La Rioja

4.3
18 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
A charming, rustic dining room environment complements perfectly the wonderful variety of traditional and creative Spanish tapas and food, accompanied with great Wine and Beer selections from Spain, and three signature sangrias by the pitcher or glass.
Delight your senses with our extensive list of delicious “Tapas”, the traditional “Paellas” made with imported rice from Valencia, (Spain), the flavorful “Fideua Negra “, the savory” Steak al Cabrales”, or the luscious “Bacalao al Chef” and remember to order from our exquisite selection of “Home Made” Desserts, served by our knowledgeable and friendly staff.
La Rioja Tapas is doing something different. We are adding a new touch and taste to the cuisine from Spain while keeping with tradition.
Visit our Gourmet Deli Store with products from Spain.
What 18 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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4.2
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was amazing!1

JG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the seafood paella. The taste of the rice was phenomenal! The rice mixed with the juices of the seafood made my taste buds want more. I enjoyed el Caldo de Gallego. Good soup to start. My wife had the meat paella. My wife is not a seafood person but definitely enjoyed my rice compared to herself. Definitely a place to return. We did go at 5pm which is their slow time.

BM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the well prepared Spanish specialties on a great block in Astoria, in which there are at least 6 different cuisines represented. The staff are attentive, and particularly yummy were the bacon wrapped dates, anchovies, boquerones, and paellas. We will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We decided to surprise my father with his favorite dish of Paella; and since the reviews of their paella’s were amazing , we decided to try it out. The experience was very well, it was a bit of a slow night so it was a quiet but it was a nice because we had our intimate family dinner.

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff and owners were so gracious and kind. We love coming here for the food and jovial environment

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a fun time!

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When the “floor to ceiling front glass is so dirty that one cannot see thru it, we imagined how much they care about washing their plates and utensils. The reviews say that this place is good, but we couldn’t go past their dirty windows.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Seafood wasn’t fresh and after telling the server we got lecture about Paella styles by the owner (excuse me??) — server didn’t tell the real reason Paella was sent back. Let’s just leave it there.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Paella was well worth the wait. The seafood was fresh. The 28 oz steak was prepared perfectly and priced well below local steakhouses.
The owner was persomable and treated us as if we were regulars.
Will definitely return!

a
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Super tasting food and excellent friendly service.
However, I forgot to leave a tip. Two days later I returned with $25 in hand
and was informed by the Manager that without my knowledge HE charged
to MY credit card an additional $25 as a tip !!. He apologized. Normally I would
never return to such a place but he did apologize and the food was super.
I will return and recommend La Rioja.

bob

ER
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent paella! Excellent fish! Nice atmosphere.

B
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic Spanish Tapas. This is the real deal - the dishes are well prepared and tasty. The jamon is cut off the bone in the front of the restaurant. Lovely assortment of chorizos. We found the pulpo de gallega to be a bit bland and a bit undercooked, but all the other dishes were very nice. Recommended for authentic tapas in a nice well run place.

JS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La rioja was fantastic although we arrived early in the day so there was little ambience , Penelope was great always smiling which made our night more enjoyable and of course after those grapes that they have ,,,shhh their secret , what a find ... definitely be back for more paella and grapes.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I found this place after a show and what an Amazing Find! The music in the background was at a perfect level and the atmosphere was as if we were among friends. We were given the special of getting the crespelle with ricotta and it was delicious!!...we ordered other different items which were out of this world. My friends and I have been to various tapas restaurants but this one made it to the top of the list. Sangria was perfect and everything else was outstanding. We will definitely be coming back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The hot tapas are great. And the paella is meant for two regardless of what they say.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Disappointed with the service when we dined here recently. The manager was also incredibly rude. We dine here often but we won’t be coming back anymore.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fantastic and Penelope, our waitress is very energetic! We all loved it , we all ordered more food to take home.

ST
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had only one complaint of this restaurant, I ordered a paella mixta and the chicken was dry. All other aspects of the dish were perfect. Also there were six in our party and all the other dishes were perfect. The service was excellent. In addition, one of our party lost a gold pinky ring that night and when we called to ask if they had seen it, it turned out that the staff had found it on the floor by the wall while they were cleaning. Beyond the fact that we very much appreciated the honesty, it is obvious they take the cleaning seriously and we all liked that.
We'll definitely be back.