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Tucson -- any comments on Casa Vicente?

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We were looking to try this Spanish place not far from the Tucson Convention Center and wondered if there was any intelligence on it here?

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  1. i really enjoy the food here. make reservations no matter what. they can get really busy, even on weeknights. sometimes i feel a bit sheepish when i have made them and the restaurant is not busy, but it's better than having to wait a long time for a table, which i have done there several times. i went last week on a thursday night and ate at the bar with my husband. their young bartender was pleasant, and very helpful with spanish wine and food. the menu is gigantic, and they also have specials which change often. the tapas i have enjoyed immensely include: chuletillas (juicy little lamb chops), berenjenas salteadas (cubes of eggplant with ginger and garlic), gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce), montado de lomo (thin pork scallopini with tomatoes on grilled bread), chipirones (whole calamari stuffed with green tomatoes). the dinner entrees are phenomenal as well. the portions are generous and the prices are quite reasonable for the quality of the food. if you like a quieter atmosphere do not go on the weekends, when the whole restaurant seems to be in constant celebration of various birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. there is also live music on a stage every night, and flamenco dancing on the weekends. whew! i want to go there again tonight just writing this. let me know if you go there and what your thoughts are.

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    1. re: big eatah

      Thanks -- was thinking of going with an international group the Thursday that the TGMS Show is on at the convention center. Sounds great.

    2. I aagree with earlier reply. We eat there frequently before attending shows at the Arizona Theater Company - Thursdays without reservations. We go early, and never had problems getting our 'regular' table. The service is good - no problems when I order tapas and my husband wants a full dinner. And we enjoy the potato snacks they serve as we wait for our food. We have visited Spain, and have found this to be the most authentic restaurant we have tried (including the NYC area). And try to save room for desert.