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Tapas & Beer

$$ - $$$
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gastropub
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22307 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-3933
+1 949-888-1896
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Reno, Nevada
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79 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Met here for lunch. I have to say that I am a tapas snob, having frequently enjoyed the many tapas bars in northern Spain. The US tries very hard but I think many of the traditional and varied tapas dishes from Spain are not to the North American palate and hence the tendency is to go for a more traditional... More 

Thank badger1_98
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44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Come on an overcast or cloudy day and sit at the bar and look out and you're going to feel like you're at Kimo's in Lahaina. great little local Brewery selection too. tell them Margarita Mike sent you.

Thank Michael F
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

My husband and I are regulars here. The beer selection is very good and the food is always awesome. I have tried I think everything on the menu and I have not been disappointed. The service is sometimes a little slow when they are busy but someone will always at least tell you they will be right with you. They... More 

Thank Lori D
Ely, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

I've been here twice (once on a date night with hubby) and once with girlfriends and both times I was impressed. The food is fresh and tasty. The staff are helpful about what to choose. The bar is well-stocked and the (limited) cocktail menu is nice. The last time I went my food was too spicy for me so I... More 

Thank Jane B
Orange County, California
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2015

Tucked in a small strip mall. Small outdoor seating facing the parking lot. Inside loud with multiple TVs. One nicer, larger table in back corner alcove is quieter. Server was knowledgeable, very pleasant and fast. Beer choices were interesting. A couple wines by the glass available. Tapas menu was more extensive and intriguing than expected. Food was quite good. So... More 

Thank NLV-E
Long Beach, California
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2015

I LOVE TAPAS & BEER! This place is the bomb.com and if you live in RSM, it is a must try. I moved into the apartments up the street from Tapas about a month ago and we've been here 3 times already. We like to walk over, watch the game, have some cocktails & eats, then not worry about driving... More 

Thank gcullrich
Charlotte, North Carolina
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152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Tapas & Beer is truly a hidden gem. Although it's tucked away in a strip mall don't let it dissuade you. The tapas are on par with what you'll find at most U.S. "tapas" restaurants but their prices are better. Flavors and textures are some of the best! I ordered Pan Roasted Calamari ($8) and they were really tender and... More 

Thank Chef D
Bedford NH
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Great food and good beer selection complimented by friendly staff. My recommendations in order from the choices we made would be: Spanish meatballs, Spanish Kabobs, crab cakes and spicy fish. However one sour note. We went again last Saturday and apparently the pandora music normally played was broken. The waitress improvised with the most appalling Country & Western music she... More 

Thank NHstu
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84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Hey this place is small but happening. All adult ages seem to enjoy the place for both food and drinks. I've been twice and both times were great fun with friends.

Thank Celtickirk
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

Was at another restaurant enjoying my pizza, but not the drinks or the vibe on a crazy football playoff game and our server gave us the 411 about this place - Tapas & Beer to check it out. Went over and the place is slamming! Love the wood planks that makes the whole room feel like you are in someone's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $16
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gastropub
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22307 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-3933
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Phone Number: +1 949-888-1896
Tapas & Beer offers Spanish style tapas along with an excellent full regional menu; served alongside award-winning craft beers, fine wines selected by our in-house sommelier, and handcrafted cocktails and specialty drinks. All this can be enjoyed while watching your favorite team on one of our 11 flat screen HD TVs. We get every game!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?