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“Wow! For Real.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Flan y Ajo

Flan y Ajo
225 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 432-6656
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Ranked #14 of 728 restaurants in Providence
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Wow! For Real.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I happened upon this place using the Urban Spoon app on my phone; it was one of the highest rated restaurants in Providence, RI. Having heard that Providence is somewhat of a secret foodie town, I had to try it.
I was not disappointed.
I bought a bottle of '04 Valdemar Rioja at the wine shop next door, which as it turns out has an interesting and eclectic selection of wines at very reasonable prices. I took this bottle next door to Flan Y Ajo, and proceeded to overdose on good tapas.
Having spent some time in Spain and enjoyed the amazing food that country has to offer, my standards were pretty high as I walked in. It doesn't seem much like a classic Spanish place, as it's staffed completely by college students (or non-students of the same age range), but then again, many of the best places I ate in Valencia were staffed by kids that age too. The menu, however, was straight out of Spain. Gambas al Ajillo? Excellent. Just wait until they cool down to eat them by hand. Pan con tomate? Amazing, but with some good cabra cheese, it's like some sort of drug. I actually ordered it twice. Yes, in the same night. It was that kind of good. The pintxos de jamon iberico was as good as any I had in Spain. It actually felt like someone took a tapas restaurant out of Madrid and plopped it down in the middle of Providence. Which, judging from their website, is pretty much what happened.
Here's the deal: If you like Spanish food, or just good food and might like it Spanish, and you're in Providence, go here. Period. But go early; there's not a lot of room, and like their sign says, "no, we don't have more seats". Then again, they also have a sign that says "no [--]", but that failed to keep me out.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“So Spanish!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband is from Spain so we know Spanish food and tapas. The food is extremely authentic.

Note that the restaurant is a tiny hole in the wall. There is almost no seating.

It is also BYOB. There is a wine shop next door that sells beer as well.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Felt like we were in Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

This tiny restaurant was recommended by a colleague, but we were not prepared for the wonderful food, service (thank you, Persephone), and atmosphere.

We arrived ahead of the crowd (7:30 on a Thursday) and snagged two hard-to-come-by window seats.

We brought a bottle of Portuguese wine from home, but there is a wine shop next door for those who forget Flan y Ajo is BYOB.

We basically let our waitress choose what we received, and absolutely everything was delicious. Lots of fresh tomato and lemon and seafood favors.

We ate until we were in pain, and still couldn't resist using the crostini to soak up the last drops of garlicky broth from
the mussels and the leftover olive oil from a trio of seared shrimp.

The weather was perfect for those gathered around the restaurant's outdoor tables (conventional seating and stand- up bistro tables); Downcity was bustling, and the white holiday lights strung across Westminster Street were the final perfect touch as we walked back to our parked car.

We loved this restaurant!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Almost like being in Spain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

If you've ever eaten tapas in Spain, you will love Flan y Ajo. Great food, amazing staff. This is not a sit-down restaurant; it's a tapas bar. Bring your own drinks (liquor store next door). Absolutely love this place.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Providence, Rhode Island
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Hippest place in Providence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Somehow managed to find parking almost in front of the restaurant! Lucky for us - we got to have a great meal of tapas. All were good. There are basically no chairs though so be prepared to stand. Also no liquor license so bring your own or go next door to the great store and buy there (we had great beer from Argentina).

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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