candela restaurant - wine bar - tapas

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Tapas / Small Plates
At Candela Restaurant - Wine Bar - Tapas, we provide a casual setting for an uncomplicated "Spanish Dining Experience". Among other staples of the gastronomy of Spain you'll find Paella, Tortilla, Patatas Bravas, Jamón Iberico, Croquetas, Sangria and of course lots and lots of very good Vino. Either if you dine with us or if you purchase from our store to take home, you will be delighted to treat your family and friends with the best food and wine Spain has to offer. " Buen Provecho".
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RC
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience from start to finish! Cute little space away from downtown that offers an authentic atmosphere with live music. The food was delicious and quite reasonably priced. The cava sangria was also very good. Will definitely be back for authentic tapas that taste like came right from Spain!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Food was great, service was very good, and there was live music. Very nice ambiance. Will definitely be back!

L
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and ambiance

VI
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, very good prices and the food espectacular!!!!!

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It was traditionally Spanish and authentic. Delicious food and the music choice was nice. Great place.

TT
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

GC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

J
Miami
71 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming and hidden gem. Food was delish, service suffers when place full. Regresaré

HF
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

HD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

RH
London
47 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

p
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

EA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

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....

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Will be going back!

OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

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.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food and wine. Fun and helpful server

H
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

BC
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat there about once a week

RH
London
47 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CH
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good place for a typical spanish food. Fair price

GO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

MS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. We will be back. The food is delicious!!

k
Miami
53 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

EC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was delicious we'll be back very soon

D
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server very helpful and attentive. Garlic shrimp and pepper stuffed with goat cheese, spinach, raisins fantastic! A neighborhood gem!!!!

BB
Miami
60 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as ever

LD
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Armando is delightful
First choice for fun group dinner

HD
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great owners and food, as always excellent! Will be back

f
Miami
152 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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....

GM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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.

DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

c
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice place for traditional spanish food. would love to have more variety on the appetizer list kind of like a tapas menu.

B
Miami
76 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

DF
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very authentic food and excellent execution. Service was very professional and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back.

RF
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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