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Latin, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed November 2, 2020

I must say I am slightly disappointed with Vaca. We have been to Spain a LOT and the level of food quality vs prices was not even close to what you get in spain. The iberico ham was VERY disappointing for the price and quality....However the Foie gras was exceptional and made the meal. Drinks are high price and just not that good. Service was excellent. Oxtail was also quite good not world class but still very tasty. Good meal just below where I thought it would beMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 7, 2020

Went here for a birthday, so our party ordered most of the tapas. Not one was disappointing , all were very delicious. The steaks all came out cook to perfection. Definitely a restaurant to try. We will be back.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

Ate there on the patio. Six different Tapas for two of us (as recommended). Among them: Relleno (peppers, Aguacate (Avocado), Vieiras (scallops), kale salad, Albondigas (lamb) and calamari. All excellent (calamari least favorite, Aguacate best.) Enjoyed a white Spanish wine with same. Service excellent. Bit...on the expensive side though. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020 via mobile

Good choices on tapas. Well executed. Service is fast. Food is well presented. One short coming is that prices are high. The paella isn’t my best but in the upper $30s range for a moderate size one. Passable paella only. Wine prices are sky high....That makes the $30 corkage almost seem ok.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

Chef Amar Santana culinary skills are second to none, his cuisine is very Inovative and well executed. His dishes are always on point and bursting with flavor, the nice part of this restaurant is a very well equipped bar and a real and experienced bartenders,...they serve dry aged prime steaks and beef, absolutely delicious and cooked the way you can enjoy your steak. This restaurant is very busy therefore reservation is a must. Never had any issues here.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 28, 2019

We have walked by Vaca many times, going to and from Segerstrom and South Coast. Finally, we decided to splurge on dinner. We were sorry we did. We sat in the patio -- cold even with the heaters. Unremarkable setting and ambiance. We ordered three...tapas -- recommended by our server. Of the three, the bikini sandwich was very good; the other two were very ordinary. The paella Valenciana was $46 of not-so-great paella. To sum up: A high price for mediocre food in an ordinary space. There are many nearby restaurants that will give you a better all-around experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 12, 2019

We were a company of 4 . Ordered many Tapas and then ordered more. We could stay there only with the Tapas. Every dish we've ordered was excellent.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 9, 2019

Love Love Tapas and this place is amazing great service good ambiance and well priced and great service

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 2, 2019

You can share tapas that are very creative as well as share a steak. Interesting wine list. Delicious stuffed dates

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 21, 2019

Great food..! Beautiful space. That uni ! Wow that dish is life changing. My steak was cooked perfect! Can't wait to come back soon .. thank you for making my wife's and i date night super fun. Totally worth the drive up from San Diego.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Response from Priscilla G | Reviewed this property |
You are in luck!! They have a vegetarian paella!! And a couple of side dishes that are also vegetables and bread with tomatoes. All delicious.
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