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, Back Bay West
THIS FOOD IS NOT SPANISH! – I am a Spanish person from Spain, and I can tell you that THIS IS NOT SPANISH FOOD. The dishes only have a spanish name, but neither the ingredients, neither the way to be cooked and mostly the flavour is from Spain, so I will suggest to the restaurant to don't try to appear like they are Spanish because this is not true, and they only have one beer from Spain, one of the worst, byt he way.
nice scene – cozy spanish environ, some outdoor seating. good tapas, good drinks... there was a bit of a wait (was it past 9pm?), but less than a drink's time. wouldn't go there for the bar though, bit too noisy and sport bar-like.
Loved it here! – Husband and I made reservations here. We didn't make many on our trip but this was one place worth checking out during Restaurant Week. Our waiter was great - attentive, helpful recommendations, good with explanations. We each had one cold tapas, two hot tapas, a personal order of paella and dessert. We had Egg/Potato/Onion omelette and anchovies on crostini. Both were very excellent. I'm not a big anchovy fan. The garlic seasoning blended well with the anchovy. For hot tapas, we chose: pork tenderloin, beef short tib, pheasant and lobster/crabmeat ravioli. The tenderloin was good. Short rib fabulous. Phesant had a great sauce, worth dipping bread into. Ravioli was good with a nice sauce. Paella was good, but after all that other stuff - we were overwhelmed with all the tasty flavors and textures. It was great timing to be visiting during Restaurant Week. We had a taste of a lot of dishes for a couple, making it a great full evening. We had sangria - a bit light on the wine but good nonetheless. Our almond torte and flan were fantastic way to end the evening. We enjoyed Tapeo and would recommend it to anyone. Yummy!
Not just great sangria anymore! Adding a martini bar! – As a Back Bay resident I can admit that I frequent here many a times a month, I'm a huge fan of anywhere where I can get a great meal (a hard find on Newbury Street. as we all know), good service and a fun environment. Tapeo hits the nails on the head every time. They have a great collection of tapas, that I try and mix up every time I go- try the garlic shrimp though, its one I get almost every time. The point of this post is that I am excited to let everyone know that last time I was sitting at the bar grabbing a quick bite to eat after work I was chatting with the bartender and he told me that they are renovating their bar and adding a martini bar! The way he described it was they were going to bring in a lot more liquors and construct a martini ice bar right in the middle of the current bar. I personally can't wait. Thought you should all know too.
Go! – This place is one of our favorites. Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere, and great service. We have been here many times over the last 10 years, and never had a bad experience. A great place for a date or a dinner party.
Amazing!! – This is mainly in response to the 3 star a couple slips below me... Learn what tapas, is! It is supposed to be "small" portions... If you are a true ?foodie? you would never write such a review! As far as the restaurant goes, the food is FANTASIC and the wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I have been to Tapeo a number of times and I would recommend it to anyone looking for great tasting food and an authentic atmosphere.
Great Tapas place! – I've been to Tapeo at least 5 times now and I've never been disapointed with the food. The wait however can get quite tedious. They do not accept reservations during a certain time period I believe from 6:30-8:30 because it is ALWAYS crowded. Usually when I go around 7:30-8 I wait about 20-30 minutes on average for a table. There is usually space to sit at the bar where they have fabulous drinks! Their sangria is delicious but I definitely have to say that their pomegranete margarita has and always be my favorite! Though the bill can come out to be quite expensive, it is definitely worth it. The ambiene is romantic for the lights are dimmed. However I do have to note that it gets quite loud with so many people talking and such. The staff is attentive however not as much as I would like it to be. Sometimes it is hard to get their attention because they are so busy with so many tables. In regards to food, there are some good tapas that I've had and some amazing tapas! Hands down my ultimate favorite is the garlic shrimp! YOU CANNOT MISS THAT!!!!!! another regular is the scallop with truffle sauce as well as the lobster ravioli. These are a couple of my favorites that you should definitely try! I'm not a big fan of their chicken because it isn't as moist as I would like it to be. Everything else is fantastic. Their dessert is also delicious, try their flann! IT IS AMAZING!!!!!
Great Tapas – This place captures the real feel of a Tapas restaurant in Spain. The inside decor is very authentic feeling. We sat outdoors, the space was tight, but it worked. Good services and nicely priced. Not all the tapas choices are great ones, for example the garlic chicken (skip it). The mushrooms and potatoes were really nice. The sangria wasn't all that great either, I have definitely had better. Their wine menu looked very interesting, I would suggest going with a wine. As for dessert, I wasn't impressed by the selection so we had dessert elsewhere. Definitely make reservations, overall it was a good something out of the ordinary. A good date place.
A Great First Date – I took my date to dinner at Tapeo on Wednesday night. Let me first say the atmosphere was perfect. It had a romantic feel that made it the right choice for a first date. The Spanish decor gave it a nice authentic feel. We started with a Tropical Mojito at the bar while we waited a few minutes for our table. The wait was about ten minutes. We got a great seat by the front window in the upstairs dining room, giving us a gorgeous view of Newbury Street. We had a Plato Mixto and Pimiento del Rellenos for starters. Next we ordered Paellas Valenciana and a pitcher of Sangria. We finished the meal with 2 cappuccinos and an order of Fresones. The Fresones were these delicious deep fried strawberries. The whole night went perfect. My date and myself had such a great time that we plan to return next week to experience it all over again!
Lively and festive atmosphere with nice food. – We went to Tapeo the Saturday of Marathon weekend. The place was packed, but staff was very pleasant and helpfull and guests seemed to be having fun. After a sangria and a not too long wait at the bar, our party of four was sat upstairs in what seemed a very quiet dining room, given how crowded it was. We started off with their "Plato Mixto" which consisted of Manchego Cheese, Serrano Ham, Roasted Red Peppers and Olices. This was served with very moist corn flour bread and chickpea spread. We ordered the house Rioja for $35.00, and thought it a good value. We did rounds of tapas. The standouts were the Saffron battered fried shrimp in a spicy coriander sauce, the stuffed quail, and the specials such as the lamb and rice stuffed cubanele pepper w/ spicy sour cream, the sole stuffed with asparagus in wine & herb sauce and the cod cakes. We switched to a Muga Reserva - a deal at $40.00, and skipped dessert to have after dinner drinks instead. The server was helpfull and attentive, and the manager was seen filling water glasses and clearing tables. Next time we'll go on a week night, when it will hopefully be less crowded. The dining room was very noisy by the time we left around 9.30.
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