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“Good ambiance - ok food ” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Andalucia Tapas

Andalucia Tapas
1201 San Jacinto, Suite 161, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)
832.319.6673
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Ranked #533 of 7,278 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Good ambiance - ok food ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I'm staying downtown Houston for a convention and yelped for a nearby restaurant with different vibe. Andalucia looked great and when we arrive the ambiance was good, many people enjoying their good happy hour. Great tapas selection and by far our favorite was Pulpo a la Braza. Solomillo en higo/Nuez was also good. Slow service as the restaurant was very busy. Good house wine at affordable prices. Recommend to make reservations if you plan to arrive around 8pm.

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  • English first
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English first
Houston
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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Wide selection of hot tapas”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

FOOD:
*Empanadillas de Res (beef empanada) - very decent. Puff pastry was crispy and had a good flavor to it.

*Albondigas Morunos (Roasted Lamb meatballs) - lamb was gamey, couscous was good but too salty

*Pinchos de Res - marinated beef tenderloin was tough, no flavor

*Cola de Buey (Braised Oxtail) - good,but sherry wine sauce did not go well with the meat.

*Caracoles al Ajillo (Sauteed Escargot) - the best description I can give you is the escargot tasted similar to dirt.

*Queso de Cabra Horneado (Baked goat cheese) - can't go wrong with fried cheese!

COMMENTS:
* From Hostess @ 5:20 pm: "If i give you a table now are you going to stay until 8:00 pm?". I did not feel welcome at this point.

* After we were done with the first order, I ordered one more tapas. When the last dish came, instead of picking up the dirty dishes, the waitress just pushed the dirty dish to the side instead of taking it away.

*lack of experience with menu suggestions.

* asked for my bill for a 2nd time.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
*Parking lot across the street is $10-$15

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I wanted to like this place so bad, but couldn't. First, the place is way too big, bright and touristy. I was hoping for intimate and cozy. The 7or 8 tapas we ordered were fine, but not memorable. The flamenco music was just okay. The guitarist just wasn't technically very advanced. The percussionist was fine too, but frequently went off on his own playing I don't know what. The flamenco dancer wasn't nearly as agile as I expected. Sorry to be harsh, but she was I'm sure good in her prime, but definitely past it. A bit on the slow and out of shape side to really put on a memorable performance. If this is the best Houston has to offer Id suggest making the trip to San Antonio or Austin who have better musicians and dancers.

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Mixed review”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Ate at Andalucia for the first time today. Atmosphere was better than average but the food and service were mixed. Gazpacho was the worst I ever had as it was like glorified tomato soup, and lousy compared to my recipe. I understand there is no set recipe for gazpacho, as some are chunky, some not, but this was lousy. On the other hand house salad and lamb meatballs were very good. Service seemed inconsistent, as waitress came by frequently then rarely came by.

Visited May 2014
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New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly a good find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

The restaurant is unassuming, crowded and noisy; the service is fast competent and friendly. The menu is quite extensive and without going into details, I would suggest that for the lovers of tapas reading this review there are dishes for all tastes. The prices are moderate. Overall, a pleasant experience.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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