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“Tiny place; great for tapas & BOYB”
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Flan y Ajo
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Providence, Rhode Island
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85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Tiny place; great for tapas & BOYB”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a small, storefront restaurant on Westminster St. Unique experience. Wonderful selection of authentic tapas (small plates). Love the BYOB aspect - we can bring great wine to go with the food. Limited atmosphere. It is a bar with food prep behind it. 4 Stools at the bar and standing room around the permimeter. There were 4 seats for couples in the front window and a few sidewalk bistro tables. Arrive early for a space to eat and don't expect a sit down at a table dining experience, bring your own wine and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Brooklyn, NY
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great tapas great atmosphere!”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Byob delight in Providence. I walked in based on reviews and was not disappointed. There is a charming wine shop next door where I picked up a great bottle of rioja and then sat at the bar. I got the patas bravas (super tasty), a cheese plate, and a toast. The toast was fig and cheese and was good. These manchego was delicious and went really well with the wine. A highly enjoyable meal. Wish I had been with a few other people to try even more things! Will for sure go back next time I am in RI!

  • Visited July 2013
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Summit, New Jersey
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Love this place!!!!”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

What a great experience. This restaurant is tiny with minimal seating so we (two kids in our party 11 & 12) stood at the bar and spent nearly 3 hours enjoying just about everything on their menu. The laid back atmosphere, the varied crowd, open kitchen behind the bar serving up some great tapas, funky music - all made for a such a great time during our short vacation in Providence. I highly recommend a trip here if you're in the area. The service is as good as it can be considering the crowds & tight quarters. If you're an attention fiend who can't let it go and just enjoy everything else, this isn't the place for you. It's a BYO so stop at the wine store next door and grab a bottle. They're very helpful too. We made several trips in between our tapas orders

  • Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Unique Dining Experience - Fantastic Tapas!”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

It's super local: there are only a few seats, and you have to know how to get them. Once you do, expect to make friends with a neighbor, cuz it's cramped and loud!

Try to sit at the bar! The staff in the tiny kitchen will add to the experience.

Order everything!!! We had almost everything on the menu, even dishes that we didn't recognize, and to the excitement of our palate, we loved it all.

Bring wine from next door - they have plenty to pair with the menu.

This is a must-dine destination!!!!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank skygirl12
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Palos Heights, Illinois
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275 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
“Great tapas place, authentic atmosphere. Buy your wine next door”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

I have long been a fan of tapas and am always willing to check out these dining establishments offering tapas when given a chance. This liking grew exponentially after having visited Andalucia over 10 years ago. In Chicagoland we have eaten at various establishments over the years in the city (Emilio's) and the suburbs (Emilio's, Meson Sabika) . We checked out Barcelona in Stamford CT. last year. That turned out to be prophetic because we did visit Barcelona, Catalunya just a few months ago.

Flan y Ajo reminded me of tapas bars in Andalucia catering to locals where there was little or no seating and you stood at the bar counter or outside at tall tables. We dined on a weekend evening. The place was packed and customers spilled out onto the street. It was mostly standing room inside. Outside there were a couple of small tables with chairs right in front of the window as well as several large barrels at which people stood using them as tables.

We initially stood at the counter that ran along the sidewall of the restaurant, then got a couple of seats by the window. The kitchen is small with a good selection of tapas but by no means extensive or exhaustive. There is a menu written in chalk on a blackboard; when they ran out of duck egg, the "huevos al pato" they simply scratched through the item on the board. What tapas they do have they seem to do very well. We sampled the patatas bravas, txistorra (charred spicy sausage), boquerones (anchovies), gambas al ajillo, lomito (pork tenderloin) and mejillones al vino blanco (local mussels). Even with taxes that came out just under $40. Remember, however, that this does not include alcholic beverages. We bought a bottle of garnacha next door at Eno Fine Wines to enjoy the tapas with.

As mentioned by another reviewer it can get loud inside and it was not very conducive to conversation; If this is important try to score one of the tables or barrels outside. It might be hard to accommodate larger groups on weekend evenings but weekdays may be better. I would not bring small children on weekend nights. As much as I loved the ambiance as being reminiscent of being on the Iberian peninsula I do not think this is the place for a "special occasion" as is queried on the TA review format. This is not the place for an intimate one-on-one or a romantic tête-à-tête.

If none of the above apply and you like or love tapas definitely give this place a try. Even if you have never had tapas before check it out.

  • Visited June 2013
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