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Mar 13, 2007 03:35 PM

San Diego - Tapas?

We will be in San Diego in October and would love to try Tapas. Can take mass transit as we will have no car and will be staying in Old Town. Does the GasLamp area in SD have any? Thanks.

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  1. If you're looking for traditional Spanish tapas, I'd suggest waiting until you're visiting a better city for those. San Diego's Spanish food scene is pretty dismal. You'd be better off experiencing something done well here.

    1. We went to Cafe Sevilla a while back. I think it's OK, but nothing to write home about. It's at Gaslamp. The nice thing though if you can take public transportation you can load up on the sangria and not to have to worry about driving.

      The mexican restaurants at Old Town are kind of touristy, but a few are pretty good. Since you are staying there you may want to give those a try. They have breakfast too, I think.

      1. Not within walking distance of Old Town (it is in Pacific Beach), but Costa Brava is your best bet for tapas in San Diego:

        1. There's a tapas place in Hillcrest called Picasso that is pretty good. Reviews on here seem to be mixed about it but the one time I went I thought the food quality was pretty good. However it is rather pricey considering the size of the dishes.

          1. I'll second the vote on Cafe Sevilla, though I have liked it a bit more than the other comment indicated.

            However, they have become fairly pricey. I would like to check out Costa Brava because it looks to be fairly priced and I have seen a couple of recs for it.

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            1. re: Wino

              What Costa Brava has going for it is the ambiance. It pulls off old world rustic like no other place I've seen in SD. I'm not a big fan of tapas in general, but the Patatas a la Brava are very tasty. The sangria is the real reason to visit though.