The cuisine was superb, as always. The service was generally very helpful and attentive. The table placement is a bit cramped and the noise level is moderate--good for normal conversation, but not an intimate tete-a-tete.
Valentines is a high bar - Taberna soared over it!
I am late to the party with Taberna. (Post-visit, all my friends said "oh, yeah, great place"). And ok, so I was also late booking a place for "VD" - I booked on Sunday with VD on Weds. Thank god for Open Table and its recommendations. I kept scrolling until this one hit me. I presumed because it was Spanish and in a mostly residential area that it would be cozy. BINGO!
The only drawback was that on reserving, it said it had only "outdoor, high table, and bar" seating left. OK, I selected bar. Good news: it was "chef's table" view of the kitchen. Bad news: the hostess actually told me she had a good number of cancellations and subsequent bookings, so it would have been nice to have been bumped to a table at some point.
None-the-less, the food was awesome. We only had 3 plates.
* The Gambas al ajillo - which I could eat FOREVER! (slightly over cooked but DELICIOUS!!)
* The Berengena con mató - yum, with a honey reduction
* The Chuletas de cordero - need I say anything?
And to wash it down and set the mood, a really nice Amontillado
All in all, success!
Food was very bland. Sommelier asked us about the wine she brought instead of informing us.. very odd.
Superb food, reasonably priced wines
It was a brilliant night of wine, food, and catching up.
Very easy to find and welcoming.
The wine list is worth looking through, and has beautiful descriptions of the many locations.
Nice seeing some white wines with bottle age, which is a real treat.
My favorite tapas was the duck, but they were all super.
I'd certainly go again.
Very nice little restaurant. However, understaffed. Our server was very friendly. But we had to wait for almost an hour to get our main courses. Also, had to wait another 20 min or so to get our bill. The servers were hustling. Just too many people for the staff. I had the steak special. I found it too chewy. Certainly not prime. Maybe not choice.
Squid was excellent - especially the sauce. Wife loved her ribero del Duero (sp). Duck was fair.
It was a cold evening. We’d had a long day, and we wanted somewhere cozy to
have a nice meal. Taberna was perfect! I felt as though I were in Spain. Excellent 3 pepper lamb and grilled eggplant, garlic fries with vinegar. I wasn’t drinking anything alcoholic, so I can’t wait to get back and sample the fantastic wine list. Chef ownerDeborah Hansen even stopped by to greet us.
While on a short visit to Boston, I found Taberna de Haro nearby. I was delighted when I came through the door. The spaces are warm and inviting, and the glow from the brick oven hinted at a good meal to come. They have a great selection of sherry by the glass, and their wine list is deep with countless gems from Spain. Their tapas are authentic, and ingredients were fresh and flavorful. They offer a “cookbook special “, a dish or two being trialed for their cookbook project. I chose that, which was a slow braised pork shoulder with mustard greens, butter beans and chorizo, served with warm broth on the side. It was exquisite, and left me pleasantly stuffed. Highly recommend!
Delicious food, attentive and friendly staff. We had a great time.
Outstanding wine selection. Great food flavors and variety. Excellent service.
This was our second visit, and we enjoyed it just as much. With four people, it was easy to order a nice variety of tapas to sample. There seemed to be attention to the order in which dishes were served - for instance, our grilled eggplant with honey came last, giving us a dessert-like finish. We can't wait to try it in yet another season.
What a wonderful find for a taste of Spain right in Brookline! An extensive and refined selection of sherry and Spanish wines. Our paella was cooked to perfection with succulent fish and seasoned perfectly. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. We will definitely be back again!
Restaurant with a different cuisine. Very few places with this menu.
Friendly, local, homey tapas bar/restaurant. The ingredients are fresh and dishes both authentic and creative, brought by attentive servers. Sadly no romesco currently on the menu but everything we ordered was delicious.
We were disappointed by what looked to be a well-rated tapas place. Despite the thin crowd the waitress was hardly around, doing something in the kitchen for extensive periods. She did let us taste the wine beforehand, which was a nice gesture, but was mostly gone afterwards and didn't come back to check on us.
We ordered the cheese fritters on a salad. They tasted like they had been sitting around for a while: hardened and room temperature. The duck and turnip paella was okay, but would have been better without the turnips. No crust on the bottom, but that is typical for American restaurants. The artichoke tapas was very good, the only dish we really enjoyed (and only one we finished). The other dish was the coca. Meh. Why try to change something when the original is so good?