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Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar

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293 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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Enjoy Mediterranean atmosphere in Tampa’s most unique, modern, urban setting complimented by excellent authentic Spanish (tapas) cuisine at affordable prices. Just blocks around the corner from Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Tampa Theater, the Spain Restaurant and Toma Tapas Bar is the perfect place to be before or after a show.

We offer Live Music every Friday and Saturday nights.

Authentic Flamenco Dinners show is at 8pm the last Saturday of each month.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Seafood, Cuban
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am-3:00pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
Sundays Brunch 10am-3pm
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Phone number
(813) 223-2831
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Maria Castro
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Catering
Spain Restaurant has catering for every style and size event. No party is to big or to small and will also deliver it for free. See our menus for selections.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Twiggs Street / Madison Street
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Parking details
Meter parking on street available and 3 public parking lots in our vicinity.
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The Downtowner
Downtown Trolly available
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Entertainment
The Spain Restaurant offer Live Music every Friday and Saturday nights. We also have a monthly Flamenco Show, which is the last Saturday of each month.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Overall, not a great experience. Our server didn’t have very much personality. The music was nice, but they added an entertainment charge to our bill without prior notice. When we inquired about the charge, he said it’s to pay for the band. We didn’t go there for the music, so why am I paying for it? They did take the charge off. The stuffed blue crab was delicious, but the scallops were drowned in white sauce, which ruined them for us. Overall, pretty disappointing. We won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our table was ready on time, good food, great wine section and wonderful service. They had live music. Great ambiance!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Jorge is a delightful, wonderful and attentive server!

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Not what we expected. We thought we had booked a reasonably upscale tapas bar, a place to relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner. As soon as as we opened the door we knew this was not the place. Bare formica tables, cafeteria atmosphere, vibe of a cheap college deli. Clearly they made a great effort to dress up the place for the Open Table photo, and then went back to business as usual. Maybe the food is fabulous, and the service great, as other reviewers say, but we didn't stick around to find out. Dismayed that our date night choice was just a storefront of plastic chairs and tables.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Paella Valenciana is delicious, chorizo al jerez, calamari, croquetas are outstanding. Papas Bravas not very authentic.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We went to Tampa for the day and fell upon this treasure on a Thursday as we drove through the city centre and decided to give it a go. The food was authentic, the staff friendly and accommodating speaking both English & Spanish. Our Spanish guest was very impressed. Apparently they have a guitarist Fri & Sat so we will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wonderful variety of fresh food and wine, reasonably priced, and delightful staff. Decor is a touch bleak, but the rest of the place more than makes up for it.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We had a good time here despite the raucous poetry reading and musical event. Nice waiter who left us alone just the right amount. And excellent sangria!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great place. Table was ready when we arrived. Sangria pitcher AWESOME deal!!!

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great service.
Cheaply put together ambiance.
Don’t understand why it’s called Spain as food was very American.
I will seek much better food/dining experience next time pre-Straz.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Fabulous pre theater dinner! We had excellent service from our waiter, Alex. He went out of his way to make sure each dish was tailored to our individual tastes, and ensured that we were happy with the results when our food arrived. The crabcakes were excellent! The seafood dishes were superb. Next time, we will go for the live entertainment. We will definitely return!

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Such a disappointing visit. I booked this restaurant 3 weeks in advance for a birthday dinner for a friend of mine. Upon arriving, we were seated between two columns to the right of the stage (our only view was of the guitar players unpacking and going up the stairs to the stage), and our waiter stopped and asked if we wanted a drink. Being we just sat down, we asked to give us a minute to look at the wine menu. TWENTY MINUTES later he came back so we could order our $40 bottle of Tempranillo. By then we also ordered 3 tapas (because we waited so long we knew what we wanted). One dish we ordered was a house special of imported octopus. We asked about spice level when ordering because my friend cannot eat spicy food. He assured us it was fine. When the octopus came, it was incredibly spicy (covered in what appeared to be paprika or cayenne). I tried it, as well as she, and it was way too spicy. When the waiter returned, we let him know it was too spicy, and his response was “This is the only dish I cannot comp on the menu.” We weren’t asking to be comped, but he offered no resolution. We asked him to take it away anyways and then ordered an additional tapa (crab cakes). The crab cakes came and were cold in the middle! Like they had been frozen or rerigerated and fully reheated. Then, he came over and offered a free flan for my friend’s birthday (which is very kind). She unfortunately has a dairy allergy, so we asked if they had an alternative. No alternative was allowed, so we kindly accepted anyways (because we can’t scoff at free). The most upsetting part was at the end, when we received the check. The octopus dish that was so spicy was ordered as “HOT” by our waiter on the ticket - and still he would not fix it. I have attached a picture of ticket as proof. We spent $100 for a dinner that was sub-par and for service that was dismal.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We were catching show later that night and needed somewhere for a family meal. 3 generations, so taste ranges from 12-75. The service was slow and hard to hear because they literally sat me 1ft from the stage with a speaker next to my ear. My water was never refilled, plates from each course were never taken away in between. My sons appetizer came with his meal. I had Sangria that barely grocery store quality. The yellow rice was dry and flavorless and my sons chicken and rice was almost inedible. He had the rice because the chicken was dry and chewy and the chorizo just weird. I had the seafood crepes. Every bite that had shell in it and the filling was grey and indistinguishable. The béchamel was heavy and flour not cooked out properly. If it wasn’t for the flour flavor this would have had no flavor at all. Very disappointed

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very authentic. I spend a lot of time in Marbella and Barcelona and this place is spot on for food. I’m going to be there a lot more often.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Very good tapas. Competent service. Good live music.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Nice new place.Live Music is nice on weekends.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great venue for unique food and a fun atmosphere! A live performer was a lot of fun but it did get a little loud. Not impossible to hold a conversation though.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Small portions and average good. When we told the waiter we would not be staying for the Flaminco show, ge rushed us out if there. Not going back

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Don't be fooled by Happy Hour specials. Drinks on happy hour are considerably smaller than the ones served most of the time. Service is below par from r the prices and number of diners. Overall a disappointing evening.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was very good! The ambiance was bright and not cozy for a date night.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

We were disappointed in the appearance of the restaurant upon arriving. The picture posted make it look more upscale than it is. The picture made it look as if there were linen tablecloths and napkins. The table covers were paper. The atmosphere very casual. The food was terrific. If I were in the neighborhood I would go again but I would not make a special trip.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Wonderful cuisine. My husband is from Madrid and he and I loved every dish. The scallops with manchego cheese and bechamel sauce were wonderful. Serrano delicious. The Malbec excellent and so was the Estrella beer. We felt as though we had visited Spain for a while. Would definitely return if in the area. Did not have dessert...too full with all the wonderful tapas.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Deliciously prepared grilled shrimp, filete salteado, Blue crab and Paella Valenciana. Our server Dillon O'Donnell has great knowledge of the menu options, its preparation and wine pairing.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2017

We were quite disappointed with many of the foods we ordered,i.e.,paella, pulpo tapas. We have traveled throughout Spain several times and we were hoping this will bring Spain close to home. The music was great. The server was very nice and helpful. Not our favorite dining spot for the future.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Great tapas and traditional Spanish food. Servers and staff are friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

We choose the restaurant by random and found a hidden gem. Great service from all employees!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

This was a date night and decided to try something new. The ambiance was very nice, just a tad warm. There was a guitarist there that we really enjoyed, not overpowering at all! We had Paella Valencia and Delicias Del Mar, we enjoyed both. Overall enjoyed ourselves and would recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

We enjoyed the mojitos, tapas and live music. Service was outstanding. We are coming back in a couple of weeks.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

I can't speak much to the ambiance of the restaurant because the dinner I had was at 4 so the light outside was shining bright and it didn't have the romantic feel I was hoping for. I will say that the tables and chairs are a little short so it was a little odd but believe me the food was worth it! My girlfriend and I both had the Pescado Al Límon and I would definitely go back there again for the food alone! Our server was great and respectful too! I just wouldn't choose it for special occasions. Maybe it would be different from if I were to go at a better time when it's dark out? Then it would've had more of the atmosphere that I was looking for. All in all I would recommend this place for the food and service for sure!

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Overall impression of the restaurant is positive. We were seated immediately at time of the reservation and greeted by our server within a few minutes of arrival The food was very good but service was alow. It took 3 requests for bread before we received (after hearing "it's on its way" several times). No more days we ordered 3 items off the Tapas menu all of which were delivered fairly quickly. However we ordered a fourth item and it took over 20 minutes before I finally cancel the order because we were late for another commitment. Again we were sold several time it's on its way, it's on its way. It was an item that should have taken about 3 minutes to prepare. BTW the front-of-house had 4 tables seated at the time and about 6 people at the bar. They were not weeded by any means so I don't know what the holdup was. After canceling the food arrived within minutes and they graciously took it off the bill and provided us with it for free to take home. Which I genuinely appreciate, however I would have preferred of enjoyed it there. Our overall dining experience it's almost 2 hours approximately 45 minutes of which was sent waiting on things. Another issue that there is a large sandwich board out front advertising happy hour drinks until 10 p.m. that night and saying that it only happened on Fourth Friday. Tobight was fourth Friday (June 23) so we were pleasantly surprised and ordered several of the drinks from that menu only to be told at the end of the night that they weren't eligible because we didn't have a "wristband". Turns out there was add event on the 4th Friday of every month in downtown Tampa whereby you can acquire a wristband and take advantage of certain drink specials in participating restaurants. I live in Tampa but have never heard of this promotion and there was no mention of it on the sandwich board. The proper thing to do in hospitality would have been to give us the advertised prices anyway since no mention was made of a qualifying criteria.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Loved the Spanish music last Saturday. Our waiter was awesome. We ordered several tapas including enchiladas, octopus, ceviche and croquettes. All were delicious. Sangria was refreshing and at happy hour prices it was a good value. We are going back for the flamenco show in June.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2017

The restaurant stood empty when we walked in, but the waiter/bartender was busy on his phone and did not acknowledge us until my husband called out two times. After seating us, we ordered a good, reasonably priced bottle of wine only to be told they did not have an unopened bottle but recommended another bottle 2xs the cost. We ordered something else but felt a little played by the unavailability of the cheaper wine and the high priced recommendation. Food was fine and priced ok. Service was the flaw in our experience.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

My wife and I dined at Spain on a Friday night in March. The decor is a little startling at first - white, white, white. But the table layout was great (not jammed together), and we like tapas, so we took a shot. Excellent meal all around. They offer traditional spanish tapas but with a kind of personal twist; for example, the Pulpo Gallego (octopus in olive oil and garlic) was tender served on a wooden board, rather than swimming in olive oil as many restaurants do. The paella was fantastic, and the potatas bravas were perfect. Added benefit - the most amazing flamenco guitarist we've ever heard. Definitely will repeat.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2017

A date long overdue. Bringing back the memories of Spain 🇪🇸. A peaceful ambiance, attentive service, and varied choices of popular Spanish tapas and dishes paired with a sangria with a bang 💥 will definitely come back again. .

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2017

The food is excellent. Seafood tapas wonderful!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Only issue was that they did not have our confirmed reservation (via Open Table) when we arrived. Seated us immediately anyway, and service was great.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

We opted out of a restaurant in the straz because of the reviews, found this wonderful little place ,food amazing, music amazing, service amazing! Loved loved loved it! Thanks for a memorable evening!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Great food, service, and value. What more can you say.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2017

The Spanish Restaurant and Toma Bar was spectacular. The food was amazing and we hope to return soon to try something different.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Paella was not prepared properly. They just took flavored cooked rice, put it on a plate and added mussels, clams, peas, and scallops on top. they were not cooked together as prepared as it should in a Paella pan. Very disappointing.

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