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Bryan/College Station's Corner Of Spanish Cuisine  - Elia Cafe Tapas Bar, Bryan, TX

Elia Cafe Tapas Bar

4.6
4.6
54 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Join us for a culinary journey through Spain at Elia Cafe Tapas Bar. Our delectable tapas, paella, sangria, and mouthwatering dishes will transport you to the heart of Spain. Enjoy a glass of wine from our distinctive wine selection to bring out the flavors in every bite. Located in the beautiful Old Bryan Marketplace, Downtown Bryan's historic building dating back to 1910, the warm ambiance and relaxed elegance of our restaurant will have you feeling right at home. And, to make your experience even more special, we offer live music every weekend. Come for the food, stay for the music, and leave with unforgettable memories.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, European
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (979) 485-5595
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Private party facilities
    We specialize in private events, from weddings, baby showers, and first communions, to business dinners, recitals and fundraisers. We have a variety of private rooms to offer our guests.
  • Neighborhood
    Bryan
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 54 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Texas

    Great for brunch

  • Central Texas

    Good for business meals

  • Central Texas

    Innovative

  • Central Texas

    Healthy

  • Central Texas

    Hot spot

  • Central Texas

    Neighborhood gem

  • Central Texas

    Lively

  • College Station / Bryan

    Best Value

  • College Station / Bryan

    Great for brunch

  • College Station / Bryan

    Good for business meals

  • College Station / Bryan

    Innovative

  • College Station / Bryan

    Healthy

  • College Station / Bryan

    Hot spot

  • College Station / Bryan

    Neighborhood gem

  • College Station / Bryan

    Romantic

  • College Station / Bryan

    Good for special occasions

  • College Station / Bryan

    Lively

54 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband, our friends and I had an excellent experience at Elia! We will be returning! The beet salad is a 10/10.
    Elia Cafe Tapas BarResponded on April 8, 2024
    Thank you for the review! We're thrilled you enjoyed our Beet Salad :)

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  2. icepick

    Austin

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit to Elia. Shelby, the bartender greeted us cordially and showed us to a quiet table which we had requested. Waiter Isaiah then took over and gave us the background on the restaurant, brought us water and took drink orders. We were not hurried and his service was attentive and excellent through the meal. We wanted to try the tapas especially and so ordered the tortilla, mushrooms, calamari, escargot, scallops to follow our cocktails. Everything was excellent, however the calmari was less squid and more breading. There were other items we want to try, but were nicely full at that point. We finished a very nice anniversary dinner with the creme brule/Creme Catalan ad it likewise was excellent. We'll be back. Recommended.
    Elia Cafe Tapas BarResponded on April 8, 2024
    We're extremely happy you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us! Thank you so much for the review :)

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  3. RogerB

    Houston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would recommend this restaurant for a nice dining experience. The ambiance is cozy and inviting. We had dinner at Elia Cafe with friends. The service was very friendly and attentive. We shared several Tapas plates including scallops, shrimp, empanadas and croquette. The empanadas and croquettes were very good. The scallops were nice size and well prepared. However, the liquid with which they were served, probably some sort of veloute, was bland for my taste. The shrimp were good but also seemed slightly bland. A few extra squeezes of lemon improved the appeal of both scallops and shrimp. We ordered one of each of the three desserts and compared notes. Everyone concurred that the creme brulee was the favorite. However, we liked them all. They had a solo musician performing . His music was warm ad appropriate for the setting. Volume was just right. Not too loud.

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  4. SheilaG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. We met friends whoe were visiting from Dallas an we decided to try Elia Cafe. We were not disappointed. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. We started with tapas and had sandwiches/salads and dessert. The cheesecake presentation was spot on. We will be back and we encourage anyone to give it a try.

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  5. Angela

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant itself is very cute with great atmosphere. The live music was a great touch. Service was good and staff was nice. The name of the restaurant though is very misleading..... tapas... the menu had nothing at all to do with atapas style restaurant. The menu was average with soup, salad, appetizers, main dishes and a few desserts. If you are looking for a true Tapas this is definitely not it.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Tapas plates are just the right size to share 2 or 3 with a couple or small group. Highly recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  7. AndreaP

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love Elias! The atmosphere is as good as the food!

    1 person found this helpful

  8. JamesM

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great! The ambience was very inviting and service never left us wanting anything. The music was terrific and made my wife’s birthday very special. This place goes straight to our top 5!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. johnp

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    our second visit to Elia. The service and food has improved greatly in the last couple of months. We enjoyed our visit and will be back

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  10. KimberlyL

    San Antonio

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. We will define back to try more things.
    Elia Cafe Tapas BarResponded on April 8, 2024
    Thank you so much for the great review! Hopefully we see you again soon :)

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  11. BCSNative

    Central Texas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service, especially bar service was slow - as in 40 minutes per drink slow - but the food was good, and the atmosphere is pleasant. It's a fair option for Tapas in BCS.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service was great. We went at a busy time, so make sure if you do that to not be in a hurry! We were not so it was perfect! Plenty of time to enjoy drinks and conversation! We made reservations and were seated immediately. Food was pricey but so delicious and unique I can not complain! We will be back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience was amazing. The extra bonus of the live music was a plus. Will be back.

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  14. NatalieN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food wonderful service. Pretty atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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  15. ShellyJ

    Austin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the ambience and the food was amazing! Our waiter was so knowledgeable and helped us make decisions on which Tapas to try. The seating for two did feel a little tight and I think when we return we will request to sit in the room that is a little separate with a little more privacy.

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  16. LarryW

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We needed to increase our party from 8 to 10 at a late notice. They were extremely accommodating and it was appreciated. Our third time there and it won’t be the last.

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  17. MarkR

    Rhode Island

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The service has definitely improved since the opening. The food is good. We went on a Friday night. The live music (piano and clarinet) was good but WAY TOO LOUD. Had difficulty conversing with other people at the table of 4, so it made the experience less enjoyable.

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  18. AllisonL

    Central Texas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great addition to the upscale dining options in BCS area! Food was delicious, great service and wonderful atmosphere!

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  19. PawPawG

    Central Texas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ate at Elia’s for the first time on Valentines evening. They were serving a limited menu including a 4 course meal for $65 per person. The food was very good. Service was efficient despite a full restaurant. The piano player was the highlight of the visit, though. We’ll be back just to hear him play again. On the way out we met the owner, Eddie, who spent about 10 minutes telling us how the restaurant came about. Nice guy. All-in-all a very pleasant dining experience. Will go back soon.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet, fine dining with menu that’s not the usual fare. Excellent service and food. Ask for the Fall Fig Fashion (?) cocktail. It’s amazing.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Way too overpriced for the quality of food received. The charcuterie board was definitely just some H-E-B cold cut turkey not cured meats like the menu. Meatballs tasted like Costco chili. Sangria had tasted like a white claw. We had high hopes but were quickly let down. You’re better off just going to primrose path if you’re looking for tapas- it’s the same price for a much better experience.

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  22. EElizabeth

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We came on their grand opening night so some issues with our reservation and the time it took to get our table, drinks, and food may not gave been the norm as it was very busy. The tapas were all amazing! The paella was a bit dry, though, and had hardly any meat in it so that was somewhat disappointing after the tapas. The drinks and wine list were both great! Overall, nice atmosphere and personable server. I would go back for sure!

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  23. HBrooks

    East Texas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We thought we would try it out since we love Luigi’s. The round tables are so small you can barely get the plates on there with the drinks. The Paella was 99% rice with 2 extremely small clams and 2 very small mussels. I was not impressed. The Milenesa was not seasoned and pretty bland. Drinks were good. Server was ok and the atmosphere was good as the piano player had yet to get started. We were sitting close to him and we were pretty convinced it would be too loud. Glad we left before he started. We know the opening was not long ago but we probably won’t be back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Waitress was nice up until the end she got snobby. Maybe because it was close to closing time? Over all was nice experience since it was my party of 10 first time there. Would I come back not really sure

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  25. NmFan

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our dinner. The Spanish meatball tapas were particularly good as were the chicken and salmon entrees.

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  26. GregoryH

    Houston

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been looking forward to visiting this restaurant since they are owned by the Luigi’s folk! We arrived a few minutes before our 7PM reservation, checked in and stood out of the way for others on a very rainy night. Two other couples came in and were immediately seated while we waited for 5-10 minutes only to be told they were clearing “our table”. When seated, we were at a very small and very close two-top round table. When I say close, for those of you who have dined at a Luigi’s two-top, you know close. These are even closer. Uncomfortably close. We asked for another table and were moved to a four-top where we could talk without our neighbors hearing our every word. Maybe the three-piece musical combo (very good by the way) took up some of their usual table space. The menu is very nice with both tapas and full meals. We opted for escargot and empanadas from the tapas menu and paella mixta from the dinner menu. The tapas were wonderful; however the paella mixta was dry and very disappointing. Our waiter recommended a good Spanish wine that we both enjoyed and my wife said her Spanish 75 cocktail was delicious. For dessert we had the burnt Basque cheesecake but the rum didn’t burn off and the cheesecake sat in a pool of liquid. It was rum, but wet cheesecake isn’t all that appealing. Overall, the evening was OK and we’ll let them get a few more weeks under their wings before returning. There are a few kinks to work out. However, we are fans of the Luigi’s family and think the concept will work in BCS.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. MattL

    Central Texas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time and we will return. We had calamari, roasted potatoes, empanadas, small paella, escargot, and a charcuterie board. There were 5 of us and that was plenty of food. The calamari a d escargot were our favorites. The paella didn’t have a crust on the bottom and could have used more seasoning. Service was great and there was a piano player there to create a nice (and not too loud) environment.

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  28. oldtimer

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new Resturant! Excellent food and service.A nice quiet place for date night

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our visit. The food was excellent, especially the scallops and empanadas. We enjoyed the live music but it did get a little loud when the restaurant was full. Our service was great. Highly recommend the sangria flight.

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  30. SuzanneS

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this was my 3rd time to Elia and the food and service and welcoming staff has been outstanding each time. We loved hearing the piano in the background and being able to continue conversation.

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  31. MaryC

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the wait staff went out of their way to do things right. We will return soon.

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  32. JosephG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambiance. We are happy to have this restaurant in town. We highly recommend Elia.
    Elia Cafe Tapas BarResponded on January 13, 2024
    Thank you so much Joseph! We're thrilled you enjoyed your experience!

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  33. DonB

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food + environment Had andelleo de Res. Really good. I'm going back soon.

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  34. TracyV

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful vibe. food was excellent. Music was elegant. 100% recommend

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  35. LorinC

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elia did not disappoint! The staff was all incredibly friendly. The food was on point. The music was a hit with all in the restaurant. The ambiance transported us to an authentic European tapas restaurant. I cannot recommend it more! Bryan/College Station needs Elia!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. Empanadas, patatas bravas and escargot are a must! Great service, friendly and attentive.
    Elia Cafe Tapas BarResponded on December 20, 2023
    Thank you for your kind words :)

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  37. Lauren

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent and all the food we tried was great. Can't wait to go back and try the desserts, they sound fantastic!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was great, so was the wine. The food was ok, a few things were cold or more so luke warm. We will probably return again later once kinks are worked out.

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  39. PatrickC

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Short and sweet: Not going to be a food critic (I liked it), but I want to highlight the excellent service I received from Lara with my reservation, which I fouled up and which she fixed. Front of house was excellent, so kudos to whoever runs it and to Lara, who went out of her way to help me out.
    Elia Cafe Tapas BarResponded on December 20, 2023
    We're so happy you enjoyed your dinner with us! Nothing would please us more than fixing even more reservations for you in the future :)

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  40. Elsie

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madeline was so very helpful from the first phone call to make reservations, and then changing them. The manager was very cooperative when we ran late from dr appts. We will all be back!

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FAQs

Elia Cafe Tapas Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (979) 485-5595.

Elia Cafe Tapas Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Elia Cafe Tapas Bar

202 S Bryan Ave, Bryan, TX 77803-3927

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Bryan
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (979) 485-5595
  • Private party facilities
    We specialize in private events, from weddings, baby showers, and first communions, to business dinners, recitals and fundraisers. We have a variety of private rooms to offer our guests.
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