999 Beacon St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.345862 -71.106769
Mon - Thurs, 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sun, closed
This restaurant has the worst tapas ever! The food was tasteless (except for the garlic) and the presentation was horrific!
There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person to sit outside(so they ask you if you'll spend at least $20pp?!/!), which is such a turn off!
Most flavorless food ever. – I am really REALLY confused by the food reviews. I went with a friend from Spain, and it was embarassing! This was the most flavorless food I have ever had! The gambas had no garlic, the asparagus was bitter, and the pinchos (completely unauthentic) were uninspired. This is the ONLY time we have had a few dishes and actually left because it was so bad (and then went and finished dinner elsewhere!) It is unfortunate because our service was great, and the wine list was lengthy and amazing. Go for a glass of wine at the bar, but for food stick with Dali or even Tasca.
Great authentic tapas – Had a great time here last summer, sat at an outside table, the owner came out and recommended us a wine that we were trying to find from Spain, having lived in Spain I think these tapas are very authentic (and i was so excited that they have ensaladilla rusa unlike other tapas rest. in area), yes more expensive than Spain but so are all the tapas places in Boston area. overall great wine, great tapas, great service, great experience!
Very Good food and very nice staff – First I completely disagree with the previous post that the waitstaff here is rude. I' ve been eating here for years and have never experienced or seen anything remotely close to rudeness. If anything the staff is some of the nicest in all of Boston.
Second, I'm tired of reading posts that are nothing but a complaint that retells the "awful" experience, for example the previous post that reads, "and then the waitress did this, and then I did that, and then she said this..." These are ridiculous posts, they tell us nothing of the place.
So, here it is. This place has wonderful food. It's authentic spanish tapas at a very reasonable price. The atmosphere is relaxed and lively, but not overwhelming. Some of the best things on the menu are the shrimp, lamb skewers, calamari, piquillos, and spinich. Don't miss out on getting a great bottle of wine from a list of over 150, Debra the owner, is a sommelier. Wines range from $28-$150, and the waitresses are very knowledgable about the wine and very willing to help you choose a nice bottle. And, never have I not heard the specials, which are usually great.
I highly recommend this place, and just for future reference. Remember that your attitude towards someone is just as important as their attitude towards you.
Rude waitstaff outweighs tasty kitchen – i was so excited to try this restaurant after reading the overall positive reviews. while i agree the food is good & ambience nice, the waitstaff put a damper on our evening. they did not seat my party of 3 at an empty table when they could have which forced us to wait unncessarily. secondly, when we chose not to order alcohol, the waitress actually scowled at us, leaving us feeling uncomfortable and awkward. then when i asked a clarification to an explanation on the menu ("what does crashed eggs mean?"), her response was a rude ("it means they are all crashed together"), for me that translation was not helpful.. and finally, she didn't even bother to tell us the specials. we had to ask her about a dish we saw pass by and her response was "it's one of our specials." we paused assuming she'd tell us the rest but she stared at us blankely. we then had to ask specifically "could you tell us the specials?" while i recognize that having a limited number of waitstaff can make things stressed, there is no need to scowl, huff, be sarcastic or rude to customers. we won't bother going back b/c it just isn't worth it.
Great Waitstaff – First, let me say that I find this restaurant to have the best tapas in all of boston. There is nothing on the menu that isn't delicious. The wine list is superb and the atmosphere is reminiscent of a small tapas bar in spain.
Now, obviously it's not just the food that makes a restaurant good, it's also the staff, and this restaurant has some of the nicest, most knowlegable, and efficient servers around.
In response to the previous post regarding the supposed horrible treatment of the couple who sat outside only to be publicly humiliated by the waitress because their order didn't amount to the $20.00 minimum, I have this to say:
First, It's hard to believe that such a successful restaurant, which has been around for 8 years,
would have such a staff person working for them. Successful business don't tolerate that behavior. Secondly, and more importantly, it's harder to believe that you did indeed make the $20.00 minimum and the waitress said something to you. Let me say this: I've had to wait for a seat on the patio, and I've watched 2 people sitting at a table for 4, eating two small tapas for hours, and the staff has never said anything rude or in any way attempted to force them to leave. In fact, I've found the staff is sometimes overly generous with allowing people to linger. Thirdly, and this is crucial: What kind of a customer are you? Do you approach the waitstaff as if they are your personal servants? Do you tell them that you're there for dinner and subsequently order olives and a drink--that is not a dinner.
I think it's imporatant to remember that waitstaff are working PEOPLE, not servants and not robots. They deal with a lot of people each night, so before you are quick to judge and to post nasty things, just remember that there are always two sides to the story, and furthermore, ask yourself is you, as a customer, are being civil to them as humans.
Overall, this is a great restaurant with great staff and wonderful oweners.
Good food, not worth the mistreatment by the waitstaff – We've been to Taberna a couple of times, and the tapas are very tasty; appropriately sized without making you feel stuffed. Good sangria, too. However, the waitstaff was atrocious. We asked to sit out on the patio, and the waitress asked accusingly if we actually intended to order dinner. When we answered that we did, she threw some menus on a nearby table and stalked off. After ordering four tapas and some wine to start, our waitress (who was different from the one who seated us and actually nice) told the waitress who seated us what we ordered, and this horrible woman came out and began practically yelling at us. She LOUDLY informed us that there was a 20$ minimum per person, and that if we didn't intend to order more food or wine, then we had to move inside, because there were customers waiting to take our spots who apparently looked more willing to spend money, and therefore more worth this woman's time. We were humiliated and offended. Afterwards, we couldn't even enjoy the food, much less the atmosphere, as the rest of the patio had overheard our very public scolding and stared at us for the remainder of our meal. We will never, NEVER go to Taberna again.
Not to be missed – It's been a long long time since my friends and I have had such a great dinner. Everything about the experience was fabulous from the food to the wine to the service to the whole atmosphere. Regarding the food, it was simply delicious. We shared about 9 plates including the shrimp, spinich, lamb chops, artichokes, 5 cheeses, croquetes, mussels, and eggplant, and we couldn't decide which one was better. The wine list is great. They have about 150 spanish wines at extremely reasonable prices. THe service fantastic. Our waitress was easy-going, fun, knowledgable, very professional and most of all she didn't rush us even though there was a wait. We will definetely be going back very soon. This place rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good, not great, tapas – While the menu is nicely different than the average tapas restaurant, the rushed, uninformed servers and high prices will keep us from going back anytime soon. The restaurant has the ambiance of a small, neighborhood joint, and you expect friendly servers/hosts upon walking in, but we were seated in a rush and the menus thrust in our hands. The waitress had no knowledge of the wines and could not answer our questions (and for a tapas restaurant they have a nice wine list) nor did she offer to check with anyone to get answers. The sangria is overpriced at $28 dollar for small jug; glasses are $7 a piece, and a carafe serves ~4 glasses. Where's the deal? The tapas themselves were good, but not excellent. We had to ask for aioli with our calamari, and it was more mayonnaise than antything - no garlic bite to it. The pieces of potato in the potatas bravas were nicely crisped, but overly large - and there wasn't enough sauce with them. We had a few other tapas, the most memorable a tasty black sausage sandwich with roasted red pepper. All in all, however, the food was okay, but the experience was poor.
Truly good food – The best tapas in all of boston is right here in this charming little family owned restaurant. Each time I've come the food has been spectacular. I especially recommend the shrimp, lamb skewers, croquetes, cold seafood salad, artichokes, and pisto. The wine list is vast, but the descriptions are well done and true to the actual bottle. I STRONGLY DISAGREE with the previous review that the staff is nasty or should find other jobs. This place has some of the nicest, most knowledgable and accomadating staff in Boston. They don't rush you to order or to leave, and i suggest not mistaking busyness for rudeness. THis place IS busy, but fun. Go and enjoy!
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