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About La Tasca - Arlington
La Tasca is a careful blend of everything that is good about Spain. Warm décor, authentic cuisine and friendly hospitality. All these go together to create a unique and genuine atmosphere. La Tasca has been described as being “so authentic that you won’t find anything better in Spain”.
Arlington, VA 22201
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm
Lunch: Mon - Sun 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Sun - Thu 4pm - 10pm/ Fri- Sat 4pm - 11pm
Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm (bar only)
Brunch: Weekends 11am - 4pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample Parking available in Market Common Garages.
Orange Line (Clarendon Station)
Private Party Facilities:
Private parties and events up to nearly 230 guests. 3 levels, outdoor patio and a party menu with 3 specially priced options are available. Custom menus are also available. ~La Tasca has Something Different for Everybody: Rehearsal Dinner, Baptisms, Wedding Receptions & Ceremonies, Baby & Wedding Showers,Holiday parties, Bachelorette, Birthday's, Corporate, group happy hour, Fundraisers, Graduation Parties,Wine tastings, etc.
Private Party Contact:
Mario Fajardo: (703) 812-9120
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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La Tasca - Arlington Ratings and Reviews
La Tasca is gone! I checked in for my reservation, which the hostess couldn't find, and was seated downstairs. The menu was for a different restaurant! It felt like the twilight zone. 2 weeks ago I had the same Saturday brunch reservation and everything was normal. Suddenly it's all changed!
They are changing their menu and offerings so many of the seafood items we wanted were not available. They will now be a steak house with limited tapa offerings. Will not be returning to this location as I don't eat beef. They said the other locations were not changing their menu...
I left la Tasca last night slightly hungry and very disappointed. Upon entering to a nearly empty restaurant with decor reminiscent of one of those tacky Mexican restaurants where they'll sing feliz cumple to your kid on his birthday, I knew I had made a mistake with this reservation. Regardless, I decided to stick it out. My friend and I ordered a selection of five tapas, all of which left us highly judgmental of that person who left a review saying that all the dishes here are excellent and the paella was among the best they've ever had. Our consensus? "Meh." Our steak was not cooked as we ordered it, and the mussels, gritty and two to three times larger than average, left us feeling a bit nauseated. All the other dishes, while not terrible, were not worth the $10+ price tag that accompanied them. The saving grace of the experience was our kind waitress who took the uneaten mussels off our tab despite the fact that we didn't complain to her.
Bottom line? Don't go here. There are plenty of good restaurants in this area and this one will just leave you willing to pay for a $5 single scoop of Nitrogen ice cream after dinner (we can attest), in order to make up for how unsatisfied you will inevitably be.
La Tasca used to be a decent tapas chain. Unfortunately since the last time I dropped in, they've severely cut back on the number of sangrias they have, drop a lot from the menu, and the service has tanked. I sat at the bar waiting for my date to arrive and the two bartenders paid little attention to me or the dirty three places next to me for the 30 minutes I was there. The service was slow and inconsistent at dinner, but the waitron was very pleasant. Don't think we'll be going back anytime soon.
We used to really like La Tasca in Arlington, but when we were there last week the service was terribly slow. It took half an hour after we placed our order to get the first plate, and then another 20 minutes to get the rest. And La Tasca has changed their menu in a negative way since the last time we were there by reducing the number of choices. One could hope that a smaller menu would mean that they really excel at the fewer number of dishes they offer, but this was not the case. The chorizo looked like frankfurters and did not taste authentic either. The dates wrapped in bacon were overcooked and mushy. We were totally disappointed.
Although I've been coming here for a long time, I was very disappointed with my recent visit. My guest and I had to keep swatting flies and gnats. And, we were inside! When they
brought the plates for the tapas, I had to send my plate back because it was dirty. The 2nd shift waitperson pretty much ignored us. Catching her attention was difficult. The food was ok - I don't know if I will return.
5 star food 0 star service. Being in the business I hate writing reviews. But this one needs to be done. We were seated promptly, the initial service was prompt but with no greeting and the waitress had minimal knowledge of the menu both drink and food. Honestly she looked to young to even serve us. We ordered and our waitress disappeared (literally). The food came out and she still was a no show. We began to eat and the food was amazing! Steak was cooked right the potatoes were done well and the rest of tapas was about as good as you'll get outside of Barcelona. As I finish my drink and ready another order of tapas our waiter still Doesn't come and check. I ask 2 waiter/busboys and she finally shows up. We orders and she ran off almost as if she had somewhere to be. Finally instead of asking us if we want deserts she gives us the check! Sorry but elizabeth and the front house manager need to retrained. Very sad, my check would have easily been $60-$75 more before tip. Back the house keep up the great work!
Hosted a Bday party and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. I brought a cake and they brought it out with my candles and served us up. We also brought a large section of balloons and the staff and management received it all quite well. It was a great easy experience and the tapas menus for large groups filling and tasty.
Wait staff was very friendly but severely overworked. No one came to our table for nearly 15 minutes. Drinks arrived 15 minutes after ordering, and our kids' food arrived almost an hour after arriving. Manager claimed that the kitchen was backed up, but the restaurant wasn't crowded...and our waitress was doubling as the bartender. A slow kitchen doesn't excuse the lack of service.
Got in quickly with our rservation. The tapas was explained to us. Waitress got the order, and then the wait. It was Mothers Day, so we understand the wait. Food came out after 30 minutes. We ordered paella, and it came out 20 minutes after our Tapas. The rice was a bit undone, but we didn't bother... it might take another 30 mins for a recook. I ordered another rount of Steak, cooked medium- since we are still munching on the Paella. After 20 minutes, I asked if the steak was not yet started, cancel it. If not, I'll take it. The waitress said its on the way. 20mins has passed, and she told my wife that they are packing it to go. Here's my problem- they don't have to go bags! She expected me yo carry hot streaks packed on an aluminum container. She said they ran out of bags. Really? Spoke to the manager, and told me there's nothing he can do. I stood my ground, and he said he'll buy me a bag. Came back with some brown carrybags, and off we go. Waitress put a 20% gratuity already. I would've given her 10% for pulling that steak stunt. Food was above average, but service was below par, considering I paid almost $200. I should know, I waited tables back in the days..
They accommodated our birthday party and did not hassle us about sitting late (as some people were running behind)!
They had about 6 different types of sangria that were delicious in addition to the best Birthday Flan of our life. The waitress was perfectly attentive to our need and we never ran out of drinks of water.
I brought a group of 8 Georgetown students for dinner. We were shuffled off to the third floor where we were essentially treated as a "necessary bother." The food was very good, but our server could not have been less interested in our needs, and I felt throughout the entire meal that she just couldn't wait for us to be done and out of there.
Second visit, pomegranate mojitos as good as I remember! Empanadas, artichokes, bacon wrapped pork, sardine salad and desert all delicious with multiple flavors to enjoy. Service was a little slower than expected, not crowded on a Thursday night but food was fresh and hot when it came out. Will continue to keep this on the "do again" list!
Beautiful place, friendly and accommodating staff, but simply not worth the price. I make tapas from time to time out of a very nice cookbook, but still out of a cookbook. I didn't taste anything that wowed or impressed, that clearly beat my efforts at home. Very pricey place.
This place had been a Wednesday tradition for my girlfriend and I but because of work, haven't been in quite a while. The management had apparently changed and with that, many other things such as half price bottle night, which stinks because we could avoid paying an outrageous markup (not singling out La Tasca, just some restaurants in general). That having been said...
The quality of the food itself is fine, but the food prep is just bland at best. It's as though they decided to be anti spice (not even salt and pepper grinders on the tables). We ordered Brussels Sprouts, shrimp and bacon wrapped scallops, chicken empanadas, and bacon wrapped dates, and a cheese plate to close. Honestly, the cheese plate was the best course.
The service: if there was more than 1 or 2 people waiting tables, it would have been fine, but I think that our waitress had 5 or more tables, so things were missing, like promptness. It took us 20 minutes to pay out since we asked for the check.
Maybe it was an off night. We're going to give it a month or two and see if anything changes for the better.
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