Iberia Restaurant

★★☆☆☆
  • 1026 Alma St

    Menlo Park, CA 94025

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  • 650-325-8981

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Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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I took my wife there for her B-day expecting good Spanish food. What a disaster!!. We have had Paella in a number of places, including Barcelona Spain, and the Iberia Paella Tipica was terrible. It was overcooked to the point that rice had been almost fried, the scallops they used were bay scallops cooked like erasers, the shrimp were overcooked, the pieces of chicken were actually burnt. We waited 45-50 minutes for it and on top of all the overcooking it was salty. My wife actually told the waiter (in Spanish) that is was terrible and he told us that he had other complaints from other customers. I reluctantly paid the bill and the rediculous 19% service charge. It was my wife's B-day and I did not want to have a big dispute in the rest. figuring I will call the owner the next day and explain. Any reasonable owner would understand. I called and got the owner Jose Luis who was just rude and wanted to blame us for not sending it back. I explained that we had a after dinner appt. and we were not going to re-order and wait.
I asked for my money back for the pallea. He refused and wanted to give me some sort of gift certificate. He would not say for how much. I told him after that food no thank you. How can this restaurant even exist on the Penninsula. All it can be is the deception of calling it Authentic Spanish Food when it is cooked terribe and the service does not constitute 19%. This is just a owner trying to take customers money. The tapas were not even available on the dinner menu other than 6 which were not bar type tapas. This place is bad, just do not go. You'll be sorry.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my wife there for her B-day expecting good Spanish food. What a disaster!!. We have had Paella in a number of places, including Barcelona Spain, and the Iberia Paella Tipica was terrible. It was overcooked to the point that rice had been almost fried, the scallops they used were bay scallops cooked like erasers, the shrimp were overcooked, the pieces of chicken were actually burnt. We waited 45-50 minutes for it and on top of all the overcooking it was salty. My wife actually told the waiter (in Spanish) that is was terrible and he told us that he had other complaints from other customers. I reluctantly paid the bill and the rediculous 19% service charge. It was my wife's B-day and I did not want to have a big dispute in the rest. figuring I will call the owner the next day and explain. Any reasonable owner would understand. I called and got the owner Jose Luis who was just rude and wanted to blame us for not sending it back. I explained that we had a after dinner appt. and we were not going to re-order and wait.
I asked for my money back for the pallea. He refused and wanted to give me some sort of gift certificate. He would not say for how much. I told him after that food no thank you. How can this restaurant even exist on the Penninsula. All it can be is the deception of calling it Authentic Spanish Food when it is cooked terribe and the service does not constitute 19%. This is just a owner trying to take customers money. The tapas were not even available on the dinner menu other than 6 which were not bar type tapas. This place is bad, just do not go. You'll be sorry.

Pros: 5 stars in deceit

Cons: Bad food, Bad Manager/Owner

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I had been a big fan of the old Iberia restaurant in Portola Valley. Decided to try new location. Ambiance was nice and food good. Service was poor. Bus girl took our order, didn't meet the waiter till 30 minutes into our service, had to beg for water and appetizers took 30 minutes to get to table after waiting some 20 minutes to give our order. At the end of the meal we got the bill $409 for 4 people and it included a 19% service charge. We left $400. Waiter came back and said we were short. I spoke to the waiter to tell him that I did not feel the service warranted 19%. He said I had to pay the 19% and showed me the menu (which in fine print) said "prices do not include a 19% service charge" (who reads the fine print in a restaurant anyway?). Amazingly the waiter named Fidel, refused to even hear my reason for wanting to pay less than the 19%. I told him his service deserved no more than a 12% tip and that I had been generous leaving what I had. I said that he should speak to the owner because I had been a customer for many years. Instead he called the police who showed up and said we had to pay and we could take them to small claims court. Policeman warned that this was a frequent problem and that the Menlo Park police dealt with this issue several times a month. Amazing that our tax dollars have two squad cars show up for $9 shortfall (but thats a different issue). Even more amazing that this restaurant can continue to exist with poor service and a 19% mandatory service charge and the attitude that says service or tip is not left to the customers discretion.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had been a big fan of the old Iberia restaurant in Portola Valley. Decided to try new location. Ambiance was nice and food good. Service was poor. Bus girl took our order, didn't meet the waiter till 30 minutes into our service, had to beg for water and appetizers took 30 minutes to get to table after waiting some 20 minutes to give our order. At the end of the meal we got the bill $409 for 4 people and it included a 19% service charge. We left $400. Waiter came back and said we were short. I spoke to the waiter to tell him that I did not feel the service warranted 19%. He said I had to pay the 19% and showed me the menu (which in fine print) said "prices do not include a 19% service charge" (who reads the fine print in a restaurant anyway?). Amazingly the waiter named Fidel, refused to even hear my reason for wanting to pay less than the 19%. I told him his service deserved no more than a 12% tip and that I had been generous leaving what I had. I said that he should speak to the owner because I had been a customer for many years. Instead he called the police who showed up and said we had to pay and we could take them to small claims court. Policeman warned that this was a frequent problem and that the Menlo Park police dealt with this issue several times a month. Amazing that our tax dollars have two squad cars show up for $9 shortfall (but thats a different issue). Even more amazing that this restaurant can continue to exist with poor service and a 19% mandatory service charge and the attitude that says service or tip is not left to the customers discretion.

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My wife and I have been going to this place for a few years now. It's really a nice cozy place to spend the evening eating tapas and drinking nice wine. However, on our most recent visit, we experienced what is definitely a management shift in customer service. They now charge a 19% service charge - which apparently is written on the menu, but we overlooked that. No big deal here - but as others mention it's a tough sell to pay 19% on top of an expensive bottle of wine. The service really doesn't scale depending on price of the bottle - so we personally feel its unreasonable to ask customers to pay 19% of service.

What really got us this time was when my wife asked for hot water w/ lemon. Subsequently she asked for honey... When our bill came, we were being charged $4.50 for "tea". We disputed this claim w/ our waiter, and he was sympathetic, but after conferring w/ the manager - he said it's his (the manager's) policy to charge for hot water. Our service staff never mentioned this to us! Don??t get me wrong, the service was typical Iberia service (but not bad). We asked to speak to the manager, our waiter went to see if he can talk, then he informs us that the manager is busy and can??t see us. Wow! We rarely ever have issues w/ restaurants, this by far is the worst experience ever! $4.50 for hot water ?? give me a break.

I think the tipping point was the fact the manager couldn??t make time for his customer, and additionally when we got up to go find the manager, he had just left! This really puts Iberia off our recommended restaurant list (which is an extremely small list). The only way we would not go back to Iberia is if the management team is changed. Manager Jose Luis Relinque must be changed. They??ve lost our confidence ?? extremely poor customer service, lack of common decency, and just purely profit driven has put this cozy hole in the wall ?? out in the dark for us!

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I have been going to this place for a few years now. It's really a nice cozy place to spend the evening eating tapas and drinking nice wine. However, on our most recent visit, we experienced what is definitely a management shift in customer service. They now charge a 19% service charge - which apparently is written on the menu, but we overlooked that. No big deal here - but as others mention it's a tough sell to pay 19% on top of an expensive bottle of wine. The service really doesn't scale depending on price of the bottle - so we personally feel its unreasonable to ask customers to pay 19% of service.

What really got us this time was when my wife asked for hot water w/ lemon. Subsequently she asked for honey... When our bill came, we were being charged $4.50 for "tea". We disputed this claim w/ our waiter, and he was sympathetic, but after conferring w/ the manager - he said it's his (the manager's) policy to charge for hot water. Our service staff never mentioned this to us! Don??t get me wrong, the service was typical Iberia service (but not bad). We asked to speak to the manager, our waiter went to see if he can talk, then he informs us that the manager is busy and can??t see us. Wow! We rarely ever have issues w/ restaurants, this by far is the worst experience ever! $4.50 for hot water ?? give me a break.

I think the tipping point was the fact the manager couldn??t make time for his customer, and additionally when we got up to go find the manager, he had just left! This really puts Iberia off our recommended restaurant list (which is an extremely small list). The only way we would not go back to Iberia is if the management team is changed. Manager Jose Luis Relinque must be changed. They??ve lost our confidence ?? extremely poor customer service, lack of common decency, and just purely profit driven has put this cozy hole in the wall ?? out in the dark for us!

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What really got us this time was when my wife asked for hot water w/ lemon. Subsequently she asked for honey... When our bill came, we were being charged $4.50 for "tea". We disputed this claim w/ our waiter, and he was sympathetic, but after conferring w/ the manager - he said it's his (the manager's) policy to charge for hot water. Our service staff never mentioned this to us! Don?t get me wrong, the service was typical Iberia service (but not bad). We asked to speak to the manager, our waiter went to see if he can talk, then he informs us that the manager is busy and can?t see us. Wow! We rarely ever have issues w/ restaurants, this by far is the worst experience ever! $4.50 for hot water ? give me a break.

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★☆☆☆☆

What really got us this time was when my wife asked for hot water w/ lemon. Subsequently she asked for honey... When our bill came, we were being charged $4.50 for "tea". We disputed this claim w/ our waiter, and he was sympathetic, but after conferring w/ the manager - he said it's his (the manager's) policy to charge for hot water. Our service staff never mentioned this to us! Don?t get me wrong, the service was typical Iberia service (but not bad). We asked to speak to the manager, our waiter went to see if he can talk, then he informs us that the manager is busy and can?t see us. Wow! We rarely ever have issues w/ restaurants, this by far is the worst experience ever! $4.50 for hot water ? give me a break.

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I was in Spain last summer, Madrid and Valencia,so when I come back to SFO I was looking for a spanish restaurant near of SFO.
Finally I'll find it, IBERIA.
Good food and taps, the same taste like in Spain's restaurants or better.-
Paella, cordero, jamon ummmmmmm. sinceraly goos food.-
But for me, the best is 'Fabada', delicious, of course if you like spanish food
I'm lucky because I love spnaish food and really IBERIA traslate you to Spain for a few moments.
I recomend you, at least, go once and tell what about it

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★★★★★

I was in Spain last summer, Madrid and Valencia,so when I come back to SFO I was looking for a spanish restaurant near of SFO.
Finally I'll find it, IBERIA.
Good food and taps, the same taste like in Spain's restaurants or better.-
Paella, cordero, jamon ummmmmmm. sinceraly goos food.-
But for me, the best is 'Fabada', delicious, of course if you like spanish food
I'm lucky because I love spnaish food and really IBERIA traslate you to Spain for a few moments.
I recomend you, at least, go once and tell what about it

Pros: Food and Ambience

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The authentic taste of Spain in S.F., I was born in Spain and this restaurant made me to remember my country, my home. Beatifull decoration and great customer service. Wops!!, the best is Habas con Alcahuciles.-

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★★★★★

The authentic taste of Spain in S.F., I was born in Spain and this restaurant made me to remember my country, my home. Beatifull decoration and great customer service. Wops!!, the best is Habas con Alcahuciles.-

Pros: Ambience

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The menu and descriptions boast a unique menu that sounds appetizing; however, this is not the case. Our party was served extremely greasy and almost inedible food that was a mix of store-bought material and no flavor concoctions.

In addition to the terrible service where we were never asked for drinks or other items you would think to be important when dining out, the bill came. To my party?s dismay, we paid over $55 per person for what turned out to be 3 appetizers and greasy paella. If you can believe it, this did not include any drinks whatsoever.

In closing, please listen to the comments made here as they are in fact true ? the service is terrible, the food is terrible, and nothing about this place should be considered a plus.

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★☆☆☆☆

The menu and descriptions boast a unique menu that sounds appetizing; however, this is not the case. Our party was served extremely greasy and almost inedible food that was a mix of store-bought material and no flavor concoctions.

In addition to the terrible service where we were never asked for drinks or other items you would think to be important when dining out, the bill came. To my party?s dismay, we paid over $55 per person for what turned out to be 3 appetizers and greasy paella. If you can believe it, this did not include any drinks whatsoever.

In closing, please listen to the comments made here as they are in fact true ? the service is terrible, the food is terrible, and nothing about this place should be considered a plus.

Pros: The night was soon to be over

Cons: Service, Food, Ambiemce, Prices, you name it!

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I had been hearing rave reviews about the food for quite some time, and recently had an opportunity to have lunch there one Saturday afternoon. To my surprise, the restaurant was relatively deserted, and yet we had to wait several minutes before we were finally seated. There appeared to only be one server covering the entire restaurant and patio dining area.

Once we were seated, the server was prompt in bringing us water. After a brief wait, we were provided with a basket of warm bread. When we had finished the bread I asked for more and the waitress smiled and took the basket away, but oddly never returned with it. We ordered several tapa dishes, and I was impressed with almost all of them. Two of my favorites were the pastelitos de queso and the torrada de sobrasado y queso. Unfortunately, the one dish I didn?t care for was the meatballs. They were not very flavorful, and were actually served lukewarm rather than hot.

The biggest complaint I have about Iberia is the automatic 19% service charge that was added to our bill. I understand when restaurants add an automatic gratuity for a large group, but we were a party of two. If everything had been great about the experience, I would not have had a problem with this. Although the food was excellent, I think the service needs improvement. Especially if there is a 19% automatic service charge.

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★★★☆☆

I had been hearing rave reviews about the food for quite some time, and recently had an opportunity to have lunch there one Saturday afternoon. To my surprise, the restaurant was relatively deserted, and yet we had to wait several minutes before we were finally seated. There appeared to only be one server covering the entire restaurant and patio dining area.

Once we were seated, the server was prompt in bringing us water. After a brief wait, we were provided with a basket of warm bread. When we had finished the bread I asked for more and the waitress smiled and took the basket away, but oddly never returned with it. We ordered several tapa dishes, and I was impressed with almost all of them. Two of my favorites were the pastelitos de queso and the torrada de sobrasado y queso. Unfortunately, the one dish I didn?t care for was the meatballs. They were not very flavorful, and were actually served lukewarm rather than hot.

The biggest complaint I have about Iberia is the automatic 19% service charge that was added to our bill. I understand when restaurants add an automatic gratuity for a large group, but we were a party of two. If everything had been great about the experience, I would not have had a problem with this. Although the food was excellent, I think the service needs improvement. Especially if there is a 19% automatic service charge.

Pros: The food was great.

Cons: The 19% automatic service charge!

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I am a Spaniard that has met the owner Jose Luis personally, who is also from Spain. Last Thursday I had a party there, we were 11 people total. I called him a week before and told him just in case I needed reservations. He told me that he would charge me $35 per person because in the dining room he does not serve tapas, I told him I thought that was expensive given the fact that we wanted tapas and the average tapa at the restaurant is $2.95. He assured me that he would prepare me plenty of food and I would not be disappointed. He quoted me $420.00. Well, needless to say, not only was I disappointed, but extremely embarrassed as well. He seated us outside with the train going by every 5 minutes, when I specifically asked him to seat me inside, (that is why I was paying $35 per person). He brought exactly 7 tapas to our table. I asked the waiters, Fidel and Jaime to get Jose Luis for me because I wanted to speak to him, they told me he was not there, which is impossible since he is the cook. Today, August 13, when I confronted him over the phone he told me that he was there, so he lies as well. There was not enough food for everybody, one lady had to eat two slices of bread and two cheese scones. One girl who arrived from the airport did not get to eat at all because while we were taking pictures and obviously distracted, one of the waiters cleared the table and took the shrimp plate with all the shrimp but four that had been eaten. To top it off, the $50.00 cake I brought , they kept after charging me $50.00 for cutting the cake. They kicked us out because they wanted to close without any explanation as to why I could not get my cake back, there was half left. And by the way, a soda from the tap is $4.50 and the water is $7.00. And the best part of all, these are his words to me today, August 13, 2007, that the meal was more expensive because we were seated outside, you have just got to love that. Apparently eating with flies around you increases the price of the exact same food and drinks threefold. I have been there many times before with my family and friends and that was definitely the last, it was a rip-off and trust me, if the owner Jose Luis does that to me as a Spaniard, who knows what things exactly cost, Americans beware, it is armed robbery. Just look at the menu and you can see the prices for tapas range from $1.90 to $4.95, which means that those 7 tapas should have been for one person at $35 per person. I will never step foot there again and I will suggest the same to everyone I know.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am a Spaniard that has met the owner Jose Luis personally, who is also from Spain. Last Thursday I had a party there, we were 11 people total. I called him a week before and told him just in case I needed reservations. He told me that he would charge me $35 per person because in the dining room he does not serve tapas, I told him I thought that was expensive given the fact that we wanted tapas and the average tapa at the restaurant is $2.95. He assured me that he would prepare me plenty of food and I would not be disappointed. He quoted me $420.00. Well, needless to say, not only was I disappointed, but extremely embarrassed as well. He seated us outside with the train going by every 5 minutes, when I specifically asked him to seat me inside, (that is why I was paying $35 per person). He brought exactly 7 tapas to our table. I asked the waiters, Fidel and Jaime to get Jose Luis for me because I wanted to speak to him, they told me he was not there, which is impossible since he is the cook. Today, August 13, when I confronted him over the phone he told me that he was there, so he lies as well. There was not enough food for everybody, one lady had to eat two slices of bread and two cheese scones. One girl who arrived from the airport did not get to eat at all because while we were taking pictures and obviously distracted, one of the waiters cleared the table and took the shrimp plate with all the shrimp but four that had been eaten. To top it off, the $50.00 cake I brought , they kept after charging me $50.00 for cutting the cake. They kicked us out because they wanted to close without any explanation as to why I could not get my cake back, there was half left. And by the way, a soda from the tap is $4.50 and the water is $7.00. And the best part of all, these are his words to me today, August 13, 2007, that the meal was more expensive because we were seated outside, you have just got to love that. Apparently eating with flies around you increases the price of the exact same food and drinks threefold. I have been there many times before with my family and friends and that was definitely the last, it was a rip-off and trust me, if the owner Jose Luis does that to me as a Spaniard, who knows what things exactly cost, Americans beware, it is armed robbery. Just look at the menu and you can see the prices for tapas range from $1.90 to $4.95, which means that those 7 tapas should have been for one person at $35 per person. I will never step foot there again and I will suggest the same to everyone I know.

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I have been to Iberia a couple of times. As a Spaniard, I have enjoyed their food, but last Saturday my sister booked a friend's bachelorette party there. The owner, Jose Luis, promised my sister that it would be a great party and he would make sure we had enough food. $700 later, we were hungry and Jose Luis says he does not agree that we were not satisfied. First, watch out, they charge more for food outside than indoors, but do not state that anywhere nor do they give you the choice. Second, they took away our food without asking if we were done eating while we took pictures. Third, they charged $50 to cut a cake which they ended up keeping. Fourth, as mentioned earlier, we were hungry after paying $700. This man gives Spaniards a bad name; he is an embarassment to our country. No where in Spain would you ever be tricked like this. I will never, ever go there again. Much better places n the Bay Area. I can cook better Spanish food with a blind fold on!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Iberia a couple of times. As a Spaniard, I have enjoyed their food, but last Saturday my sister booked a friend's bachelorette party there. The owner, Jose Luis, promised my sister that it would be a great party and he would make sure we had enough food. $700 later, we were hungry and Jose Luis says he does not agree that we were not satisfied. First, watch out, they charge more for food outside than indoors, but do not state that anywhere nor do they give you the choice. Second, they took away our food without asking if we were done eating while we took pictures. Third, they charged $50 to cut a cake which they ended up keeping. Fourth, as mentioned earlier, we were hungry after paying $700. This man gives Spaniards a bad name; he is an embarassment to our country. No where in Spain would you ever be tricked like this. I will never, ever go there again. Much better places n the Bay Area. I can cook better Spanish food with a blind fold on!

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Below average food at best, slow service, very unfriendly staff. Manager had great disdain for clientele as well as the staff. All this unpleasantness comes with a hefty 19% service charge added to your bill. And the manager will threaten to call the police if you even question the quality of food, poor service and outrageous service charge. It's very suprising that Menlo Park would tolerate such a business in their community.

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★☆☆☆☆

Below average food at best, slow service, very unfriendly staff. Manager had great disdain for clientele as well as the staff. All this unpleasantness comes with a hefty 19% service charge added to your bill. And the manager will threaten to call the police if you even question the quality of food, poor service and outrageous service charge. It's very suprising that Menlo Park would tolerate such a business in their community.

Cons: everthing about this place

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The table next to us had the same bad experience as our group and when they tried to give feedback to the person who seemd to be the manager (or perhaps the owner) they got treated very poorly. No apologies, no trying to make it right by the customers, absolutely unprofessional. We even overheard the manager/owner gentleman say, it's my restaurant and I can do what I like. So we decided it's not even worth giving them feeback as this restaurant is not into quality of service nor quality of food....we just paid our outrageous bill and left, never to return again.

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★☆☆☆☆

The table next to us had the same bad experience as our group and when they tried to give feedback to the person who seemd to be the manager (or perhaps the owner) they got treated very poorly. No apologies, no trying to make it right by the customers, absolutely unprofessional. We even overheard the manager/owner gentleman say, it's my restaurant and I can do what I like. So we decided it's not even worth giving them feeback as this restaurant is not into quality of service nor quality of food....we just paid our outrageous bill and left, never to return again.

Cons: food, service

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Have never had such a bad experience at any restaurant any place! I'm a food lover and can justify any level of service, but not this one. Bad service, rude management with a bad atittude. Food is way overpriced, really poor quality. Now we know why they have the mandatory 19% service charge!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Have never had such a bad experience at any restaurant any place! I'm a food lover and can justify any level of service, but not this one. Bad service, rude management with a bad atittude. Food is way overpriced, really poor quality. Now we know why they have the mandatory 19% service charge!!!!!

Pros: Lots of empty seats so you get seated promptly

Cons: terrible service, very low quality food, over priced, rude management

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Having good memories of this restaurant in it's original location in Portola Valley I was looking forward to a similar experience in their new location - what a disapointment !

The single bartender spent most of the evening trying to figure out how to use the till ignoring the multitude of thirsty customers lining the bar. Our order of a selection of hot Tapas took more than 40 minutes to arrive and were cold when they finally appeared. To add insult to injury this restaurant has a policy of charging a 19% service charge which, I imagine, was implemented when their appalling service resulted in no gratuities being left by the customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

Having good memories of this restaurant in it's original location in Portola Valley I was looking forward to a similar experience in their new location - what a disapointment !

The single bartender spent most of the evening trying to figure out how to use the till ignoring the multitude of thirsty customers lining the bar. Our order of a selection of hot Tapas took more than 40 minutes to arrive and were cold when they finally appeared. To add insult to injury this restaurant has a policy of charging a 19% service charge which, I imagine, was implemented when their appalling service resulted in no gratuities being left by the customers.

Pros: none

Cons: food, ambience, service

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As far as good tapas go, this one is nowhere near good tapas you find in Aregentina or Spain. But if you must and since it is the only one you can find in Menlo Park, it will do.

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★★★☆☆

As far as good tapas go, this one is nowhere near good tapas you find in Aregentina or Spain. But if you must and since it is the only one you can find in Menlo Park, it will do.

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A friend from work recommended Iberia as an inexpensive tapas restaurant. Based on the fact the the person giving me the recommendation was younger than me, I was expecting a restaurant like Cascals (Mountain View). On a whim I took my Fiancee there on a Friday night. To my surprise it is was not trendy but more traditional Spanish restaurant. It appeared to cater to an older crowd. We sat in the outdoor area which is a larger space covered completely by a very large tree. Note that the restaurant is near the Menlo Park train station and you will hear the trains rumbling through (not very romantic). The menu was limited and all the dishes were traditional Spanish dishes. Did not see any tapas on the menu so I was confused since other reviewers and my friend said they enjoyed inexpensive tapas at this restaurant. We had a pan seared shrimp appetizer, my fiancee had the trout and I had dish with chicken and figs. On the whole the food was not that great. It all tasted very bland. Neither of us were satisfied. The service reminded my experience in Europe where dinner out is the entire evening and they take their time in serving you. In US standards the service was very slow. We usually like having desert but due to the fact that we really were not enjoying ourselves we requested check before we were done with our meals. Also the meal was expensive and not worth it. I dont mind paying for a good meal but the point here is that the food was not worth the price. The positive side is that the wait staff was extremely friendly. Based on this experience we will never go to Iberia again because its just not our style of restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

A friend from work recommended Iberia as an inexpensive tapas restaurant. Based on the fact the the person giving me the recommendation was younger than me, I was expecting a restaurant like Cascals (Mountain View). On a whim I took my Fiancee there on a Friday night. To my surprise it is was not trendy but more traditional Spanish restaurant. It appeared to cater to an older crowd. We sat in the outdoor area which is a larger space covered completely by a very large tree. Note that the restaurant is near the Menlo Park train station and you will hear the trains rumbling through (not very romantic). The menu was limited and all the dishes were traditional Spanish dishes. Did not see any tapas on the menu so I was confused since other reviewers and my friend said they enjoyed inexpensive tapas at this restaurant. We had a pan seared shrimp appetizer, my fiancee had the trout and I had dish with chicken and figs. On the whole the food was not that great. It all tasted very bland. Neither of us were satisfied. The service reminded my experience in Europe where dinner out is the entire evening and they take their time in serving you. In US standards the service was very slow. We usually like having desert but due to the fact that we really were not enjoying ourselves we requested check before we were done with our meals. Also the meal was expensive and not worth it. I dont mind paying for a good meal but the point here is that the food was not worth the price. The positive side is that the wait staff was extremely friendly. Based on this experience we will never go to Iberia again because its just not our style of restaurant.

Pros: Lots of parking, friendly staff

Cons: slow service, not worth the price, slow service

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Iberia is an upscale Spanish restaurant with two sections: the main dining area and the bar area. The main dining area has a full dinner menu, including various paellas and fish and meat dishes. The bar area has a really wide arrangement of tapas, my favorite being the pulpo a la gallega and the pan amb tomat (bread with prosciutto and a tomato sauce). I love the ambiance of this place. It has a loot of wood and leather seats and sort of feels like being in a cozy cabin in the Pyrenees. The place also has a wide variety of drinks, including an ample wine list, various cognacs and ports, as well as a number of beers on tap. Despite my five star review, the restaurant certainly has some kinks. For one, they never seem to have anything. I tend to arrive on the late side (typically after 9pm) and generally they don't have any tortilla left - very strange for a Spanish place... a few times they didn't even have bread!! All in all, I love the place and would totally recommend it because it is one of those places that gets better the more you go to it.

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I just want to add that last week (10/1/06) Kiwi, my favorite waitress left. This is very sad for me. Where are you Kiwi??? And where is my Bass??? will miss you!

PROS: great ambiance, good food
CONS: they are always out of things!

5
★★★★★

Iberia is an upscale Spanish restaurant with two sections: the main dining area and the bar area. The main dining area has a full dinner menu, including various paellas and fish and meat dishes. The bar area has a really wide arrangement of tapas, my favorite being the pulpo a la gallega and the pan amb tomat (bread with prosciutto and a tomato sauce). I love the ambiance of this place. It has a loot of wood and leather seats and sort of feels like being in a cozy cabin in the Pyrenees. The place also has a wide variety of drinks, including an ample wine list, various cognacs and ports, as well as a number of beers on tap. Despite my five star review, the restaurant certainly has some kinks. For one, they never seem to have anything. I tend to arrive on the late side (typically after 9pm) and generally they don't have any tortilla left - very strange for a Spanish place... a few times they didn't even have bread!! All in all, I love the place and would totally recommend it because it is one of those places that gets better the more you go to it.

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I just want to add that last week (10/1/06) Kiwi, my favorite waitress left. This is very sad for me. Where are you Kiwi??? And where is my Bass??? will miss you!

PROS: great ambiance, good food
CONS: they are always out of things!

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Eaten here 5-7 times, at their deli 20 times. I think it's the BEST restaurant in the area. Offers several genuine but different Iberian dining experiences, all high quality, for different moods.

Bar - Booths, fireplace, great selection of spirits, atrium wine cellar. Intimateplace to share a drink, and get a bite (tapas).

Dining Room - Formal ambiance, hand carved chairs, layers of table linens, professional waiters, excellent Iberian cuisine and wines. Educated, affluent crowd.

Terrace - Romantically illuminated under an Oak tree, wonderful on a warm evening.

Private Dining Room - oak table seats 12-14, fireplace, tapestry chairs - countryish, elegant.

Iberia is a genuine Iberian restaurant. They don't serve the BAR FOOD in the DINING ROOM. The waiters are PROFESSIONALs not local drop-outs who interrupt with smarmy chatter. It's an rld oasis in Silicon Valley. Try it if you're looking for the real thing.

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★★★★★

Eaten here 5-7 times, at their deli 20 times. I think it's the BEST restaurant in the area. Offers several genuine but different Iberian dining experiences, all high quality, for different moods.

Bar - Booths, fireplace, great selection of spirits, atrium wine cellar. Intimateplace to share a drink, and get a bite (tapas).

Dining Room - Formal ambiance, hand carved chairs, layers of table linens, professional waiters, excellent Iberian cuisine and wines. Educated, affluent crowd.

Terrace - Romantically illuminated under an Oak tree, wonderful on a warm evening.

Private Dining Room - oak table seats 12-14, fireplace, tapestry chairs - countryish, elegant.

Iberia is a genuine Iberian restaurant. They don't serve the BAR FOOD in the DINING ROOM. The waiters are PROFESSIONALs not local drop-outs who interrupt with smarmy chatter. It's an rld oasis in Silicon Valley. Try it if you're looking for the real thing.

Pros: cuisine, ambiance, range

Cons: none

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We found this little place tucked away on a side street and entered. The bar is superbly decorated. Excellent lighting (not too bright/dim) comfortable seats, 20 ft ceilings with the "wine cellar" above, encased in hand carved Spanish stone and wood. Tapas menu is diverse, long, and cheap. $2.25 plates are many. We ordered martinis, 4 plates each and dessert and it came to under $20. Outdoor dining too, under giant oak trees on romantic patio.

2
★★★★★

We found this little place tucked away on a side street and entered. The bar is superbly decorated. Excellent lighting (not too bright/dim) comfortable seats, 20 ft ceilings with the "wine cellar" above, encased in hand carved Spanish stone and wood. Tapas menu is diverse, long, and cheap. $2.25 plates are many. We ordered martinis, 4 plates each and dessert and it came to under $20. Outdoor dining too, under giant oak trees on romantic patio.

Pros: romantic & quiet, comfortable, good menu variety

Cons: none!

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This is a terrible restaurant. The food is wayoverpriced. The service is so rude I don't know where to start. We had to beg so the maitred would bring my 8 months pregnant wife a cushion - they seated her on a wooden bench. One of our friends ordered a dish which never came. Upon complaining, they said they had dropped his soup in the kitchen and had to make a new one, but ran out of the exact ingredients so were going to make a "custom" soup. My friend asked to cancel the soup and to order another, but they said they would have to charge us for the original order anyway!

Upon exiting the MaitreD approached my friend and said "I hope you understand that you are no longer welcome here". A fair amount of yelling ensued. It now turns out that none of us are welcome there.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is a terrible restaurant. The food is wayoverpriced. The service is so rude I don't know where to start. We had to beg so the maitred would bring my 8 months pregnant wife a cushion - they seated her on a wooden bench. One of our friends ordered a dish which never came. Upon complaining, they said they had dropped his soup in the kitchen and had to make a new one, but ran out of the exact ingredients so were going to make a "custom" soup. My friend asked to cancel the soup and to order another, but they said they would have to charge us for the original order anyway!

Upon exiting the MaitreD approached my friend and said "I hope you understand that you are no longer welcome here". A fair amount of yelling ensued. It now turns out that none of us are welcome there.

Pros: none

Cons: service, prices, value for money

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Tucked away on an obscure street in Menlo Park, Iberia Restaurant features a cozy bar serving a myriad of small plates and a formal dining room for full meals. The menu includes authentic Spanish selections ranging from tapas like Torta Espanola and Croquetas de Jamon, to entrees such as Parrillada Mixta, a selection of grilled meats, and Trucha con Tomate, a whole roast trout garnished with tomatoes. While the food is reminiscent of Spain, the brusque servers with arrogant attitudes do little to replicate the warm reception of dining establishments en España. While the wine list is adequate, the corkage fee of $35.00 per bottle is egregiously expensive and the inclusion of a 19 percent gratuity, regardless of number of diners in the party, is insulting. With its high prices (dinner for four $300), poor service, and seeming disdain for its clientele, Iberia Restaurant is one to be avoided.

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★★★☆☆

Tucked away on an obscure street in Menlo Park, Iberia Restaurant features a cozy bar serving a myriad of small plates and a formal dining room for full meals. The menu includes authentic Spanish selections ranging from tapas like Torta Espanola and Croquetas de Jamon, to entrees such as Parrillada Mixta, a selection of grilled meats, and Trucha con Tomate, a whole roast trout garnished with tomatoes. While the food is reminiscent of Spain, the brusque servers with arrogant attitudes do little to replicate the warm reception of dining establishments en España. While the wine list is adequate, the corkage fee of $35.00 per bottle is egregiously expensive and the inclusion of a 19 percent gratuity, regardless of number of diners in the party, is insulting. With its high prices (dinner for four $300), poor service, and seeming disdain for its clientele, Iberia Restaurant is one to be avoided.

Pros: Authentic Spnish food, Lots of parking

Cons: Arrogant servers, $35 corkage

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Food and atmosphere was pretty good. Despite other reviews on this site, the service was quite decent.

I don't quite understand why others were not allowed to have tapas (appetizers) at their table. We all had appetizers at our table before the main course. Strange.

2
★★★★☆

Food and atmosphere was pretty good. Despite other reviews on this site, the service was quite decent.

I don't quite understand why others were not allowed to have tapas (appetizers) at their table. We all had appetizers at our table before the main course. Strange.

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I can not believe I actually paid to eat this place. The food was only ok and the quality inconsistent. The waiters were snotty, leaving much to be desired. I think the whole staff should apply for attitude adjustment classes. It's a shame, too. I had high hopes from the Zagat rating.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can not believe I actually paid to eat this place. The food was only ok and the quality inconsistent. The waiters were snotty, leaving much to be desired. I think the whole staff should apply for attitude adjustment classes. It's a shame, too. I had high hopes from the Zagat rating.

Pros: Nice area

Cons: Staff was snotty, Service was horrible

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This is the worst restaurant I have ever been to. I took my little sister here as a treat for acing Spanish class so she could practice her Spanish. What a mistake. The waiters were not only rude to us in general but shot down her attempts to order in Spanish. Unfortunately this happened towards the middle of the meal. The food was plain-- nothing to write home about and I hated the fact that the tapas menu was unavilable to us.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the worst restaurant I have ever been to. I took my little sister here as a treat for acing Spanish class so she could practice her Spanish. What a mistake. The waiters were not only rude to us in general but shot down her attempts to order in Spanish. Unfortunately this happened towards the middle of the meal. The food was plain-- nothing to write home about and I hated the fact that the tapas menu was unavilable to us.

Pros: Lots of Parking, They have alcohol, Not that busy

Cons: Service is horrible, Rude, Food is not great

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I agree completely with the other reviewer who told their terrible service and the strange tapas rules. The dining room was empty (I am guessing the service there is just as bad given the undeniable dislike of customers shown by all but the busboy). They have a great tapas menu and, admittedly, good tapas. But, for some reason, they don't like serving it. They made us feel like second class citizens for ordering it (even though we were 6 of a very small number of diners in a very large restaurant) and relegated us to some uncomfortable table/area in the bar. By far the worst restaurant experience I have ever had in the bay area.

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★☆☆☆☆

I agree completely with the other reviewer who told their terrible service and the strange tapas rules. The dining room was empty (I am guessing the service there is just as bad given the undeniable dislike of customers shown by all but the busboy). They have a great tapas menu and, admittedly, good tapas. But, for some reason, they don't like serving it. They made us feel like second class citizens for ordering it (even though we were 6 of a very small number of diners in a very large restaurant) and relegated us to some uncomfortable table/area in the bar. By far the worst restaurant experience I have ever had in the bay area.

Pros: good food, good design

Cons: terrible service, dislike of customers, funky eating rules

 

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