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“Good food, energetic music.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar

Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar
513 N Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602
813.223.2831
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Ranked #317 of 2,001 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: E Twiggs Street / Madison Street
Transit: Downtown Trolly available
Description: Enjoy Mediterranean atmosphere in Tampa’s most unique, modern, urban setting complimented by excellent authentic Spanish cuisine at affordable prices. Just blocks around the corner from Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Tampa Theater, the Spain Restaurant and Toma Tapas Bar is the perfect place to be before or after a show. We offer Live Music every Friday and Saturday nights.
Wesley Chapel , Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food, energetic music.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Bottom line the food here is very good, the service acceptable and friendly. The décor unimaginative.

Visited January 2014
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Barton
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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Ok but bland”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I enjoyed the décor and the wine but the food was less that would e expected for the price. It appears this restraint caters to the business yuppies that like to talk about themselves and the fabulous places they go. This Tapas bar is good enough for a second try just to make sure the first wasn't just a bad day. Unfortunately it was less satisfying than the first.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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tampa, fl
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“The menu sounds good, but where is the flavor?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Being a Spaniard I understand that food cannot taste the same as in Spain because of the local ingredients used there. However, I've eaten in places where the taste of Spain can be truly savored. This place lacks of that. The menu attracts your attention, but the flavor makes you keep away from this place and never come back.
I suggest to cook from scratch a good menu every night instead of reheating the food.
Otherwise, it gives a bad reputation to the real Spanish food.
I ordered the Zarzuela de Mariscos, a traditional tomato based dish that is so good, you end it by cleaning the plate with a piece of bread. The dish was cold, the tomato was tasteless, and the seafood you know was precooked and integrated to the dish after the tomato was cooked.
Zero seafood flavor, tomato base sauce undercooked and tasteless.
Other comments: service was good, sangria okay, music okay, decoration of the place makes you feel like eating at church. Even the flag used for decoration is not right!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
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“Great place for lunch or dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

I work in downtown and frequent this restaurant regulary for lunch. They provide great food at very reasonable prices with large portions. Recently I came in at night with my wife before a show at the STRAZ performing Art Center and the setup and menu is very different than the day but we were pleasantly surprised. They do a more sophisticated menu with Tapas that were all delicious and I really enjoyed the live music guitar player. The service was good and the staff is very friendly and provided us with some good menu suggestions.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Environment is trendy food is less than desired”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The white decor is something you would expect to find in Miami so it's a nice flair to Tampa. We went on a Friday and the lights were on so bright I felt like we were being interrogated! The wine list was good. The food is where they lost me. This is true tapas style but we found the food lacked the boldness expected of Spanish food. We had to season each dish. For the price point I wouldn't return.

Visited September 2013
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