer spanish league, Champions league,international games, etc and the NFL.
Private room with no tvs
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been visiting Espana on and off for the better part of 8 years and it never fails to please on quality, service and ambiance as well as value. On our most recent visit, my dining companion and I were looking forward to enjoying Espana's always fresh and scrumptious pulpo, but alas, it was not to be had on the evening we were there! A large and boisterous party in the bar area seemed to overtake the bartender as service was slower than we've experienced in the past. However, Julio and his wait staff were as congenial and warm as ever, and the tapas were fresh, beautifully presented and delicious, accompanied by plentiful bread. Espana is a gem, despite a few hiccups on a Wednesday night and neither my dining companion nor I have ever been disappointed in the food. Go....you won't regret it!

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JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we dine at Espana we are always satisfied.
Always a lovely experience. Staff and owner are very attentive.

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NC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in St. James. The food was fresh and the service was perfect.

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h
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The service and food was great! I wish the exterior and the interiors have more sophisticated looks for better ambience though

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A
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Went for lunch. The flounder special was a great value and tasty. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming and let us sit for hours. A good local restaurant

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avery nice evening with friends coupled with excellent food and drinks. The service was exceptional.

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NE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very nice find with typical Spanish dishes, very tasty. Nice and welcoming atmosphere. Great service. We will return!

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SD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always a good experience at Espana. We are big fans of spanish cuisine and love going for tapas and their great sangria. This time around the service was slower than typical. We didn't care but I could see it aggravating those used to shorter wait times and the like. Would love to see them bake their empanadas as opposed to deep frying them but that never seems to keep us from enjoying them!

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R
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well prepared Paella, served by a very attentive staff. Can't wait to try out the Tapas on my next visit.

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Tapas were very generous portions and tasty. Service was very attentive.

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AG
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great business lunch, service was spot on, food was fantastic.

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KL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Highly recommend. Food is excellent

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LI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a group or just the two of you on a date. Food never disappoints and the service is attentive.

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PA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A treasure of a restaurant--gracious and knowledgable host, outstanding service, authentic Spanish cuisine, lovely ambiance (simple vases with single stem flower), wooden floorboards), live music --hidden behind what looks like several decade-old signage out front. We'd passed by this place for years; now, we're upset that we assumed based on the old sign that there wasn't much going on inside. It is an absolute gem.

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JL
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised with this gem of a find. Having recently returned from a trip
to Barcelona Spain we felt like we were transported right back there, Friendly, helpful staff,
we were not rushed and enjoyed the whole experience. Look forward to returning again and
again.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed our visit. Don't be deceived by the exterior. Interior is very large including a back room for bigger parties. I could have done without the live singer (reminded me of an Italian restaurant thing) though he was excellent, I just didn't need the noise level given it's a small front dining room. Staff was friendly and helpful. Wine list not so great but worked. Food was all excellent. My 8-year old son scarfed down the skirt steak. (P.S. this place is not really kid-friendly - no kids menu, his skirt steak was an adult entree and priced accordingly).

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BB
New England
47 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had lunch featuring a terrific salad that easily serves two, a main special of chopped, a savory garlic soup, and breaded mussels in a bechamel sauce that was ambrosia-like, the best Manhattan ever, and finally a marvelous tres leches delicious when you ask for some extra sauce. That was all we could eat even though we had three other tapas items that we planned to order. We'll definitely be baack to try them. I also must praise the service and the attentiveness of the owner who provided a quiet table and even adjusted the heat to make us totally comfortable.

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great ambiance, and authentic Spanish tapas cuisine! Not to mention the BEST red sangria you will find on all of Long Island. Julio is the most gracious owner and host. Highly recommended!

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JD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Espana. Food and service are always top notch.

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M
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I are regulars here. Julio and his staff are the best! Friendly, courteous service. Free entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. We don't have any complaints about the food - always consistent and great! Give Espana a visit, you won't be disappointed!

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always creative and delicious tapas; friendly attentive servers; love this gem

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our first time there, service was attentive and friendly, food authentic and delicious. We will be back

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Owner was attentive to make sure we enjoyed our visit. at first I thought the sax music was a little loud but realized it was perfect to keep anyone from overhearing another tables conversation. was perfect.

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p
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place. Service was excellent. Food was plentiful. We will go back again. So nice to have live music during dinner. Delicious coffee freshly made!

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L
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so impressed with everything from the ambience,service and the delicious food. We will be back. Every dish was better than the other. Never had stuffed muscles but so delicious and creamy. The restaurant looks small from the inside but actually very big but quaint. Real authentic food feeling like your in Spain

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food never fails to be delicious. Loved the live music too (on Thursday evening's). The guitar only adds to ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Everything we had, from sangria to cappuccino, was excellent. Good value, too - our bill came out to only about $100. Service was so-so — our waitress was initially attentive and then seemed to forget about us for the rest of the time. Acoustics not great, especially when live music factored in - hard to carry on a conversation above the din. Owner was a rock star, trotting all over the place to make sure customer needs were met and checked in with us to make sure all ok. Would definitely go back, but perhaps during a quieter time.

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JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Clearly all of the positive reviews must come from family and friends of the owner since this place was absolutely awful! I should have known we were in trouble when we were given a bowl of potato chips upon being seated. Last I checked, Wise does not specialize in authentic Spanish cuisine. If you've ever had good, authentic tapas you will know that this is not it! One plate we ordered was Potatos Bravas - which when done properly is outstanding. At Espana it was french fries with a mild spicy drizzle of some pink sauce. I think I saw someone eating a similar dish at the diner down the street, only theirs looked more appetizing. The Crab Gratin tasted like something that was re-heated from a party where the host served frozen appetizers from Costco. (Actually Costco would have been an upgrade!). The rest of the alleged tapas plates were "eh" at best. Then came the dessert, as if our meal couldn't get any worse. I mistakenly ordered the caramel flan, no...it was the sponge cake...no it was the flan..wait a minute, what WAS it?!?!?! Oh that's right, I ordered caramel flan which was lumpy and spongey and tasted like they just soaked a kitchen sponge in sugar. Not impressed. Will never return. They should change their name as they are deceiving the public by calling themselves a tapas restaurant.

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MI
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

DISAPPOINTED ! Had read many great reviews about Espana and looked forward to be together with some good friends for a nice evening. The waitress seemed to be a little preoccupied, but read off her list of apps and specials. We chose the meat and cheese platter that was recommended. It was OK, perhaps a little overpriced for the amount served.
Looked forward to my favorite garlic soup. Sadly it was more like a chicken broth.
Two of the main courses were paella that were large and very hot looked great but lacked flavor and spice. Kind of disappointing .
One of the specials was a red snapper. It appeared plated as a shriveled up curlicue.
Upon trying to cut it, it was rubbery. This was returned and the waitress apologized.
The next red snapper was under cooked, raw in the center and had to be returned also.
This time a different choice was sole, that was acceptable.
During this experience we noticed the table next to us returning 2 of there entrees also.
Guess what? It was the fish again. They said the same thing.
We can only guess that the fish was not fresh or it was frozen and not thawed properly.
Certainly a reflection on the chief and his lack of ability to properly prepare food.
After the discussion with the other table, they were surprised that owner was not there but away on vacation which he supposedly never does.
Overall experience was terrible in light of the great reviews that had preceded the experience.
Noise level was moderately high.
Management has a heavy responsibility for training their staff.
Training and trust do not always come easy especially in today's world.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! (As always). Hospitable, food is always fresh, & we're always looking forward to come back.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine! The best waiters and bartenders too. Food was incredible and the drinks unforgettable! Definitely returning soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was reasonably price and absolutely delicious. The service was awesome and Julio makes everyone feel like a VIP!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Great attention to detail.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went to Espana for date night without the kids. The staff was fantastic and accommodating. Our server was a bit slow and seemed to be the only one working the area of the restaurant we were seated in. The owner/manager was great about filling in however and took our order and ran our drinks. The specials for the evening were tremendous and the paella was prepared to perfection. Definitely a laid back dining experience, some of the tapas we ordered took a little longer to prepare but everything was well worth the wait. There was also live Latin music in the bar as we were leaving. I will definitely be returning.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very very good. Nice prices for the amount of food. Sangria was delicious. Live Latin Jazz on this Saturday night was nice.

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great neighborhood restaurant. The service was very good as well as the tapas and the prices are reasonable. The noise level was too much though with the live music. You had to yell at each other to be heard.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, always like coming here. Julio is a very hospitable host. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I get away here for some one on one time over a meal every now and then. You should too!

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time dining. Food is always delicious and service is great.

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JA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. Friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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