Abanico Tapas Bar and Restaurant

3.6
46 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Abanico, Tapas Bar, European Restaurant & Entertainment invites you to experience just that – a stylish gourmet meal full of elaborate tastes of a never-ending variety and one of its kind in Greenville, SC!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, European
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(864) 729-2571
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
What 46 People Are Saying
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3.3
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3.7
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3.9
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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OT
Charleston
2 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
62 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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OT
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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AC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

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.

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W
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

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.

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CR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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A
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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

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ED
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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H
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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BP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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B
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

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t
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

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CS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed the variety of choices on the menu. Food was well prepared and very tasty.
Service was excellent.

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CC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My daughter had spent a summer in Spain and found all the things she enjoyed there on the menu.

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MF
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tapas are very good, we had 8:30 pm On Saturday , we wait one hour for the food.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

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BP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

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.

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SD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of well prepares tapas.

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KA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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FD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Will be backed

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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S
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DL
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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c
Charleston
62 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had excellent food and the service was great. Highly recommended

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S
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! You

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D
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and good service. I liked the bar. Food was a little heavy on the salt but we enjoyed the over all experience.

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EN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was just OK, nothing very original and the flavors were average. Better tapas places in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

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.

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RM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & atmosphere. Our server , Tabitha, was amazing,,,

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SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a delightful experience. Tabatha, our server, was fantastic, and the food was terrific.

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IM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

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