Abanico Tapas Bar and Restaurant
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
My husband and I went here for dinner with another couple on our recommendation. It was new to all of us and we weren’t disappointed. Between the four of us we shared 10 tapa dishes. Out of the ten there was only one we wouldn’t order again. Not that it was bad but bland for our taste. Otherwise, I would give a great to excellent rating on the others. Wide selection with something for everyone. Service was surprisingly good considering there was only one person handling the dining room as well as the bar. He was efficient, engaging and very friendly. There wasn’t a big crowd so not sure how well he would do on a busy night but I’d definitely put up with a little slow service for a relaxing night with great food. Very happy we gave this place a try, our friends thanked us for the recommendation, and we’ll definitely go back.
They are transitioning to new management so some lee-way is in order. Still, with only three tables to serve, 2 of us were served 45 minutes after our partners. Good thing we were sharing tapas! And in the end, one of these late plates was wrong. The food was good, but the service was horrible. We also waited on a second round of drinks for awhile. The manager gave us tickets for two free plates, which was great. We'll return to give it another try - but we will wait a bit til they get the kinks worked out.
Decent drinks and decent service, but the food was simply not good. We ordered tapas and got 5 different plates. One plate was okay, but the remaining 4 were very disappointing. I have never been to a restaurant in Greenville where I left genuinely disappointed in the food. Most of it was bland with zero flavor, and the portions were small even for tapas. I guess there is a reason it was empty at 8:00 on a Friday night. Most disappointing dining experience in my last 6 years in Greenville.
Food was well-prepared and tasted great, but quantity was low for the price, and the service, though cordial and welcoming, was slow from beginning to end.
The service was awful. Plates were essentially dropped on our table. At one point they served us a dish that wasn’t ours and then took it back (before we had touched it but after it was on our table) to reserve the correct people
More of a restaurant than a tapas bar, which suits me fine. Food was very good and the atmosphere was delightful and energetic. The acoustics are a little hard, but I see they are working on it. Definitely worth a try. The small plates let you try a lot of different offerings. Fun.
For restaurant week they offered a free alcoholic beverage with tapas 3 for $20 or 5 for $30. Tapas we tried were very good and some were a better value than others such as the shrimp. Potatas bravas was not traditional tapas and tasted more like home fries. The serano ham and manchego cheese tapas was outstanding. Some kitchen challenges added delays but overall good experience. Make sure you make a reservation they can't accommodate walk-ins very well
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The key is how you respond to a tough situation. And the staff at Abanico did the best they could and did well.
Visited yesterday during Greenville's restaurant week. Chose Abanico because TripAdvisor ratings were high 4.5* and we were in the mood to enjoy some tapas.
There was something going on in the kitchen (like chef AWOL) as one hour after we arrived we were told there was a kitchen problem and it would be another 30-40 mns. Food arrived all at once about 90 minutes after we arrived. Food quality was average (i.e. nothing special).
The staff did the best they could and were very cordial offering free drinks. Those that were there were doing their best they could with a tough situation. For this reason and the fact that everyone has a bad day every now and then I would give them another try.
It seemed to me that the Chef was off his game if he was present at all. Folks without reservation were told restaurant was full and turned away. Though many tables were not occupied. Staff was trying to minimize the business while keeping doors open for restaurant week, perhaps.
I hesitated to write this negative review as I like the effort and attitude of the staff and want to encourage them. However, felt a loyalty to my TripAdivsor community to say...if 'ya go keep your eyes open and confirm all is well with kitchen staff when placing order.
We had a wonderful time here celebrating my husband's birthday. Theodore was an attentive server and very friendly. The food was fantastic and reminded us of our trip to Spain! We hope to come here again very soon!
We waited nearly an hour for our food. Our server never checked to see if we wanted additional drinks or to check on our food. I tried to order an additional dish and our server walked away from us and did not hear our order.
The best authentic Spanish food I've had in a LONG time and I was just in Spain this year. The only reason for the 4 stars was the service which was not great; not bad either, just not great... a bit of a spacey, though well meaning waiter. We will definitely go back!
We dined during Restaurant Week and the value was unbeatable. Every small plate we ordered was excellent. The desert was innovative and yummy. We dined early so it wasn't crowded and the service was perfect. We will definitely return with guests.
I enjoyed the variety of choices on the menu. Food was well prepared and very tasty.
Service was excellent.
My daughter had spent a summer in Spain and found all the things she enjoyed there on the menu.
Tapas are very good, we had 8:30 pm On Saturday , we wait one hour for the food.
Our party of 5 arrived at 6:45PM for our 7:00PM reservation. We were seated within a few minutes. A new bartender was the only employee in the dining room. We waited 10 minutes for our initial interaction with our server (new bartender). Drink orders placed. 10 minutes later the drinks were delivered by a new server. 10 minutes later, our orders were taken. 15 minutes later our appetizer was delivered. Around 8:40PM our first tapas entrees started to arrive, the last one was delivered around 9:15PM. We left around 9:35PM. Our initial server (new bartender) seemed sympathetic and offered “free food” and one free beer. The beer was free, but no additional food options were offered.
I would highly recommend trying this restaurant soon as a nearly 3 hour dinner should only be experienced once. They may not be around much longer.
Really wanted to like this place. Took my girlfriend for her birthday. To start, we had a reservation and were seated right away. After waiting 10 minutes to be greeted we went ahead and ordered, and then weren't visited again for 45 minutes. I finally got up to go check with our waiter on the status of our salads, and he said he didn't know and would check. 15 minutes later still hadn't heard from him. We finally got our salads, but were still waiting on our 5 small plates after 75 minutes. When they did come out one was inedibly salty, and one was the incorrect plate and had to be sent back. All in all it was a miserable experience and we left upset and hungry. The manager was very kind and responsive to our comments and comped our food, but still very disappointing.
Great selection of well prepares tapas.
This is a fun place to eat, if you like Tapas you will love this place. Very good value, both food and drinks. We will absolutely return!
Will be backed
We had a fun time at Abanico. The service was excellent. The waiter did a nice job of recommending wines and drinks. We asked him to choose our tapas for us, and we enjoyed all 5. The brussels sprouts and patatas were excellent. Plan on a relaxed visit—everything is made to order. We will be back, and we’ll stay for salsa dancing next time!
The staff was extremely helpful and understanding towards noise levels. I had the chef pick my meal for me and I was floored. 3 things I would not have chosen; prawns, Brussels sprouts and ox tail, were absolutely fabulous. I took a chance on a new restaurant and was very pleasantly surprised. They made my night all the way around.
Kitchen is insanely slow for tapas. Service is slow, too. The food’s decent, but not remarkable. They need to step it up to survive in the Greenville scene.
We had excellent food and the service was great. Highly recommended
Great food! You
Nice atmosphere and good service. I liked the bar. Food was a little heavy on the salt but we enjoyed the over all experience.
It was just OK, nothing very original and the flavors were average. Better tapas places in town.
Waited a long time for food. Had to send it back because it was cold. Waitress seemed empathetic but management staff didn’t seem to care.
We came here for a quick bite. Once our server realized we didn’t want wine or to spend a lot of money he became very rude. We ordered two tapas and 15 minutes later he decided to tell me what I ordered was not on the menu. We ordered one more tapa because it was 3 for $20. The final bill was incorrect and way overpriced. We told him about it and he said we wouldn’t be charged over even though we were. He sneered at us as if we were homeless the entire time. Good thing the food was good because the service is one of the worst I’ve ever had.
Great food & atmosphere. Our server , Tabitha, was amazing,,,
What a delightful experience. Tabatha, our server, was fantastic, and the food was terrific.
The food was absolutely delicious! We went in right as it got busy so it took a little while to get our food.. Even though we waited a little while, when we got our food it was a little cooler than I would have preferred. With that being said, EVERYTHING tasted amazing which made up for the temperature.
Firstly- the food was fantastic; Excellent flavors, very unique, definitely worth going to taste. However, the service was sub-par. While we arrived early for our reservation and were seated quickly, it took 45 minutes from the time we ordered to receive our meal. When we first arrived there were a variety of empty tables, and was not busy at all. Although the restaurant did fill up (while we were waiting for our food...) no one came over to our table to explain a backup of some kind or offer apologies for a delay. Two of the 5 dishes we ordered were cold instead of warm, but again- the taste was excellent.
It was TERRIBLE!
Went to Albanico with some friends for a night out. The service was terrible (very slow) due to only having one server for the whole place. Apparently the other server called in sick. Ordered five plates and only got four. Fifth plate was brought out after our second order of plates when we were ready to leave. Had to go to the bar to get a second round of drinks. Food was good, but a little bland for tapas. I have had a lot better in Milwaukee and Asheville. Overall, probably a good place to go, but should have staffed up for restaurant week.
We were there early - 5:30pm - and there was only one other table occupied. The service was excellent. Food choices were very good. We had four selections and all but one for me met or exceeded my expectations. I'm not going to mention any one dish by name - you should go and try the dishes yourself. My dislike may not be yours. Overall the experience was great and I would certainly go back again to this restaurant.
Food portions were good but the taste was just ok. I am being picky but it is a tapas place and I go for district flavors. Place was nice and our server was awesome and very attentive.
Nice place, great service, very good food. The only thing that was a little off was the serving portion. So as a Tapas Restaurant you expect food to "share" but many dishes had only one piece of food, so sharing was cutting it in half or something. Other Tapas places I have been serve 3 to 4 small portions so everyone gets a bite of each dish.
Good food, reasonably priced, great service, would definitely go again.
Ambiance fine, food interesting, service horrible. Interminable delays in getting water, wine, oil, bread, had to ask several times if we were going to get it. Excuse: we are very busy. Not.