La Nacional Restaurant

4.7
296 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 296 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sommgirl
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Not as amazing as I remembered from years earlier. Credit where credit is due, the paella was great (although it could have benefited from more socarrat (crispy bottom). The patatas bravas were not as crispy as they should’ve been either. The boquerones were outstanding - wish the serving was more robust. And the octopus was not only lukewarm, but in some kind of cream sauce that was not that flavorful. The ambience on 14th St is lovely except for the occasional subway and traffic noise that drowns out conversation. My biggest problem was the service, which was uneven and slow. One main waiter wasn’t as attentive as we needed, and two other staffers sometimes came by and took an order which wouldn’t come so we would ask our main waiter when we saw him again, he would bring it right away, and then the same item would arrive from the earlier order and they would have to take it back. I will give La Nacional another chance as I want to support España any way I can…but overall I wish I could say I was as thrilled as I expected to be.

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MLDC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great meal recommend it

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EricD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good Spanish food . All dishes are cooked as in Spain

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JulianN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noisy on a Saturday evening but that is to be expected. The waitstaff need some more supervision however the food is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Is a nice restaurant the food is really good and you can enjoy a good time

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vipJenny
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Loved everything we ordered, Pan Tomaca, Watermelon Sangria, Patatas Bravas, Calamaras Fritos, Paella Mariscos. Service was nice.

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Kleo7
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This Spanish Tapas Restaurant is always good. The food is tasty and unique and reasonably priced. Good wines at reasonable prices. The inside is nicely done with comfortable seating and noise level. The outside is more casual and noisy because of the traffic on 14 St.

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MNav
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good Spanish food at all. The table was dirty and sticky. Service was slow and bad.

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avas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent authentic inventive Spanish food. Warm atmosphere, decent service, Sometimes the indoor noise level is high. Their outdoor seating area in good weather makes you feel as if you are in Barcelona!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my mother’s 88th birthday at La Nacional. The service & staff was very attentive and made my mother feel special on her day. Food was delicious as always. Suffice to say my mother left not even a crumb. Mother love the Arroz con langosta😘

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vipDeborahR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Generous portions, reasonable prices!

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Foodie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic food and servoce

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ElenaAM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our favorite tapas spot! Great food, great drinks, and great service!

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vipVirgilQ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location and good food.
Nice place to get together with friends.
Will definitely recommend to others.

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vipAndrewH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A terrific kick off to Pride weekend in Chelsea! Anchovies are a must have!

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JasonD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great spot, good food and vibe. Service a little slow but it was so pleasant we didn’t mind.

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DavidB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This review is from my second time at La Nacional in as many months. I love the food and atmosphere, and I love dining outside--which is a bit on the loud side, but, worth it. This is such a fine and fun restaurant, with a friendly staff, that I will be back as often as possible. Gracias La Nacional!

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SaturdayNightOut
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

We really enjoyed the ambience and the friendly welcome but the food was a disappointment. Our paella was over-salted and underdone. I wish we enjoyed the food more since everyone was very nice. We were very surprised by this since we knew it to be a well-regarded place.

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Adele
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely staff, felt very welcomed, and the tapas plates we ordered were delicious. Since we changed our indoor dining request to outside seating, we didn't have a chance to see the interior of the restaurant; we hope to on our next visit.

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JuJu
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious, yesterday was the first time visit since renovated few years ago.

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vipColeenC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I will be back for sure.

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SandraR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buena comida, atención y ambiente. Sin duda volvería.

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vipBettina
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! The traditional Spanish dishes were delicious. We ate outside and even though our table was on busy 14th Street, the meal was lovely, European and calm. The inside of the restaurant—which we saw when using the restrooms—is beautifully-lit (great wall sconces!) and soothing.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Some of the worst service I’ve ever seen at a restaurant. I’m not sure if they were short staffed or something but it was so bad that the hostess had to take our order. We didn’t see our waitress until we were done eating. The food was pretty good but the service was unbearable.

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vipLukshen
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Can not wait to go back, everything about this meal makes me want to go.

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vipUtkarsh
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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vipMarlaPilates
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was just super inventive spins on traditional tapas. Drinks were delicious and also the same type of twists. Good value.

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BarbaraC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

One of my favorite places though the noise level was a little high for my taste. The only place to get tapas in the city except maybe for Little Spain’s Diner.

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Anne
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fine, interesting Spanish food, well-seasoned. The monkfish was very tasty, but overpriced. Calimari was great. Go for the apps and make an excellent, reasonably prices, interesting meal. Don't forget the Cava Sangria!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hidden treasure. Loved it

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sara
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great, the service was lacking but they were packed.

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bueno
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!!

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Cakecakecake
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a group and food was delicious! Will be booking again.

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LisaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish this was fantastic! Best sangria, cocktails were like works of art and the food was delicious! We sat where we could see the chef making everyone's meals and we wanted everything! Paella, mmmmmmm! The waitstaff was not only efficient but super nice! How did I not know this place existed? Cannot wait to go back. The interior is simple done just right. Very inviting and comfortable.

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LilyF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and dedication from the service people who operate this not for profit ...

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vipGormay13
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, Spanish friendly but a little slow service. It’s a great place to relax outdoors with wine and tapas.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite places to go in the city, but make sure to reserve in advance! The new deck out front is a great addition and the summer menu is a treat! Always get the most for your money here with generous portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, authentic Spanish food!

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vipFoodSnob
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This Restaurant is totally overrated. Several people told me it was very good but I can tell you that mediocre is a compliment. They can’t even get there paella made properly

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CrisTinaN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall rating excellent. We went for my friends birthday and had an amazing experience. The food is delicious, the staff and service was outstanding. Whether you want a quiet dinner or a loud outgoing party place this restaurant offers both. We had an incredible time.

FAQs

La Nacional Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 296 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.