Sayola Restaurant Tapas Bar

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
At Sayola Restaurant we offer more than just good food. We also bring a celebration of Spanish culture. Here, families come together to indulge on our tempting paella and create long lasting friendships. From the moment you enter Sayola, you are submerged into Spanish ambiance. The authentic bricks, distinctive tiles, and elegant fabrics make you feel as though you are in Spain and create a warm hospitable atmosphere to enjoy some of Spain’s finest cuisine.
A feast of flavors, a celebration of culture, and a hospitable atmosphere—there are plenty of reasons for you to come and visit us at Sayola today!
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice place, and I recommend her delicious dishes, I went to celebrate my birthday with my husband and I loved it!

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Paella!!! Great place for a date or family dining.

KB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WAS A GREAT PLACE TO EAT. FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING,SERVICE WAS GREAT. WOULD DEFINITLY RETURN . WOULD LOVE TO TRY THE TAPAS.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here. Friday night at 6:30 and wasn’t too crowded of loud.
We did a tapas dinner and everything was great. Waiter was attentive without making me feel like he was mothering me.
Only gripe was about parking - a nice, normal parking lot would have been better than the valet or parking on the street options. But a small issue for such a great experience.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I would recommend to my friends but I will say that my fiancee and I had to overcome a pretty big hurdle right from the start. We had reservations for Saturday at 7:30pm. We arrived on time and our table wasn't ready yet so we sat at the bar. That was fine and we had Martini's which were amazing. The problem came when were seated. It took about 20 MINS for our table to be ready and then it took another 30 MINS before our waiter greeted us. We weren't even offered water during that time. And different wait staff passed us frequently. The whole time, the female manager stood watching all of this happen and did NOTHING. Finally a bus boy came by and asked if we had been helped and then he turned out to be our server for the evening. He was great! From then on we enjoyed ourselves but the problem with management here is that they handle the big tables and their regulars better than other tables. It wasn't until the manager saw that we ordered the most expensive dish on the menu that we got any attention at all. Food was great though but I wish the staff treated every table the same! You never know who you're serving!

TJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sayola has become our go to restaurants from business lunches, to dinners to celebrate big events, to casual family brunches. Why?

First and foremost the food is awesome. Ever meal that I have had at Sayola has been outstanding...not just good. The tapas selection covers all the bases and works to start off the meal or as the meal in it's entirety. The entrees are delicious, generous is size and have a home cooked quality to them.

The servers are attentive but don't hover over you. They strike a great balance and seem to enjoy their job.

I recommend Sayola to all my friends in the area because it is an exemplary restaurant.

LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

48th wedding anniversary

LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Sayola in Tenafly. We had been to Sayola in Montclair, this restaurant is better by far. Great food, exceptional sangria, amazing flan, great service, a warm and inviting vibe. We will be back!

AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit to Sayola and I have to say how incredible the food is. I had the Tapas with grilled Octopus and Lamb ribs. It was so flavorful that I ordered seconds. The wait staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. I’m gonna make my third visit very soon!

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience.

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RG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious especially the steak. The restaurant is beautiful and clean. The bathrooms were very nice as well. Money was spent and it shows. Our waiter was excellent. The fireplace is beautiful but our waiter said it can't be used due to some restrictions. It would be lovely to have on in the winter. My husband and will definitely be back. It was my birthday day dinner and i really enjoyed it

WS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was not tasty. Valet parking was impressive. Sangria was very good. Appetizers were also not tasty. Bathrooms were super clean. The customer service was below average. Greeting was not friendly. Very expensive place, yet service and food does not meet expectations unfortunately. Need new chef and friendlier staff.

JK
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly ambiance with professional waiters. They answered all of our questions about the menu patiently - the food was amazing as well!

KB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our first visit to Sayola. The atmosphere is nice...Don Quixote and Sancho figures in entryway, fireplace in dining room. Large bar. I'm going to compare the food to "El Cid" in Paramus and "Segovia" in Moonachie. The gambas con garlic were very good...tender and garlicky. My husband's seafood in green sauce was also good, but seemed to lack flavor, They offered us complimentary cream of broccoli soup, which was thin and also could have had more flavor. I had a chicken dish. Rolled chicken with mancheco, roasted pepper, mushroom and asparagus with a mushroom gravy. This was lightly breaded and encased the chicken. I did not care for this very much, Loved the asparagus flavor, but all other ingredients were bland, The accompanying yellow rice and potato "chips" were fine. All in all I would give it a "C" rating, Our waiter was very attentive and professional. Other staff members were friendly and pleasant,

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch and the food was fantastic. I loved the decor of the restaurant.

GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. I celebrated my birthday at Sayola. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The entertainment was very upbeat. The atmosphere very cozy and the sangria (red and white) both very delicious. Thank you for such a great experience. New York City dining experience in nearby Tenafly, NJ.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. Especially the seafood casserole.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Sayola with friends for the first time last Saturday. Definitely worth the 55-mile drive (one way)! We wanted to order a selection of tapas and stuck to our plan, even though the entrees coming out of the kitchen looked equally delicious.
The tapas plates were much larger than we expected. One was incredibly huge with stuffed mushrooms, shrimp in garlic, chorizo, fried calamari and potato croquettes. I never saw any tapas remotely close to that size in Spain...Luckily our server was able to expand our round table to accommodate the large platter! Another plate with octopus was excellent. After ordering four plates with a pitcher of Sangria (also very good), we were completely full....but we hated to leave without trying the desserts...
We managed to order rice pudding, dulce de leche cake, flan and chocolate-covered pistachio ice cream with raspberry sauce, along with the expresso and café con leche....all were excellent. (Did I mention how full we were?)
Last but certainly not least was the staff. From the moment we walked in, everyone was friendly and welcoming. The décor of the restaurant really does evoke a Spanish tavern...a very comfortable ambiance. Everything considered, the 110-mile drive was worth it....Sayola was a very nice place to spend a Saturday evening, and we hope to return!

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Latin restaurant in North Jersey, now I don’t have to drive to Newark. ; )

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Waiter brought our appetizers with main entrees at the same time. We were rushed and food was cold.

OT
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. Portions are large and reasonably priced. Service was attentive though a bit rushed. We had to tell the staff to slow things down. It can be very noisy especially when there is a large party.

LP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Sat for 25 minutes without even a drink order. There were 10 tables at 7pm. Offered soup while we waited for our food, which lead me to believe the kitchen was back up. Tapas of grilled octopus was ok, chewy and no seasoning. Empanadas were excellent. Escargot was tender but flavorless. Ordered the Cameron’s Rellenos, once again, no seasoning and really no flavor. Mariscada Marinara also flavorless and lacking seasoning. Disappointed.
Will give it another try, as I have read very good reviews. Hoping it was just an off night.

FR
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I HAD A VERY BAD SERVER - EVERYTHING THAT WE ASK DIDN'T HAPPENS THE WAY WE WANTED
ON TOP I MADE THIS RESERVATION WELL AHEAD TO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY AND I WAS DISAPPOINTED ALSO TOO....

BH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable time.
Food was delicious and we were not rushed at all.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambience especially going in is really nice and very creative with the wine bottle chandeliers and other decors. The food was good and decent serving but not much with the appetizer. But the service was slow. It took over an hour and I ordered the black paella only to find out maybe after 15 mins that they run out of it.

PM
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very limited selection of tapas - And poorly done. Not the greatest ingredients, many things stale or old, appearance of the dishes is completely unappealing. Cheap stuff st NYC level prices. Not recommended.

FG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was very surprised at 9 pm there was family with 4 young kids and they were loud and running around the parents had no control destroyed the dinner

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The ambiance of the restaurant was extremely detailed and incredible. I felt as though I was in Spain. Food and drink were exceptional and authentic. The waiters were extremely patient and let us enjoy our dinner and ensured us we would not be rushed. Highly recommended!!

E
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The skirt steak was delicious as always. And your waitress was extremely attentive.

KE
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is very nicely decorated inside, and the food was very good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good. All of the tapas we ate were great, the dinner entree wasn't that great to be honest (stuffed chicken). The kitchen seemed to be backed up as it took some time to get out one of the appetizers (was cold) and the entree was delayed as well, likely because it was a Saturday night. Would go back and would recommend to others, I'd just mix together a bunch of tapas and eat as dinner!

HD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our family of 5 enjoyed a delicious and very large pitcher of white Sangria. The filet mignon was a large extremely tender cut, cooked to perfection wrapped in bacon with a mushroom sauce! The Red Snapper was large and well seasoned and delicious. We sat down at 6:30 on a Saturday night and left at 9:00. There was no rush and the waiters were attentive and very pleasant.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friends we invited loved it. We travel 50mi to get there

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Seafood was not fresh at all. Mussels smelled so bad and I had to spit it out.

DM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente !!!

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o
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Eight of us ordered something different and we were all very happy with the result. The wait staff is accommodating and attentive but never intrusive.We plan to return some evening for "Flamenco night." Should be fun.

f
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tapas, sangria and service. Will be returning to try some of their main dishes.

OT
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good and reasonably priced. Service was attentive but rushed. This was unnecessary as our table was clearly not needed

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Lacking ambience and too much lighting. Foods great, servers need to smile more, very dry service.

RR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent in quality and food. Excellent and attentive service every time we have been here. We have dined on tapas only and full meals and have never been disappointed.