Costa Blanca

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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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SP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

OT
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!

OT
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.

NG
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.

A
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!

OT
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!

CS
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

MS
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?)

r
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

SM
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!

OT
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

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing! Server seemed like she was having a bad day. Since the waitstaff is the face of your business, you may need to find friendly people.

JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and excellent tasting small plates, with a simple and pleasant atmosphere. I am sure I will come here again and again.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the favor combinations in each dish! Wine choices were spot on. Churros were a delicious way to top off our meal. We'll be back soon!

NL
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis.
I love the tapas concept to be able to eat variety of dishes. The restaurant is small so reservations are needed.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Amazing food! Great flavors... and great presentation! They do try to keep the table cleared for the next plate... and sometimes were too quick to clear before we could try the sauce with the tapas. Others complaints about portion sizes... it’s tapas! Nice drink menu and wine selection.

G
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had five different plates shared among the four of us and, honestly, every plate was delicious. That amount of food filled us up but didn't overfill us, so the portions were just right. The cocktails were creative and excellent. I think the food is a tad overpriced, but not offensively so. I definitely would go back again. We were there on a Thursday night and the place was practically empty and we were able to converse easily, so hard to judge what the noise level would be like if the restaurant was full. It's small so I would recommend reservations, especially on a weekend.

GV
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

there were 3 of us, as such the tapas plates at 12-16 dollars such clearly served 2, s extremely thin bread slices with goat cheese and red pepper coulis, 2 dates stiffed with manchego and wrapped in bacon, 1 cran=b cake (not lump to our disappointment). The best deal is the italian meats, cheese and 4 bread slices on a plate. We tried 5 for 3 people, with 3 cocktails and topped 110.00, glad we seated at 5:45, packed and extremely loud after that

RV
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Multiple dining experiences here and all have been exceptional. Friendly, professional and fast service and the food is both visually and appealing and incredibly flavorful. We will be back for more.

W
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. We enjoyed the Paloma and Manhattan cocktails. The food was delicious, Plato Iberico, dates, Fideo(sp) and paella. Dessert we chose the flan. Highly recommend and we will be returning.

TB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican Independence Day dinner from Hector Ruiz with Mexican wine pairings from Erin. Fantastic event, everything was great.

MO
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent and our waiter was well versed in menu choices. Nice affordable wine list.

PH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time & our server was very nice. I didn't catch her name.

HS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!

CS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter was nice but a bit forgetful and we got our flan before our last dishes which was a bit odd. Food was decent but not the best tapas I have had. Overall portions small for the price. Best dish was probably the Datiles and the Piquillo of what we tried.

S
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food well prepared, good drinks, nice atmosphere - not too loud - you can actually talk to the people who are dining with you. Waiter explained the menu and drink options well - Sea bass great

SH
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Rincon 38 is one of our favorite restaurants so I was excited to try Costa Blanca. We had the datiles, trofie, tinta negra, croquette de cangrejo, piquillos, carne, and paella marinara. The most memorable dishes were the datiles, tinta negra, and piquillos. The other dishes were good, but not great. It was our server's first night, and we all felt he should have had more support or preparation. I didn't like the ambience - the acoustic ceiling tiles and 1980s-style ceiling fans made it look like Ruiz got lazy putting this restaurant together.

GD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was perfect. Food was really good. The server was wonderful. He timed our meal perfectly.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good tapas restaurant.

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our dishes were fabulous. Got the new lobster pasta and shrimp pasta dishes. But the menu was changed significantly recently and they eliminated any type of salad and our favorite Manchego cheese dish. Please add them back!!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So me and my friend wanted a fine dining experience, so we went to Costa Blanca. The waiters and servers came to check on us often, the food was delicious and came promptly. We enjoyed our time and my friend enjoyed her margarita. I will definitely be using OpenTable more often to book reservations!

RM
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently great. Service was great. Will definitely be back soon.

MM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was the best and most authentic Spanish cuisine we have had since our honeymoon in Spain years ago. We thoroughly enjoyed our shared plates. We will absolutely return. Juan, our server was a delight despite a full restaurant of diners and only a handful of wait staff.

MR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious. Packed and loud--but the drinks, including a customized gin drink were phenomenal. Definitely will return, but it did not seem like they had a clue that I had a reservation.

K
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent presentation and each item was unique and tasty.

Y
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Be prepared to be disappointed if you are expecting a real paella.

SF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful!

DT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service! Can't wait to go back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Timoteo, was incredible. He made great wine recommendations, and when it came time for us to order, he knew the menu so well that he timed our tapas to compliment each other perfectly - plus he checked in with us regularly and made sure we were well tended. He was just so, so awesome - this level of service is a rarity in our current times, so is that much more special. Also, the food was absolutely wonderful - I will definitely be back!