candela restaurant - wine bar - tapas
It was traditionally Spanish and authentic. Delicious food and the music choice was nice. Great place.
Everyone should eat there at least once in their life. We have been eating there for the past 3 years and had them cater our wedding dinner. Best food ever. Addicting and always super fresh. Bread w salty fish, the squid ink rice paella with seafood, the lamb shank that falls off the bone faster than you can catch it. Forget about the dessert if you have room and you MUST leave room from the perfectly paired wine to the amount of food you will consume, the best is yet to come! Almond cake Chocolate cake and Tiramisu TO DIE FOR!
Definitely. This place is the best I go there very often. They have the best Spanish food. They are friendly and try to accommodate you. They have also live music. Will keep going and recommend it
I am almost afraid to recommend this restaurant, it's sooo good and authentic! A real Spanish menu with some little personal twists by the chef that make the experience extraordinary.
Charming and hidden gem. Food was delish, service suffers when place full. Regresaré
The restaurant is nicely decorated, the ambiance and music was also very enjoyable. Our waitress/waiter was very attentive My husband and I ordered the paella negra for a cost of $27/person, we both found it expensive for a full plate of mussels, 3 shrimps and a few pieces of squid. If it was closer to us, which the ride from Miami Lakes was 45 minutes we might have considered a second chance.
Candela feels like a family run Spanish restaurant, where the chef himself comes out to either serve you, or check to see if you like his creation. Even though we originally came to Candela for a Tapas dinner, we ordered the mussels as an appetizer (small plate), and then ordered two main dishes - the lamb shank, and the branzino (European Sea Bass) with roasted potatoes. Both were extraordinary!! Even the potatoes that came with the branzino were awesome - thinly sliced as roasted semi-crisp. I love mussels, and the mussels appetizer did not disappoint. Very slightly spicy - with a sauce that demands you ask for bread to soak it up to enjoy.
After such a great experience with the main courses, I had to order the flan for dessert. That too did not disappoint - super creamy melt-in-your-mouth texture, with lots of dark caramel juice/sauce.
I don’t live in Fort Lauderdale, because, if I did, I would be coming back again and again. Now I’ll just have to make sure Zi spread the word, so others can enjoy this wonderful experience.
We were surprised to find this hidden secret in Fort Laudardale where great restaurants are not abundant. If you are up for authentic Spanish food made with ingredients from Spain and expertise, this is the place to go. Great service provided by amiable staff. Anything on the menu is good. We order a couple of appetizers and main entrees to try different dishes and they were all delicious. It is worthy of trying if you are in the area or even driving for a full tasty experience.
Always an amazing experience! Every visit to Wilton manners includes a trip to candela… From the moment you walk in the front door, you’re greeted with incredible hospitality and outstanding service… The food is beyond exceptional and the wine selection is amazing.
The restaurant was in a strip mall and at first we weren’t overwhelmed with the location and appearance. However, I’m glad we gave it a try. It was worth it! Food was fantastic, service was great. We will be back.
Great find. Great variety and near authentic experience. It was also good to see most patrons actually having conversation while enjoying their tapas instead of staring in silence at their iPhone. As simple as it is the warm bread and cheese board are a great way to kick off you meal.
Costumer service is very rude and unprofessional. This need to improve. Also there is not octupus. How is a Spanish restaurant doesn't have octupus....
Excellent food! Will be going back!
We love this place! And the owner is the nicest gentleman and really cares about the guests. The male server and the busser/food runner don’t know if they were having a bad night or woke up on the wrong side of the bed but they were so rude that it left a very sour taste in our mouths. I will rethink about coming back here.
Yummy food and wine. Fun and helpful server
Wonderful food and service. Live music was nice but took a little getting used to the volume. Great place for a date or a nice evening out.
We eat there about once a week
As always Candela exceeded my expectations. Took my out of town Dad her for an amazing dinner. The papas bravos are amazing! This is one of our go to places in town.
Very good place for a typical spanish food. Fair price
Great food, wine, service and ambiance. Food is authentic and tastes homemade. Only negative is that you cannot order rice as a side dish. Meal would definitely increase in enjoyment if rice would be offered as a side dish.
Noise from guitarist and guests made us eat and leave. We did not linger for coffee or desert. The food was over cooked and portion of Iberico ham and manchego cheese were modest for a high price. The food was over cooked. The paella was dry. It was not an enjoyable evening out.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. We will be back. The food is delicious!!
The food was excellent! It is a great little neighborhood place in a strip mall. I highly recommend Candela for great food and wine.
Thank you we will be back!
everything was delicious we'll be back very soon
Server very helpful and attentive. Garlic shrimp and pepper stuffed with goat cheese, spinach, raisins fantastic! A neighborhood gem!!!!
Great as ever
Armando is delightful
First choice for fun group dinner
Great owners and food, as always excellent! Will be back
We always enjoy Candela. Excellent service and outstanding food preparation. A highly skilled chef in the kitchen.
Our favorites are the seafood paella and the croquetas. Everything that comes out of the kitchen looks and smells wonderful.
Interesting wine list too.
Service was horrible.....the waiter said to us I have a special there and keep walking. Was like he was working for days and the rest opened at 5 PM. Appetizers were ok but the paella was so salty and burned.... not ambiente music....
Lovely place and amazing food, menu quite short and for place that name itself “tapas” bar is just not enough to choose from, but even though I recommend it highly because the food that I ordered taste like heaven.
Candela is awesome! Great food for a special occasion. Staff is delightful and accommodating. Highly recommend all the food choices and, yes, we have tried just about all of them!
nice place for traditional spanish food. would love to have more variety on the appetizer list kind of like a tapas menu.
It had been over a year since our last visit and we were impressed with the improvement in the menu. We started off with the cheese and meat board. It was filled with delicious meats of top quality but only had one cheese and seven olives. I had one of their paella dishes and it was very good. My friend had a chicken dish with a creamy mustard sauce that was out of this world. we will definitely go back and not wait a year this time.
Very authentic food and excellent execution. Service was very professional and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back.
We ate only tapas and it was very good, particularly the desserts. We thoroughly enjoyed the guitarist. The owner was very friendly and couldn’t have been nicer. It was a lovely evening.
very flavorful food, and prices are reasonable, including wines. service could be a bit more polished.
The staff was helpful and friendly. The food, tapas, was wonderful and the gypsy guitar made a great experience perfect.all four of us can’t wait to return.
This visit was our fourth time to the restaurant, and we found everything from the charcuterie appetizer to the stews and the lamb shank to be excellent.
The food is outstanding! The freshest cheese and bread. Melt in your mouth octopus. The best fideua I’ve ever had. Great service, good wine menu. I could eat here every day and be happy.