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“Its ok” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Paella

La Paella
476 S San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048-4107 (Central L.A)
323-951-0745
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Ranked #525 of 8,659 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Central L.A
Los Angeles, California
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132 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 121 cities Reviews in 121 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Its ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

A friend likes this place. I like the paella at Spanish Kitchen or Tinto Much Better

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  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“Real Spanish Tapas, vs. small plates aka half the food at full prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

One of Los Angeles' original Spanish Tapas restaurants is still going strong. After three crappy meals at so-called tapas places in the area, we opted to return to an old favorite at La Paella. Pasquale, the owner, is a very gracious host who welcomed us like old friends even though it's been a while since we've been in for a meal.

We ordered Gambas al Ajillo, Croquetas, Pulpo, Patatas Bravas, Tortilla, Champingnones & Chorizo with a modest bottle of wine and made a feast of it. The Tortilla is one of the best in town, tall, densely packed with thin potato slices and it is best eaten warmed with garlic mayo that comes with every table.

Every real tapas place does Patatas Bravas its own way, and the sauce here is excellent, with a lemony twist, not overloaded with Ketchup, and no grit from Paprika.

Atmosphere is like a country house with a cozy feel. The night we went it was packed so glad we called ahead for a table. We travel to Spain periodically and my husband used to spend a lot of time in Andalusia, so he find the Gambas al Ajillo to be as close as it gets to a trip back his favorite village of Nerja as it gets in Los Angeles.

If you are looking for real Spanish food/Tapas made with quality ingredients, served professionally without attitude and price-gouging, this is the place.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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london
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“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

I am a big fan of spanish food and was impressed with this place. Very tasty tapas and Paella - good service - worth a visit

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Spain in LA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Wonderful retreat from the ordinary. Authentic cuisine and a very friendly staff. We even had a special visit from the owner. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking wonderful tapas and traditional Spanish fare.

Visited November 2010
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“The Best Paella in Los Angeles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

This is a small family owned restaurant just outside Beverly Hills. It's traditional paella dishes prepared by a great family from Spain. In the 10+ years I have lived in California I didn't have a great paella dish until now. Once you enter this small family restaurant you feel as if you're in a restaurant in Spain, not Los Angeles. The ingredients are fresh an prepared to near perfection. They have an excellent assortment of tapas that are fun to share with others while enjoying their addictive sangria...and I usually hate sangria! If you have an appreciation for paella this place is a must!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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