Addison >De Tapas
Great Tapas. After coming back from Spain, I wanted to indulge in some of the same food. Lucky for me I found De Tapas. The food is great, and made just like they make in Spain. However, it is a bit expensive.
Is Gone!!. Just found out our beloved De Tapas has closed after 12 years. Wednesday it ended. Apparently a Bar B Q place will be the new tenant. Like those aren't a dime a dozen. Where to go now for great Spanish Tapas? Cafe Madrid? Jaleo in Richardson? It is a sad, sad day.
Great experience. I took my husband there for his birthday since we couldnt find a place to eat after 10 pm on saturday, it was our first time there and we really enjoyed, the food, the wine, the music and the way they made feel my husband that night was very unique, I will come again, in fact tonite we are going to see the Flamenco show, I cant wait.
Went to celebrate Mother''s Day and we were excited about the Flamenco Dancers and the fact that it is a family oriented place. However, the service was poor to say the least. Our reserved table was not held and we have to wait for other people to finish. The food, well the run down is the following:
Spanish torilla was really good, vegetables were good, the bread was mediocre, please stay away from the Serrano ham, the Chorizo Soria, they bought the cheapest quality ever and sell it for pretty penny.
Shrimp in garlic sauce also of poor quality. the shrimp were salty and small size. Sangria lack body and was pretty run down, cheap product. You are better of buying a bottle of wine.
The owners, one waiter, and one busboy, were very disorganized. slow, and with lack of attention. The tapas came and we did not have bread or silverware to start. They never even came to check on us, we have to try making eye contact and flagging them to get what we needed. No one came to check on us and see if we needed anything throughout the night, until it was time to go.
The only thing that kept us from leaving early was the great presentation of Daniel de Cordoba Bailes Espanoles. And yes we were still charged 20% gratuity, as if the service deserved it.
The Most Authentic Spanish/Tapas Restaurant in all of Dallas. My husband is from Spain and I was looking for an authentic Spanish restaurant to celebrate his birthday. I have tried almost all of the tapas restaurants in Dallas and have been very dissapointed with the food. Someone told me about this restaurant in Addison that also has flamenco shows and I thought it would be fun. We went on a Sunday with some friends and had a marvelous time! The waiter was very attentive and did not make me feel rushed (like other restaurants I have been to), the flamenco show was fun, and I can honestly say that the food was just like the tapas in Spain...Best tortilla espanola (potato omelette) in Dallas, great calamares (crispy), and the paella was yummy (with lots of seafood and chicken)...authentic and delicious!!!!!!!! I don't understand all the other reviews that say the food and service is bad (maybe they went on a bad day). I really thought it was great! We felt like we were back in Spain. The owners are actually from Spain and my husband enjoyed talking to one of them about futbol (soccer). And why do people complain about the parking? Have they tried parking uptown? It's imposible! At least De Tapas offers valet parking. We have been back on other days and the service and food has been just as great. We love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Poor Service. Went on a Saturday night with a party of eight. Had been there two times in the past and was impressed by the atmosphere but all good things must come to an end. Besides being stingy with the water and bread our waiter was for the most part unresponsive. Here's a tally of what went wrong: Initial party of two arrived at 7:40 for an 8 pm reservation. They were seated but never aknowledged by the waitstaff. We arrive at 7:55. By 8:20 pm not a single waiter came to our table. I finally had to stand up and grab one literally. He quickly took our drink orders and came back with them in about five minutes. Twenty minutes later, we had to flag him down again to take our tapas orders. A meager basket of mediocre bread was then brought by the busboy with no accompaniments. Amazingly 10 minutes after that the tapas were brought out all at once. Must've been on a good streak to get food out that quick or so you would think. Perhaps they were just reheated. Alas credit must be given for the food. The calamari was average and the spanish omelette was good as usual. The garlic shrimp was salty and was overcooked with a sodium tripolyphosphate taste -- must've been straight out of the bag. The marinated artichokes were excellent as was the pan tomate. Overall the other food was good but uninspired. Here's where the service ended. Empty plates were never cleared and drink refills were as rare as foie gras is in prison. The check had to be begged for and the payment was untouchable by the waitstaff like Ebola. Perhaps they were embarrassed to take money which they did not earn. Another waiter finally took pity on our young lady with the credit card. I'm sure her arm must've been numb by then. One comes to the realization that there is a stink in this restaurant. Not of the usual bathroom smells mind you but in their service. Complimentary antacid pills should've taken place of the cheap mints beside the door walking out.
Great Tapas Experience. We did the entire tapas experience. The Sangria was strong. Every thing we ordered was tasty. While the individual items are very reasonable, they add up very quickly.
Great sangria & classical guitar. The gutarist was unbelievably talented and seemed to know every obscure request we could throw out at him. Went with 4 people and he provided the ideal background music while we talked and got "snockered" on the Sangria pitchers. Hope to get back soon as I know my wife would love it !!
The sangria was nice and refreshing, the garlic shrimp is tasty but ... small, the fried calamares was ok, and finally the $23.99 Paella, I don't know how to put it nicely, but any $7.99 Chinese fried rice tastes better it.
I do like the atmosphere and the guitar playing, there were quite a few couples, young and not so young, in De Tapas tonight, as well as some families. I would go back for the atmosphere, but not for the food.
Good food overall...most of the time.
I've been to De Tapas many times mostly because I like the sangria so much. I've ordered the Paella Valencia several times, and I've had good and not-so-good experiences, depending on who's in the kitchen. Sometimes the rice is very nice and crisp at the bottom and the meat is seasoned just right, and other times the rice is too wet and does not even taste like paella was cooked in the pan that it was served in. The paella seems to be better during lunch, probably because it's not as crowded and they have more time to properly prepare it.
I RECOMMEND: Sangria--I have always served excellent sangria, but sometimes they put too much ice! Totilla Espanola (Spanish potato omelet)--nice flavor and not too salty. Calamares Fritos (kind of hard to mess up fried calamari, but still very good). Calamares En Su Tinta (calamari in black in sauce)--despite the black color of the sauce, the slightly salty, subtle taste goes well with the small side of rice that come with it. Boquerones Fritos (small fried fish)--good choice if you like whole bite-size fish, and the portion is generous for the price. Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic)--nice garlic flavor, but tends to be a little oily. Almejas A La Marinera (clams in white wine sauce)--one of my favorites, but I wish they give you more clams. Once they served me 2 closed clams, which is unacceptable for a restaurant. Food overall is good.
Very loud and busy on weekend nights, especially when they have live music and dancing. Service is not the best, only because they don't have enough staff on crowded nights. The setting is very casual. Although the paella is not consistently good, I still enjoy the food at De Tapas and will come back.
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