Taberna De Haro

★★★☆☆

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What an awful experience! There is nothing worse than being a customer at a restaurant and being made to feel like they are doing you a favor by serving you. Im not a snob and am friendly and not demanding. They are just simply rude and

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★★★★★

What an awful experience! There is nothing worse than being a customer at a restaurant and being made to feel like they are doing you a favor by serving you. Im not a snob and am friendly and not demanding. They are just simply rude and

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I have lived near Taberna de Haro for several years...and I had been so excited to try it. I was extremely let down. The food was ok....but I have had much better Spanish food. Several dishes were over salted, some overcooked. We were squeezed into a table next to the door....which was freezing in the January cold. In addition, the service was terrible. Our dishes were brought completely separate. Two of us had our entrees for about 20 minutes before the third received her meal. Also..the hostess/manager was very rude. I have been a waitress for many years, and to all the comments accusing reviewers of treating staff as "servants," this was not the case. Just poor service.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have lived near Taberna de Haro for several years...and I had been so excited to try it. I was extremely let down. The food was ok....but I have had much better Spanish food. Several dishes were over salted, some overcooked. We were squeezed into a table next to the door....which was freezing in the January cold. In addition, the service was terrible. Our dishes were brought completely separate. Two of us had our entrees for about 20 minutes before the third received her meal. Also..the hostess/manager was very rude. I have been a waitress for many years, and to all the comments accusing reviewers of treating staff as "servants," this was not the case. Just poor service.

Pros: ok food

Cons: service

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Small cozy place for a quiet date or a small group night out! The tapas are absolutely delicious. The menu offers just the right amount without overwhelming you and the portions are generous!

5
★★★★★

Small cozy place for a quiet date or a small group night out! The tapas are absolutely delicious. The menu offers just the right amount without overwhelming you and the portions are generous!

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This is a great tapas place at the edge of Brookline and Boston. It is easy to miss if you don't look at for it, but it has great food. The tapas here are a little bit more on the expensive side and don't fill you up, but I think this is to be expected with a good tapas place. It is a great place to go with friends where you can share all the different dishes and have a little of each. It is right by the St. Mary's Street T stop, which is easier to do than park in the area. This is a nice intimate place to go with housemade sangria and lovely food.

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★★★★☆

This is a great tapas place at the edge of Brookline and Boston. It is easy to miss if you don't look at for it, but it has great food. The tapas here are a little bit more on the expensive side and don't fill you up, but I think this is to be expected with a good tapas place. It is a great place to go with friends where you can share all the different dishes and have a little of each. It is right by the St. Mary's Street T stop, which is easier to do than park in the area. This is a nice intimate place to go with housemade sangria and lovely food.

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I love the intimate setting of this tapas restaurant. It is a great neighborhood restaurant. The sangria is fantastic. The tapas is incredibly authentic. Don't miss out!

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★★★★☆

I love the intimate setting of this tapas restaurant. It is a great neighborhood restaurant. The sangria is fantastic. The tapas is incredibly authentic. Don't miss out!

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I was there once after I came back from Spain. I was totally disappointed in the tapas. We ordered a tuna dish expecting sashimi grade fish only to get tuna that appeared to come from a can. The white asparagus was from a freshly opened jar. They charge just as much as Dali and Toro but there is no comparison, The best feature of this restaurant is you can sit outside in the summer. I would never go back there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was there once after I came back from Spain. I was totally disappointed in the tapas. We ordered a tuna dish expecting sashimi grade fish only to get tuna that appeared to come from a can. The white asparagus was from a freshly opened jar. They charge just as much as Dali and Toro but there is no comparison, The best feature of this restaurant is you can sit outside in the summer. I would never go back there again.

Pros: outside dining in the summer

Cons: food quality

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This is my favorite restaurant in Boston. I have spent most of my life traveling to Spain, and find that Taberna de Haro is better than most Spanish restaurants in Spain. The dishes are simple. "We are not creative here," once said Julio Haro, one of the founders of the restaurant, "We just make the traditional dishes," and thank goodness someone does. Julio and Deborah Haro started the restaurant as a typical Madrid tavern, which means that it serves dishes from all over Spain. Everything here is good, but you would have a hard time going wrong with the specials, which range from game to fish to vegetarian dishes. Three dishes is a good start for two people. Then, if you have room, order the natilla, a Spanish custard, or the flan. Deborah, now the sole owner, travels to Spain every year, and discovers new wineries. She has an encyclopedic knowledge and a passion for Spanish wines, and she tries to impart that knowledge to her young staff. She also charges very reasonable prices for the wines. She once said that she doesn't believe that restaurants should charge a lot of money for wines they aren't to keep around for a long time, and most of the wines here are young. If you want to have great Spanish food and interesting wines from new wineries, this is the best place in the United States, far better than trendier places in Boston or Washington. If you're going from Thursday to Sunday, get there by 6:45 PM, or you'lll have a wait if you don't have a reservation. Then again, you could do a lot worse than wait at at the bar while Deborah prepares tapas for you, or offers you a few slices of Manchego cheese and suggests a sherry to go with that. Expect to spend about $50 a person.

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★★★★★

This is my favorite restaurant in Boston. I have spent most of my life traveling to Spain, and find that Taberna de Haro is better than most Spanish restaurants in Spain. The dishes are simple. "We are not creative here," once said Julio Haro, one of the founders of the restaurant, "We just make the traditional dishes," and thank goodness someone does. Julio and Deborah Haro started the restaurant as a typical Madrid tavern, which means that it serves dishes from all over Spain. Everything here is good, but you would have a hard time going wrong with the specials, which range from game to fish to vegetarian dishes. Three dishes is a good start for two people. Then, if you have room, order the natilla, a Spanish custard, or the flan. Deborah, now the sole owner, travels to Spain every year, and discovers new wineries. She has an encyclopedic knowledge and a passion for Spanish wines, and she tries to impart that knowledge to her young staff. She also charges very reasonable prices for the wines. She once said that she doesn't believe that restaurants should charge a lot of money for wines they aren't to keep around for a long time, and most of the wines here are young. If you want to have great Spanish food and interesting wines from new wineries, this is the best place in the United States, far better than trendier places in Boston or Washington. If you're going from Thursday to Sunday, get there by 6:45 PM, or you'lll have a wait if you don't have a reservation. Then again, you could do a lot worse than wait at at the bar while Deborah prepares tapas for you, or offers you a few slices of Manchego cheese and suggests a sherry to go with that. Expect to spend about $50 a person.

Pros: Food, wine, expert knowledge on the part of the owner

Cons: Noise

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I am shocked by the negative reviews for this wonderful find! The food was absolutely delicious. Service was polite and well paced. A fabulous experience!!!!!! Can't wait to go back...

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★★★★★

I am shocked by the negative reviews for this wonderful find! The food was absolutely delicious. Service was polite and well paced. A fabulous experience!!!!!! Can't wait to go back...

Pros: intimate

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First of all, let me tell you I am from Madrid, Spain. I had gone to Taberna de Haro several times a couple of years ago, and really liked the genuinely Spanish feel and taste of it.

Not anymore.

I went to Taberna de Haro in May 2008, and was so disappointed I will not come back there again. The food was badly cooked, for starters: gambas al ajillo (shrimps in garlicky oil) were cooked in what tasted like canola oil, and were obviously reheated: hot in the outside, cold in the inside, overdone. The arroz negro (black rice, or rice with squid ink) was so overdone and salty (too much ink, btw, was the cause of it; I would cook it better home) that wasn't pleasant to eat at all. The piquillos were cooked in what looked reused oil, as could be easily assessed by the amount of other burnt things that accompanied our order.

When asked, the waitress simply said that "she had had the same comments from other people" and didn't even offer apologies. All those badly cooked dishes were of course charged with no further comment.

I will never, ever come back here again. If you want to have some Spanish food, there is plenty of other choices in Boston. I used to complain about the other ones (as Dali or Tapeo) because they are overpriced, but at least the food you get is pretty good. What a shame this more affordable option has gone bad. Oh well, I will wait for my holidays home to have some real Spanish tapas...

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all, let me tell you I am from Madrid, Spain. I had gone to Taberna de Haro several times a couple of years ago, and really liked the genuinely Spanish feel and taste of it.

Not anymore.

I went to Taberna de Haro in May 2008, and was so disappointed I will not come back there again. The food was badly cooked, for starters: gambas al ajillo (shrimps in garlicky oil) were cooked in what tasted like canola oil, and were obviously reheated: hot in the outside, cold in the inside, overdone. The arroz negro (black rice, or rice with squid ink) was so overdone and salty (too much ink, btw, was the cause of it; I would cook it better home) that wasn't pleasant to eat at all. The piquillos were cooked in what looked reused oil, as could be easily assessed by the amount of other burnt things that accompanied our order.

When asked, the waitress simply said that "she had had the same comments from other people" and didn't even offer apologies. All those badly cooked dishes were of course charged with no further comment.

I will never, ever come back here again. If you want to have some Spanish food, there is plenty of other choices in Boston. I used to complain about the other ones (as Dali or Tapeo) because they are overpriced, but at least the food you get is pretty good. What a shame this more affordable option has gone bad. Oh well, I will wait for my holidays home to have some real Spanish tapas...

Pros: cheap compared to other Spanish tapas places in Boston area

Cons: awful food, bad service

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I am surprised by the number of negative posts regarding the wait staff at Taberna because this was not the case in any of my three visits there thus far. My fiance and I first ate at Taberna on a special occasion, where I had a bottle of wine so delightful that I had to fish around in my purse for pen and paper to write the brand down (for the life of me, I can't find it anywhere, either)! The portions are perfect for a couple - we normally order 2 or 3 dishes and that is more than enough to feed us both. The food is very good - though I have no basis for "authenticity" comparison. We always order the olive plate which has four or five different varieties of olives to choose from. Also wonderful is the marinated mushroom dish. I find the cheese plate to be overpriced in comparison to what is served, though the cheeses represented are very different and delicious. Finally, I have had nothing but wonderful service in my visits to Taberna. While I'm sure that waitstaff varies from season to season, I have always had attentive, kind, and educated people serving our table. Once, the chef even personally delivered one of our dishes to apologize for it not being ready earlier. I can't say enough about the overall experience. It's truly a fun place to dine!

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★★★☆☆

I am surprised by the number of negative posts regarding the wait staff at Taberna because this was not the case in any of my three visits there thus far. My fiance and I first ate at Taberna on a special occasion, where I had a bottle of wine so delightful that I had to fish around in my purse for pen and paper to write the brand down (for the life of me, I can't find it anywhere, either)! The portions are perfect for a couple - we normally order 2 or 3 dishes and that is more than enough to feed us both. The food is very good - though I have no basis for "authenticity" comparison. We always order the olive plate which has four or five different varieties of olives to choose from. Also wonderful is the marinated mushroom dish. I find the cheese plate to be overpriced in comparison to what is served, though the cheeses represented are very different and delicious. Finally, I have had nothing but wonderful service in my visits to Taberna. While I'm sure that waitstaff varies from season to season, I have always had attentive, kind, and educated people serving our table. Once, the chef even personally delivered one of our dishes to apologize for it not being ready earlier. I can't say enough about the overall experience. It's truly a fun place to dine!

Pros: Extensive Wine List, Cozy Atmosphere

Cons: Can get loud when very busy.

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We didn't even stay for dinner. The waitstaff and management treated us horribly and were pressuring us into ordering quickly or else move! The waitstaff was so annoyed (visibly) that we were conversing before ordering, that she sent the manager over to ask us to give up our table and move indoors. She was so focused on the tip money she felt she would lose that she never ordered our appetizer. NEVER have I been treated like this on a special occasion. The tables were filthy and we left to have a fantastic dinner elsewhere. They only apologized as we were out the door and angry.

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★☆☆☆☆

We didn't even stay for dinner. The waitstaff and management treated us horribly and were pressuring us into ordering quickly or else move! The waitstaff was so annoyed (visibly) that we were conversing before ordering, that she sent the manager over to ask us to give up our table and move indoors. She was so focused on the tip money she felt she would lose that she never ordered our appetizer. NEVER have I been treated like this on a special occasion. The tables were filthy and we left to have a fantastic dinner elsewhere. They only apologized as we were out the door and angry.

Pros: good wine list

Cons: horrible service, dirty

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We love Spain, we love Spanish food, we love Spanish wine. We want to love this restaurant, but the attitute of some of the waitresses is continously so unbearable, that we just cannot go there anymore. Our last dining experience there was so awful that we simply have to share it: we entered the place and we felt like offenders when we asked for a table outside. We were told without a smile, that we have to consume for 20$ each. Once we sat down we ordered a sangria. The sangria tasted bad and flat. When we asked about the unusual and flat taste, the waitress told us, that she knew that already, because they had run out of some ingredients and they have just put in different stuff like ginger ale. When I complained why she did not tell us that when she brought the drink in the first place, she got upset and started yelling at me in front of all the other tables. She did not serve us at all, she just put our plates at the other end of the table and we were supposed to help ourselves. We were not able to order more food or drinks or bread. At the end she brought the check and had already added 18% tip for our party of two. The food was greasy and average as usual, but the service was a really a disgrace. We watched several people leaving early this evening because of the rudeness. In the future we will have to go to Toro although we live close to the Taberna de Haro.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We love Spain, we love Spanish food, we love Spanish wine. We want to love this restaurant, but the attitute of some of the waitresses is continously so unbearable, that we just cannot go there anymore. Our last dining experience there was so awful that we simply have to share it: we entered the place and we felt like offenders when we asked for a table outside. We were told without a smile, that we have to consume for 20$ each. Once we sat down we ordered a sangria. The sangria tasted bad and flat. When we asked about the unusual and flat taste, the waitress told us, that she knew that already, because they had run out of some ingredients and they have just put in different stuff like ginger ale. When I complained why she did not tell us that when she brought the drink in the first place, she got upset and started yelling at me in front of all the other tables. She did not serve us at all, she just put our plates at the other end of the table and we were supposed to help ourselves. We were not able to order more food or drinks or bread. At the end she brought the check and had already added 18% tip for our party of two. The food was greasy and average as usual, but the service was a really a disgrace. We watched several people leaving early this evening because of the rudeness. In the future we will have to go to Toro although we live close to the Taberna de Haro.

Pros: Wine list

Cons: Service, service, attitude

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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!

0
★☆☆☆☆

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!

Pros: service

Cons: food

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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.

0
★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: great wine list, friendly waiter

Cons: completely unpalatable food (and overpriced at that!)

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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!

1
★★★☆☆

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!

Pros: outside seating, great wine list, authentic

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Wine list, food, service

Cons: NONE

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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.

1
★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: food, ambience

Cons: waitress waitress waitress

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Food, wine list, staff

Cons: NONE

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Food, service, value

Cons: nothing

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: great food, fun staff, good price

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Found this restaurant to be a little over-rated after reading all the reviews. You could never spend $80 on tapas for two in Spain. The heat in the overcrouded room was somewhat unbearable. The owners were charming but the waitstaff should consider a career change. It was however much better than Toro, but my favorite tapas place is Tasca which is romantic, has parking and is a lot less expensive.

1
★★★☆☆

Found this restaurant to be a little over-rated after reading all the reviews. You could never spend $80 on tapas for two in Spain. The heat in the overcrouded room was somewhat unbearable. The owners were charming but the waitstaff should consider a career change. It was however much better than Toro, but my favorite tapas place is Tasca which is romantic, has parking and is a lot less expensive.

Pros: Outdoor seating

Cons: Stuffy inside, crouded and hot

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You won't complain about the food. It's as good as any you will find in Barcelona or Madrid. We have been several times and have always loved it. The last time I went there however, I had a problem with the waitress. Our food had not arrived after more than 50 minutes while two tables seated after us had already gotten their food. I asked the waitress about this and she said something nasty to me and denied that we had been waiting for 50 minutes. Basically, she called me a liar. Hopefully they fired her and you will enjoy better service. She was a native Spanish speaker but I don't recall her name.

2
★★★★☆

You won't complain about the food. It's as good as any you will find in Barcelona or Madrid. We have been several times and have always loved it. The last time I went there however, I had a problem with the waitress. Our food had not arrived after more than 50 minutes while two tables seated after us had already gotten their food. I asked the waitress about this and she said something nasty to me and denied that we had been waiting for 50 minutes. Basically, she called me a liar. Hopefully they fired her and you will enjoy better service. She was a native Spanish speaker but I don't recall her name.

Pros: Great food!

Cons: Slow service.

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The restaurant has nice outdoor seating, perfect for a quick stop on the way to the ballgame. We stopped and had a few tapas, and watched the crowd walk by. The food is good, creative, and made of basic fresh ingredients.

2
★★★★☆

The restaurant has nice outdoor seating, perfect for a quick stop on the way to the ballgame. We stopped and had a few tapas, and watched the crowd walk by. The food is good, creative, and made of basic fresh ingredients.

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In the last 2 months I've been to taberna 3 times, and each time the food has been fantastic. My boyfriend and I have enjoyed some wonderful dishes like shrimp with garlic, spinich, and lamb chops. Along with our dinner we've gotten sangria because we think it's some of the best sangria around. But the last time we went, the owner's wife Deborah tried to convince us to order wine instead of sangria and when we opted for the sangria she seemed annoyed, very starnge. Anyhow, we suggest going on a night when she isn't working, which we found out is a tuesday or thursday. If you go on those nights, order a pitcher of great sangria, sit outside and enjoy a great dinner in a low key but really fun atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

In the last 2 months I've been to taberna 3 times, and each time the food has been fantastic. My boyfriend and I have enjoyed some wonderful dishes like shrimp with garlic, spinich, and lamb chops. Along with our dinner we've gotten sangria because we think it's some of the best sangria around. But the last time we went, the owner's wife Deborah tried to convince us to order wine instead of sangria and when we opted for the sangria she seemed annoyed, very starnge. Anyhow, we suggest going on a night when she isn't working, which we found out is a tuesday or thursday. If you go on those nights, order a pitcher of great sangria, sit outside and enjoy a great dinner in a low key but really fun atmosphere.

Pros: great food, great prices, great sangria

Cons: the owners wife

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This restaurant puts Toro and Tapeo to shame. After eating here, I realized what real spanish food tasted like. Everything we ate was delicious. We had the trout, free range chicken, mushrooms, spinich, white aspargus, cheese plate, and mussells. We also had a great bottle of wine, very reasonably priced, that the waitress recommended. The atmosphere was relaxed but lively and the service was very very good. It's a busy place, we were there on a saturday, but it's makes for a great night out. I agree it's not to be missed.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant puts Toro and Tapeo to shame. After eating here, I realized what real spanish food tasted like. Everything we ate was delicious. We had the trout, free range chicken, mushrooms, spinich, white aspargus, cheese plate, and mussells. We also had a great bottle of wine, very reasonably priced, that the waitress recommended. The atmosphere was relaxed but lively and the service was very very good. It's a busy place, we were there on a saturday, but it's makes for a great night out. I agree it's not to be missed.

Pros: food, value, service

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The atmosphere is great--I was there on a thursday and it was so much fun, the service is excellent--really nice girls, and the food is just fantastic! A must is the shrimp, spinich, trout, and lamb chops. For dessert the vanilla custard pudding is not to be missed, and the wine selection is mind-blowing, we ordered a bottle that the waitress recommended, and it was great.
I can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

The atmosphere is great--I was there on a thursday and it was so much fun, the service is excellent--really nice girls, and the food is just fantastic! A must is the shrimp, spinich, trout, and lamb chops. For dessert the vanilla custard pudding is not to be missed, and the wine selection is mind-blowing, we ordered a bottle that the waitress recommended, and it was great.
I can't wait to go back.

Pros: Food, service , atmosphere

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I've been to this great little place four times in the last 3 months and each time it just seems to get better and better. I love everything about it. THe food is the BEST and most AUTHENTIC spanish food around boston, it's no nonsense down home good food. Everything I've tried has been no nonsense down home good food, i felt like i was in mothers kitchen. Some suggestions are the whole sea bass, the spinich, the stuffed red peppers, and the shrimp. Added to the food is a very pleasant and nice waitstaff and an overall fun atmosphere. I suggest calling ahead and putting your name on the list to shorten your wait, but either way the wait is definetely worth it. Don't miss this little jewel.

2
★★★★★

I've been to this great little place four times in the last 3 months and each time it just seems to get better and better. I love everything about it. THe food is the BEST and most AUTHENTIC spanish food around boston, it's no nonsense down home good food. Everything I've tried has been no nonsense down home good food, i felt like i was in mothers kitchen. Some suggestions are the whole sea bass, the spinich, the stuffed red peppers, and the shrimp. Added to the food is a very pleasant and nice waitstaff and an overall fun atmosphere. I suggest calling ahead and putting your name on the list to shorten your wait, but either way the wait is definetely worth it. Don't miss this little jewel.

Pros: food, service, price

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This is the best spanish tapas restaurant in all of Boston, it puts Tasca, Toro, and Tapeo to shame. The food is delicious, especially the shrimp, spinich, calamari, piquillos and the lamb chops. THe pinchos are also awesome. The menu is big, but the waitstaff is patient and very willing to help you navigate through it; they often make suggestion and DON"T try to just sell you food to have a higher bill. THey are also one of the most ATTRACTIVE staff's around, the girls are adorable. The wine list is amazing, and was put together by Deborah the owner who is a sumellier. Overall, I've decided to make TAberna a regular monthly experience. Just GO and you'll be converted.

2
★★★★★

This is the best spanish tapas restaurant in all of Boston, it puts Tasca, Toro, and Tapeo to shame. The food is delicious, especially the shrimp, spinich, calamari, piquillos and the lamb chops. THe pinchos are also awesome. The menu is big, but the waitstaff is patient and very willing to help you navigate through it; they often make suggestion and DON"T try to just sell you food to have a higher bill. THey are also one of the most ATTRACTIVE staff's around, the girls are adorable. The wine list is amazing, and was put together by Deborah the owner who is a sumellier. Overall, I've decided to make TAberna a regular monthly experience. Just GO and you'll be converted.

Pros: Great food, excellent service, good wine

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we had eaten there once before and had an average meal, although pricey, but when we returned this time we were greeted with sour faces asking us "had we called ahead?" even though there were several tables free and the website said no reservations! without calling ahead, apparently it is over an hour wait for a table; they should make this known if they don't want to disappoint more potential customers.

1
★★☆☆☆

we had eaten there once before and had an average meal, although pricey, but when we returned this time we were greeted with sour faces asking us "had we called ahead?" even though there were several tables free and the website said no reservations! without calling ahead, apparently it is over an hour wait for a table; they should make this known if they don't want to disappoint more potential customers.

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Eating tapas is expensive anywhere in Boston, I know them all. Tapas are small, and that's the way in Spain too! you'd never spend less than 10 euros for ONE tapa and some wine. It also depends on what you eat! Tortilla is cheaper than shrimp! True everywhere.

The owners are great and the waitresses used to be nice. It's a busy place, they work hard.

The food is really good, I've tried almost all the plates. My favourites: "pimientos de piquillo", "espinacas a la catalana", "solomillo al cabrales". Didn't like the endives, matter of taste I guess. The black rice was not the best I've tasted, but is the only place in Boston where you can have it.

The tables are small, true. Perfect for two. Weather permitting, sitting outside is an option for groups, there are a couple of round tables. Otherwise, you will have to wait long.

2
★★★★★

Eating tapas is expensive anywhere in Boston, I know them all. Tapas are small, and that's the way in Spain too! you'd never spend less than 10 euros for ONE tapa and some wine. It also depends on what you eat! Tortilla is cheaper than shrimp! True everywhere.

The owners are great and the waitresses used to be nice. It's a busy place, they work hard.

The food is really good, I've tried almost all the plates. My favourites: "pimientos de piquillo", "espinacas a la catalana", "solomillo al cabrales". Didn't like the endives, matter of taste I guess. The black rice was not the best I've tasted, but is the only place in Boston where you can have it.

The tables are small, true. Perfect for two. Weather permitting, sitting outside is an option for groups, there are a couple of round tables. Otherwise, you will have to wait long.

Pros: good food, easy to get to

Cons: small tables

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Poor value by all means. I don't remember leaving a restaurant so hungry after dropping $80 for two people. Tapas way overpriced and that's all I had. 6-7 tapas and a Sangria didn't even tickle my duadnum. Make sure you have a plan B for a real dinner after leaving this place.

1
★★☆☆☆

Poor value by all means. I don't remember leaving a restaurant so hungry after dropping $80 for two people. Tapas way overpriced and that's all I had. 6-7 tapas and a Sangria didn't even tickle my duadnum. Make sure you have a plan B for a real dinner after leaving this place.

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The food was delicious and the sangria was incredible. The place filled up quickly, but did not feel crowded. The waitress did not bring us our check until we requested it, a nice international touch since that is rarely the case in a US restaurant. I cannot wait until the tables outside are set-up. We will be going back for sure.

2
★★★★★

The food was delicious and the sangria was incredible. The place filled up quickly, but did not feel crowded. The waitress did not bring us our check until we requested it, a nice international touch since that is rarely the case in a US restaurant. I cannot wait until the tables outside are set-up. We will be going back for sure.

Pros: friendly service, great decor

Cons: small tables

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Nice Owners, Good Selection, Great Wine List, but something falls short... Food isn't great, and it is pricey, and service is consistantly atrocious. I wonder how such nice owners end up with such bad, unknowledgable waitresses. We have been a few times, and each time I expect it to be a better experience.

1
★★★☆☆

Nice Owners, Good Selection, Great Wine List, but something falls short... Food isn't great, and it is pricey, and service is consistantly atrocious. I wonder how such nice owners end up with such bad, unknowledgable waitresses. We have been a few times, and each time I expect it to be a better experience.

Pros: Wine, Location

Cons: , Value

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The service was horrible! I agree with the previous reviewer. The waitress was SURLY. She treated us poorly because we didn't want to order a bottle of wine. She literally threw the food at us.
The value of the food wasn't great either.
There are much better Tapas restaurants in Boston
where the staff doesn't have such a bad attitude.
Go elsewhere!!

1
★★☆☆☆

The service was horrible! I agree with the previous reviewer. The waitress was SURLY. She treated us poorly because we didn't want to order a bottle of wine. She literally threw the food at us.
The value of the food wasn't great either.
There are much better Tapas restaurants in Boston
where the staff doesn't have such a bad attitude.
Go elsewhere!!

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This is a very authentic Spanish Tavern. I spoke with the owner and he is the only Spaniard running a Spanish restaurant in Boston. The food is fresh and the ingredients are as authentic as can be.

The outside seating is nice and the service was great. All the waiters are very engaging.

If you like spanish food (this is not a mexican restaurant) Taberna de Haro is the place to go.

2
★★★★☆

This is a very authentic Spanish Tavern. I spoke with the owner and he is the only Spaniard running a Spanish restaurant in Boston. The food is fresh and the ingredients are as authentic as can be.

The outside seating is nice and the service was great. All the waiters are very engaging.

If you like spanish food (this is not a mexican restaurant) Taberna de Haro is the place to go.

Pros: Food, Service, value

Cons: No hard liquor, Somewhat busy on week

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This little restaurant halfway between BU and Fenway Park has the best Spanish -- and Mediterranean for that matter -- food of all the places I've been to so far in Boston. I was born and raised in Itlay, travelled to Spain a number of time and am very critical when it comes to food authenticity but The Taberna is undoubtedly the real thing.

2
★★★★★

This little restaurant halfway between BU and Fenway Park has the best Spanish -- and Mediterranean for that matter -- food of all the places I've been to so far in Boston. I was born and raised in Itlay, travelled to Spain a number of time and am very critical when it comes to food authenticity but The Taberna is undoubtedly the real thing.

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Definately NOT Mexican. The person who categorized this place has obviously never been there. This is Spanish Tapas place and very expensive! It was unclear on the menu what was a Tapa and what was an actual dish. I am not sure they have any. The portions are very small--as tapas are---and I found it difficult to fill up without having to spend too much money. I lived in Spain for a while and as far as authenticity of the food goes it does well, but overall I did not think it was worth it.
The service was good, but the seating is crowded and what I mean by that is that you could easily hit the person beside you while stretching your arms. This place is not bad if you don't mind spending money and hearing your neighbor's conversation all throughout "dinner". Personally, I do not plan to return.

1
★★☆☆☆

Definately NOT Mexican. The person who categorized this place has obviously never been there. This is Spanish Tapas place and very expensive! It was unclear on the menu what was a Tapa and what was an actual dish. I am not sure they have any. The portions are very small--as tapas are---and I found it difficult to fill up without having to spend too much money. I lived in Spain for a while and as far as authenticity of the food goes it does well, but overall I did not think it was worth it.
The service was good, but the seating is crowded and what I mean by that is that you could easily hit the person beside you while stretching your arms. This place is not bad if you don't mind spending money and hearing your neighbor's conversation all throughout "dinner". Personally, I do not plan to return.

Pros: Authentic Spanish, Good Service

Cons: Expensive, Small Portions, Crowded Seating

 

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