We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Delicious” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Despana

Despana
101 Glebe Point Road, Sydney, New South Wales 2037, Australia
61 2 9660 2299
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #189 of 5,302 Restaurants in Sydney
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
Restaurant details
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Dined here after reading a piece in the Sydney morning herald on the top 5 tapas restaurants in Sydney. Having eaten at 2 of the top 5 already, we thought we'd try Despaña, and we weren't disappointed. Delicious food, friendly staff and very reasonably priced. We'll be back regularly

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

24 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    16
    7
    1
    0
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Sydney's BEST Tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I have now found my new favourite Sydney restaurant !!!! My family and I love Spanish food and this is the best example of tapas outside of Barcelona (...Bellota in Auckland is a close second). There are many Spanish restaurants in Glebe now. Some good, some OK, and a couple that are just plain awful. Despana blows all of these out of the water and sets the standard very high for all other others to follow. Despana serves up good honest tapas with amazing attention to culinary detail. Amazing flavours and textures in every dish. We ordered 5 tapas between the four of us along with Catalin cream and churos to round off the night. Every dish was outstanding and the cost is very reasonable. The staff are great and made us feel very welcome. We will be back and plan on becoming regulars at Despana :-)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Bought living social vouchers . Two tapas . Paella. Sangria. Could not fault amazing food and service . Added churros. What a night. highly recommend will be back for sure!!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Darwin
Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
“Very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Went here on a trip to Sydney with my relatives who are 'locals' but hadn't eaten here before. The food and venue were very nice and seems very authentic. The light fittings are wine bottles and there are some lovely pictures and other artifacts to have a look at. The food was delicious and well served. We had ordered several tapas items and they were brought in two separate intervals and well timed (not sure if this was deliberate or just how it rolled on the night). Food was well priced.

It was very busy whilst we were there and another couple came and ordered next to us. They had waited quite a while, when the waitress brought two or three incorrect dishes. The couple patiently advised the waitress and they were taken away. The manager then came and spoke to them, apologising that there had been a mix up with their order. The couple were given the option of eating what had been incorrectly cooked for them for free or wait for their correct order. The manager was very apologetic, and the couple opted for the already cooked meals. Whilst this was an error, I really do believe that it is how you deal with these types of issues that really makes good customer service.

Lou

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 80 cities Reviews in 80 cities
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
“A gem of a find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Bought a groupon voucher for this restaurant and went along with no expectations and came away very nicely surprised. Its along a stretch of Glebe Pt Rd that has a range of restaurants, cafes and eateries, overall a very nice vibe. The restaurant itself is quaint, nice lighting (bright enough to read and see but with warm amber tones) and although a little cramped (tables were very close to one another and its easy to hear what the next table is saying) but all lends to the Euorpean style ambience. Nice timber top tables and touches of Spain in the decor, we were all set for a nice meal and Despana lived up to this. The tapas was excellent (octopus, meatballs, mushrooms, potatoes were cooked beautifully and as good as I have had in Spain). Our paella main course was also good a chock full of clams, mussells and prawns. We had a jug of sangria with our meal which was also a good thirst quencher. We were too full to try dessert but will leave that for next time!

What made the experience special was the staff. Friendly, helpful and service with a smile - all made you feel welcome. Visited the loos and passed by the kitchen which had big open windows and the kitchen crew were very friendly too - all smiles and they definitely seemed happy cooking (happy chefs cooking with love is always a good indicator of good food!)

Was happy to note the restaurant does breakfast and lunch too. Definitely will be back and their prices were very reasonable too. A gem of a place.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Despana also viewed

Sydney, New South Wales
Balmain, Sydney
 
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
 

Been to Despana? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Despana, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.