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“Not a hole-in-the-wall anymore.”
Review of Asador Pamplona

Asador Pamplona
Ranked #47 of 662 Restaurants in Tijuana
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is a restaurant that has grown and improved....it's very much like a European restaurant where at 1pm it's empty and by 1:20pm all the tables are full and the place is jumping. The food is Spanish with a Basque touch from the Navarre. Prices continue to be very affordable...a group of ten of us eating multiple dishes including dessert, corkage fees and tip for about 25 dollars per person.

It now has a front, open patio, two main dining rooms downstairs (the bar is in one of them) and a third dining room upstairs. The owner is like a dervish...you see him everywhere checking up on the kitchen, bar, dining rooms, serving food, clearing tables, greeting guests, socializing with diners, etc. You can tell he's proud of his business and deservedly so.

Food is served quite promptly (we were there for lunch and it attracts business folk who obviously need to eat in a time frame)...several tables of junior executive types, one table of six all female junior execs, several tables with men in suits, our family group of 10, etc. A very eclectic group of serious eaters being well-served throughout.

Paella, not surprisingly, is one of the main attractions but so is the 'chamorro' (pork shank), the steak covered in grilled mushrooms and pimentos and the octopus Galicia style. Don't forget to check out the daily specials that are listed on a blackboard because they don't appear on the menu and the waiters don't always mention them. Some very tasty items are usually here and well worth trying out. (There was a rack of lamb today that looked delicious!)

I had the octopus and the sweetbreads as my main courses and snacked on the mushrooms al ajillo, tortilla española and chistorra sausages...delicious all - the bread is real good too. Next time I plan to return and just have the bread, Serrano ham (which was the leanest I've seen and looked to be of the highest quality) and cheese and a glass of red wine!

This restaurant is off the beaten track but still well worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Want good, satisfying, freshly prepared food that is not very expensive in a place where everybody seem to know you? Go to Asador Pamplona and buen provecho!

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The food in this restaurant is great but you have to consider that this is not a fancy restaurant, not on the outside, not on the inside, and there are just a few tables. Prices are very affordable. We were there for dinner (8PM), and within an hour the place was packed with people, many young couples.

They do not have a large wine selection but they have some good mexican and spanish wines that are worth tasting.

This is a place I must definitely coming back.

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2  Thank XFisher
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

We've been to Asador Pamplona quite often since 2009. It is owned and tended for by the two owners (I assume from Pamplona), one barman (great guy) and two waiters. The decor is that of a spanish "taska" with heavy tables and chairs and not a lot more. In other words, Asador Pamplona is nothing to look at, the service is efficient but not much more... and the food is fantastic. Get there around 1-2 PM or you'll find it hard to get a table. The place fills quickly after 2 PM for the mid-day meal with local professionals who have offices nearby. The menu is not very extensive but everything in it is cooked at the time it is asked for. The "pescado en salsa verde (fish in green sauce)," the "pescado con camarones (fish with shrimp), the paella or the "chicken Euskadi" (Vasque style chicken) are just great. The house wine is from Cetto (a local winery; not great but pleasant and inexpensive) and they have a couple of Spanish and Chilean wines that cost a bit more and are probably a bit better than Cetto's. In sum: A place to enjoy a good meal. Period.

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2  Thank blaueskaefer75
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