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La Nacional Restaurant, New York, NY

La Nacional Restaurant

4.5
4.5
453 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
La Nacional has been feeding Spaniards and Latin Americans in New York since the 19th century from its historical brownstone in the heart of what was Little Spain. Today, our volunteer-run non-profit has opened its doors to create a community restaurant and gathering place for everyone to enjoy. The Society sponsors the visas of Spain top young chefs - providing them with an apartment in our brownstone to draw inspiration from La Nacional’s past and establishing a culinary epicenter in New York City for Spanish food. Our goal is to offer diners innovative cuisine, reasonable prices and a neighborhood atmosphere for everyone.

The Restaurant at La Nacional is the catalyst for significant cultural and community programming that reflects the Society’s 152 year-old mission. This includes free or low-cost apartments upstairs for artists-in-residence and opening our event space on the parlor floor to community events, cultural pursuits and charitable causes.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (917) 388-2888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    La Nacional offers full catering services!

  • Private party facilities

    In addition to our restaurant space, La Nacional offers a newly refurbished, fully-equipped large event space on the parlor floor of our historic brownstone. With our expansive catering service, full bar, and premier staff, we can accommodate a wide range of unique events. The room can hold over 100 people and is equipped with audiovisual technology, including a large screen and a new sound and lighting systems. We have hosted conferences, classes, cultural events, concerts, meetings, weddings, private parties, film screenings, and more. If you are interested in more information please call 212 929-7873 or write us at hola@lanacional.org. We look forward to having your event at La Nacional.

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Cross street

    7th and 8th avenues

  • Parking details

    No parking on 14th street, but ample parking on side streets. Also, a paid parking lot directly across the street.

  • Public transit

    Subway: 1, 2, 3, L, A, C, E, F, M,PATH: 14th street station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 453 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Spanish

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  1. BD

    BlancaD

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Service was not satisfactory. We waited 20 minutes before a waitress came over after we complained to another worker. While we were there we saw other people walk out due to lack of service. When we asked for water it was only poured into one glass even though two glasses were together and almost empty. The food was excellent.
  2. LK

    LisaK

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The restaurant has good food but the service was terrible. Frankly we had a few issues with this restaurant: first we had to ask for bottled water 3 times then they didn’t bring our drinks we had to ask again. Now I find out they put us down as a no show after I expressly asked the hostess to make sure she marked us as attending. It’s ashame because the food is very good but the service was terrible.
  3. j

    johne

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Gambas; next level good. Croquetas; very good. Calamari; worst I've ever had anywhere. Pan con tomate; pretty good. Pulpo; very mediocre. Service; horrendous. If this was the only Spanish restaurant in town, I likely still wouldn't go back, but with so many options ... I definitely won't.
  4. Z

    Zaku

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Poorly organized restaurant. The quality of food is not up to the hype that has been created by the food critics.
  5. AF

    AndrewF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The restaurant was out of almost everything on the menu; short on cooks, and waiters.
  6. J

    Jason

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time at La Nacional and yet again the food was absolutely delicious, service was great despite the business of the restaurant, and the ambiance was wonderful on their outdoor patio!
  7. PM

    PeterM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I came with a group, and we sat outdoors. It was Father’s Day and also my birthday. I had been to La Nacional several times before. The food is delicious. The waiter very friendly, but he was so overworked and busy that the service really suffered. We had to ask for cutlery a few times, straws. But overall we enjoyed it.
  8. K

    Kelleys

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The calamari Fritos seemed a little stale, but the Mac and cheese was spot on! They may recycle food that they make for tables
  9. B

    Brandon

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambience and value!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely amazing. Coquettes are the highlights. The mushroom coquettes are creamy, savory, and well balanced. The drinks are good too. We had a pick of cava sangria. The price is very decent too. Definitely affordable.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Delicious food but extremely slow service!
  12. ML

    MLDC

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great tapas loved the tortilla and gambas al ajillo the boquerones and coquetas de jamón also great 👍
  13. CM

    CaryM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We loved the mission of La Nacional as a non-profit organization to help chefs from Spain experience the United States. And the food is outstanding!
  14. NS

    NievesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very comfortable outdoors setup. The waiters are very friendly but we did not get one dish for a long time because he forgot to put it in. The red sangria is tasty and classic. Patatas bravas were the best I’ve had anywhere but we were disappointed with the octopus. It had beautiful presentation but it was sliced very thin and it was tough and sweet. Not the way we’re used to have it. The croquetas are delicious and the shrimp normal but not very tasty. I’ve been there before and always had a great experience. Looking forward to go back with friends.
  15. MS

    MichaelS

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Had lunch with my family on Sunday. Was given a nice big booth inside. Seated by host who was very nice Food was excellent. Had the Mac n cheese, grilled bread with tomatoes and the iberico ham. For the main course we had the squid ink paella for 2 with seafood. We also had drinks. Only negative was service was slow and looked like they didn’t have enough staff
  16. KW

    KathyW

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Service was slow. Servers were very friendly and helpful however. Food was ok....was expecting more I guess....paella average.....some items I expected to be gluten free, were not such as the spanish omlette and the patatas. The best dish was the gambas...they were perfectly cooked.
  17. M

    Mere

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    La Nacional was a great spot to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The staff were all super friendly and helpful even though our reservation was during a very busy time and it was clear they were slammed. They even let us stay an hour after closing time so we could finish our paella and bottle of wine!
  18. T

    Tatiana

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Completely delicious - went with a friend for dinner and drinks on a weeknight. I can't wait to go back!
  19. A

    Austin

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great. The place was busy so the waitress was very courteous and capable, and their paella is good as always.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  21. D

    David

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I brought 4 guests to La Nacional; three were there for their first time. We sat outside and we all had a good time. The service was a bit spotty at first, but once it kicked in, we were swamped with delicious things to eat: patatas bravas; manchego mac and cheese w/ zucchini; tomato salad; the chef's charcuterie; and a splendid paella of squid, mussels, and shrimp atop a bed of squid ink rice. It was just marvelous. Thank you (again) La Nacional!
  22. NV

    NandoV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    Serive and food was great at the beginning. Towards the end we ordered dessert. Over 40 mins passed by, no dessert, server nowhere to be found. Asked the manager on duty, our dessert was never ordered. Never saw the server again just decided cancel dessert and get our check.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really good food and location. They were short staffed the night we were there but they did their best to compensate.
  24. F

    Francobolli

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best meals I ever ate. the group ordered about 7 dishes each one better than the last. staff was a bit rushed but no one cared, we just kept eating.
  25. EP

    EricP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and beverages were delicious! They accommodated our large (8+ person) party wonderfully. The host seemed overwhelmed and bustled back and forth rather than efficiently serving. The waiter was excellent though.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great service was fantastic very accommodating and great stop for quick refuel of tapas and sangria
  27. SB

    SophiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with a nice atmosphere. The portions were a good size considering its a tapas restaurant. Their paella rice was amazing! Definitely a great place to meet up with friends!
  28. EK

    EzyK

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wine and very reasonable prices. Authentic, delicious and great service to boot.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My parents were visiting and enjoyed every meal we shared. Really loved the experience!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Took them 45 minutes to tell us they didnt have a table for us. Disrespectful to both customers and opentable for not honoring your service. Will never come back
  31. M

    Misha

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love love love this place! Great food and always a good time!
  32. A

    Arl29

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Spanish food. I feel like I’m in Spain again! The blank ink paella, croquettes, seafood salad. And churros were all delicious. Staff are attentive and very nice. Highly recommended!
  33. C

    Courtmac

    Mobile

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, very authentic Spanish food (as found in Spain). The rice and pork dish is delicious.
  34. HM

    HeraM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, good food, good friends, good fun! LN never disappoints.
  35. G

    Ganador

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat here often; I always leave satisfied and looking forward to my next visit. Give La Nacional a try; you will be glad you did.
  36. v

    vinnya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful authentic food with great staff !! Highly recommend
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful food and flamenco show available weekly for $25 entrance
  38. BD

    BigDnyc

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was my second visit with the same group of friends. When we arrived, the hostess couldn't find my reservation until she looked harder. It was not busy at first but still chaotic, as it was throughout the evening. The staff works very hard and there seem to be adequate numbers but somehow it still requires patience on the part of the customer. It was well worth it, however. Our server, Mauricio, was very pleasant and professional and answered our questions well. Our only real disappointment was his recommendation of the Arroz con Secreto Ibérico to supplement our other orders. None of us cared for it even though we like artichokes and pork. Everything else was great. Various tapas (mixta board, pan tomaca, manchego mac & cheese, gambos al ajillo), a chicken & vegetable paella with added scallops and chorizo, the cabernet, and the desserts (churros and deconstructed lemon tart) were exceptional. Then again, our coffee orders went missing, but that's a very minor complaint and a common occurrence in my experience. Overall, a very nice experience but with an additional server or two, it could be even better.
  39. MP

    MarthaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant is open and pleasant. The paella was good, the appetizers came out at the same time as the paella which supposedly takes 30 minutes. Servers are very friendly, I will return!
  40. AR

    AntonioR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La comida fue lo mas parecido a España q encontre en NY El sevicio muy bueno Muy buenos precios para la calidad Volveremos

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Nacional Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 453 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for La Nacional Restaurant

239 W 14th St New York, NY 10011

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th and 8th avenues

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    No parking on 14th street, but ample parking on side streets. Also, a paid parking lot directly across the street.

  • Public transit

    Subway: 1, 2, 3, L, A, C, E, F, M,PATH: 14th street station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (917) 388-2888

  • Catering

    La Nacional offers full catering services!

  • Private party facilities

    In addition to our restaurant space, La Nacional offers a newly refurbished, fully-equipped large event space on the parlor floor of our historic brownstone. With our expansive catering service, full bar, and premier staff, we can accommodate a wide range of unique events. The room can hold over 100 people and is equipped with audiovisual technology, including a large screen and a new sound and lighting systems. We have hosted conferences, classes, cultural events, concerts, meetings, weddings, private parties, film screenings, and more. If you are interested in more information please call 212 929-7873 or write us at hola@lanacional.org. We look forward to having your event at La Nacional.

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