401 S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI | Directions 4806742.486978 -83.147935
Tue, Wed, 11:30am - 10pm; Thu, 11:30am - 11pm; Fri, 11:30am - midnight; Sat, 4pm - midnight; Sun, 4pm - 9pm; Mon, closed
Amazing food and great service – I have been going to this restaurant for years and it has always been a pleasant experience.
The weekend specials are the best!!!
I don't love seafood in Michigan, but this is a place were I am not afraid to order it.
The atmosphere is great. I love the flamenco show on Thursdays and the salsa classes are so much fun.
We are lucky to have a place like this in Michigan.
just okay. – When we got to Sangria on a busy night, we were greeted by the hostess and the person that is apparently the owner, who was very flustered about seatings. There was a wait so we went to the bar, where Andrew, the head bartender, was a delight.
When we got to our table, our server was right on top of things, and very nice. We shared some tapas, some were better than others, and some, for the price, are not a bargain. During our meal, we were interrupted by the owner yelling at one of the servers, which we thought was very unprofessional and not neccessary to do in the middle of a restaurant on a crowded Friday night. Apparently he was still flustered over trying to be the hostess. To finish our meal, we did order the pineapple dessert, which was wonderful and we will be back for, just maybe during the week when there is less chaos. Also, we will return for the red sangria. It is excellent.
The Best Spanish Restaurant in Town – Amazingly delicious authentic Spanish cuisine. immense assortment of wines. Great Place, friendly staff and atmosphere. To my surprise after 10 years in business it still looks and feels brand new.
Bad dining experience – We were invited to Sangria for a birthday celebration. The Salsa lessons were fun but where they hold them was a shame. Dirty and seemingly unkept. After the salsa lessons we were taken down to dine at a table where we were all uncomfortably squeezed in. The food was pricey and not very good. You get a small dish for a big price. Most all of the food that was supposed to be hot was cold by the time it got to us. My daughter in law got sick all night from the raw fish they served. My other daughter in law couldn't even eat it. They did not explain that the fish would be served raw. If this restaurant is an example of how they eat in Spain I am glad I don't live there. None of us would ever go to this restaurant again.
It's a good try, but not a sure thing – When we tried Sangria, it was very empty, so we got our pick of the outside seating and had all the privacy we could want. Still, we were not forgotten by our waitress who was prompt and friendly. The food selection was good, I focused on Tapas and was a bit disappointed, as I felt it was a bit oily. The food was tasty, but nothing compared to REAL Spanish food. We were not too pleased with the prices, so we won't dine there again, even though it might be fun to try some other dishes that they offered.
Just OK – After spending several weeks in Madrid and surrounding area, I have to say that the tapas and paella herejust doesn't measure up to Spain. The paella at Sangria tastes like that packaged safron rice you buy at the grocery store. When I had it in Spain, I was shocked at how much tastier it was. I had both the seafood and chicken paella in Spain. The tapas here was ok but not inspired. As the other reviewer stated, there were some Spanish staples missing. One last thing, the pitchers of sangria were so small at Sangria, that with 10 people at the table, I didn't even get a half a glass. We each paid about 30.00 or 35.00 dollars on top of that for our meal.
The atmosphere was not like a true tapas bar but more like a Royal Oak yuppie hangout. Oh well....
The only cuisine from Spain in Michigan – The Chef is masterful. Wonderful appetizer (tapas). The entrees are carefully chosen and exquisitely presented; the Chef gets involved himself in presentation. The crowds are yuppie and can be quite obnoxious, people who do not know anything except money and pride. There is a place upstairs to drink, and there is live theatre next door (Royal Oak Music Theater, a vintage joint) and another one in same building (neighborhood talent).
you call this Spanish food? – I am consistently amazed by how Detroit area restaurants insist on "dumbing down" international cuisine rather than educating local residents on how food is cooked in other parts of the world. (A certain Thai place with breakfast potatoes in its curry comes to mind.)
Sangria is no different. While there are some poorly executed renditions of actual Spanish tapas on the menu, the vast majority of the dishes seem to have been Michiganderized -- for the worse. Common staples of tapas establishments (e.g., serrano ham, manchego cheese, etc.) are nowhere to be found on the menu.
I think Sangria ought to break from the mold and cook Spanish food the way it was intended to be cooked -- by copying recipes from a Penelope Casas cookbook, this restaurant would be "kilometros" ahead of where it stands today.
Tapas are on the menu at this Spanish inspired cafe. – In Short
Sangria is inviting, with its uncurtained picture windows, candlelit tables and an assertive artist's renderings of four tabletop scenes. Specialties include croquetas de pollo (chicken and ham puffs with alioli, or garlic mayo) and chipirones crujientes, squid with peppers. Paella comes in four varieties: exotic mushrooms, vegetables, seafood and chicken/pork.
I love this restaurant! – This was a favorite from time one - I have taken many of my friends here. Refreshing change from the norm. If you like food with lots of flavor, and to try different food combinations this is the place. The head bartender on the weekends, Andrew, can mix you up one heck of a good cocktail. Thursday is the night to go when the flaminco dancers are out showing off their talent - wow!! There is also salsa lessons upstairs during the week.
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