Abanico Tapas Bar and Restaurant

4.4
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Abanico ~ Tapas Bar Restaurant & Music is excited to offer Spanish European cuisine to the Upstate. Experience a stylish gourmet meal full of elaborate tastes of a never-ending variety and one of its kind in Greenville, SC!

Our most popular dishes are the Pulpo a la Gallega - Tender Grilled Octopus with Olive Oil and Pimentón, Paella de Mariscos - Spanish Style Rice with Seafood with Saffron, and Rabo de Toro-Slow braised Ox Tail with Red Wine Reduction.

Many couples on a date night visit for tapas & drinks, dinner and dancing afterwards at Abanico Upstairs, 10 pm - 2 am.

We also off catering for special events and a venue space available for private events.
For additional information, please contact Natalie Hendrick (864) 360-5222 or by email: natalie.abanico@gmail.com

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JF
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Negatives: Arrived early (before reservation). Hostess told us that she would come back with a cocktail menu which we never received. Sat at bar while we waited and got no service until we finally called the bartender over. Ordered a beer that they were out of. Ordered another beer with a glass and had to ask again for the glass. We were sat at a table that I cannot believe they think was appropriate! Me and my date are relatively thin and there was no way that we were going to fit at this table comfortably . There was literally a foot of space between the table and the chairs max. We were moved to another table where we waited quite a while to order. We initially ordered more drinks to a different waiter. The original waiter came back and said we needed to re-order the drinks because our original drinks weren't in the computer?!? The drinks came quite a while later (separately) and one of them was wrong (missing an orange slice that we stressed during the order).

Positives: All of the food was good. The drinks were pretty good once we got them. The team seemed to know that the service was terrible and the drinks as well as one of our tapas were taken off of the bill.

Overall: Drinks and food were not good enough to go back based on the service we received. There seems to be no process or procedure here, and at times it seemed like total anarchy. I would rather go to Cazbah or Lazy Goat for tapas as I have had good experiences at both.

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SW
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Every tapas was excellent. My too favorites were oxtail and the tuna but everything was tasty and well prepared. Loved that it was quiet and easy to talk to my date! Perfect place to enjoy each other!

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OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a authentic Spanish food with excellent atmosphere and good dancing music.

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MF
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

It was Valentines Day. The food was great. The Flamenco dancers were excellent. Overall a great experience. Except our server took forever to do anything. Our drinks went empty, we wanted more tapas and couldn’t get his attention and the check took forever to get.

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

Very nice looking place with an awesome atmosphere. A warm welcome, and friendly servers and management. Will definitely return often.

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s
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner here for the first time and were very pleased. The food was great! We had the 5 tapas for $30 - the potatoes, brussel sprouts, pork cheeks, ahi tuna, and oxtails. It was not busy that night so no issues with service. We definitely plan to return.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and hip, one block away from the heart of Main Street. Easy parking, there is a garage right across the street. Restaurant has a bar, plenty of wine choices, sangria, beer, and many other cocktails. The manager was very attentive and came to our table a few times to make sure everything was great. The food is exquisite. We had 5 tapas, it was very hard to pick our favorite. Very filling. Presentation is 5-star. Definitely recommend for any event, birthday, date night, night out.

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c
Charleston
63 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been at these restaurants several times and the food is always excellent. Highly recommended.

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B
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Second visit was not very good. Will not return. I did a review update from my visit Dec 22. Brought another couple with us and they did not like the service or the food. Service was terrible and the waiter was not very good. No water refill, order was wrong and slow. They need to get improve the service. The restaurant was not busy yet they were slow. The group next to us waited forever for one tapas. As we said in previous review the waiter argued with us that he was right in telling us no coffee when three of us all agreed he never said it. Customer is always right and his 15% tip reflected his attitude. I usually tip 20-22% To many other restaurants downtown that we enjoy and won't be returning.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was great and the service was horrible. Although our waiter was personable he was so far in the weeds that after taking our order he never came back to our table. I would certainly go here again but plan to sit at the bar.

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grilled octopus was fabulous, tender & flavorful. All portions were generous and every dish had such succulent flavors from Spain. Service was spot on and the wine list was fine Spanish selections. Cheesecake was an excellent end to the meal. Highly recommended!

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love tapas - took a shot on this place and so glad we did! Great food - great wine - had an awesome time and a great meal.

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TW
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large tapas portions. Great new place! Friendly owners.
Loved the suggestions from Theodore.
Good menu for sharing.
Great atmosphere too.

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RS
Savannah
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Somewhat disappointing

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OT
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for tapas type meal. Service was outstanding.

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j
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great experience with Abanico. Food was excellent. Services was a little off. The restaurant was slammed because it was SC Restaurant week. Will definitely go back again. If you in the mood for traditional Spanish Tapas in Greenville, SC this is your spot.

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S
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised by this find during restaurant week. Will definitely go back.

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

Great menu and all the food was outstanding. The service got a little backed up and slow at times but the staff was great about explaining everything and making sure we were satisfied. We will definitely return.

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, sister and I came here for Restaurant Week. Each of us we very pleased with our selection, both food and drinks. Everything was great, and we will definitely be back. Service was great too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Made an Open Table Reservation but it was not noted by restaurant, however they were able to sit us. Otherwise they worked graciously with us to get our order ready so we could continue our other plans.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions were great, the food was amazing! My Girlfriend and I, went for her birthday. We will definitely make this a regular date night spot.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for restaurant week. Great experience! And good value - so many more things we would come back and try! My parents travel a lot and can be picky when it comes to this type of food and they really loved it! Some favorites were the paella, the octopus, the Brussels sprouts and the pork cheeks.

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes were delicious and the service was just perfect!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We didn’t keep our reservation because they couldn’t seat us even when we arrived because the 7:30 reservations had not been sat yet. There were multiple dirty tables and no rush to clear them.

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c
Charleston
64 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in small plates so you can try different things. Spanish wine available is very good too.

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G
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. The price point is beyond reasonable. The service and cocktails were equally as wonderful.

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ED
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food. Sloooooooow service. Maybe it was just busy for restaurant week. But it dampened the experience. Been twice. Food very good both times.

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SE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 8 tapas dishes for the 2 of us, it was too many. The pork cheeks were amazing. All the dishes were great. Great staff and service.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so glad we tried this place! The reviews in the past where mixed, but it seems they have changed hands recently. The food was impressive. Truly wonderful flavors and quality. We fell in love with eating octopus in Portugal on a recent trip, and everywhere we’ve had it in the states since has been disappointing. Abianco nailed it! So tender!! We also loved the paella, pork cheek (with perfectly cooked potatoes), and crispy Brussels sprouts. The wine recommendations were spot on as well. We will definitely be back.

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S
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been here many times and it is consistently inconsistent. Sometimes it is fantastic and that is what keeps us coming back. The next time, it is like they have changed all the recipes and it is mediocre at best. I really want a Spanish restaurant here, so I keep hoping this place will succeed. But, they need to do better with so munch competition around.

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T
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it all. Great people !

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B
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First visit Dec 22 and this is second visit bringing our friends on Feb 1. It started with them not finding our reservation and we were kept waiting at the door as they seem confused. Last time we were here they had reservation confused also. I found my name on his list and finally seated but it was all very strange.We ordered and it took quite a long time. Service was slow even though the place was not crowded.They served 2 tapas to our friends leaving us with nothing. The expensive glass of wine was such a small pour. I mean maybe 4-5 sips. Service was extremely slow and the only thing they seemed to come to our table was to take a plate that had food on it. We had to keep saying leave it. Never refreshed our water until we were done for the night. The couple we were with got the wrong food. Food was not prepared as well as the first time we were there but the first time we were the only ones in the restaurant. I was embarrassed that we brought our friends. It took us 2 1/2 hours to eat but fortunately we were not in a hurry. We asked for coffee and dessert. Got dessert and no coffee. We tried to call several times (maybe owner) he had an accent and he totally ignored us. When we asked the server he said he told us no coffee.Three of us said coffee and he never said no coffee. The three of us told him so. and he said yes I did tell you. NO HE DID NOT! He was not polite and with all the errors I would expect a better attitude. I would think they would at least have espresso but the attitude was a disappointment. We were not rude and should have had at least an I am sorry I did not say it. The couple I was with never got the tapas they ordered and this point we just did not bother. They did not enjoy the meal or the service. I was sorry I brought them and will not be back. By now they should have their act together.

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S
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty and service was fantastic

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & price! Will definitely go again

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MM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lived in Spain for two years once in my life, I found the Abanico's Tapas bar to be very authentic with their cuisine. The chef came out to personally ask us if the food was acceptable. We went pre-theater and were served well enough in time to make it to the show. For any one who enjoys tapas, this place should be on their agenda.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Birthday dinner. We had 10 tapas, all were delicious. Leaves you wanting more. Every plate was very elegantly garnished, full of flavor. Amazing. Definitely going back.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

We were only people in the restaurant and service was slow
Did not have a wi e lost
Will not be returning

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PW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised, the owner waited on us and mentioned that their business was down due to the chef that is no longer there. We had a party of 4 and ordered 15 different tapas for the table and enjoyed all of them. The artichokes and the mushroom/eggs was exceptional. The octopus was very good. Overall, service was good, staff was pleasant, atmosphere was good. Will go again.

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c
Charleston
64 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Any tapas dish that we tried was excellent and the prices are quite reasonable.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Went on a double date with friends. First time any of us had been there. I was worried at first cause it was completely empty when we got there at 7 on a Friday night. But it was actually really a nice atmosphere to talk. It started to fill up a little later. The food was really delicious. Doing 2 rounds of the 5 tapas for $30.00 deal and all sharing was a fun way to eat. The service was SOOOOO slow. It took us 2 hours to eat a meal we could have been through in 1. It was fine cause we enjoyed taking and weren’t in a rush. But drinks took at least 15 minutes to arrive and they never came back to take our food orders. I’ll definitely go again. I really enjoyed it over all. But I hope the service is not always so slow.
Pros: quiet, delicious, low key, good food prices
Cons: not lively, slow service, overpriced cocktails

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