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La Nacional Restaurant, New York, NY

La Nacional Restaurant

4.7
4.7
677 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 155 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (917) 388-2888
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Paco Parreño
  • Catering
    La Nacional offers full catering services!
  • Private party facilities
    In addition to our restaurant space, La Nacional offers a newly refurbished, fully-equipped large event space on the parlor floor of our historic brownstone. With our expansive catering service, full bar, and premier staff, we can accommodate a wide range of unique events. The room can hold over 100 people and is equipped with audiovisual technology, including a large screen and a new sound and lighting systems. We have hosted conferences, classes, cultural events, concerts, meetings, weddings, private parties, film screenings, and more. If you are interested in more information please call 212 929-7873 or write us at hola@lanacional.org. We look forward to having your event at La Nacional.
  • Neighborhood
    West Village
  • Cross street
    7th and 8th avenues
  • Parking details
    No parking on 14th street, but ample parking on side streets. Also, a paid parking lot directly across the street.
  • Public transit
    Subway: 1, 2, 3, L, A, C, E, F, M,PATH: 14th street station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 677 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Spanish

677 Reviews
  1. TedH

    New York City

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Authentic Spanish food and friendly service in pleasant surroundings.

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  2. TomP

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food in an appealing atmosphere. My only complaint is that among our table of 6, foot was served very unevenly. In fact, 4 of us wee nearly or completed done eating our entrees before a paella dish was served to the other two diners at our table.

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  3. Kathy

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant in NYC. Only issue I have is that there can be very noisy groups which make it less than ideal for conversation on the weekend.

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  4. SusanV

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my new go to spot Always great, consistently delicious with friendly service. I dream about the patatas bravas. Read up about the long history of this unique restaurant model. It’s a NYC gem!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was delicious! We had the steak, arroz con lobster, potatoes, empanadas, shrimp…. So yummy! Even my sort of picky 11-year old enjoyed the food. Beautiful place & service was excellent.

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  6. SusanV

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Sat upstairs, quiet with jazz playing. Food is consistently excellent.

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  7. HeraM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a treat to enjoy great food and in a comfortable space with incredible service. A neighborhood gem!

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  8. Julie

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food. Appetizers were great. Lobster rice was so/so, but everything else was fantastic. Highly recommend!

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  9. Rosa

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Danny provided superb service in every respect! Aside from being highly courteous, prompt and attentive, Danny also provided clear and concise info and responses to our questions. He also ensured that the birthday cake for our friend was taken out of the refrigerator at the right time so that the temperature was just right at the moment it was served. The food is always fresh and delicious and the Bacalao con Pisto and Patatas Bravas are the best I’ve had!

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  10. CamilleG

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was so nice to revisit this place last night after a long absence. The food was well-prepared and very good; the service was friendly; and the overall vibe was cozy and fun. Will definitely be going there again--and soon!

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  11. BillyN

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn't been in years and went for my birthday. The staff is very nice and the food was excellent. The renovation to the room is a huge improvement

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  12. LeelaK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious, unpretentious, and lovely restaurant

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  13. RonM

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and the service was excellent. The quality of the food and the moderate prices for Manhattan make La Nacional an excellent value. My wife and I plan on returning.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good. the food is always delicious. The staff is nice and hardwiring.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I will return. The pan tamuca was the best I’ve ever had. Against better judgement I shared a chicken paella. Unexciting and not enough chicken for two — charge me more and give me more chicken please. Next time will order more appetizers hoping as outstanding as the pan tamuca and will try the chicken or the steak. Or, as prices are so reasonable, both. Definitely worth going to again. Excellent place to meet friends and drink wine and eat apps.

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  16. LynneG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's hard to find a really good restaurant that has great food for a fair price. And outstanding service. Overall enjoyable.

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  17. Morty

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first visit to this restaurant, with a group of friends, and we loved it. The look of the place is utterly charming, the staff is amazingly friendly and helpful, and the food is incredibly delicious. We had patatas bravas, shrimp, a cheese board and empanadas- all fantastic. I cannot recommend this place highly enough!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible tapas, don’t go if you want authentic food

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  19. KarlaD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Very reasonable prices. You will smell like food after because open kitchen!

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  20. LisaMD

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In addition to having wonderful food, they are also really good with food allergies and offer vegan wines.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    After about 25 minutes we ordered, we were told that “there was problem in the kitchen” and we had to re-order everything. I don’t think that explains our sangria order also taking that long…? Clearly, she forgot to put in the order, as the tables around us were being served normally. We did not make a big deal out of it, as the place was very busy and this is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. And I understand this can happen, all she had to do is be honest and say sorry once, but she kept blaming “the kitchen.” Food was great as always, just an unfortunate experience. I hope this won’t happen again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience for a party of 9 with a cozy room in the back. Excellent service, timely and efficient. All the small plates were very tasty and served hot—patatas bravas & pulpo; the pan con tomate & added serrano was to die for. A grand paella mixta was delicious. Ordered all the desserts—excellent! Wine and cocktails were delish. Well priced! Fantastic evening! Truly, nothing sub-par. Definitely recommend.

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  23. OdalysO

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El mejor restaurnte de la 14th! Totalmente recomendado <3

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  24. BethB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED this restaurant and it’s “energetic” vibe. If you’re looking for quiet dining, not your place. If you’re looking for friendly, lively and festive and delicious, this IS your place.

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  25. AlexanderP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. The music was a bit too loud so it was hard to have a conversation.

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  26. Wonderful

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Why do I always forget about this fabulous place? Delicious food, great Holiday ambiance, cordial staff. We were all coming from various locations and was convenient for everyone. Enjoyed sharing appetizers and different types of paellas. Some of us lingered afterwards at the bar.

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  27. JasonB

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. Nice place to stop in for a quick drink or a meal. Highly recommended

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  28. AleeR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great. Great menu of food and drink. Excellent service. Nice ambience.

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  29. Pluti

    New York City

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The croquettes are amazing - steak was flavorful but a little too fatty - paella Mixta was ok but prefer the Marisco.

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  30. KarinaE

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and prices . Clean and nice ambience. Little noisy but fine

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  31. DeeMarie

    London

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time here. A great dining experience. DELICIOUS food!!

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  32. SoNor

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal of authentic Spanish food in a lively atmosphere. Our server was excellent, the food was tasty, well portioned and a good representation of what we’ve had in different regions of Spain. We were a party of six and were very comfortable. Our only complaint for the evening was the noise level which was so loud that some of us just simply stopped trying to converse because we couldn’t hear the person next to us. Which of course is also very Spanish!

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  33. NYCFoodies

    New York City

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Great cuisine, great service -- we'll be back SOON!

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  34. bb23

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat outside, was a bit chilly but tolerable. Service was great, everything we had was delicious. Will absolutely be back.

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  35. FredC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambience. Whole family loved it.

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  36. Chef13

    San Antonio

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointed in food quality and service. Staff was not accommodating nor welcoming. Not flexible with table selection. Sat in the traffic area in middle of main room. Gambas in garlic were burned, empanadas were overcooked, no flavor, and paella was overcooked, dry and rice burned. Bar drinks were limited in choice. Too much cost for the quality provided. Not the typical Spanish restaurant!

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  37. ThomasD

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, nice ambience. Service was fine. I would return.

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  38. Laura24

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love La Nacional! Delicious food and great service.

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  39. TraceyH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service, and we were seated in a back room, which was nice and quiet. Love this place!

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  40. jennifert

    New York City

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious paella. Loved the white sangria We added lobster chorizo and veggies. Excellent

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Nacional Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 677 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 19 times today
Google Map for La Nacional Restaurant

239 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    7th and 8th avenues
  • Neighborhood
    West Village
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    No parking on 14th street, but ample parking on side streets. Also, a paid parking lot directly across the street.
  • Public transit
    Subway: 1, 2, 3, L, A, C, E, F, M,PATH: 14th street station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Paco Parreño
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (917) 388-2888
  • Catering
    La Nacional offers full catering services!
  • Private party facilities
    In addition to our restaurant space, La Nacional offers a newly refurbished, fully-equipped large event space on the parlor floor of our historic brownstone. With our expansive catering service, full bar, and premier staff, we can accommodate a wide range of unique events. The room can hold over 100 people and is equipped with audiovisual technology, including a large screen and a new sound and lighting systems. We have hosted conferences, classes, cultural events, concerts, meetings, weddings, private parties, film screenings, and more. If you are interested in more information please call 212 929-7873 or write us at hola@lanacional.org. We look forward to having your event at La Nacional.
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