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“Not Much Bang for the Buck” 3 of 5 stars
Review of 1252 Tapas Bar

1252 Tapas Bar
9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 670, The Woodlands, TX TX 77380
+1 281-419-1260
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Ranked #74 of 176 Restaurants in The Woodlands
Price range: $8 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Description: 1252 Tapas bar is a Spanish Fusion Tapas Bar with a collection of Traditional Spanish dishes as well as a few fusion styled dishes. A wonderful bar with Happy Hour M-F 4pm-7pm and All Day Sunday.$2 Off Select Wines and Well Drinks and last but not least 1/2 price Sangria. Live Entertainment is available Tuesday-SSunday.
Portland, Maine
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“Not Much Bang for the Buck”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Since evening was cool, we ate inside instead of at an outdoor table. Despite distractions of the TVs and constant bar noise, the overall feeling was chic, trendy, somewhere to see and be seen. After exercising patience with our often-AWOL server, we settled on: empanadas, black sausages, roasted asparagus spears, and garlic shrimp. While eating, we felt crowded, in the way. Tables were close together. Our table was small. So were the portions. It seemed that tapas weren’t meant as a real meal but as hors d’oeuvres for sharing over drinks. Having learned that lesson, the collisions of tastes and textures were fairly fun for our palates. All told, we genuinely liked our foray into Spanish fare here. But service was slow and the bang for the buck wasn’t the best.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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“We had to suffer to get the chance to try this restaurant!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

We had to beg the annoying blond/super short hair guy at the entrance (on Sunday afternoon) to let us sit outside. I wish i would have asked his name...Even though there was an empty table at the patio, for some reason he just didn't want to let more customers to come in... So, this is the main reason I don't give this restaurant a "very good" rating on service. The guys that brought the food and the bread, where very nice.

Food was good, a bit on the high end of price, sangria was not very good, patio was nice.

I would try the uptown location next time. Hopefully they don't have a rude guy at the entrance.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Least favorite tapas so far in Houston”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Was not at all impressed with any part of this 2.5 hour meal. The service was painfully slow. We had to repeatedly ask over and over for things. Waitress rarely came to our table of 8! Drinks got refilled ONE time only because we begged.
The food was overpriced for these particular tapas. These just didn't hit the spot like most tapas.
They are describing chimichurri on the menu and serving guacamole...just odd.
Flavors were bland on some tapas. Most of the sausage dishes were decent flavor Everything seemed under or over cooked. Raw tasting potato and yet overly burnt sausage to where its a plate full of end crispy pieces the size of dime.
The desserts were awful. Had 3 and all were not good at all. Churros tasted raw inside. Cake was bland and so very dry. Even the ice cream tasted cheap. The strawberry sauce more Like artificial syrup. Bland flavorless desserts. Don't bother.
Again...the service was so very slow.
I wouldn't go back.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Lively Saturday Night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Dinner for my lady and I with some new friends. Back to 1252 Tapas on a Saturday night for the first time. Very very lively. Food good as usual - good variety, good flavours. Staff middling at best as usual - surly hostess and seemingly scattered wait staff. Detracts from the experience unfortunately and at the prices it should be a good experience. Rest of the patrons were fun to watch - although when the music came on some of the dancing was a little outre shall we say. All in all not a bad evening but it could be a lot better with some attention paid to - and by - the staff. Will go back though as is unique in the area - which I guess is why the staff can be the way they are. Try the shrimp diablo, the octopus in its own ink, and the blood sausage. Wonderful flavours.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good drinks, too much attitude!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We've tried to go a few times, but without reservations. Out of the last three, we were seated only once and found the food to be OK, but the drinks well made. The last time we were there (party of 4), we were told that they wouldn't know when a table would open, as they didn't know "when people were going to leave.". As I said, the drinks were well made, the Sangria was excellent as was the Pink Lemonade Martini.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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