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“Great fun. Great food. Really Nice vibe.”

Despana Foods From Spain
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Ranked #41 of 195 Restaurants in Princeton
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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140 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great fun. Great food. Really Nice vibe.”
Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Go with a few people because this restaurant is all about sharing. The idea is you order your paella when you arrive. While waiting for it try the variety of small plate Spanish dishes. The obligatory sangria is good but they have no liquor license so you buy the wine across the street. They sell you the mixings. All great fun. Menu changes all the time. Fun balcony dining also avAil. A real lower manhattan feel. Go. You will have fun

  • Visited July 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Cranbury, New Jersey
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“GOOD LOCATION”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We love Spanish Iberico and Serrano ham and was excited to try the Paella Negro - The portion sizes were very 'economical' - Paella for $25.00 tasted frozen seafood with 3 shrimps and you can count the squid with little pieces of fish. Our waitress MaryAnn is very pleasant and helpful with the selection of menu and she is speaks Spanish! We opted to seat in the outside - with Spanish music playing so the ambiance is good - but the price does not justify the quality of the food.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank emmadeguzman
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Cranbury, New Jersey
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Very Good Service, Tasty But Not remarkable, $”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

My wife and I had a good night out at this locale. However, many facets of this experience could use a little more polishing. First, the service was great. Very attentive staff, and the food came out quick. Having frequented an authentic tapas restaurant in another major city outside of NY, I thought the dishes could use some more depth. The dishes were good but not remarkable. The paella was ok. Make sure you order the flan for desert. If you like a very modern feel this could be the place for you. There are 5 or so tables outside. Personally, I would have liked more of a Spanish vibe. If you are able to secure outdoor seating, do so. Parking is limited in the rear of the restaurant. You can also park further north on Nassau street at a meter. Overall, a good meal. Princeton is not a cheap place to eat so expect Princeton prices. Enjoy.

  • Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Way too overpriced”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

The portion sizes were puny. We spent a lot of money and still left hungry! And on top of that, the service staff was very incompetent, especially with the check.

  • Visited July 2013
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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing authentic cusine”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

After spending two semesters in Spain and returning to Princeton. I am so glad to see something that takes me back to Spain. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. The food is authentic, the service is amazing, the inside of the building is beautiful. I have to say the server we had was excellent. She said they were only open a few weeks. I was truly impressed but the level of service including the management. The owner stopped by our table to introduce himself and was extremely friendly. Truly an awesome experience worth writing about.

  • Visited July 2013
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