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Viva Espana Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 112 Restaurants in Oliva
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $58
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Viva España Restaurante is open daily with an ale carte menu on weekends saturday night we offer dinner dance with a live band offering a 15€ menu and sunday lunch time enjoy a fabulouse flamenco floor show while you enjoy a beautiful lunch, menus 28€ or 38€. On special occasions especially during summer we offer andalusian evenings with a beautiful horse show and dancers, later dinner and the main flamenco floor show from our Viva España Ballet who will fill the evening with passion fire and grace and transport you through the wide range of flamenco palos !. we do the show the whole year round bookings are important, during the christmas season viva españa is perfect for family and friends visiting the area, Viva España a family run business for over 39 years , see you soon
Reviewed February 9, 2014

We have a home in Denia and on advise from our firends went to see the show and have a meal at Viva Espana. We were enthalled with the show, I inparticlar just love flamenco, but we did think that the service needed atention. However, that was ten years ago! The dancing is still amazing - just the costumes are a sight to see. The food has improved significantly on the last visit and the waiting staff appear to be engaging.
There has been a significant improvement which has been welcoming. I want to add though that we have been going to Viva Espana for over 10 years and will continue to go. It is a great place to get a feel for the 'Spanish flava'. The family Moralles work hard, especially during these finacial timesand have a task now to fill the large resaurant. Please don't be put off by these negative comments and be patient (the dancers sometimes do service). You will not be disappointed. It is not the Ritz but it is not a cafe either - if is just a great place to go to watch a great show, have good food and the main point is to have a good time - live is what you make it after all.
I am 53 years old and my partner is 57. We have brought over friends and family over the years here and are planning on bringing back family in April (who have been before and asked to go to Viva Espana). We are planning a trip in March and will pay a visit as well. Hope this helps you plan your visit.

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3  Thank David & Chantal W
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jacqueline m, Propietario at Viva Espana Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2014

Thank you very much for your lovely comment i really apreciate it, were working very hard to improve every day. hope to have you back as soon as possible. Jacqueline.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

After a poor review of this place I received a phone call from a lady who said she was the proprietor and also one of the dancers. She said she had not been told about our complaints concerning the dreadful music and invited us to come to lunch one Sunday as her guests. I asked her to email me so that I could pass it on to our fellow guests and never heard another word from her.
Funny old set-up, no change in my review.

2  Thank SenorCharlie
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We booked and attended the andalusian evening with horse show and flamenco dancers despite reading some very harsh reviews from previous customers. We thought the evening was good value for money and the horses and dancers didn't disappoint. The evening started with the horse show which kicked the evening off about 8.30pm. This was followed by a very tasty salad and tapas style starter then a choice of fish or meat for the main course (we pre-ordered a vegetarian meal which was a vegetarian paella). Included in the set price was a bottle of wine and bottled water, extra drinks were of a reasonable price. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and had no complaints. OK so the guy on the organ wasn't great but he passed the time until the dancers came on who were amazing. The girls performed 7 or 8 dances with the owner introducing each set to allow time for costume changes. Overall a great family night out although be prepared for a late one if you have little ones with you - we didn't leave until after midnight!

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5  Thank Helen G
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We have just returned home from one of the worst nights we can remember in nearly 10 years in Spain. We persuaded 2 friends who had never been to Viva Espana to join us and we are thoroughly embarrassed. The evening started well with the Andalusian horse show, beautiful horses with expert riders, great. We then went into the restaurant where we were subjected to an idiot wiith a synthesiser playing the most awful, noisy international pop rubbish. Whilst listening to this junk we were eventually served an adequate meal. After 45 minutes of this ear-splitting rubbish we asked how much longer before he finished and the promised flamenco show would start. Around 10 minutes was the reply. After 15 minutes we asked again and again were told 10 minutes. After a further 15 minutes we asked for the bill and paid and left.

We looked around the room and at least 90% of the audience looked really fed up.

We have paid 45 euros each for an enjoyable horse show that any passing person could see for free, a just adequate meal and around 90 minutes of noisy, rubbish music. We could not bear to wait a moment longer for the flamenco show.

The owner of Viva Espana needs a lesson in how to run a business. We will tell all our friends never to go near the place and they have lost our custom forever. What fools!

I see that Mark from Belgium had a similar experience in July. I only wish I had read his review before booking.

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4  Thank SenorCharlie
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

One of our worst nights out ever! After more than 4 hours - at midnight - we left - before the evening dinner flamenco show had even started. Upon booking we were urged to arrive before the show start time of 8pm. By 8:30pm we were told the Andalusian Horse Show would start soon - when other people had arrived. The horse show finally started after 9pm. Full credit, the horses, their training and the riders were very, very good. Almost on a par with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. But sadly, their "arena" was the car park at the side of the busy main N332 road. Anybody could watch! Dinner followed inside the large warehouse-like restaurant. An assortment of pretty good staters. But downhill after that. We had ordered one vegetarian paella - tasteless, under-cooked rice and stewed, over-cooked vegetables obviously prepared long in advance. Despite this pre-order, no thought had been given to vegetarian starter options. We also ordered 4 steaks, 2 well done and 2 rare. We received 4 medium, leaving nobody happy. Given the "dinner and show" mass catering, this could be forgiven. However, by that time we had suffered over 90 minutes of an outdated solo organ player cum singer reminiscent of the TV series Hi-de-hi, set in a 1950s holiday camp. After an indescribable desert, and by this time 2 hours of overly loud organ music, we could bare no more, so left. This should not be billed as dinner with flamenco show. One review falsely compares this to Benidorm's Palace - somewhere you can forgive the food given the setting, professionalism of service and EXCELLENT show WITH dinner.
Perhaps we should not have gone? There were enough omens, but I'm ever the optomist, so ignored them. Web site not working. Press ads with no address and missing the simple instruction "exit the AP7 at the Oliva junction - turn LEFT onto N332 immediately after the toll booths - restaurant 100m on left." Large, broken Viva España signs were perhaps another clue. Then no welcome, having to seek out staff. Plus a Tapas dish in the display windows on the bar with MOULD growing on it should all have told us to leave.
On the plus side, the staff we did subsequently talk to were all friendly and wanted us to have a good time - whilst the place itself was tired and lacked atmosphere - candles and soft lights would help reduce the warehouse-feeling.
Although not the fault of our hosts, restless babies with projectile vomiting on the next table was the final straw - their parents had not expected the show to be so late either!
If you do go - at least you know what to expect. Other reviewers actually saw the show on previous occasions and report on it positively We sadly had lost the will to live before it started and left very disappointed as we love Spain, flamenco done well etc. We'll have to go back to the authentic flamenco we found in Seville as yet to find anything comparably good near our house in Morira on the Costa Blanca.

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4  Thank Mark B
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