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“Nothing Special”

Marbella Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 151 Restaurants in Bayside
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 220th Place
Description: At Marbella Restaurant Lunch & Dinner are always a memorable experience. Relax in an elegant environment and enjoy the distinctive cuisine as prepared by Chef Esteban Barroso who is proud to present the most flavorful dishes from various regions of Spain as well as a number of French and Italian masterpieces. Chef Esteban Barroso's ambition is to offer each client a memorable dining experience. Memorable for the indisputable quality of the ingredients, expert preparation, and beautiful presentation. Marbella also offers well appointed private event spaces to accommodate large or intimate occasions. You will find unique & upscale settings fit for Weddings, Birthdays, Luncheons, Cocktail receptions, meetings.
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nothing Special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

The food used to be better. It would be rated only average. Service was excellent.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank hbraun400
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English first
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Outstanding Spanish food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

This was a return visit to a restaurant I have not been to in over 25 years. The food was as good today, as it was all those years ago. The food was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. The sea bass just melted in my mouth. The sangria was as tasty as ever. It is worth a repeat visit, soon!

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2 Thank SylviaCM
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Glendale, NY
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Very good Spanish food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2012

What this restaurant may lack in atmosphere or decor, makes up for in excellent food.

  • Visited February 2011
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Thank Glendale_NYLinda
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New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Never going back... Terrible dining experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2011

Despite all these good reviews, I will definitely NOT be eating at Marbella Restaurant again. I warn anyone even thinking about dining here to change their minds.

The food here is expensive. The prices are 2 or 3 times more than those of similar local restaurants and the portions are significantly smaller than most restaurants. Needless to say, the food is merely decent.

Not only is the food bland and mediocre, but it is not handled very carefully or hygienically, considering I found multiple strands of hair in my Caesar salad.

Also be aware that a $5.50 "sharing" fee is added to the bill for each dish that is shared. This charge is incurred even if another person simply tastes a little bite of food other than their own dish. This fee is noted at the very bottom of the menu in a hard-to-see fine print Therefore, families or others who share entrees at restaurants can easily rack up a slew of these charges.

In addition, the location is hidden from view and the sign outside is very dingy looking. There is a "specials" menu outside by the sidewalk, but don't even bother looking because those advertised prices are apparently ignored. When you go there are weekends, the manager says that the "specials" menu is only valid weekdays and when you go there on weekdays the manager could say that the menu is only valid weekends. How could this happen you might ask? This is because the "specials" menu outside does not have any mention of when it is valid or the duration of the menu. Do you know what happens when you mention the discrepancies between the advertised and billed prices? You are slapped with yet another unwarranted $5.50 fee AND you still have to pay the higher billed price.

If you're at this restaurant, your best bet is to avoid complaining and leave as soon as possible. Moral of the story: Don't eat at Marbella's to avoid unnecessary stress and to avoid a hefty bill with an added sharing fee, talking fee, breathing fee, refilling water fee (You get the picture).

In short, Marbella's has:
- Poor Service
- High Prices
- Small Portions
- Mediocre Food with hair and other nasty things
- Surprise "Sharing" food fees
- Price discrepancies in menus
- Managers eager to overcharge unsuspecting customers

  • Visited June 2011
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5 Thank bienvenuetoutlamonde
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2011

Best Spanish food in the states. The Bartender was very friendly, As soon as we get to our table it was then when our magic night began.

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Thank Breogans
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