La Nacional Restaurant

4.7
254 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 254 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJamon
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I continue to be impressed with the cuisine at this historical Spanish Club that goes back to my Father’s time and before when this block between 7th and 8th Ave was called: “Little Spain”.
All the Tapa’s were just right and the paella perfect. The Tortillia is a must have. Make sure you go and know that it is authentic cooking by a chef from Valencia who I want to someday cater for my friends and extended family, when God willing we are back to social interaction.

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vipNorman
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I had posted a review already and the manager contacted me and offered me a free meal which I declined. While the food we DID eat was superb, we didn't get everything we ordered because it simply took too long. We only received 2 of 3 plates ordered, after more than 90 minutes. Waiters were as rare as hen's teeth, our glasses were not refilled, and we were shoved in a corner of the restaurant adjacent the bathrooms. My partner had said, as we sat down "this is not going to be good," and he was right. We should have left immediately and put this bad experience behind us.
It will be a while before I'll consider going back.

JC
vipJCCab
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a party of 7 - we sat outside and enjoyed a feast. We tried pretty much all of the tapas and the cheese and meat boards. Service was great. We were celebrating a birthday.

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vipGafas
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tortilla was the best I’ve ever had, moist, almost creamy, and delicious. Great mushroom croquettes, Mezcal cocktail nice and smokey. Lovely and large outdoor seating area - I’m older than I used to be, so I care about spacing and openness. Charming waitstaff and great 150 year history in the Spanish Benevolent Society. Looking forward to the paella next time, although all the tapas were good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is the best . Everything is so goooooood !!! I’ve been on this restaurant around 7 times . Never get bored ! 😊😊😊😊

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nypg
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good people, good service, good food, good outdoor space.

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Madridtapasguy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If feels like a authentic Espana Restaurant.tapas.Good ambience. friendly stuff.
Wine is good too,

DB
vipDawnB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Will be back!!

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Dani
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must go to La Nacional. I am from Spain and eating this food reminded me of the finer parts of home. Will definitely be going back

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Lish
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing restaurant! They bring in chefs from Spain as part of a non-profit effort, so the food is truly authentic. The chef right now is from Valencia, so make sure to try the paella!

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CatherineS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I really really wanted to enjoy our dining experience however it was underwhelming and we were a bit disappointed. The service and the tapas were great however the squid ink paella did not taste the way it used to be. I could not quite pinpoint what changed. Also, I have to mention that the second floor reeked of cigarettes. I am not certain if we were just seated close to a vent. It wasn’t the case when we were seated downstairs which was recently renovated. I wish this review will help improve my once favorite restaurant.

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vipAnnD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How I love this place !! The service and food fantastic !! Prices very reasonable also !!

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WesleyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was friendly, the waiter was super sociable. The restaurant has great ambiance. Definitely dining there again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place!!!

JK
JulieK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The tapas themselves were very tasty. The service was not as we expected. It took a long time for someone to take our drink order, and then a long time to take our food order. There were multiple servers, so it was difficult ikr to determine who to ask for what. We then ordered a second bottle of wine, which we could see sitting on the bar for 10 minutes. We asked 2 servers about it, and then received the bottle another 5 minutes. So, the service was not up to par.

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UmarB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for agroup. That service as great and the food was even better!!!! Definitly going to come again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place. Our server, Alex was a joy and truly made the experience memorable. I can’t wait to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, tasty tapas, lovely service and decor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy a wonderful birthday dinner here

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and the food was well prepared. The octopus was a little chewy, but literally everything else on the apps was amazing! Going to try the Paella next time!

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vipAnnD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overwhelming perfect experience in this hidden gem! Food service atmosphere is perfect !! Would recommend to family and friends! It felt like coming. Home to family !

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MtLongonot
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Nacional is a great time! There every month and love the food and Spanish beers.

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Heather
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great dining experience. The paella and cheese/meat board were delicious. The sangria was good, but not outstanding. The service was great. Fun and friendly vibe. As close to Spain as you'll get in NYC!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great experience! Food was great and portion sizes were great versus other tapas places in Nyc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleasant restaurant with friendly waitstaff and good food.

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vipSC1984
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food. I recommend the shrimp, patatas bravas, and the cod.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!!! And our sever was so nice! Will be returning soon!

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melisas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!! Great place :)) food was delicious, service was also good! Highly recommend!

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Helen
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice staff and service. Accommodating to our concerns about COVID, and made it a very COVID safe dining experience.

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MaferS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great finding. I relied on Google Maps' suggestion. The food was delicious, tapas as tasted in Spain. We didn't have any trouble making our reservation and keeping distance from other tables. The waiters were very kind and bilingual. The cava sangria, a must.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small Birthday get together

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Food and service was great! Only downside was that we had to sit upstairs which was a bit cold and dull.

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vipWorldIsMyOyster
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spanish food and wine. Went for a birthday and was able to bring a cake with no fee. Staff was very accommodating and service was great. Was able to stay longer than the 2hr time limit since there were no subsequent reservations for a party of 6 after us. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Given it was the first night back indoor dining, we understood why the service was a little slow. The food and drinks were amazing, we’re excited to come back when things are at full speed again.

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oraziom
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of NYCs best kept secrets .. incredible food, unique mission and wonderful people.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and festive atmosphere makes La Nacional a neighborhood favorite. The food and service is outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Elio was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

La Paella nada que ver El Pulpo eran lonjas de Pulpo. la verdad que estaban full espere demasiado por mi Cóctel creo que es xq estaban lLenos .. y no creo que vuelva a ir

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very authentic Spanish tapas, great service

FAQs

La Nacional Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 254 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.