Leña at Mercado Little Spain

4.3
21 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Leña’s is guided by the most magical and mysterious ingredient in the kitchen, fire. At Leña, our menu brings together the best elements of Spain’s favorite grill-focused restaurants, including the asadores and steakhouses of the Basque Country and Asturias. Nearly everything on the menu is cooked over embers, including vegetables, meats, and seafoods, with a focus on larger grilled cuts of meat, like the Txuleton. Come join us to experience the flavors of the fire!

ThinkFoodGroup requires all staff and guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated. Guests will be asked to provide their physical Covid-19 vaccine card, government-provided digital record, a photo of vaccination card, or Health Pass by CLEAR.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 21 people are saying
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4.2
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AGReviews
Montana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little find! Would love to bring family and friends here!

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DRex
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I'm sure Leña is outstanding, however Open Table wasn't informed that it wouldn't be open on 26 November when I booked it. When I had arrived I was told that the restaurant was closed but Mercado would grant me a seat at their own tapas counter if I wanted (thank you, Mercado!). Not sure where the glitch was, but I hope someone at Leña or Open Table takes note!

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MaxL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The experience was disappointing and disrespectul. We came all the way from France and booked a table at Lena Mercado Little Spain via opentable 3 weeks before december 24th. We have confirmed our reservation by mail sent 2 days before and arriving on the D day for Christmas eve dinner everything was closed without even an email or text sent for information. It was so rude !

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chusesunadiosa
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Carta poco interesante. No se entiende que además no haya opciones de “acompañantes” para los platos principales de carne. Ambiente CERO atractivo. Y la música, terrible. No solo por escuchar cosas como Estopa (vivan los 90 más canis, y otros muchos intragables), sino que el sistema de sonido fallaba cada unos 20 segundos cortándose el audio.

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Mickycino
London
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was nice but limited menu and expensive for what is on offer. Service was very attentive.

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vipltej
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This was definitely a situation where the waiter could have better explained the menu and ordering to us. We ended up with too many "entrees", not enough appetizers and sides, and then more bread than we knew what to do with—even after we asked if we were ordering things okay. Would not come back.

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lavm
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious and perfectly prepared. The server took excellent care of us and we enjoyed everything.

We had drinks at the outside Lena, before dinner, also with excellent service. The bartenders made a great drink and all 3 were very friendly and attractive to the whole bar.

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JanetteT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, our server was very attentive and friendly

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Or waiter was incredible, the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and our server was amazing!

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eduardom
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Julio and great food, would definitly come back

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repooc
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Went with two colleagues, one visiting from out of town and who requested we find a place to eat near Hudson Yards. We did not enjoy this restaurant and will not return.

I would describe the food, service, and ambiance as "professionally executed". Food was presented well and cooked competently but completely forgettable and without a trace of soul. Service was well-trained regarding timing and running a playbook, but we found our servers to be indifferent and bordering on rude at times. Sound level made it hard to hear one another and for the waitstaff to hear us. Pricing was aggressive, with a particularly memorable example being the $29 cheeseburger which came all by its lonesome on a small plate, and which wasn't very good, and which is not recommended.

I was frankly embarrassed to have dragged my colleagues here. If you're going to visit this spot, my recommendation is to wander around the adjacent market hall to find a stall that looks busy and then get food from there.

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KhorshiedS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Meeting old friends

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vipIVANN
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family meeting

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chcc
Querétaro
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to eat authentic Spanish food nearly better than in Spain itself, visit Mercado Little Spain, it's well worth it.

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viphffrench
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect date night spot. Great menu, authentic cuisine, a lot of a la carte items. Service was impressive; server was knowledgeable and helpful.

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vipBRyan
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely worth a try! Food and drinks were spectacular as was the service. Will return when we are in the city again!

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CarlaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The branzino was quite good, but the portion was a bit small. The artichoke appetizer also was very tasty. The roasted peppers were a terrible disappointment. I've had the real thing in Spain and these tasted like something out of a jar, and not a particularly upscale jar. The roasted avocados were so-so - nothing I would order again. The "glass" bread, supposed flown in daily from Spain, tasted like stale bread with a thin smear of tomato paste - not a fresh tomato taste, and no spices to help it. My friend wasn't motivated to finish her skewered chicken. All in all, a disappointment.

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leoneld
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing Spanish food, small menu, but enough for a great experience.

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JenniferM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Positively everything was outstanding. Piquillos, steak tartare, ribs, gazpacho, and morcilla were particular highlights!

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AlbertoO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The steak was especially delicious and the tomatoes are just, incredible. The host is always very nice, and so was the server. The chef came out of the kitchen to greet us too. Definitely going back

FAQs

Leña at Mercado Little Spain is rated 4.3 stars by 21 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.