Boston >Food & Dining > Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar
266 Newbury St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.349278 -71.083270
Sunday- Thursday 5:30-10:00PM, Friday 5:30-11:00PM, Saturday Noon- 11:00PM, Sunday Noon- 10:00, BAR OPEN DAILY 5:00-12:00
Neighborhoods: Back Bay West, Back Bay
Excellant food and service – Excellant food, great service, unique dining rooms, same owners/menu as Dali which we found out last time we were there.
Two Thumbs up!!
too pricey not the quality you expect – The food was good but WAY too expensive for what it was. Yes, it was unique but get ready to spend about $50 per person and not even be full and the quality wasn't there in some items. For example, the tiny bowl of beef stew tapas had chunks of fat and tendon in the meat($9.50), me and my friend were so grossed out we couldn't eat it and there were only 3 pieces of meat in it. The tiny plate of shrimp in the garlic and butter was overcooked($9.50) but I was able to dip my bread in it which was yummy because it was garlic butter.
The 2oz of steak on toast tapas was good meat but it had no flavor at all($10)
The goat cheese was great, but the sauce it was in tasted like prego pasta sauce. Kind of pedestrian. ($9.50) The 3 little lamb chops were good, they did not taste gamey ($10.50). My favorite was the chicken balls (don't remember what they are called?) but they were SOOOO tiny, I couldn't believe they cost $10! It was literally 4 bites.
honestly, the quality was just not there for the price. Tasca tapas in Brighton is way better quality and is more affordable.
Also, they are kind of rude here. i ordered a cup of cider at the bar while waiting for my table and they charged me $6 for it and when I asked them why it said $3 fruit juice in the menu the guy said "oh yeah, well, we kind of count it as a virgin drink". What bull. he changed it when I brought it up.
The ONLY way that this place is AT ALL worth it is if you go for the $5 tapas at the bar. THEN you are getting a GREAT deal because of the experience of tapas, but that is still pricey for some of the dishes, but it's the best way to experience things. Plan on spending $50 for two people if you do the $5 tapas, otherwise plan on spending $40-50 per person, not including any drinks. It was the birthday of one of our party, so they brought a small piece of (very tasty!) cake but then charged us $9 for it. nice.
Finally, our server was not good. he kept forgetting to get things we ordered and he brought us tapas we did not order and then acted dumb when we said something, like, "oh yes I brought that, that was the other thing I gave you" and we would say "no, we ordered such and such ( totally different sounding name). it's like he confused us with other tables and couldn't even admit it.
The drinks are way overpriced. nothing for less than $8 and it's tiny and wasn't even good. They are even cheap with their wine portions even though it's $8 a glass. The beer was $5 and it was about a 10 oz glass. Essentially, I just felt like they were trying to rip you off at every opportunity to help cover their expensive Newbury street rent. Tasca in Brighton is waaaayyy better both in taste and prices --AND service, and even has flamenco some nights.
Dali in Sommerville is also the BOMB. mmmm the best!! pricey too, but their food is sooooooooo soooooo worth it.
overrated, overpriced, and bad service – Was given a gift certificate ($65) to this place and finally went and checked it out. To my surprise, the prices were higher than other tapas places I've been to. My gf and I ordered about $55 worth of food and when I paid with the gift certificate, the waiter said he couldn't give me change. WTF?? He kept saying, "No, I CANNOT give you change." At first I thought I misheard him, but after a couple of minutes of him INSISTING he could not give me change, he suggested that we order another dish to make it closer to the $65 amount of the gift certificate. WTF?? I kept asking and calling him out on it, basically saying, "Uh...WHY can you not give me change??" But he kept going on and on, but not really saying anything different...just kept saying he couldn't. This is the first time I've experienced this!! I've never been to a restaurant where the waiter got into a heated discussion on WHAT I should do with MY money!! I was trying to actually reason with him and kept asking him why it is that he could not give me change. He kinda looked around, and kept repeating the same phrase, "I cannot give you change." Oh, he also finally added that I should pay CASH for the meal and save the gift certificate for another time. Are you kidding me?? I've never been to a restaurant where the waiter got into a heated discussion on WHAT I should do with MY own money!! Why the hell would I want to save the gift certificate for another day??? That's why I went to the restaurant in the first place, so I can USE the gift certificate!! The waiter kept arguing (rather forcefully) his "point" for a good 15 minutes!!!
Unbelievable. So after much hesitation, I did order another dish (about $9.00); we promptly ate it and left WITHOUT leaving a tip. Well, actually, he got a tip of exactly a $1.00, which was the balance of the gift certificate. I hope he feels better now...that his ridiculous insistence on not being able to give me $10 change actually COST him a much more substantial tip I was already planning to give him in the first place.
This was truly unbelievable and left the worst impression of the restaurant as a whole.
I will never go back to this place. And besides, the food was just okay, seriously overrated.
The best Tapas in boston:) – Whenever I visit Tapeo I feel like I have made a quick trip to Spain. Wonderful food, a relaxed atmospere.....and a super friendly staff. I highly reccomend.
Great place – great place. Love the sangria. The tapas portions are very small though. great place. Love the sangria.
great place for tapas – My favorite place in Boston. Would love to visit it when I visit Boston next.
Oh, and they make great sangria.
Great location, great tapas. What else can you ask for? – Came here with my girlfriend for a 30th birthday party. I'm not a big tapas expert but I've visited Spain during college and this place fits the part. The baby potatoes, garlic shrimp and beef tenderloin were awesome. I had 4 glasses of sangria and I was starting to feel the repercussions.
Our server was helpful and very nice. I didn't catch her name though. Another guy from Tapeo came over who helped my buddy out with the group arrangements and shook his hand. That stuff goes along way in my book. I will most def come back soon.
Good Outside Dining, however, Lackluster Food and Service – I was really disappointed with our recent visit to Tapeo. In the past, I thought the sangria & tapas were good. However, this recent visit, left me extremely disappointed. I'm not sure if the food was disappointing because the kitchen did a poor job preparing it or was our server one of the worst we've ever had. We ordered a wide range of tapas...empanadas, tortilla espanola, scallops in saffron cream, pork w/ blue cheese, pork sausage w/ fig, beef tenderloin, beef short ribs, etc. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing for several reasons. The empanadas were incredibly bland. The scallops were over cooked. The beef was predominantly fat. On the flip side, the sausage & fig and the pork with blue cheese were good. Despite, two tapas that lived up to expectations...the rest of the meal fell well short. I think our server was bad. The scallops and saffron cream had a thick skin on it (along with the overcooked scallops)...suggests that the food had been waiting for a considerable time. The Sangria was watery...also suggesting that it had been sitting in a pitcher for a while. Along with food sitting, our waitress often disappeared, forgot parts of our order, and had a bit of an attitude. I know that Tapeo has been successful in the past. And I know that we will give them another shot to redeem themselves after our last experience...however, I think I will try to avoid the last waitress we had.
Coffee Drinkers BEWARE – If you drink coffee and expect some at Tapeo's - be prepared. They will serve you about 3 ounces of the strongest "coffee" you will ever had and they will charge you $3 for this. Worse, is if you ask them for some more they will give you another 3 ounces and charge you another $3. I complained about this the first time and they took the 2nd charge off my bill and apologized for the error. I went back a couple weeks later and they did this again - the same female bartender who double charged me the first time repeated herself tonight without hesitation. I didn't say anything this time as it is clear this is their business practice to charge $3 for every tiny cup of coffee served. Instead for $3 I'll tell all of you that this place is a silent rip off if you expect to have coffee with your meal. They don't even tell you they're going to charge you extra if you want a refill on your coffee which is automatically free at just about any other Boston Restaurant except this one....
Great food in a great atmosphere – My girlfriend and I have been here twice and the food is amazing. Very authentic. I got stuffed after 2 1/2 tapas. Try the solomillo en tostada (beef tenderloin on toast) and patatas bravas (baby potatoes) WOW.
Oh and get the Sangria. We ordered a pitcher and it was amazing. Its not too strong but after a few drinks, I stood up and you can really feel it. The decor is interesting. Big boar head hanging over the bar and red peppers. Its a tradition in Spain I guess and just adds to the authenticity. I would def recommend it and its one of the better restaurants on Newbury. Hate to say it, the others are too boring. Same old american or Italian cuisine. This is a great niche on Boston and its nice for a change to not to get stuffed and fall asleep right away! I want to go out dancing with my girl!
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