La Nacional Restaurant

4.6
382 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
La Nacional has been feeding Spaniards and Latin Americans in New York since the 19th century from its historical brownstone in the heart of what was Little Spain. Today, our volunteer-run non-profit has opened its doors to create a community restaurant and gathering place for everyone to enjoy. The Society sponsors the visas of Spain top young chefs - providing them with an apartment in our brownstone to draw inspiration from La Nacional’s past and establishing a culinary epicenter in New York City for Spanish food. Our goal is to offer diners innovative cuisine, reasonable prices and a neighborhood atmosphere for everyone.

The Restaurant at La Nacional is the catalyst for significant cultural and community programming that reflects the Society’s 152 year-old mission. This includes free or low-cost apartments upstairs for artists-in-residence and opening our event space on the parlor floor to community events, cultural pursuits and charitable causes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 382 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tapas and paella! Took me back to my time living in Spain so it's all very authentic. Highly recommend!

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Pegz
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Definitely recommend the Sangria & Paella.

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SalehH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, we went to celebrate a birthday party and the hosts were amazing. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a special dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was poor. Food was disappointing and the sangria was watered down and tasteless.

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vipSarahK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun spot for a spanish meal! We sat in the upstairs area. It was empty when we arrived, but by the end of the night it was all full. We loved the paella and patatas bravas.

SG
vipSamuelG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistantly wonderful. Excellent ambiance, food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday for our son. Great tapas, both quality and serving size. Not too crowded at lunchtime, which was very pleasant and felt safe. Enjoyed the Cava Sangria!

JR
JaimeR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the friendliness of the staff.
The tapas are amazing.

KF
KFJC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tapas and paella at La Nacional! The mixta (seafood & chicken) paella was especially delicious, the seafoodwas fresh. We started with the mixta meat & cheese board, also enjoyed the olives and grilled octopus. Service was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday
Great people , service
Excellent food and we were never rushed
We’ll be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat! Great menu and the food is delicious!!

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CRMc
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful traditional tapas and paella. We'll definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent selection of Spain foods and vino

MK
MadyK
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Nacional was the perfect dinner stop! The sangria was delicious and refreshing, and the paella was generously portioned. Everything was so reasonably priced, and the atmosphere was fun and relaxed. Would definitely recommend for authentic paella and amazing pan tomasco!

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vipMoxie
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing Spanish food with a local NY crowd/ few tourists.

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Rebecca
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The restaurant was well run and the service without a problem. THe paella was fresh and good but lacked the crusty rice bottom. The appetizers were spot on.

JN
JackieN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Meh I don’t really get why it has such positive reviews. The upstairs feels like you’re at a weird wedding reception and the paella was sort of flavorless.

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vipCriticalbutnice
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food always good in a nice comfortable setting. Also excellent bar drinks at reasonable prices.

CT
CristalT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was great definitely did not disappoint.

CM
vipCMcE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were disappointed as we thought the food and service were better on a previous visit. Service was quite slow this time as they seemed to be understaffed like many restaurants these days.

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vipjaco
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Spain cuisine, excellent services

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved this place. We sat outside and it was nice and warm. The food was delicious. But honestly the best part was the staff. They were all so friendly and kind. It really made for such a pleasant experience. Will definitely go back often!

MJ
MJFC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

La Nacional is a great restaurant to try authentic Spanish tapas and mains. We usually go at least once a year to also see the flamenco show upstairs at Alegrias. The food is wonderful, flavorful and tasty. The service, however, leaves something to be desired. They didn't seem to have nearly enough servers/staff in the dining room. It took a long time just to get drinks, let alone order our food. I would definitely go back, though as the food and general atmosphere is unique and not to be missed if you want an authentic Spanish experience in NY.

LK
LisaK
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The staff was very accomodating

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Pegz
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

TERRIBLE night. The note in the reservation was that we should stay no longer than 90 mins. At the 90 min mark we were still waiting for half our order (the paella). It was noisy (we clocked 80 decibels) and we were hungry. When I told the waitress we would like the check and couldn't wait any longer we were so hungry we were going to have pizza down the street, her response was "Oh well."

The patatas bravas and jamon iberico were great; the pulpo was overshadowed by too much sauce and parsnip strips, but was also good. Obviously there are problems with management and in the kitchen and waitstaff looked overworked and harried. Such a shame, so much potential and so much history.

KB
vipKarenB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love la Nacional and have been patrons for a
Long time - we were a little
Concerned that no one checked our Covid 19 vaccination cards however, even though we were told we needed to be vaccinated to eat indoors.

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vipRocky
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious croquettes, macaroni and cheese, and chorizo burgers at our last meal here. Great food at this top Spanish restaurant.

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vipPluti
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

we love this restaurant - very welcoming staff.
My only negative is the loud music which makes conversation difficult

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vipworldtraveler
Denver
75 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Absolutely authentic and wonderful according to my Spanish visitors. Only drawback was trying to catch up with extremely loud space!!!

TG
TomG
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wine, and great service. It feels like a very comfortable place to be.

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Rita
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for drinks/dinner with friends. Friendly staff, great vibe. Love that it is a nonprofit restaurant!

AD
vipAD05
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tapas and great value!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good food. Prepared very quickly

PW
PeterW
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The most authentic and best presented classic Spanish cuisine n New York City

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious dishes

JP
JessicaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing evening with delicious paella and live music. Overall a superb place to celebrate birthdays or anything special.

HD
HappyDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and fresh! Authentic Spanish cuisine with beautiful presentation. Reminiscent of my visit to Spain several years ago where we enjoyed the unforgettable cuisine. Don’t pass on dessert!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service and nice ambiance. Would definitely recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow but well worth the wait! Food was delicious, as was the wine. Staff was very friendly!

FAQs

La Nacional Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 382 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.