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Has anyone tried Ole Madrid in the Gaslamp? We're planning to take a friend there tonight. We've never tried real Spanish food, so we thought this would be a break from the typical San Diego Mexican/Pizza/Sushi mix (although good, we need to broaden our horizons :).

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  1. Ole Madrid is absolutely horrible! I've tried it twice and it was such a waste of money. The food was salty and really poor quality. The service was also lousy. If you want Spanish food in Gaslamp, Seville might be worth checking out.

    1. For traditional Spanish food, I would say that Café Sevilla on 4th would be a better choice. I do believe they are comparable in price though....

      1. thanks to both of you for preventing an unpleasant experience for us and our guest. We will take your suggestion and go to Cafe Sevilla. Thanks again.

        1. Cafe Sevilla is better than Ole Madrid, and I hope you guys had a great time! I really like Costa Brava in PB though. It as a more low key atmosphere and very good food - and it's quite affordbable too. It's across from the Vons shopping center on Garnet, but has a nice private feel to it b/c the front is surrounded by a garden wall, it's easy to forget that it's on a major street. If you get a chance, let us know how you liked Sevilla, it's been a while since we've been there.

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          1. re: Alice Q

            I totally forgot about Casa Brava and what Alice Q said about it is right on the money. I do hope you update us on your experience at Café Sevilla, it has been awhile since I have been there as well. Thanks and I hope you had a great time!

          2. thank you all for suggesting cafe sevilla. we wad a wonderful time, and our guest loved it. the food and service were both great. we ordered a few tapas and the grilled veggie paella.

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            1. re: beth1

              Good to know. I liked it the last couple of times I went, but it's been awhile - I won't hesitate to recommend it again. I have always thought it was a good place to eat with a group - we've gone there with several people and ordered multiple tapas and sangria and walked away for 20-25 bucks apiece, which is pretty rare these days.

            2. Ole Madrid and their sister restuarant, The Boat House both do the Maine Lobster for $12. Ole Madrid on Thursday, and The Boat House on Wednesday. I've tried both in the past. The Boat House is a place where you can take the whole family to eat lobster with plastic bibs around your neck, and it's good times. Ole Madrid on the other hand is more schnazzy. As for the rest of the food on the menu..people have offered other great suggestions for that type of cuisuine!

              Go to Ole Madrid for Lobster Thursday or a cocktail and cross it off your list. ;)

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              1. re: epicureous eggplant

                Ole Madrid is owned by the same people as the Boat House on Harbor Island? Then no WONDER it's awful.