My husband and I went to Santiago's Bodega in Key West in July 2012 on a recommendation from a first. We didn't know what to expect, but the food and drinks were wonderful, and the atmosphere was fun and quirky, and went back a second time on our trip. The bartender told us that they were opening a new restaurant in Orlando, and we were thrilled! We tracked their construction progress online and finally went first time last weekend. It was so worth the wait! We had a reservation but chose to eat in the bar for a livelier atmosphere. I was so happy to see the moody artwork and similar style ambiance to the Key West location- I love it! Our server, Shelly, was very attentive, funny, and timely. She was great. We ordered probably 8 different small plates (at least) between the two of us, because the food is just so damn good. Our favorites were the saganaki (I could bathe in it it's so good), croquettas, beef short ribs, and the goat cheese stuffed dates with prosciutto, which was to die for and we ordered seconds of that one. The brussel sprouts were a little al dente and oily for my taste, so I probably wouldn't get them again (my only complaint). I love the small plates idea because we got to try so many different things. It's not cheap to try so much, but the majority of our bill was from drinks, actually. Great wine and sangria too. We're going back this weekend for more!
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