Tabla

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
A casual eclectic restaurant that features tapas as well as large plates. Great for lunch and dinner.
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Music was amazing.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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???

;-(

JB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, but not the atmosphere we expected. We’ll go again, just a little more casual.

JQ
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance. Food was delicious with good presentation.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

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.

PZ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great, this is our favorite restaurant in El Paso!

JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, and something for everyone’s tastes.

KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AN
El Paso
70 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great food. Awesome wait staff that answered questions.

LB
El Paso
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks were terrible, but food, service, and ambiance were great!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Only issue was AC wasn’t working well and it was very hot. Everything else was awesome.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the music by Julio was the best.

PT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

z
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

SC
El Paso
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was EXCELLENT!

MZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tapas menus with local touch. Enjoyed the unique space and live music.

AC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

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.

G
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A delightful find!

CK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decided on Tabla for our anniversary. It was two couples. I would say this is more of a place for adults/couples.

Expect a dinner size check and not a lunch/small plate size check.

I've had Tapas in Spain and many other places. The tapas here are good. The short rib was tasty, it was well done but good. The arrachera was also good and sat atop mushrooms in a rather unique sauce.
The paella was different than others I've had. It was a little smokier than others I've had (maybe from smoked paprika or from chorizo sausage) The seafood was mostly mussels and shrimp. I don't recall seeing any pulpo (may have been diced up).
The bacon dates were tasty.
None of us cared for the salmon. I assume someone else may like the seasoning but we did not care for it at all.

It was on a Monday night and the restaurant was fairly empty.
Our server offered descriptions and opinions on the food.

When I give 5 starts, it is because I will be anxious to return. I may or may not go back when in El Paso again but glad we gave it a try and would recommend to others.

JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overpriced for very mediocre food. Brussels and pork were pure grease. Carrot salad was overly sweet with excess honey all over the plate. Gnocchi was not proper gnocchi... it was little tiny pieces of dough and a bland sauce. Food was missing balanced flavors and technique. I’ve tried Tabla twice now and the feedback is consistent with both of my dining experiences. Service was a tad slow- we waited over 10 mins after our plates were removed to be asked if we wanted the check. Will not be returning unfortunately

CB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We were one of two tables for lunch on a Saturday and our service was horrible. I was embarrassed because I brought relatives from out of town and wanted to share the Tabla experience. We were charged twice for one plate and decided not to even ask for a new ticket because we knew we would waste a half an hour to save $12. Very disappointed.

PT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The variety of food in the form of tapas is excellent, and there is a very good selection for vegetarians. The chef provides interesting combos and wonderful sauces, e.g., the one with the chickpea fries and the baked goat cheese. The beer, wine, and cocktail selection are very good.

R
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our first visit to Tabla was overall positive, but the service and temperature were off. The restaurant was very very warm all evening, seemed to not have their air-conditioning on yet. We did experience one of those "service bummers" where a table that was seated next to us came in 10+ minutes after us, but received their drinks & food before us. Drinks came very slowly, and they were not that busy. Our last Tapa came so late we were all done with dinner and needed to take it to go. But, all of the food was amazing, simply delicious and served aesthetically. We will go back, maybe.

f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good tapas incl mushroom tart & roasted cauliflower. Nice decor & service.

PT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tabla offers wonderful dining for vegetarians (and I am sure those who are not). Love the small plates (tapas) and the variety of interesting food, which includes many vegetarian choices. We particularly liked the Chickpea Fries, the Mushroom Tart, the Baked Goat Cheese, and the Creme Brûlée. And, Tabla had a great selection of draft beers -- we loved the Ode Brewing Smelter Stout. which was smooth and delicious. Table also has a great selection of cocktails & wine. The restaurant has a pleasant ambiance, the staff is very friendly and efficient, and it is in an interesting section of El Paso -- a short walk from the Convention Center, Abraham Chavez Theatre, and the Plaza Theatre.

I
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I came here on a friend from El Paso's recommendation and I'm glad I did! It was my one night in EP and the tapas, drinks, and ambiance were great for a quick trip into the downtown area. The salad, baked goat cheese and steak were my favorites!

CL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The only complaint was that the venue was uncomfortably too warm.

SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Their AC was completely out and it was super hot inside the restaurant. So we could not stay!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hosted some friends who were new to the tapas way of dining and new to many of the foods. In addition, one guest let it be known that she didn’t like sharing. Despite these hurdles I believe a good time was had by all. The baked goat cheese was a big hit, as were the bacon wrapped dates, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts for adults who were first timers to these foods. Beets were not a hit. Service was friendly and helpful but not obtrusive. I will certainly be back and I think the friends will too.

KM
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What’s not to like? Great service, delicious food, good drinks, nice atmosphere. It’s strictly tapas so if you are good with that, we highly recommend this place. We’ll be back, for sure. A few things that were especially good: empanadas, croquettes and Brussels sprouts, as well as the speciality cocktail called The Rosie. Go, eat, drink and enjoy.

H
El Paso
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

On Apr 20, 2019, my family booked a reservation to celebrate a family member birthday. First, the restaurant was very warm. As more dining guest arrived it became even warmer. Second, our server (Max) was very disorganized. Third, our drinks took too long to arrive. Fourth, food arrived randomly, some of our party ate while others waited for their food. Fifth, my order (paella) was never relayed by Max to the kitchen and thus I was never served. When I asked max as to the status of my meal, he replied he forgot to place the order. Max noted that his manager would offer me a free order of churros!! I was charged an included gratuity service charge which I scratched out and wrote in a smaller amount. Service was slow, kitchen efficiency was horrible, manager never showed up to apologize. This was our second time there and our last.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Our waiter was great but there was a new bartender who was absolutely the worst. The restaurant wasnt very full and drinks were taking like 20 to 30 minutes to come out. Every table was having this issue and the staff was constantly apologizing. That and some of his speciality drinks were a joke, the Oaxacan Smash for example tasted like nothing more that a cheap margarita, no thanks.

Food was excellent as always. Fix the bar issues and we are good.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

( El paso ) Seating was quick, and orders were taken and delivered in proper time. Our server was kind and knowledgeable of dishes and history of the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and five star service. Perfect date night!

Try the baked goat cheese, it will change your life.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

They change the short rib, it’s in a broth now and was on a very delicious Potatoes au gratin and I’m not a huge fan of the change. It was my favorite item on the menu. But overall this place is great!