Costa Blanca

4.6
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
We would like to share with you, our new sister restaurant, Costa Blanca. It is our second installment of Spanish tapas from Chef Ruiz.
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Bluemaybits
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We came on Friday night - smaller crowd due in part to COVID. Atmosphere quieter than usual, nice for conversation, but I worry that these smaller neighborhood restaurants are facing more than the usual difficulties in staying alive. Food excellent, has been my experience on previous occasions. Almost never order red meat but did so and the carne (tenderloin) was delicious and cooked perfectly to my order. The crab cakes very much enjoyed by my compassion - light crisp breading and tasting very much of crab. Service was sweet!

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KateR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit expensive but very good food. Wait staff was excellent.

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MariaM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner as always!

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medhelp
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I rated Costa Blanka the way I did because of the seating atmosphere. Way too crowed and unable to have a conversation with my dinner guest. Was very uncomfortable.

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AdrienneS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only issue that we came across was they didn't have gin. Our service was lovely, the food super yummy and delivered quickly. Beautiful setting and we will return!

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BetsyK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are very particular about restaurants overall dining experience in the twin cities which in general are a disappointment, however Costa Blanca is not. The food is beautifully present, the sauces and flavors well blanked and innovative, perfectly cooked and served. As our weekly at home menu reads and is served like a high end bistro from courses (always 3) to plating, it is a real pleasure to go to restaurants where the food is well elevated above what I am even wiling to cook on weekends. The menu changes frequently enough to honor the seasonal selections available that we are able to dine here once a month through out the year and not ever be bored with the selection. The cocktails are excellent, some of the best craft cocktails in the twin cities and an excellent wine list.

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JacobN
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu was vibrant, and interesting. The food was tremendous. The service was ideal (re: prompt, yet unobtrusive). And the wine was lovely. We’ll definitely be back!

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HeavyG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The variety and quality of the plates were both excellent. The service was beyond any reasonable expectations. We will become regulars at Costa Blanca.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Too many tables in a small space made it hard to have conversation.

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vipKor29
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. The calamari, fried cheese and bacon wrapped dates were excellent. Same with the Iberian plate, sea bass and beef tenderloin. Nice flavors, good presentation. I love that it was quiet. It made conversation so much easier. The server was alone and had 6-7 tables but handled it all very well. I’ll definitely go back.

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Suzy
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portion were so tiny, very expensive for the amount of food, the food is very delicious just wish you would have got more for our buck

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vipAmyT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always unique and delicious! Service was outstanding as well. Quaint little restaurant, great for date night!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Really nice atmosphere and good value. Lively without being overbearing. Highly recommend.

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was way too small for the price. It also didn't taste authentic - nothing like how the food is actually made in the original countries.

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vipAmyS
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Exceptional

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Flip69
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal this weekend at Costa Blanca. The menu is creative and interesting. There is a nice variety of flavors. The small plates format allows for experimentation. The space is not fancy, but has a nice "urban casual" feel. The restaurant is located close enough to downtown and the University of Minnesota to make it a nice option for dinner before shows and other events. We will definite be back, and recommend Costa Blanca to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we have had in the Twin Cities. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. The restaurant is small which gives a great ambiance. We will definitely return very soon!

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DavidJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fabulously attentive service in a great environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific tapas! We felt like we were back in Spain- delicious with great service!

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ammashak
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Costa Blanca and we were extremely happy! The food was absolutely delicious, and our server was helpful in recommending things and being attentive. Only downfall is that it is a bit pricey - but you get what you pay for - and what we got was well worth it!

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Buddy
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Costa Blanco is a wonderful restaurant. Food is so beautifully prepared and served. I have been 3 times and have never received a dish that wasn't fantastic. Our Server was knowledgeable, shared info and suggestions. This visit was to show a friend your awesome food. Thank you for a relaxing, fun evening!

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vipBill247
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is top notch. Servers recommendations were very helpful. Banana creme brûlée bread pudding outstanding!

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OlgaS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was knowledgeable on all food and story behind restaurant. He aided us when we needed help. He also gave us plenty of time to talk and decide on food. He was attentive but didn’t interrupt a lot. The food itself was well priced. You get what you pay for. Very tasty! Would highly recommend going as a couple or with few people. Because they’re tapas, you’ll probably want more than one plate. It was easy to choose and eat with only one other person with.

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BreAnneS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We dined on NYE and could tell they were not expecting the crowds. Thankfully we had a reservation and were able to be seated within a reasonable time from our specified time slot. Service was understandably a bit slow, but our server was as attentive as she could be since she was one of maybe two people working the dining floor. The food was fantastic, and we would love to go back on a non-event night to reevaluate the service and ambiance. This is a neighborhood gem!

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ChristopherH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent tapas restaurant with beautiful flavors and presentation. Decent portions for a small plate restaurant. Seafood dishes, in particular, are outstanding and the Plato Iberico is a must (charcuterie). Chef Ruiz knows good food and Costa Blanca is a great experience.

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pick4me
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas style restaurant. Seafood focus but mixed in with vegetarian and meat dishes. Our GF friends do well here. Wine list is very good. Don’t forget to save room for chiros! This is a go to date night place for us.

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TheStraightDope
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There were four of us and we ordered six plates and, yes, it's enough. All of the plates were very good and attractively presented; service was attentive and quite charming. The smoked agave margarita is very good, too! Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved the Carne! The service was amazing and our waiter/server was named Benjamin if I recall. He broke down everything on the menu for me and was being so nice from the beginning! 10/10 will return for sure !

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vipShannonP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Minneapolis. My husband and I almost always choose this for our date nights. Excellent food, service and cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing quality and variety of tapas. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and so sweet. We had gone previously for dessert which was great since they are open late, but the smell inside was so wonderful that we knew we had to return for dinner, and we were not disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had such a great time here because of our awesome waiter Tim! The food was great and he really made the night special.

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NinaG
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love having an upscale little bistro in our neighborhood and the shared plates make the dining varied and intimate.

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Anne
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat out a lot and I can't think of any other restaurant in the Twin Cities that consisntely offers such excellent food at such reasonable prices as Costa Blanca. Their dishes are so creative and well-prepared, with such a luscious range of ingredients, from jamon iberico to chorizo to lobster to octopus and so much more. My husband and I love to share plates, so we have fun choosing a variety of interesting combinations -- 3 usually does it for the two of us, 4 if we're really hungry. The Costa Blanca servers are also extremely helpful about helping you make good choices and coursing out the meal so you can enjoy it at a comfortable pace. I also love the homemade sangria and tasty selection of Spanish wines -- great cocktails, too. The only change I would like to see to the menu is adding the tasty tomato bread we've had in Spain and maybe a green salad or two. Other than that, I am a huge Costa Blanca fan and am already looking forward to my next meal there!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was fantastic. Food was fresh and so many unique flavors. Great atmosphere, every seat was full so I’m glad we had a reservation.
It was a crowded place, and there wasn’t a lot of room, but the food and service was out of this world!

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CindyS
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time at Costa Blanca and as good as we remember!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’d like to say I enjoyed the food, because it looked delicious; however, after sitting at our table unacknowledged by a server for 20 minutes we left.

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MaryS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Loved the food. It was all delicious, though I have to say that the sauce/seasoning on several of the items tasted the same (maybe a lot of smoked paprika?)

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rpfish
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I thought the prices were high for "small plates", but the food is great

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SarahM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite spot for me in my neighborhood. The food is so delicious and the staff make you feel like family. It is a wonderful little tapas place in NE. Keep up the great work Costa Blanca!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Understaffed front of house. 2 people covering the whole room plus bartending and hostessing Working very hard and very polite but just understaffed

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