2115 J St, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9581638.576321 -121.477762
Neighborhoods: Boulevard Park, Central Sacramento
Something different – This was my first experience with a Tapas restaurant. Me and 3 other friends sat out on the patio on a Friday evening around 6pm. We didn't have any problem getting a table, but an hour later the place was packed. We had lots of fun and the Sangria's were gooooood. The food was high quality and pricey, but worth it.
I dined here last night after a long day spent with the wife and kids in the bay area. i reccomend that you don't have a wife and kids when trying to eat - it's a lot better with a younger, prettier woman, too.
Tapa's was pretty good. i liked eating their food.
Just Great Atmosphere – It's a great location with great food. Parking is a little tricky but at least you can watch for meter maids from the outside tables
decent tapas but poor service – I enjoyed the atmosphere, but was deterred by the poor service and the pricey menu items. The waitress was very non-attentive to us and did not get our order correct (although we got a free item out of it). But what really made our visit disappointing was the fact that 3 tables around us got their orders before we got ours. And we even placed the order before they were seated!! Now that didn't make much sense. One table got seated, had a full meal, and left before we even got our first entree. Luckily, we had some simulating conversation, otherwise we would have ragged on the service all night long. Overall the food was good, but some dishes were a miss, being too dry or overcooked. This place tries more to be trendy late-nite hotspot rather than a solid tapas restaurant.
A good place for that itch you need to scratch – And if the itch is spanish tapas you could really do worse than this restaurant.
This was my second visit to the place, the first was about a year ago and it was too rushed for a real review.
To start, this place should be a winner. Few things go so well with dinner as flamenco guitar. If you are in the mood, flamenco music is just the right volume to enjoy, without being noisy.
I said should, because it seems to me that this is a restaurant in need of a sound re-shaping. You can almost tell that once this was a trendy and well managed place and now it's a bit shabby here and there. Sort of resting on its laurels.
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Tapa the World........maybe on Mars – After hearing about this Spanish style restaurant I had to go for a visit. Unfortunately the visit turned out to be a poor experience. The ambiance of the restaurant is ok with a euro theme to it. Unfortunately being sat right next to a extremely noisy kitchen did not help the situation much. The waiter who waited upon myself and a small group of friends was anything less than friendly. After waiting nearly forty five minutes for food (during which we ate the all too familiar bread and olive oil/vinegar combo) we were somewhat disappointed by the food. As some others have mentioned the portions were small. Though this is normally not a problem at a fine restaurant it was disappointing in that neither quality nor quantity was present. Overall Tapas is just a trendy restaurant that has little to offer other than being an alternative to chain restaurants.
Good late night dining. – Yes, it can get very crowded and loud here but it is a fun place to go after a show or before bar hopping. The tapas plates are small but that is precisely because they ARE tapas. Tapas are the very essence of small plate dining. You order three or four plates for every two people and I promise you will not leave hungry. This is best for people who like lots of different tastes in their meal. The sangria is wonderful. The outdoor tables are great for Midtown people watching.
Some Things Good and Others Are Lousy – I enjoyed their salads. But my mom and I did not like the paella. It was spicy hot which an authentic pealla is not supposed to be, it had roasted onions another no-no for a real paella, the rice was soupy which it isn't supposed to be, the pealla's portion was paltry, we did not see enough saffron like a real paella is supposed to have it looked like it had achiote or paprika for coloring to save money, the portion of seafood was puny, the paella did not come with the fixings that it is supposed to come with such as piquillo pepper or roasted red bell pepper and their paella was a joke. I am Cuban American and know what a real pealla is when I see one and that was not one. The waiter was inattentive and I had to be after him constantly.
A Sacramento Great! – One of the best in Sacramento consistently. Their wine list is excellent, and food is always great! Sometimes the service is a bit lacking-they often get quite busy, especially late at night and on weekends. A great place to recommend to others, an easy and pleasing place to start from the menu is the chicken pasta-just a hint of spice, but so yummy! I have brought many friends and family members to this restaurant, and they all come back. A jewel of a restaurant in Midtown, they are now opening up a cocktail lounge across the way with full bar! Overall, this is a GREAT Place!
Groups pack this local favorite for tasty tapas, fruity sangrias and hot flamenco music. – The Scene
Worn wooden tables, a colorful tiled bar and a red stone floor suggest old world charm, but the cozy ambiance can sometimes be overpowered by the size of the crowd. The tiny restaurant is crammed with diners every day of the week, their conversations often competing with the live classical guitar featured nightly. Tapas may not be for those seeking privacy, but it's perfect for a night out with friends.
Diners flock here for the small plates, which include smoky rock shrimp soaked in white wine, garlic and parsley; rich Kobe beef slathered in blue cheese butter and topped with crispy onion strings; and a daily selection of empanadas and croquettes stuffed with a medley of meat, vegetables or fruit. Full-sized entrees include roasted Spanish peppers topped with sweet black rice and moist chicken breast atop baby spinach and creamy mashed potatoes.
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