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We were really looking forward to our visit after hearing rave reviews (mostly online) and looking at the website. But our experience didn't match what we read or heard. There seemed to be something that was described on the menu missing in each of the 3 of the 4 dishes we ordered. Whether it was chimi chuery sauce on the polpo, an extra piece of bread for the mussels (only one was included with two of us sharing), or the absence of very much calabasa in the so named salad..each dish was left wanting. Two bowls were chipped and no replacement clean dishes to accompany each tapas were offered (should've been a stack of them on the table). There seemed little attention to detail or a desire to make the experience inviting. All this and we wound up feeling resentful of paying way too much for mediocre food. We reported all this to our waitress and she responded sympathetically but there was never a gesture to make our experience better or a visit from the chef or manager. We really aren't fussy types, but there seemed to be an arrogance to the place perhaps born out of its early reviews. Resting on laurels can get ugly. Wont go back and won't recommend to a friend.
Friend visiting from out of town
Creative cocktails and wonderful tapas. A Great way to try many smalldishes with a friend.
Fabulous food as always, excellent service and a something unique for El Paso.
It was a little costly for 4 people... but I love this place!!!! The brussel sprouts are awesome, but my favorite is the goat cheese with fig. YUMMY!!! The only issue was that this was a birthday( you can make special requests as well) and they did nothing. That was very disappointing. My daughter was upset! But food was great.
The food was delicious! We really loved the variety that they offered.
Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Went to dinner with hubby for Valentines Day and could not have chosen a better restaurant. It was our first time and definitely not our last!!
A little pricey but the good was very good!! Glad we tried it and would go back the next time we are in El Paso.
Amazing service, wonderful food, and super cool, chill atmosphere. Highly recommend.
Valentine’s Day dinner
It was great having a reservation, but host forgot to give me utensils. Food took long to come out but it was good food portions are good.
It's a nice place for a date night. The tapas were delicious as well as the drinks. Nice atmosphere.
Great place for dinner. I always enjoy the food and cocktails. Papas Bravas and the Baked Goat Cheese was fantastic. Arrachera is always tender and moist.
Always a great time and wonderful dining experience. Great service. The guitarists was great, just some times we find the live music is a bit loud. It makes it hard to hear our conversations. Still one of our local favorites.
Each item we ordered at Tabla was amazing! My Old Fashioned was perfect, the Calabasa and Beet cold plates had lovely, complex flavors and textures. The Pinchos were crispy, juicy and very flavorful and the Shrimp Albondigas had a great texture and a sly spice that came to the palate as we chewed. For dessert we shared the Fritter and the Bread Pudding. The Fritter was very good but the Bread Pudding was phenomenal! The flavors and textures were superb. I would highly recommend Tabla to anybody who loves food and wants an amazing meal! I will be going back even with the one-way 4 hour drive.
Me and six friends attended for NYE, and while the food was very good the service was lacking in many ways! We arrived at 8:30pm and didn’t even see a waitress until 8:55pm, then we finally confirmed we would all take the pre-planned NYE menu. After this we expected things would speed up, but the wine didn’t arrive until 9:20pm and the first course around 9:45pm. However the Tapas (deviled eggs with mustard greens and mussel salad, bacon wrapped dates, croquettes, a Southwest hash topped with quail eggs, and blackened cauliflower topped with tomato sauce) they served us were very good! The main course than cake which was roasted lamb with chickpeas and roasted spinach, this was also very good. However as it was prepared with mustard my wife had to order another entree as she is allergic (she ordered when we all confirmed we would have the NYE menu). She ordered pork sliders which I would expect would be quite easy to prepare, however her entree came 30 minutes more after ours. We were all done and waiting while she ate, this was obviously disappointing. The next was the dessert which was also very disappointing as they had just taken a churro chopped it into some small pieces and put some pecans and whip cream on it, not very creative and it was a very small serving for 7 people.
However we did also get 4 bottles of wine with our meal which was a good deal for NYE at $85 per person. Overall the tapas and entree’s were very tasty, the dessert disappointing and the service incredibly slow and inattentive . I would rate our experience at 3 stars out if 5.
The cocktails were delicious, I'd go back just for those when craving a good mixed drink. The tapas were great: short rib, mushroom tart, gnocchi, beets. The only one that was so so were the dates (the bacon overpowered). The waitress was not around often despite it being pretty empty and was the only weak part of the evening. Otherwise, we will be back.
Amazing food that sings to the soul. I just can't get over the attention to detail put into each dish. The harmony of the flavors melded into scrumptious delights in each bite. We have been to Tabla several times and each visit has be perfect, big flavor!!
Great place. The drink service was a little slow.
Excellent food and drinks. Music was amazing.
What surprised me was that for a Saturday night they were out of numerous ingredients... so four of my preferred menu items were NOT available!
Is this any way to run a restaurant???
Great food, but not the atmosphere we expected. We’ll go again, just a little more casual.
Great service and ambiance. Food was delicious with good presentation.
On Saturday, my husband and I came in for dinner. We had an 8:00PM dinner reservation that we had made via Open Table. We were promptly sat by the hostess at a table in the back of the restaurant. This was the last positive experience of the night. After 15 minutes of sitting at our table, without a menu, our waitress (who was dressed extremely unprofessionally for a food service job) finally made an appearance at the table only to leave again to find and bring us menus. We quickly reviewed the menu and put in an order for two martinis and one order of Bruschetta. This would be the last time our waitress would come to our table. 45 minutes would elapse before we made the decision to leave. During this 45 minute period, our waitress never returned to our table, we never saw our drinks or initial food order, waiters and waitresses around the restaurant were folding napkins during the busiest time of dinner service while customers sat at tables waiting for food, drinks, and checks. During this time, we saw two other couples seated next to our table. Both of those tables had a more attentive waitress and actually received food within 30 minutes of being seated. It is also worth noting that my husband attempted to speak with the hostess before we left the restaurant but was ignored for 5 minutes while he waited at the hostess stand.
I am cautious to accuse our waitress of homophobia, but the fact that other couples and tables at the restaurant seemed to be having vastly different experiences leads me to believe that it might have been in play. It's alarming that our waitress was the individual who held the door for us as we exited the restaurant without saying a word, without trying to stop us, with a grin on her face.
To say that we were dismayed at the utter incompetence of the staff is an underestimate. What is worse, we've been to this restaurant twice before and really do enjoy the food and have had otherwise good experiences.
Service and food was great, this is our favorite restaurant in El Paso!
Excellent food, excellent service, and something for everyone’s tastes.
Fantastic find in the attractive artsy warehouse district of El Paso. Be sure and order cocktails and the albondigas, mushroom tart, short ribs. Went back for lunch when no one was there but great it's open everyday. A relaxing place to wait for a train and get some writing done. Or get a good bite before a show at Plaza Theater. A true gem with a diverse menu of Spanish tapas.
I highly recommend the salmon bruschetta and the gnocchi. Did not love the shirts or pinchos. The cauliflower was good as was the creme brulee.
Great great food. Awesome wait staff that answered questions.
Drinks were terrible, but food, service, and ambiance were great!
Celebrated our Wedding Anniversary here and without a doubt the food was excellent! Our server Teri was sweet and great! Knew the menu and drinks very well. The cheese plate is always a great choice!! The arrachera was so moist and savory. Really good time and I love that the menu has seasonal changes.
Only issue was AC wasn’t working well and it was very hot. Everything else was awesome.
Food was great and the music by Julio was the best.
We so very much appreciate having a restaurant like Tabla that is not to far away from Las Cruces. The tapa-style menu is awesome and has many vegetarian options. The guests we brought with us also loved the food and could not get enough of the brussel sprouts, the chick pea fries, and the goat cheese with onion balsamic jam. And, the fritters and bread pudding were outstanding. Our guests loved the cocktails and my husband and I loved the beer from Ode Brewery. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. And all the other staff members that we met were friendly as well. We were a bit anxious about coming to the restaurant while music was being played but it was delightful...not too loud and pleasant to listen to. The ambiance is lovely but because of the hard surfaces it is a little noisy (but not offensive). We definitely will come again and bring more of our friends!
We've dined a Tabla previously when the area was alive with several restaurants and bars. Most have closed so some of the ambiance is missing. We had a 6 pm seating and there were only a few other tables with guests. The service was a bit slow, there seemed to be a problem with the bar. We were content with have a glass of wine while our table (2 couples) decided on the sharable items in the menu. Overall the items we ordered were quite good - it took some time to get a few items, but we know the ingredients are fresh and it takes some preparation time, which reflects in their presentation, and we enjoyed our meals.
Heard about this establishment a few years ago from a co-worker. Finally got around to making a reservation for my wife’s birthday. The place had a great atmosphere. The food was delicious and the portions were perfect. Chris, our host, was great. He did a great job of assisting us with understanding the menu and our choices. I would highly recommend this establishment and will definitely be returning in the near future.
Service was horrible, food was not as good as it use to be. Honestly I can’t get over the fact that the cheese platter was poorly put together (not at all as it use to be), they took forever to bring out some of our good, when they brought us our drinks the bar tender didn’t know what Rum and Coke was as they brought something that tasted more like tequila and coke, the Long Island ice tea was not it, the food was cold. When my husband finally complained the VERY young Manager said they had new bar tender and new cooks. I’m sorry but that’s no reason for your waitress to not check up on you, it literally took 25 minutes for our first drinks, for our food it was more than an hour for some of us that actually asked for the same dish. I am very disappointed. When the bill came in the applied a 20% tip automatically after such bad service.
The food and service was EXCELLENT!
Wonderful tapas menus with local touch. Enjoyed the unique space and live music.
Food is always fabulous. Great variety of flavors, the service can be slow at times but they get going and provide a great dining experience.
We made a 6:30 reservation for a standard table we were seated quickly at a high table - when we asked if we could move to an open regular table we were told they were spoken for. No problem, except no one sat in one of them while we were there. Which was an hour and a half! BECAUSE they either forgot to put in our food order or something?
I will say the pork belly wraps we had were one of the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten, however out of all the food we ordered that was the only thing that made it to the table. We watched as other tables who arrived later received food (including some of the same things we had ordered first!) when we asked our waitress what was going on the answers ranged from “the kitchen is backed up” to “that was supposed to be yours and their waitress took it by mistake” and “it’ll be our shortly” finally at 7:45 we couldn’t wait any longer as we had an 8:00 show to make. So we left after paying a 50.00 check (for an appetizer and two drinks) hungry and frustrated with no one making an attempt to make it better.
(As an aside, The people sitting next to us also had issues with receiving food as they were asking for things they didn’t get to be removed from the check)
The food and drinks were great, and the high price would not have been an issue if the experience had matched it.
Tabla offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (915) 533-8935.
Tabla is rated 4.5 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.