Let me start by recommending reservations! This place gets packed and since this was our first time to dine there, we did not know this. My husband and I decided on the spur of the moment to go out to dinner since our 13 year old twins were otherwise occupied for the evening. We had both heard very favorable things about Asado from multiple sources so off we went. It is located in a rather hip part of Tacoma and parking is at a premium. They offer valet parking for $5 and I would recommend taking advantage of this unless you know the area well. We were greeted very warmly and ended up sitting in the bar (they serve the full menu as well) for our meal since there would not be a table available in the dining room until at least 7:45pm. Initially I was a bit off put by having to take immediate bar seating as there are only four tables in the bar (best suited for two persons only) and they were all full. Glad I did not let this situation deter me/us from staying as I/we would have missed out on one of the single best meals ever. The bartender that ended up serving us was simply wonderful and is very skilled in her mixology. We had calamari for an appetizer and it was done beautifully and served with two great house made aiolis (one lime/jalapeno and one yellow pepper... both delish!). We were then served warm, crusty bread with house special compound butter made with their chimichuri spices, a bit of light olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. To say these were great, is not doing them enough justice but for now it is the word I have. My husband ordered pork Costillas served with the houses take on a potato salad and I ordered an entree salad accompanied by beef and shrimp skewers. Both dishes were perfectly done! Cap the evening with warm Spanish Coffees and smiles. Great place to take out-of-town friends or to go for a nice dinner out with your s.o. or friends. We will definitely be returning but will make reservations so that we can experience a dinner in the dining room this time.
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