Pamplona Tapas Bar and Restaurant

4.8
424 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Hemingway, bullfighting, and flamenco married with superior Spanish wines and luscious small bites fashion a sophisticated culinary oasis in Downtown Lafayette. By marrying chic urban elegance with rustic Spanish simplicity, Pamplona transports flavors from traditional Spain fused with international tastes, such as those from France, Italy, and North Africa.
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PhoebeW
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our group went on Halloween night. We had good service, good drinks, and the eclectic menu was fun for ordering. Stuffed dates, Hummus, great salads, The atmosphere was fun and the staff dressed for the holiday.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is my first time to this place. It made quite a good date night. Food was good, service was good. Found that a few items on the menu were a little pricier than I would have expected but overall it was a nice place.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in town

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NOLAGIRL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The lighting and ambience were perfect, dark with soft lighting. Our server, Anne, was very attentive. We were there with a large party, an she handled all our drink and dinner orders perfectly. She checked on the entire table often. We didn’t wait long for anything we ordered. She made Excellent suggestions from the menu. The food was flavorful and cooked perfectly. Several dishes were a little salty though which is hard to get past. You can always add salt, but you can’t take it away. The duck breast was wonderful, shrimp perfect, mushrooms flavorful. The cocktail menu made Everyone in our party happy. The Paper Plane cocktail (my favorite cocktail) was prepared the best I’ve ever had there. For a party our size, the bill was soooo reasonable. I loved our experience. My mother-in-law’s birthday was made to feel very special here.

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SusanT
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughters 25th birthday.

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LynnN
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing dining experience. Everything about it was terrific. I will certainly return.

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LynnN
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 4th time dining at Pamplona's and it did not disappoint. The menu features a long list of tapas and small plates as well as full entrees. We dined on a multitude of shared tapas picks so we could get a little bit of everything. The food, as always, was always amazing and I can't wait to return. P.S.Try the Bacon Wrapped Dates. You will be glad you did.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

love the energy and vibe- waitstaff is proficient but each serves too many tables so there is a lack of personal attention that you would expect for the $$$$ Duck fat fries are wonderful- my $50 steak was undercooked and this was obvious as it sat on my plate rather butchered as i sought a desirable bite- surely the waiter noticed...or should have - no offers of remediation, no apologies- i might pop in again for fries and tapas...maybe bring the chef a thermometer!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Small venue. Crowded and noisy. Food is very tasty. It’s Not life changing, but it’s better than almost everything else around.

Service is excellent but frenetic. It’s hard to hear over the cacophony of the room.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. The waitstaff is knowledgable and sophisticated. Great ambiance. Surprisingly not too expensive for the quality of food that you receive.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was awesome!

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vipWhitneyK
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

While the atmosphere and decor is very appealing, the service could use some refreshing. Three different waiters/waitresses came to our table at different times to check on us or to bring food, at which point they picked up our 1/2 drank wine/cocktails. We had to stop the waiter/waitress each of the 3 times to say “Hey, hold on please! I’m not finished with that yet!”. When you’re paying premium prices for cocktails/wine, I don’t appreciate the wait staff assuming I’m finished with my glass without asking first!

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Gene
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pamplona offers a superlative dining experience. Food quality and preparation is excellent. Ambience is wonderful. Service is efficient and unobtrusive. Wine selection is very good.

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Psam
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We keep coming back to Pamplona because we really enjoy the food, the atmosphere and, with one recent exception, the professional service. It can be noisy and very lively but we prefer to dine early so it’s not a problem for us. We have our favorite dishes, lamb sliders and perfectly cooked calamari are two, but we like the variety offered and the chef’s specials are usually delicious. And the Brandy Alexander is the best ever!

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JharnaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been disappointed , keep going back and always recommend to friends and family .

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MaryB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our only objection was the noise level. We really couldn't have much of a conversation at our table of 6. Other than that we thought everything was fantastic. Maybe we'll try on a weeknight next time.

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KDLC
Baton Rouge
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. We drive 90 min to experience Spanish foods and ambience. The wait staff are very helpful. The chef is very creative. They provide both traditional and a blends with Cajun foods

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KARIO
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Food is always fresh and delicious. Wine and cocktail selection is abundant.

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vipCamilleN
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do yourself a favor - GET THE DUCK FAT FRIES! Quite literally the best French fries I've ever put in my mouth. Everything else we got was up to par, but man those fries were amazing. Will definitely be making the drive to visit again!

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vipTommyD
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love Pamplona!! Only problem is in some parts of the restaurants the tables are too close together, especially when seating just 2. Other than that, 5 stars across the board!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Was a little warmer than I would prefer.

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SheriM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely delicious and a great environment! The service was superb! We will definitely be back!

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DecibelAware
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Wonderful menu. Excellent service. But wear earplugs! Noise level is way more than energetic making conversation difficult to impossible. Maybe arriving early or late would help in this regard.

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vipTimothyM
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food was particularly good on this visit, service was attentive, and I always enjoy the ambiance. As a bonus, the cost was quite reasonable. I don’t know why I don’t go to Pamplona more often.

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ScottB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, the service, food, and drinks were great. We go there each year for my wife's birthday even though we no longer live in Lafayette.

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DrueL
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put this one at the top of your list! We were there over two hours because we wanted to be. The drinks and plates were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service was excellent.

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JesseL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal as always. Food and drinks were great.

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ReginaH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Our favorite place for a date night

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MichaelT
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best overall experiences I have had in a long time. Everything was great.

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KElloitt
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cocktails and a great variety of tasty dishes. This is our date night stop every time we are in town.

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CarolynT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Every bite was perfect! The food was fresh and the menu is creative. We ordered a wide sampling of tapas and each one was wonderful.

JM
vipJimM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were fantastic. Atmosphere is authentic. Food and drink selection and quality were great. Gin and tonic best in town because of house made tonic water.

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LukeC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! I took my wife here for her birthday and we had a wonderful time. The food was amazing and the staff were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and very friendly. Will definitely be returning!

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BillyW
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience!

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ReneeV
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pamplona is one of our favorite road trip destinations. Every time we go I feel like we've walked into a Spanish portal. The food, atmosphere and service are at the sometime impeccable but unpretentious. Make sure to go early to grab at seat at the bar -- the mixologists never fail to impress -- so professional, talented and creative. Tell them what you like and they will recommend a spirited cocktail that is both unique and delicious. When will James Beard visit?

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ColleenM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For fun with friends or a romantic date, Pamplona offers unique Spanish cuisine in a European atmosphere.

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ShanM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit but definitely not the last! We had an evening event downtown and this was the perfect spot for some light eats and delicious cocktails ahead of the concert. We tried the garlic shrimp, the scallops and the smoked Gouda mac. We usually travel to Houston for tapas, but this is so much closer and we’ll be able to visit more often!

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siskel
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Will be back.

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MayaM
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing way to celebrate any occasion or just for a week night dinner.

FAQs

Pamplona Tapas Bar and Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (337) 232-0070.

Pamplona Tapas Bar and Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 424 OpenTable diners.