Picasso's Tapas & Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 62 W Santa Clara St

    San Jose, CA 95113

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  • 408-298-4400

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I discovered that Picasso??s tapas & Restaurant located at 62 W Santa Clara St. in the downtown of San Jose with abundant parking place, is a casual place to go for sharing a warm atmosphere, wonderful service, and delicious plain menu of Spain cuisine. The menu offers a great variety of food according to Spain country menu: Latin Tapas, salads, main entrees, paellas, desserts, and wine list, ports and Sherries. The prices are reasonable for this tasty meal. The range for it is between $ 11.95 - $ 21.95. We started our meal with Latin tapas, which was a sensational small plate from Spain like appetizers that usually accompany cocktails.
All the dishes were a consistent style, in small pieces of pottery, warm, properly cooked, and visually appealing. They offered balance of flavors, which complemented with main ingredients, specially the paella, was great, as a main entrees. In Picasso??s also I enjoyed special parties which reminded me a special moments where people would share good music, enjoying a tasty culture cuisine, in a beautiful atmosphere, wonderful service from the waiters and the owner who make you to feel important. I am happy to recommend #Picasso??s Restaurant. It is great and wonderful. I am its fan.

Solange

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★★★★☆

I discovered that Picasso??s tapas & Restaurant located at 62 W Santa Clara St. in the downtown of San Jose with abundant parking place, is a casual place to go for sharing a warm atmosphere, wonderful service, and delicious plain menu of Spain cuisine. The menu offers a great variety of food according to Spain country menu: Latin Tapas, salads, main entrees, paellas, desserts, and wine list, ports and Sherries. The prices are reasonable for this tasty meal. The range for it is between $ 11.95 - $ 21.95. We started our meal with Latin tapas, which was a sensational small plate from Spain like appetizers that usually accompany cocktails.
All the dishes were a consistent style, in small pieces of pottery, warm, properly cooked, and visually appealing. They offered balance of flavors, which complemented with main ingredients, specially the paella, was great, as a main entrees. In Picasso??s also I enjoyed special parties which reminded me a special moments where people would share good music, enjoying a tasty culture cuisine, in a beautiful atmosphere, wonderful service from the waiters and the owner who make you to feel important. I am happy to recommend #Picasso??s Restaurant. It is great and wonderful. I am its fan.

Solange

Pros: Ex: Food - Warm people and service

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My husband and I ordered Sangria before dinner and after a taste thought it was awful. We gave it a second chance and thought that maybe our palette had to get used to it; but it got worse. It was so sweet that it reminded us of a Hawaiian punch. We had to tell the waitress we couldn't drink it and instead ordered a bottle of tempranillo for $45.00 that was satisfactory . We, then ordered the black rice paella. It was very salty. When we got the bill we were surprised to be billed for the sangria along with the bottle of wine. We asked the manager to take off the sangria bill which is very customery in a restaurant when dissatisfied. We thought we ordered a bottle of wine instead!!! He refused very rudely. He said he had disposed of the carafe and thiswas a very bad economic time...Bingo so is for us! He said that he made the sangria and he was not removing the charge. He added that it was his personal recipe and that everyone else enjoyed his sangria. He took offense of a constructive criticism. Reacted very angry, made us feel very bad.
We swear never to go back to the restaurant. Being a food critic this was the very first time I have ever been charged for an item that not only was not consumed but disliked. You will hear from this experience in my Spanish blog. The manager was rude, did not care about repeat business. I feel sorry for the owner. I would not recommend this restaurant if your going to drop $100.00. My parents were both born in Toledo, Spain...I know how sangria and paella are suppose to taste...thank you..the worst Spanish restaurant I have been to for that ridiculous price...If your're an american..please don't think our food and sangria taste like that...

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I ordered Sangria before dinner and after a taste thought it was awful. We gave it a second chance and thought that maybe our palette had to get used to it; but it got worse. It was so sweet that it reminded us of a Hawaiian punch. We had to tell the waitress we couldn't drink it and instead ordered a bottle of tempranillo for $45.00 that was satisfactory . We, then ordered the black rice paella. It was very salty. When we got the bill we were surprised to be billed for the sangria along with the bottle of wine. We asked the manager to take off the sangria bill which is very customery in a restaurant when dissatisfied. We thought we ordered a bottle of wine instead!!! He refused very rudely. He said he had disposed of the carafe and thiswas a very bad economic time...Bingo so is for us! He said that he made the sangria and he was not removing the charge. He added that it was his personal recipe and that everyone else enjoyed his sangria. He took offense of a constructive criticism. Reacted very angry, made us feel very bad.
We swear never to go back to the restaurant. Being a food critic this was the very first time I have ever been charged for an item that not only was not consumed but disliked. You will hear from this experience in my Spanish blog. The manager was rude, did not care about repeat business. I feel sorry for the owner. I would not recommend this restaurant if your going to drop $100.00. My parents were both born in Toledo, Spain...I know how sangria and paella are suppose to taste...thank you..the worst Spanish restaurant I have been to for that ridiculous price...If your're an american..please don't think our food and sangria taste like that...

Pros: good bottle selection of wines

Cons: horrible manager and policies

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Less than mediocre would be my review. If I were this restaurant owner I'd fire the fruit and vege vendor and perhaps the chef. The tomatoes under the buffalo mozzarella were so far from ripe they should never have left the vine, and I'm not sure where the often spoke of wine vinegar was but it was not on this dish. And there were some tomato seeds with the sauteed peppers but everything was cold and was it really sauteed for more than a second? My dinner guest liked the filet mignon meatballs but both of us agreed it was not just beef....and I couldn't eat them. The trio of flambeed mushrooms...button caps out of a can and again cold. Not a wild mushroom or even fresh mushroom to be found.l The waitress tried to sell us on another mushroom dish and we said no, but did she have the decency to tell us they were out of mushrooms needed for the dish we ordered? No. And finally, the melon with prosciutto and a medley of three fruits including figs in the chef's special sherry vinegar...trail mix with a little red wine vinegar on the plate-and no fig. And the melon was so under ripe we almost cracked our teeth. Not prosciutto either. Oh, let's not forget the service...was there any? Not from our server. Shame on you Picasso's Tapas Restaurant. Stay away public.

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★☆☆☆☆

Less than mediocre would be my review. If I were this restaurant owner I'd fire the fruit and vege vendor and perhaps the chef. The tomatoes under the buffalo mozzarella were so far from ripe they should never have left the vine, and I'm not sure where the often spoke of wine vinegar was but it was not on this dish. And there were some tomato seeds with the sauteed peppers but everything was cold and was it really sauteed for more than a second? My dinner guest liked the filet mignon meatballs but both of us agreed it was not just beef....and I couldn't eat them. The trio of flambeed mushrooms...button caps out of a can and again cold. Not a wild mushroom or even fresh mushroom to be found.l The waitress tried to sell us on another mushroom dish and we said no, but did she have the decency to tell us they were out of mushrooms needed for the dish we ordered? No. And finally, the melon with prosciutto and a medley of three fruits including figs in the chef's special sherry vinegar...trail mix with a little red wine vinegar on the plate-and no fig. And the melon was so under ripe we almost cracked our teeth. Not prosciutto either. Oh, let's not forget the service...was there any? Not from our server. Shame on you Picasso's Tapas Restaurant. Stay away public.

Pros: None

Cons: Food and Service

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We went to Picacco's for the 18th birthday of our son Julian. We very much enjoyed the atmosphere. We really enjoyed the fantastic food, prepared with attention to detail and very tasty. But we most enjoyed the great service by Elizabeth. She was fun, conveyed the energy we were looking for for this night and served us with great passion. Please go and check it out. Hint, she works on Friday and Saturday nights...

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★★★★★

We went to Picacco's for the 18th birthday of our son Julian. We very much enjoyed the atmosphere. We really enjoyed the fantastic food, prepared with attention to detail and very tasty. But we most enjoyed the great service by Elizabeth. She was fun, conveyed the energy we were looking for for this night and served us with great passion. Please go and check it out. Hint, she works on Friday and Saturday nights...

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This is asmall restauarant..Great for lunch or early dinner..The drinks are Great!! And the paella is a must try..You have not tasted paella until you try it here!!!

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★★★★☆

This is asmall restauarant..Great for lunch or early dinner..The drinks are Great!! And the paella is a must try..You have not tasted paella until you try it here!!!

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We just ate at Picasso's and even though the full service staff did not show up for work, we had good service, the food was wonderful, and the place lively and full. We will return, if they can provide such service and food without help, I can only imagine how wonderful it would be with a full staff. Service is becoming a joke at most places these days, and without the staff it seemed so much better than most, they honestly tried, what a concept. The food and Sangria were the bomb, what a find!!!!! We will be back.

2
★★★★★

We just ate at Picasso's and even though the full service staff did not show up for work, we had good service, the food was wonderful, and the place lively and full. We will return, if they can provide such service and food without help, I can only imagine how wonderful it would be with a full staff. Service is becoming a joke at most places these days, and without the staff it seemed so much better than most, they honestly tried, what a concept. The food and Sangria were the bomb, what a find!!!!! We will be back.

Pros: Food-Service

Cons: Small tables, for alot of food.

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Last Saturday my husband and I had the chance to eat really Spanish food at downtown. I found out while in the restaurant that it had a new owner and we had the chance to meet him as he approached our table and was very interested about the quality and taste of our Tapas. He was really kind offering an outrageous finale with a glass of Porto wine. Nice night in Downtown.

2
★★★★★

Last Saturday my husband and I had the chance to eat really Spanish food at downtown. I found out while in the restaurant that it had a new owner and we had the chance to meet him as he approached our table and was very interested about the quality and taste of our Tapas. He was really kind offering an outrageous finale with a glass of Porto wine. Nice night in Downtown.

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What a surprise to go back to Picasso's and find what had been lost. I couldn't believe my eyes to see all the changes in the place. New look, fast service and great food. We tried few tapas but my favorite one was the gambas mmmm delicious! The paella was well served plenty of all its ingredients accompanied by a sangria. To wrap up our meal for dessert we had a flan, sweet way to end the night. Two thumbs up.

2
★★★★★

What a surprise to go back to Picasso's and find what had been lost. I couldn't believe my eyes to see all the changes in the place. New look, fast service and great food. We tried few tapas but my favorite one was the gambas mmmm delicious! The paella was well served plenty of all its ingredients accompanied by a sangria. To wrap up our meal for dessert we had a flan, sweet way to end the night. Two thumbs up.

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I had a really bad experience here a few years ago. Much has changed under the new ownership. The food is really fresh and tastes pretty authentic, particularly the cheeses and cured meats. My favorite tapas place in San Jose.

2
★★★★★

I had a really bad experience here a few years ago. Much has changed under the new ownership. The food is really fresh and tastes pretty authentic, particularly the cheeses and cured meats. My favorite tapas place in San Jose.

Pros: Very tasty food

Cons: None

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THIS IS THE WORT RESTAURANT I'VE EVER BEEN TO. COLD FOOD, BAD DRINKS, NATS AND THE WAITER FORGOT HALF MY MEAL AND WHEN I ASKED FOR THE REST OF THE MEAL THAT I WAS PAYING FOR THE WAITER GOT IRRITATED WITH ME

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★☆☆☆☆

THIS IS THE WORT RESTAURANT I'VE EVER BEEN TO. COLD FOOD, BAD DRINKS, NATS AND THE WAITER FORGOT HALF MY MEAL AND WHEN I ASKED FOR THE REST OF THE MEAL THAT I WAS PAYING FOR THE WAITER GOT IRRITATED WITH ME

Pros: NOT A DAMN THING

Cons: THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE

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Once we arrived, we got our table pretty quick, considering it was a Friday night. At first the service was good, but then it got worse minute by minute. Our sangria barely had any fruits in it, and it took 45 min for them to get a new one, while we saw other tables get perfect sangrias in minutes. The service is very slow, and sometimes not very friendly. The tapas tastes pretty good, but were very expensive for the portions. The paella was extremely overcooked, and the rice literally stuck to the pan. Once we told the waiter, he got an attitude and didn't even say thank you when we left. I don't reccomend this place at all.

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★★☆☆☆

Once we arrived, we got our table pretty quick, considering it was a Friday night. At first the service was good, but then it got worse minute by minute. Our sangria barely had any fruits in it, and it took 45 min for them to get a new one, while we saw other tables get perfect sangrias in minutes. The service is very slow, and sometimes not very friendly. The tapas tastes pretty good, but were very expensive for the portions. The paella was extremely overcooked, and the rice literally stuck to the pan. Once we told the waiter, he got an attitude and didn't even say thank you when we left. I don't reccomend this place at all.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Bad food, expensive, terrible service

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Located close to downtown San Jose, this restaurant is a small place with a big heart. You can go there for the Tapas and it has a variety in its menu. The best part is the owner of this place.
We ordered a few plates, however the owner did not think it would be enough and got us another tapas on the house. We loved the food and the kind act really made an impact on us. We will surely go back again!

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★★★★★

Located close to downtown San Jose, this restaurant is a small place with a big heart. You can go there for the Tapas and it has a variety in its menu. The best part is the owner of this place.
We ordered a few plates, however the owner did not think it would be enough and got us another tapas on the house. We loved the food and the kind act really made an impact on us. We will surely go back again!

Pros: Service is awesome

Cons: Small place

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We also have been going to Picassos for years, and have always had a great experience. The owners are really friendly. The food is wonderful. We have paella everytime and is the best paella we ever had. The tapas are really good too. The atmosphere is wonderful as well.

2
★★★★★

We also have been going to Picassos for years, and have always had a great experience. The owners are really friendly. The food is wonderful. We have paella everytime and is the best paella we ever had. The tapas are really good too. The atmosphere is wonderful as well.

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We have been going to Picassos for years, and have always had a great experience. The owners are extremely friendly, making you feel as if they are welcoming you into their home, and the service is attentive and courteous. The food is wonderful, and there is plenty of it to go around, and the atmosphere is wonderful. While the restaurant itself is on the small-side, we have dined with groups of 6 or more on several occasions, and had the same level of service and courteousness.

2
★★★★★

We have been going to Picassos for years, and have always had a great experience. The owners are extremely friendly, making you feel as if they are welcoming you into their home, and the service is attentive and courteous. The food is wonderful, and there is plenty of it to go around, and the atmosphere is wonderful. While the restaurant itself is on the small-side, we have dined with groups of 6 or more on several occasions, and had the same level of service and courteousness.

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We made a reservation but didn't work... we had to wait like everybody else! Then, we waited for half an hour for the tapas which was very small. After that, more than other half an hour for a paella. The paella was advertised in the menu for $17.95 per person but the catch was that they couldnt' make it for just one person. So we ended up paying $35.90 for two people. Also, sangria was very expensive ($18 for a pitcher).
The service is very poor because the kitchen doesn't deliver food at normal time. So don't go there if you are starving or you have to go to the theater later!!!
Service is bad & prices are too high for what it is. Also the noise level is too high.So we do not recommend this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We made a reservation but didn't work... we had to wait like everybody else! Then, we waited for half an hour for the tapas which was very small. After that, more than other half an hour for a paella. The paella was advertised in the menu for $17.95 per person but the catch was that they couldnt' make it for just one person. So we ended up paying $35.90 for two people. Also, sangria was very expensive ($18 for a pitcher).
The service is very poor because the kitchen doesn't deliver food at normal time. So don't go there if you are starving or you have to go to the theater later!!!
Service is bad & prices are too high for what it is. Also the noise level is too high.So we do not recommend this place.

Pros: Tasty

Cons: Time, Price, Noise

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We went to Picasso's for Valentine's Day and had a fabulous time. The food was impeccably flavorful and authentic, and the ambience was perfect. The staff is warm and welcoming, and the added bonus of the guitarist created a nice atmosphere. If you love Spain and Spanish food, try this place out.

2
★★★★★

We went to Picasso's for Valentine's Day and had a fabulous time. The food was impeccably flavorful and authentic, and the ambience was perfect. The staff is warm and welcoming, and the added bonus of the guitarist created a nice atmosphere. If you love Spain and Spanish food, try this place out.

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The food is flavorful!!! The service is wonderful.... love Irma and Mr. Garcia, so warm and friendly. The chicken & rice dish was great.... I've tasted lots of tapas before, but nothing this good.... just wish I went after work and would have had some Sangria! But I'll be back!

2
★★★★★

The food is flavorful!!! The service is wonderful.... love Irma and Mr. Garcia, so warm and friendly. The chicken & rice dish was great.... I've tasted lots of tapas before, but nothing this good.... just wish I went after work and would have had some Sangria! But I'll be back!

Pros: Food, Friendliness, Service

Cons: Price

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Must try: the clams, the gambas shrimp and both paellaes. The clams in the white wine sauce is to die for. The only problem is the portions are small so we ended up ordering 3 portions. The seafood paella is a little sweeter than the traditional paella but just as good. The traditional paella is one of the best I've had in the area.

the rest:
the spanish tortilla is good but the serving is extremely small compared to the big piece you get at Picaro's in SF. It's not worth getting unless you really crave it.
The chicken corquettes are good and worth trying.
The stuffed peppers are tiny! They are good but def. not worth the price.
The potato bravo isn't very special. Don't get it.
The tapas size stew chicken is delic and actually a good deal considering the amount of chicken you get.

2
★★★★★

Must try: the clams, the gambas shrimp and both paellaes. The clams in the white wine sauce is to die for. The only problem is the portions are small so we ended up ordering 3 portions. The seafood paella is a little sweeter than the traditional paella but just as good. The traditional paella is one of the best I've had in the area.

the rest:
the spanish tortilla is good but the serving is extremely small compared to the big piece you get at Picaro's in SF. It's not worth getting unless you really crave it.
The chicken corquettes are good and worth trying.
The stuffed peppers are tiny! They are good but def. not worth the price.
The potato bravo isn't very special. Don't get it.
The tapas size stew chicken is delic and actually a good deal considering the amount of chicken you get.

Pros: great food, only tapas in SJ

Cons: , small potions

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The paella was excellent! It was so full of flavor I plan to bring my friends. The tapas portions could be a little larger for the price; although they were delicious.

2
★★★★☆

The paella was excellent! It was so full of flavor I plan to bring my friends. The tapas portions could be a little larger for the price; although they were delicious.

Pros: food full of flavor, authentic

Cons: , small tapas portions

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You must come to this place and have their Sangria with Spanish Paella. I must admit that I thought the Paella was a little dry at first but compared to others, this place has a great Paella. The restaurant is quite small so you might want to make reservations first. Service is a little slow but its was a Friday night. Its also a little hard to find so but look for the Washington Mutual on Santa Clara and its right across the street from it. Its a little on the expensive side for Paella and tapas but I would recommend to try it.

2
★★★★☆

You must come to this place and have their Sangria with Spanish Paella. I must admit that I thought the Paella was a little dry at first but compared to others, this place has a great Paella. The restaurant is quite small so you might want to make reservations first. Service is a little slow but its was a Friday night. Its also a little hard to find so but look for the Washington Mutual on Santa Clara and its right across the street from it. Its a little on the expensive side for Paella and tapas but I would recommend to try it.

Pros: great food

Cons: , slightly expensive

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The service can be hit and miss. The food too. We had excellent chicken soup here and really horrible chorizo. There are much better tapas resturants in the area.

1
★★★☆☆

The service can be hit and miss. The food too. We had excellent chicken soup here and really horrible chorizo. There are much better tapas resturants in the area.

Pros: Good ambiance

Cons: , Average food

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The owner was really nice and talked to us and spent time asking us questions. We had the seafood paella and the mushroom sautee for an appetizer and it was great. The mimosa was very tasty. The waiter was friendly and attentive.

2
★★★★★

The owner was really nice and talked to us and spent time asking us questions. We had the seafood paella and the mushroom sautee for an appetizer and it was great. The mimosa was very tasty. The waiter was friendly and attentive.

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Picasso has a very mom-and-pop feel to it. The Sangria is delish and the tapas has an authentic originality to it. I thought the prices were a bit on the high side compared to other places.

The restauraunt is small and decorated with Picasso art. Service was extremely slow, but it was a busy night. The managers were very nice and made sure we were having a good time.

2
★★★★☆

Picasso has a very mom-and-pop feel to it. The Sangria is delish and the tapas has an authentic originality to it. I thought the prices were a bit on the high side compared to other places.

The restauraunt is small and decorated with Picasso art. Service was extremely slow, but it was a busy night. The managers were very nice and made sure we were having a good time.

Pros: Sangria, Authenticity, Friendly

Cons: Small = long wait, prices

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Amazing selection of everything here. This is a combination of everything great about all the tapas places in SF.

But the best thing is the service. Warm, friendly, and they know whether they should be talk and 'hang out' (i.e. when you're alone), be extra respectful (when you're on a date), or just be quick to serve and impress (when you're casually dining).

Not too fancy.. it feels like you're walking into a friendly uncle's dining room and appreciating the hospitality.

2
★★★★★

Amazing selection of everything here. This is a combination of everything great about all the tapas places in SF.

But the best thing is the service. Warm, friendly, and they know whether they should be talk and 'hang out' (i.e. when you're alone), be extra respectful (when you're on a date), or just be quick to serve and impress (when you're casually dining).

Not too fancy.. it feels like you're walking into a friendly uncle's dining room and appreciating the hospitality.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Hours

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Picassos is a tiny, cozy place for non-pretentious types. The food is excellent, and it is quiet enought to hold a conversation. I recommend it for real foodies. This is NOT Applebees or Chilies or some other crappy chain!

2
★★★★★

Picassos is a tiny, cozy place for non-pretentious types. The food is excellent, and it is quiet enought to hold a conversation. I recommend it for real foodies. This is NOT Applebees or Chilies or some other crappy chain!

Pros: music on weekends, fun owner, great food

Cons: , menus tattered, parking difficult

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I have come here for years and know both current and former owners. The menu is awesome, and it's a fun...

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★★★★★

I have come here for years and know both current and former owners. The menu is awesome, and it's a fun...

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My favorite restaurant of all time! I would eat here every day if I could! The small restaurant is a great...

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My favorite restaurant of all time! I would eat here every day if I could! The small restaurant is a great...

 

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