Boston's Best Spanish Restaurants

May 12, 2015
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by Zagat Staff

For the best tapas in town, head to one of these top-rated Spanish restaurants in Boston.

Toro
Spanish · South End · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Amazing” tapas “bring Barcelona to Boston” at this South End Spaniard from chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer that’s arguably “one of the best” for small plates in the city; the rustic-chic space can get “overwhelmingly crowded” (especially at dinner, when the no-reservations policy makes seating “a challenge” ), but it’s “worth the wait” to “see and be seen” in such a “fun atmosphere.”
Casa B Tapas and Cocktail & Rum Bar
Caribbean · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

A “stunning array of tasty treats” awaits at this Union Square “favorite” specializing in “exciting” Spanish-Caribbean–style tapas, “highly recommended” tablas (wooden platters of small bites) and “interesting” cocktails; a “responsive staff” is “on top of the service” in the “tasteful” and “intimate” split-level space, which offers views of the kitchen from a downstairs seating area.
Barcelona Wine Bar Brookline
Spanish · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

It’s like “dying and going to tapas heaven” say fans of this these Spanish wine bars, where a “vast variety” of “creative” , “perfectly composed” plates offers “exotic” flavors for pairing with an “exquisite” wine list; there’s “lovely service” in the sleek, wood-filled dining rooms, and although the Beacon Street location can get “over-the-top” noisy, the “lively” , “boisterous” “good vibe” wins out.
Barcelona Wine Bar South End
Wine Bar · South End · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

It’s like “dying and going to tapas heaven” say fans of these Spanish wine bars, where a “vast variety” of “creative” , “perfectly composed” plates offers “exotic” flavors for pairing with an “exquisite” wine list; there’s “lovely service” in the sleek, wood-filled dining rooms, and although the Beacon Street location can get “over-the-top” noisy, the “lively” , “boisterous” “good vibe” wins out.
Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Spanish · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Still crazy and delicious after all these years” , this “dependable” Somerville “treat” remains a “hot spot” for “interesting” Spanish tapas that “beg to be shared” and “excellent” sangria poured by “efficient” servers; it’s “geared more toward date nights” with “dimly lit” , “sexy” surrounds that “transport you back to another country in another century” , but watch out: even with “moderate prices” , it’s "possible to rack up a sizable bill” depending on how much your paramour “indulges.”
Tres Gatos
Brunch · Jamaica Plain · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Small bites feel big” at this Jamaica Plain joint putting out “delicious” , “funky” Spanish tapas that “draw all the locals” ; the “cozy, welcoming” vibe driven by a “super-friendly” staff extends to a “cozy” dining room, a small patio that “feels like someone’s front yard” and an “awesome” , “unique” book and record shop in the rear.