My wife and I ate at Spanish Tavern early in January. The experience was simply excellent.
Server: Wilbur (yes, “Wilbur” - - ask him how he got the name!) could not have been better. Very attentive and informative.
Food: Meal started with the complimentary bowl (not cup) of soup - - nice touch and excellent. We shared the shrimp in garlic sauce appetizer (as so many reviewers raved about it) - - it did not disappoint. For our entre, we opted to share an order of paella (Wilbur assured us that it would be enough for two - - and it was). My wife inquired if it might be “too spicy” – not to her taste – while I indicated that I preferred “spicy” and Wilbur suggested that he bring out a “side bowl” of a “spicier sauce” that I could add to my share. How often do you get a server who will even listen to his customers, let alone go out of his way to make the experience memorable. Bottom line - - wife and I both loved our entre. Pitcher of sangria was a perfect match. Flan for desert was to die for - - at least as good as all others who raved about it. To make up for sangria arriving a bit late, Wilbur offered complimentary dessert wine. Another “above and beyond” touch.
Ambiance: Really very nice, although a bit crowded (but less so than other Ironbound restaurants as we’ve heard). Free, attended parking lot across the street was another very nice touch.
Price: I have eaten in restaurants in 13 different countries and this experience was one of the best value dinners I have experienced - - total bill was under $70 including a very handsome tip.
Can’t wait for my next excuse to be in the Newark area to return to Spanish Tavern.
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