LV Mar

4.4
675 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
LV Mar is a neighborhood tapas & cocktail eatery with the belief that the richness of life should be savored at every moment. So our mission is to create a transcendent dining experience characterized by culinary discovery, sociability, and relaxation. So as our guest, our promise is to continually offer rich tapas and cocktails with innovative flavor profiles, personable service from a knowledgeable & engaging staff, set in an elegant space that engenders comfort and community.

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Michelin Recommended 2015, 2016, 2017.
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Specials

Happy Hour: Sips and Bites to Share!

Happy Hour= Tasty Tapas and Refreshing Cocktails in Beautiful Downtown Redwood City!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 6, 2018

Ends: October 7, 2117

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-5:30PM

Bottomless Mimosas, Brunch and Chilaquiles!

Enjoy Brunch At the Bar, Patio or the Main Dining Room with our flavored Bottomless Mimosas and tasty Egg Plates!
Saturdays and Sundays ! 10:30am-3:00pm

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 5, 2018

Ends: October 6, 2117

Availability: Sun 10:30AM-2:45PM
Sat 10:30AM-2:45PM

Share+Enjoy= Tasty Lunch Tapas!

Enjoy a chefs inspired amuse while your tasty tapas get prepared for your enjoyment! (A bite per guest or one plate per table. Based on Chefs Choices. Ask server for the Daily Amuse)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 5, 2018

Ends: October 6, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2:45PM

What 675 People Are Saying
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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at LV Mar. Dishes were creative and delicious. Atmosphere was chic and lively. Perfect for a date night.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've never had a bad meal at LV Mar. The service is outstanding. Friendly and attentive and the food is amazing. Everything we have tried, we have loved. Amazing restaurant.

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great for the usual tapas and bottomless mimosas . I also enjoyed sitting outside on the patio, and people watching. My only problem with my experience, was the feeling of being rushed. I ordered a bottomless mimosa, which I would think would signify my intention of lounging around and taking my time...but I felt like everything was rushed out, then our servers asked us if we were done several times, before I'd even had a second mimosa...

In Redwood City, the staff should keep in mind that the clientele will likely want to take their time, and will happily spend plenty of money while doing so...

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The octopus and chorizo tacos are to die for, and the selection of cocktails is very good.

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P
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably not the average dining experience in L. V. Mar as the super bowl was on, we started at 4:30 way before normal people go out for dinner. We were literally the only customers in the restaurant for the first hour, and we were waited on like kings. Everything was fabulous.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

Service at the table was great but the hostess lack hospitality entirely. I don’t think she made eye contact the entire time she was checking us in.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Ok food, great drinks

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It's a little pricey for not much food. Definitely can get a better deal elsewhere

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JD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 15 minutes late for our reservation and attending a concert. We were seated immediately and the staff made sure to get us in and out without making us feel rushed. The food is flavorful with the right amount of spice. The restaurant was bustling and fun.

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m
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

LV Mar is a unique take on Mexican cuisine. It's very enjoyable-if the weather permits-tables available outside.

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MC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing puerco de pancita. Best I’ve had.

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PV
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unique and delicious food! We loved our meal. Liked it so much we went twice in one week!

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RS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There menu is redundant. Too many dishes so similar. So, it lack variety My martini was only 3/4 full :(.
The quality of the food has potential.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was surprisingly good! And portions bigger than we expected for tapas. Our server was so friendly and helpful. She brought us a vegetarian menu. The room was so loud though, and the tv took away from the overall look, which was otherwise chic.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food, the drinks, the set up. Couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate a birthday with a group of girlfriends.

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TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!

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P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with excellent service! We enjoyed every dish.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ceviche mixto was excellent!

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On a Friday night, we were seated in a small back room which cut out the noise from the bar area. The wait staff was very attentive and the food was exceptional! Stand outs were the scallop “tacos” and arugula salad, but EVERYTHING, we had was truly delicious. Oh, and the Tres Leches dessert!!! I will be going back soon!

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l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing tacos, not your ordinary fare, fabulous Margaritas with a great bartender and excellent service

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AM
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again, we loved our cocktails and every dish we shared among the 4 of us. They had a new white shrimp ceviche-ish dish that was great, the calamari was some of the best we've ever had, the corn and the octopus tacos were great, as was the duck. All service was great, and we love that they open at 4, making an early dinner after an afternoon movie very simple.

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EV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious twist on Mexican cuisine. The blue corn tortillas are fantastic, the sangria delicious and the dessert -- a guava mousse -- superlative. We come here on a semi-regular basis, often before or after a movie, and we really enjoy it.

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D
San Francisco
145 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve, and Luiz was a wonderful server. He and all the others had a great attitude about being there that night. The food was creative and delicious.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to LV Mar for NYE and the food was absolutely amazing! It is Spanish based food but each item was like something you've never had before. Their fried Scallop Tacos were unreal. We sat outside in chilly weather and the heaters were working just great where we didn't need to eat with a coat on. Oh and their cocktails are amazing as well. I highly recommend LV Mar for a date night or to grab food and drinks with friends. You can order about 2 tapas per person and still feel full but everything is on the lighter side.

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N
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good New Years dinner - we thoroughly enjoyed all our tapas and tacos. The piano music was a nice addition - not too loud, but nice for background noise.

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R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place, excellent food and service Noise level pretty, difficult to converse. Will definitely return!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and our server was SO attentive and polite. Will definitely return!

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EE
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

We walk in with reservations for a Saturday night at 6:30 pm. The restaurant was about 1/3 full. For some odd reason, the host sat us down in a table where there is high traffic. During our dinner, we noticed that there were other two seat tables that were empty so we are puzzled why the host put us in a table with such high foot traffic. Otherwise, our waitress was great. She made great food and drink suggestions. She had the biggest smile. We had a pleasant dinner except for the seating.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place with great food! Would highly recommend this casual innovative cuisine spot in downtown Redwood City.

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R
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I had reservations for 8 people on a Thursday at 6 pm. We arrived at 5:30 pm and wanted to start with cocktails before sitting down. We ordered 4 drinks at the bar (happy hour price) and received 1 of the 4 drinks before we were seated. The hostess insisted we take our table, since the bar is very small. It took at least 20 minutes and 3 reminders to receive our 3 additional drinks. At the same time, the other 4 diners finally arrived and ordered additional drinks. In the meantime, the manager or waiter insisted happy hour prices only available at the bar; however, the hostess insisted we take our table. It's not the price, it's the principle! I demanded happy hour prices for the first round...they honored HH pricing for the first round, but why do I have to demand HH pricing. We moved, so they can serve more people at the bar.

The same type of service continued for the entire evening....BAD. The seafood tapas were outstanding, but they really need to work on providing better service. We had probably 2 waiters and random people serving our tapas. NO ONE seemed to be in charge and overall experience was terrible. Everytime we order more drinks or even a bottle of wine, it took 2 reminders and at least 20 minutes to bring the drinks.

I grew up in the restaurant business and we made our money on the bar, so LV Mar really needs to train the front staff. We spent close to $1K that night, so I expected better service.

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TV
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were able to shift from an indoor table to a sidewalk table when we arrived and the service was really on top of it. We did arrive a bit earlier in the evening though, around 5:30. The cocktail menu is impressive. The tapas menu is fantastic. We had guacamole to start (topped with salmon). I've had better sangrias, but we are in CA and not Barcelona..:). Still good though. The ceviche' was awesome as was the gnocchi that was made with the mushroom from blue corn. The octopus tacos were great too. Would recommend for sure.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic. He made sure to guide us to gluten-free options because I am a Celiac. We had my mom's birthday there and she had never had tapas. She was totally impressed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Went here for our monthiversary. The food was mediocre. I feel like you paying for the decor and presentation. Nothing stood out that caught my attention. Also what really made me dislike this place was the fact our waitress took 30 mins to give us a dessert menu and then told us the kitchen is closing soon. She stood there and forced us to order ASAP without giving us anytime to think about what we may want. Also i have mention that it was 30 mins before the kitchen was closing so there shouldn’t be any rush. I do not recommend coming here unless you like over priced food that will not leave you satisfied. Much regrets...

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CV
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Christmas Lunch here and they have food for all tastes, the Sangria was just the right mix, definitely a great place to try something unique and fresh

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food and the environment; creative menu and full of great flavor!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I was so disappointed to have booked at LV Mar. I had to make a deposit of a minimum of $1000 for a party over 9. I have never heard of reserving and having a minimum unless your reserving a private room. When our party arrived seating was not in order. The food was good and so was the service but so not worth it. I would think twice before booking here again.

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SF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A bit loud with the live music but it’s a great place for food and the cocktails are creative.

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MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy food and good service. A bit pricey, but fun!

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RF
San Francisco
155 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, lots to try and share. Desserts were amazing. Great drinks and wine list.

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