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“not what we expected”
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Ranked #729 of 5,664 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $100
Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Financial District
Cross street: Bush & Kearny
Transit: BART Station. Montgomery
New York City, New York
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172 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“not what we expected”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Looking forward to nice spanish dinner but was very disapointed
When we arrived, they didnt have our reservations but seated us anyway
Waiter was pleasant.
Appy of shrimp w/avocado was good
We each ordered a different paella. They were so peppery we found them hard to eat. We picked out the seafood, etc since we were hungry and left
would not go back or recommend this place

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Rogers, Minnesota
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133 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

My expectations were higher than what I experienced. I had the noodle paella dish. The noodles seemed a bit greasy. The seafood was ok but not great. The dish came with two whole shrimp on top. The shrimp were flavorless and could have been so much better. Honestly, i felt like I was eating a bowl of Rice A Roni. There could have been some good spices or something used. Very disappointing. The highpoint of my meal was the beet salad. The greens were super fresh and the goat cheese delicious.

Visited October 2013
Thank Gregg P
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Manhattan Beach, California
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93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fun tapas bar for a group event or friends, but...”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Ok admittedly it was Friday night at 8:30 but the service was lame - 5 of us stood at the bar for 10 minutes and could not even get eye contact from the bartender...with no one in front of us...then we get seated and no waiter no water for another 10 minutes until we flagged a busboy. Got water but no bread no menus. When the waiter shows up he goes straight to specials and the menu without taking drink order...paella was fair, pork loin dry, baby rack of lamb was good, cheese plate was good. Garlic shrimp was good, fried potatoes in aioli were good. Roasted sea bass was dry. Meat plate was good but when asked what we were served the waiter pointed to the cutting board and said it's all different kinds of chorizo?! Anyway, go and have sangria and fun, but keep your expectations in check.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Chris_helen90266
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Vallejo, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great everything”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Now that we have been to Barcelona I can say it's pretty good. Loved the food the service is good, sangria is good. Would come back again and again.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Yvonne P
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San Leandro
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Dishonest manager!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We got the Travel Zoo deal--dinner for two people for $44 (reg. $79)
* Try any two tapas/appetizers (excluding the Iberico ham) on the menu, any entree or paella to share and a dessert to split
* Sip on a drink each (cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages; up to $10 value)

The food was delicious however the manager gave us a hard time when it came to paying the bill. We ordered two tapas ($13 squid and $13 shrimp/scallops), 1 paella, 1 dessert, and instead of getting 2 drinks (up to $10 value each) we decided to get a pitcher of sangria that cost $36 and the server was kind to let us pay the difference of $16. When it was time to pay the bill, the balance due was $38 before tip??? I was expecting to pay $16(difference of sangria) +$4 (sf health mandate) + $9 (tax)= $29. I asked the manager how did they come up with $38 and she said she subtracted $16 (sangria difference) minus the certificate value of $79 equals $63, then she subtracted the $63 from the check value of $101 which equaled to $38. I still don't understand as we ordered what was included in the deal and I was only expecting to pay $29. Ten dollars is not a big deal whatever we paid for it but what made us upset is the fact that she didn't want to admit that she sneaked in an extra $10 on the bill and didn't own up to it. Instead she told us that it was the "computer" who made the calculations and she is sorry. We were so upset that we only left a $1 bill for the tip. You know thinking about it, I feel really guilty that we left so little for tip because it wasn't the servers and kitchen staffs fault. We were planning to come back and we were more than happy to tip $20 for our dinner because the food was delicious and we were happy with our server. The fact that the manager was dishonest is the reason why we are not coming back.

Visited September 2013
Thank Elle C
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