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Apr 19, 2010 01:00 PM

Spanish Restaurant, Phoenix

I'm looking for a great Spanish (not Mexican) restaurant in Phoenix metro. Any suggestions?

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  1. I beleive Havana Cafe would qualify.. Great Happy hour also if you want to first check it out. They serve Paella as a special on Fridays I think. Great Tapas and Sangria.

    Havana Cafe
    4225 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

    1. Lola Tapas on Camelback is pretty tasty.

      800 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014

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      1. re: ajs228

        To Lola: Thanks! I'll look into it! Do you know what their times are that they're open?

        1. re: nancyatwood

          See their website. The web address is now listed in the "Place" info.

      2. There is a place in old town haven't been in at least 8-10 years called Pepin..they aslo have entertainment . I would love to know more spanish places but his is all that I'm currently aware of.

        7363 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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        1. re: drewb123

          I went to Pepin a couple of years ago and had a reasonably good time. Skip the paella, there's no soccarat at all.

        2. Expanding on some comments above:

          Lola is a small, lively tapas bar. They serve little more than tapas, and diners sit at communal tables. I've grown to love the place despite some initial misgivings. Just be warned that it is not a place for paella, romantic dinners for two, or business meetings requiring intense discussions. It's a place to kick back with friends or make new ones in a noisy, energetic, urbane environment.

          Pepin, on the other hand, serves full entrees, including paella, with a flamenco show. It's a somewhat touristy rendition of Spanish food and culture -- a reasonably good one, although not always entirely authentic as specified in the Jester's comments.

          Havana Cafe, as its name implies, is primarily a Cuban restaurant, but it has added many Spanish dishes to its menu, along with a few Puerto Rican ones.