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About Pueblo - Modern Spanish Tapas
So many of our lasting memories revolve around beautiful meals shared with wonderful individuals. We created Pueblo from the belief that food brings people together, from strangers to the dearest of friends.
Our cuisine aims for sophistication in taste and techniques yet approachability in style and value – consistently fresh elements and simple, delicious flavors always stand the test of time. The vibrant Spanish cuisine indeed offers us a great canvas on which to feature a variety of shareable dishes showcasing the best ingredients possible.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ample self-parking lot at SoCo (South Coast Collection)
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Pueblo - Modern Spanish Tapas Ratings and Reviews
We had a very nice meal. Started with Ceviche (very tasty, not spicy) and the Quail (ordered entree and shared with 3 for appetizer). Both were very good. For our main course we split the large paella ($72...it probably is worth $48). The waitress recommended the small one, but it is the size of a large salad plate. No go for three people. The large is served in a generous paella pan; lots of delicious rice, my only complaint is for $72, there should have been more seafood. None of us were terribly hungry, so this was enough food. However, if we were hungry, we would have needed to order another main course or asked for more seafood for the paella. It’s a smaller restaurant, the tables are close together, so it’s noisy when the place is busy. Good tip...weather permitting, eat outside....its quieter and more charming.
No question the food was good ! Interesting menu !
But the service was awful ! Waitress are so busy that they did not even explain the menu so in a rush that no eye contact just wrote the order and left and when it arrived just left it in the table without a word !! What a terrible experience !!
Great spot for tapas! Everything we ordered was tasty and creatively presented. Our faves were the bacon wrapped dates, fig and goat cheese sandwiches, and the pork belly with hash. I added a note in my reservation about a birthday celebrant in our party. The server brought out a yummy bread pudding with a candle. That was a nice touch!
I think I had very high expectations which can be a bad thing. The El Club was dry and the chicken was over cooked. The Espanola was good but salty. The paella had good flavor and was actually yummy. The favorite was the Montadito De Costilla, very tasty! The Queso was super strong of goat cheese flavor, but I love goat cheese and can handle it. The Cheesecake was delish. So overall not sure if dinner might be a better experience but hard to convince the others in my party that.
The restaurant is small; about thirteen 2-seater tables which when combined together can seat more. There are more tables outdoos but unfortunately the day we went the weather was extremely hot so we opt not to sit there. It's advisable to have a reservation. Parking is extremely difficult. Just have to be patient and drive around. We got to SOCO at 11:40am and were extremely lucky to locate a parking spot. The two of us shared a meat sandwich which came with a small salad and a goat cheese (served with small toasted rounds) and truffles dip. It was adequate for us to share and the total bill with tip was $30.00. If you have been to tapas restaurants in Spain this in noway compares to them. I was told health laws preclude the restaurant from having the tapas sit at room temperature i.e. on a bar without refrigeration. Because the restaurant is so small, it is almost impossible to have a conversation especially if you don't want the neighboring table to hear it. I would return as I would like to experience tasting the rest of Pueblo's offerings.
The restaurant has a modern look, helped by different types of seating: bar, tables, outdoor tables, outdoor counter. Some tables get views out into the central courtyard with its fountain and gray agaves growing out of decomposed granite, a very environmentally friendly landscape compared to what used to be the water-intensive norm for the O.C. (and still hasn't faded into the past, unfortunately).
We had the Tuesday prix fixe lunch special: a pecan-dusted salad, followed by an excellent slow-cooked pork sandwich (Cubano) served with large diced potatoes dusted with pimentón and green onions. Dessert was goat cheesecake, replacing cream cheese with goat for a lighter, less synthetic tasting dessert.
The pace is leisurely, so enjoy the company, the agaves, the women laughing at a nearby table.
Service is attentive, but it seemed that the kitchen might have been slightly in the weeds on the sandwich and potatoes. Don't come here if you're in a hurry or you might get upset as you see your deadline looming ahead with no food on the table after you've finished your salad.
Had a GREAT experience at Pueblo yesterday! The BEST food I've had a restaurant in a long time. The two of us went for what they call "Social Hour" and shared three plates -- kale salad, cod coquettes, and spare ribs. All very yummy and decent sized portions for a tapas restaurant. We finished off the meal with a hot-from-the-oven chocolate souffle. Each selection was unique, yet went together well. I will be back with another friend, and soon!
Pueblo is our go-to restaurant. We are regulars there. For one, it's oriented around tapas, which makes it fun to taste and share various dishes -- my favorite way to eat. The corkage is free on the first bottle -- a win! They honor reservations with great integrity -- another win! the service is personal, and they cater to requests for modifications without hesitation. There are so many great dishes that one keeps having to return to try the various regular and special dishes. But don't miss the short rib two ways -- yummy!
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