Dali

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$31 to $50
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Spanish

Dali serves up traditional Spanish cuisine. Its setting features colorful artwork on the walls, a tin ceiling and warm lighting for an intimate, fun atmosphere. Owners Mario Leon and Tamara Bourso opened its doors for locals and travelers alike to taste the flavors of Spain. Dali is known for its delicious tapas. Guests can dine on such fare as beef short ribs in a wine sauce, grilled lamb chops or shrimp scallop ravioli. Delicious plates of whole baked fish and Spanish rice dishes can also be chosen as an entrée. Vegetarian, as well as dairy- and gluten-free options are on the menu.

Dali has a full bar that serves a variety of drinks, including wine and cocktails. It hosts parties for events, such as parties and receptions. This restaurant also welcomes reservations, making it ideal for date night.

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RF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best tapas in Somerville, and the staff is absolutely amazing!

EB
New England
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been coming her for 20+ years, and Dali never disappoints. Amazing food and sangria, friendly service, fun atmosphere... you can't go wrong, it's always fabulous!

MG
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dali has been one of my partner and my favorite restaurants for awhile. The food is always delicious and the service is always great.
On our recent visit I asked the staff to help make the night extra special as I planned to propose to my girlfriend after our meal at Dali. They ensured we had the perfect romantic table and helped me pull off the surprise without a hitch! She said yes!
Dali will always be a special place for us, thanks in no small part to their willingness to go above and beyond!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our server forgot a dish and one of our drinks. Overall the food was amazing

t
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

very authentic spanish tapas, and the decor was fantastic.... can be loud and tight on a busy night

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful evening - a girl’s night out celebrating a friend’s birthday. The ambience, food, and service was on point, once again.

SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We live around the corner but it took us forever to finally come here. . . to our loss! This is an excellent hideaway in Inman Square, and they have apparently been here forever. The tapas is fantastic and the service is definitely some of the best around. We will be returning soon

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

GU
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

If you like Spanish style food and environment, this is a must visit place in Boston area

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, funky atmosphere and attentive service.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was fantastic! Can’t complain there. The service was...weird. I arrived 10 min early for a reservation but was told I’d have to wait 15 minutes to be seated, even though plenty of tables were open. The manager then over ruled the host and sat us. We sat for about 15 minutes before water was poured or any other server paid us attention, again it was the manager running interference and taking our drink order. Truthfully, we were about to leave. I’d go back, but there are other tapas restaurants in Boston with better service and equally good food, if not better.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dali is consistently an incredibly wonderful experience. We did a family birthday (over 21) gathering there - they always come together to make the dinner a real surprise celebration. The best dishes (some of the best anywhere) remain on the menu over the years and are always perfect.

MA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is quite good, except the gambas al ajillo which the waiter inexplicably recommended and was the worst thing we had. The problem with Dali is that the back room gets WAY TOO LOUD as soon as it fills up. This is based on acoustics. The food is generally excellent.

DJ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dali has been a perennial favorite with me and my family for over a decade. It was one of the first truly Spanish restaurants to establish a foothold in greater Boston, and the only one still in business. I continue to find them reliable for tasty tapas and pinchos; their gambas al ajillo (shrimp, olive oil, garlic) is still something we hold onto to dip bread in the oil until the last drop is gone. Queso de cabra montanes (goat cheese on tomato sauce) is as good as ever, and this time we tried the chorizo a la plancha (grilled slices of sausage on a bed of great white beans) and calamari with squid ink rice; both were fantastic. They can also deliver a terrific paella.

We went to Dali to celebrate a birthday; it remains a favorite place to do this. The wait staff flash the lights on and off, then offer a raucous, rambunctious of "Happy birthday," carrying a statue of a frog holding a candle. It's great fun, and hasn't lost its charm after over a decade of birthday celebrations. And dessert remains terrific with crema catalana (similar to creme caramel with a glassy sugary top), flan, and churros that delivered big on flavor.

RW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dali's is always worth the effort. Food and service was great and always a great lead-into Flamenco at
Berkley School of Music.

TK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner served by attentive waitstaff. My nephew had just returned from a year in Madrid and we took him there for his birthday. He said that the dishes were very reminiscent of his experiences in Spain, and we all found them delicious. After we left, my wife realized she left her thermos behind at our table; as I turned to go back toward the restaurant, the waiter was running after us, thermos in hand. That was very kind of him and illustrates the quality service.

w
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is wonderful! Octopus nice and tender, bacon wrapped prunes delicious. Service was so-so - cold, gruff, and not very attentive. Still worth the trip for the food.

L
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Great cocktails and a flight of port to close out my beautiful wife's birthday dinner.

LG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

What a disappointment at Dali last weekend. Slower service is to be expected on a Saturday night, but we sat at our table for longer than twenty minutes before we were even acknowledged or offered water. Not an exaggeration - our reservation was at 9 and we were seated promptly but our server didn't acknowledge us until almost 9:30. When we went to Dali months ago, the menu was inspired and the food was delicious. This go around it seemed like so many of the menu items are the same ingredients or the same preparation, so much so that we struggled to order. So much of the menu is taken up by fried foods – croquettes are great, but I thought the point of Tapas was to get a taste of many different dishes. When our selections did arrive, they weren’t great. We had the skewers with melon and goat cheese, but the texture and flavor of the goat cheese seemed all wrong, and the melons were underripe. I was thrilled to see a familiar dish of fried cheese with honey and onion, a dish I’ve coveted since Tapeo closed on Newbury street years ago, and was totally let down after taking one bite of Dali’s version. It was soggy and cold. Croquettes were meh at best, and the flatbread served with the chickpea spread was literally charred. Cocktails were watery – don’t bother ordering one. This experience was so starkly different from the last time we came to Dali that I almost wonder if they’re under new management or something.

GK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dali was fantastic! The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was AMAZING! Every dish blew us away. We'd recommend the fried cheese balls and garlic shrimp!

T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing and friendly service. Every single employee was smiling and so kind. I felt welcomed the moment I walked in. I was there on a date for my boyfriend’s birthday. We had delicious tapas and cocktails and ended the night blowing out a birthday candle and kissing the frog. Thank you for a special night!

MS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it

MA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a really nice evening. Will definitely be back.

JP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like not to recommend it in order to be able to go again whenever I want, but it was so great that I feel I have to :) Loved it.

ES
New England
48 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner. Staff made the celebration festive. Small plates were delicious and savory. Exotic decor. Highly recommend the experience.

ST
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time to Dali. Had an early (5:30) reservation, and there were plenty of tables and privacy. Menu was quite diverse (only complaint from my wife was that there weren't enough vegetable dishes). Everything we had was seasoned well. Ambience was colorful, loaded with interesting painting/photos, wall paper, tile. Wait staff was friendly and helpful. Will definitely go again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amay

CS
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food augmented by an awesome Spanish wine recommended by our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter.
We LOVED this place!!

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

great ambiance and service. menu was unique and exciting! seems like a great place to have a big group dinner and try a little of several tapas. overall food was flavorful but very rich. would go back and order lighter. dessert was amazing!

SC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite date night restaurants - always a treat!

VC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot in Somerville for Spanish tapas and sangria

CL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been a favorite of mine since they opened, and it continues to hit all the right marks: great food, awesome staff, and the ambinance and decor are dynamite.

SK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty Spanish tapas. Paella was excellent. Lots of vegetarian options

S
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for a special celebration, or just a quiet evening out for Tapas and Spanish wine.

J
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love dali. The food is good, service is excellent. You don't have to wait too long before the first dishes start coming out. Also, great wine and sangria.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third year in a row our son has requested to go to Dali for his birthday dinner, and yet again we were not disappointed!

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place

J
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dali was the perfect escape on a Friday evening! I felt like I was enjoying the cultures of Spain from the moment I entered the restaurant. It was so full of life, smiling faces, and delicious tapas. I would absolutely recommend Dali for a romantic evening with a significant other or a night with family and friends.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m obsessed with Dali now. It was my first time there and it was amazing. Very cute decorations and great food. There is a lot on the menu, but you can basically pick anything and it will be good. The sangria is delicious as well. I loved our waiter Raphael. He was so cute and attentive. I can’t wait to come back here for my birthday next month.

RL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday dinner here with a big party and had a wonderful time. Servers were super accommodating of the size of our party, and kept us well supplied with wine and tapas. Everything was great!