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“Won't be returning...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Embrujo Flamenco - CLOSED

Embrujo Flamenco
Price range: $23 - $43
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: East End
Description: Tapas refers to a wide variety of small savoury dishes. It's not just a trend. It has been a delicious and enjoyable way of life in Spain for centuries. Embrujo Flamenco Tapas Restaurant is proud to offer authentic Spanish Tapas - The real thing. Enjoy the regional cuisines of Spain.
Canada
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515 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Won't be returning...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

I went here with a friend on a Thursday evening around 7pm. As soon as we arrived it seemed like it was going to be a disaster. On the front door was a sign saying that there debit/credit was down completely and they did not have an ATM in house... And it was pouring rain outside and I had to run across the street to go to the bank. Needless to say I was not impressed. We also had a Travelzoo voucher but still had to pay an additional $30 out of pocket for tax and tip. The service was sooooo SLOW- I'm not even kidding you. The table we were seated at was too small- not meant for sharing numerous tapas. Also- one of the only reasons we went to this place was to try something new (which was the ox tongue) and they were sold out of it. Again not impressed.

The food was alright. We had several dishes including the steak frites, beet salad, spicy potatoes, meat and cheese tray (one piece of cheese), chirizo, sardines (not good) and the sponge cake.

I did enjoy the guitarist and the dancer and this place could have so much potential but just lacks. Could be an awesome date night but needs improvement. Also- parking was not easy to find. Expect to pay for it.

Would I return? No

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank ilovedgreece
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English first
Mississauga, Canada
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115 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Not a repeat.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Was so looking forward to re-living our recent visit to Spain but it was not to be. Really nice server but the atmosphere and the food just didn't pass muster. We got our tapas in dribs and drabs. Had to wait an hour for the lamb dish which was not worth the wait. Then the music and dancing started - music was good but neither held our attention for long. Is there a restaurant that serves tapas on a bar in Toronto so you can look and choose, like they do in Spain? Sorry but the whole thing was a disappointment.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank myroes
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Toronto, Canada
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148 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Still good food, but delivery was a bit odd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Went back to Embrujo Flamenco a recent Friday night... food is still tasty, but the service was a bit off.
We arrived quite early, 7:30 and there were at least 4 or 5 tables. The first person who came to the front said that we needed a reservation but we could come back and try again later. However, while we were debating whether to try elsewhere, another server came and seated us, which made sense, as at no time while we were there did every table fill up.
Usually we order about 4 or 5 tapas and a half litre of sangria for the two of us and they come out fairly close together, so one can sample several items. However, the service was very odd- we got one dish at a time each spaced about 20-30 minutes apart so our 4 dishes were eeach eaten separately, when we'd ordered them to complement each other. Moreover, the order was odd-we got a meat dish first, then 30 minutes later a salad then our steak/frites and finally a mushroom dish in a wonderful sauce but after everything else, including the bread was done, so nothing to mop up the sauce with. So, food was good, enjoyed the flamenco dancing and spanish guitar playing but the kitchen needs to figure out how to speed up the delivery a bit- food was tasty but one tapas each 20-30 minutes was too slow.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank TW53
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toronto
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Quite Pricey For What you Get”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

The place was nice,and the entertainment was just OK , but if you are hungry - the tapas dishes which are quite small can add up to quite an expensive meal, especially by adding on the Sangria (which was watered down).

Give this place a pass and go to a nice restaurant with decent portions

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank saucywench
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Winnipeg, Canada
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Been to this restaurant twice (2012 + 2013). The tapas are varied, well-prepared and not all served at once! In fact you can eat only tapas and therefore the price of your meal can be quite reasonable. Have not had the paella, so can't comment. Sangria was great, and wine list was excellent, if expensive (but which Toronto restaurant is not?). The ambiance does leave quite a lot to be desired, but the flamenco show was excellent, really wonderful. Overall, I recommend, but not perhaps for your most special meal. (Tip: Use the website to make a reservation, since they don't seem to be very good at answering the phone or using voicemail.....)

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Chumby
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