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Permanently Closed - Tapas Restaurant Flavors of Spain

3.6
261 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Late-night Find

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Bienvenidos! Welcome to Tapas Flavors of Spain. Tapas opened in Newport Beach in 1992 and offers you authentic Spanish Cuisine and our famous Flamenco shows. With a great history of entertainment, we offer Flamenco shows every Friday and Saturday and Tango on Wednesdays. For late night dining, try some of our traditional Spanish Paella, Baked Empanada's, Churro's con Chocolate or patio Taco Bar. You can come and have some of our famous homemade Sangria or Mojitos while you dance to Salsa DJ's and Bands in our nightclub, Fri - Sun. We are located near the Orange County Airport.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(949) 756-8194
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Full catering menu available on website at Tapasnewportbeach.net We can bring the restaurant to you, with food, servers and entertainers.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
MacArthur/Corinthian
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Parking details
Parking on Site for over 500 cars.
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Entertainment
Flamenco Dinner Shows every Friday and Saturday at 8PM. Open menu with show charge. Salsa dance lessons every Friday and Saturday at aprox 9PM, with fee. Parties over 15p require set menu. Bachata lessons every Sunday at 9PM, with fee. Salsa DJ Dancing on Friday, fee for entrance. Salsa Bands on Saturday, fee for entrance. Bachata DJ dancing on Sundays. Tango lessons with Dance Milonga every Wednesday. Fee for lessons and entrance.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.3
food
3.4
service
3.6
ambience
3.5
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Noise · Moderate
72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on July 15, 2017

We liked the entertainment a lot and the food was overall good, the service was good, however the manager was extremely rude and for this reason our experience was below expectations.

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2017

I had a really bad experience this time I came to have dinner with my wife.
The service was good but the food was very expensive and the taste not good at all for what I paid, I had the seafood paella and I did not like it at all.
Then dancing time came and the air conditioning was not working, they had a couple of fans running but just circulating the really hot and humid air inside the restaurant, once music started and people started dancing, it just got worse, I was soaking wet from perspiration and was not able to enjoy my dinner with my wife or the salsa dancing which my wife an I love doing every Saturday night for the last 10 years, this was one dancing night that we won't forget and not for the good reasons, I was so disappointed.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2017

I would give this place a better review but we got kicked out around 10 PM because we looked below the 21 age mark not very happy about that .

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Great place to go on a Saturday evening from 6pm ‘til ??? Food, tapas, wine/drinks, flamenco dancers & live music for dancing lessons & all the dancing you want!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Our waitress went out of her way to attend to our every need; and the food was outstanding!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Great place for dancing and socializing, the music was very good.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a delightful meal of cold and hot TAPAs, delicious Sangria. We liked the small tables, candlelight, music, and , of course, the Flaminco dancers!! We sat right at the edge of the dance floor and could see and hear all the entertainment. We ordered the pitcher of Sangria, which was very large and full of fruit! I think I liked the crab and Spanish sausage balls best -- but they were all large helpings and my husband and I shared 7 different ones throughout the evening. My only disappointment was that they did not recognize our wedding anniversary- the reason for our visit-- but they did call out all the birthday celebrations by name-- there were a lot of them! Good place for a group birthday dinner!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Went for the Flamenco show, dance lessons, and dancing. All was excellent except the instructor did not show up in time to provide the lessons, he showed up as the band was getting ready to play and dancing had already started. The lesson was the main reason my date wanted me to take her there since she is a beginner at salsa. We still had a fun time.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2017

It wasn't tapas, it wasn't Spanish, and it wasn't good. In fact, it wasn't edible. The Sangria tasted like off brand grape juice. The glass of wine came from a bottle that had been open for at least two weeks. The cheese and charcuterie plate looked like it came out of one of the packages from Costco, but had been left on the plate in the refrigerator a couple of days. The Spanish tortilla seemed ok, but with the observations of the other food coming out of the kitchen we did not want take a chance. The guitarist was great, but he didn't stay long either. STAY AWAY!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

We had a great time at this place. Food was good and entertainment was great.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2017

The place is a dump - the tablecloth had food stains all over (we had reservation at 7-30, place opened at 6 and it was mostly empty), there was food on the floor under the chairs and a table. The food would be OK if it would be cooked according to the menu: poached salmon (stuffed roasted piquillo peppers) wasn't pouched, it was overcooked. My husband got skirt stake medium rare - it came out as a rock, although it was very flavorful. The waitress forgot one testing wine order (which could happen) - but after 15 minutes of waiting in an empty restaurant for the order to finally arrive I went to the bar and asked for it. The excuse was "they (?) were looking for the bottle" (?!). Salsa dancing instructor did not show-up (Saturday night). Waitress could not split the bill and charged us partially for the other party - I had to use my calculator to give her a correct number. Otherwise it was fun - if you like salsa dancing and do not need a lesson.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

It was ny first time there and I have to say I was a little skeptical about keepig my reservation after reading many negative reviews.
But I have to say that my experience was completely the opposite. I had a awesome time the food was great and the service was outstanding.
I would definitely go there again..

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1.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We maid reservation on line and when we got their place was closed. Call several times but no answer or recording stating that they will be close on Easter Sunday. Very disappointing.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

We went there mostly for the dancing which we thoroughly enjoyed. The food was ok but nothing to write home about and service was not so hot. Had to go to the bar to get our bottle of wine opened as the waitress put the bottle on our table and never opened it

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

I celebrated my birthday here. We had a blast. It has a great atmosphere. Will definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2017

I was part of a large group that attended last weekend for dinner and dancing. The entertainment was wonderful but because the waitress was so lousy it ruined the evening. My meal was delivered about 15-20 minutes after everyone else in our party received their meal. It came cold. The waitress never came back to check on our table. It took another 15 minutes to track her down to complain about the meal. It took another 25 minutes before I got a replacement. When it came to getting the check…. it took over an hour before our initial request. When she finally delivered the check and we opened it….it had the total amount due written with a circle around it. It was not itemized. Who does that????? Very frustrating!

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Ive never written a bad review before. As a business owner I feel uncomfortable and bad about doing it. This Im sure is very embarrassing for them or at least it should be. Last week was my birthday and I was looking for a Tapas restaurant. The reviews were bad on yelp, but the menu looked good, there was dancing and it was close to home. I made a reservation online for 8 people at 6pm. When we arrived the doors were locked. We were very confused thinking maybe open table had their hours wrong etc. While standing in the parking lot for 15 minutes deciding where we would go for dinner at 630pm without a wait, a cook opened the back door. We asked him if they are open and he said not until 6pm, but it was 630 pm already. Another cook explained that there was no one there from the front of house to open the restaurant for us. It was very disappointing and made our night complicated as I had friends meeting us and we had to change plans last minute. At 640pm as we were leaving, a woman got out of her car and apologized for being late saying she would open for us. It was uncomfortable and we were annoyed and already decided to leave. It is pretty bad that there was not a manager, bartender, or server or buser there early enough to at least let us in and pour a class of wine etc. If you allow reservations it is beyond unacceptable to not have staff there. Staff should be there an hour before you open to set up. Its just bad business.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2017

The place is very good overall but the service was terrible the waitress was the worst ever

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2017

We've been here before and the entertainment was better this time. The Flamenco dancers and vocals have been hit or miss, but its definitely different for a date night.

The food was good, we had four hot plates that were pretty good - including the gambas, croquettes, wrapped dates, and one with chicken. The dates are awesome.

The service this time wasn't that great even though the place was mostly empty. Our server didn't come back to our table after we ordered the first set of plates, so no refilled drinks or opportunity to order additional plates. Eventually, we got his attention for the ticket and left.

We love tapas so we will go back....when we don't feel like driving farther.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Overall the place is a dump. The restrooms are absolutely disgusting. Service was very slow and at time nonexistent. Several times we had to ask another server to find our server. The food was ok but not great. The show was entertaining and the Spanish music and dancing after 10 pm was fun

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2017

I was there during the week, I think this more of a weekend place with music and dancing. I think the food was ok. I the place was very dark and the place looked a bit run down. We were the only people there for dinner. Not sure if I would go back on a weeknight.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2017

My understanding is that the restaurant will be relocating to Mission Viejo area at the end of May.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Bad service and lukewarm food.
Ugly decor

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

The place was such a blast! My friends and I had an amazing time. The flamenco dancers and band were fabulous and the paella was magnificent!!!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Both the food and service were TERRIBLE, but the Flamenco show and salsa dancing were fun.

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Anniversary celebration

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

The Flamenco show was the highlight of our experience, music was great and the environment was very friendly. Service was great!!!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

I've been to Tapas a number of times. I was there on a date last Saturday, and my date and I enjoyed the show, drinks, and some of the food. The most expensive thing on their menu was a steak and it was absolutely terrible. I'm still mad at myself for not sending it back! I had a great time dancing as always but that steak was like flushing $30 down the toilet!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Great paella - loved our server - loved the atmosphere

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Went to see the Flamenco dancing and was not disappointed. I would recommend the show to a friend. The food was not that good, sorry.

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1.0Dined on January 7, 2017

After 2 hrs, finally of 7 dinners ordered, 2 were correct, 3 were returned, 1 was was missed completely. 2 of the 3 returned were un-eatable. Worst restaurant experience ever!!! This use to be an ok place, now it really sucks!!! Too bad. Will not return. The Flamingo dancers are good, but after that it turns into a freak show and meat market. So sad.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Well at the beginning the service was good , however the waitress forgot about us my husband eat most of his dinner with water instead of the drink of his choice . He finally got the attention of a different waiter and ordered our but no luck on getting them. I try again and it took some time for her to bring it after that my desire to order something else was gone. (The only drinks I saw after that was from the other unknown people who were leaving drinks on our while they're dancing) when we're done with dinner I requested for our table to be clear out she said " sure" smile and walk away without anything from the table! Dishes were finally taken away halfway the class... I kept a smile for my husband to not ruined his birthday. Food was delicious though.

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2.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Waited an hour to have bill picked up. Should never have to leave credit card unattended while going to dance.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

So much fun! A must do!! Food was great. Dance lesion was fantastic. Music was perfect!!

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Went to Tapas as part of a bachelorette celebration. We had a reservation and we were right on time, but it took 45 minutes for the server to take our food order. We were starving and then couldn't enjoy the live flamenco show as we wished because we were just barely getting our food. Great food, great fun dancing and we enjoyed our dance lesson, but everyone was really bummed that the food process took so long.

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3.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Food not good service waited over an hour to get food or drinks

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2016

The bread was fresh but bland with no taste. It would have been nice if the guitarist had played a couple of flamenco solos. It would also have been a real treat to see a male/female couple dancing together. Roast lamb cooked Mediterranean style would have been a real treat.

Charming atmosphere. Tasty wine reasonably priced.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2016

Fun night out. I was worried going in based on a lot of reviews but the boss lady really wanted to go for the Flamenco and Salsa lessons, she's the boss... DO NOT go for great service and great food, you won't get either. By the end of the night I wanted to give our bus boy a tip instead of our "server". The show was okay entertainment while we waited for the just okay food to finally arrive. We touched on a few things, appetizers, split the Paella, desert, bottle of wine and then a couple of after dinner drinks and then bill was only around $100. Worth it for the show and dancing alone. Who knows if the bill was correct, they still hand write everything and it seemed cheap for everything we ordered. If the service was even just OK i would have asked for an itemized bill but it wasn't so I just paid what they said. The value is in the dancing lessons and the night club. If you aren't going to enjoy either then don't bother going. The show and service/food will leave most disappointed. Lessons were fun for everyone and every skill level and then after the lessons it turns into a jam packed party for Vet salsa dancers. Even that was fun to watch as this rookie parked his dancing shoes! If you want to make the lady happy and get a dancing night scratched off the to do list this is where it's at. The lessons were enough dancing for the both of us!
So much potential in this place.

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2016

This place is awesome for Flamenco Music and Dancing on Fri and Sat nights. Food is mediocre as is the decor and furniture. The service was so-so but the Manager Rodrigo- completely RUDE and dismissive when I asked about getting cash back to tip the band. Later in the evening while exiting - I said goodnight to him as we were leaving and he said something rude to the doorman about me and they laughed. Nice way to treat your cash paying customers.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2016

Our service attendant was awesome - she was very personable and attentive. She made our dining experience a special event.

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