Boston >Food & Dining > Tasca Spanish Tapas Rstrnt
1612 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton, MA | Directions 0213542.343398 -71.142780
Neighborhoods: Cleveland Cir., Commonwealth, Allston-Brighton
FIRST TERRIBLE NIGHT. I've been to Tasca before but last night was the worst and I will not be going back.
My husband took my parents and I out to celebrate my birthday and what I got was an awful experience. When we first arrived we had 2 people fight over who would seat us. Then it took our server 10 minutes to come to our table. When the server came, we were ready to order. We placed our drinks, apps, and entrees at the same time. We waited ONE HOUR for our food and there were only three other tables seated when we arrived (no one anywhere should wait an hour for food- I timed it). In that one hour of waiting, our server came twice to our table because we had to ask for her for drink refills and bread. When our food came out, my father's dish included saffron rice which was undercooked (the grain was still hard like raw rice). Since I couldn't find the server, I had enough and asked the hostess to get the manager. The hostess then insisted she help things and stated she'll get the manager. Instead she brought the server, after I specifically asked for the manager. So in fair effort I told the server she wasn't providing great service, only came to our table twice the whole time, and it took an hour to get the food. She didn't deny any of it. Then I asked her for the manager. FINALLY the manager came out after 20 minutes and I explained everything to her. She did apologize and refunded me half the bill. Unfortunately, that left me with such an awful experience I cannot go back there. On top of that, this year's birthday celebration is one that I will never forget. Now I'm gonna find another restaurant to do a re-do birthday celebration.
TASCA – Tasca is an epicurean delight in the mouths of Bostonians. Nestled conveniently on Commonwealth Ave in Brighton it matches delicious Tapas with a uniquely European atmosphere. While you cannot go wrong with any dish on the menu, the crab cakes and goat cheese fritters will likely enchant your pallet. Tapas dinners can be equally acceptable for a party of two or twenty, allowing everyone in your party to both try an old favorite, or go beyond their culinary comfort zone. For those of you over the legal drinking age, a carafe or pitcher of sangria is highly recommended, but be careful, this delicious concoction can sneak up on you!
Favorite restaurant in Boston! – Tasca is by far my favorite restaurant in the area. Each of their tapas is unique and delicious, and the weekly sangria specials are always fantastic. I have never had bad service there- the wait staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is perfect. I?ve never had something there I didn?t like, but a few of my favorites are as follows: goat cheese fritters, the black bean crabcake, and the sizzling shrimp and garlic. The roasted duck is also fantastic. Tasca also is very vegetarian-friendly, with more variety and selection than found at many restaurants. I highly recommend joining their email mailing list for great deals and promotions each week!
Delicious Tapas - For an affordable price – Tasca is, by far, my favorite restaurant in the area. Consider first the food: Tapas style dishes allow you to try several different smaller menu items, allowing you to satiate a desire for several different types of food all at once. In a sitting you can go from goat cheese fritters to well seasoned crab cakes with salsa to braised short rib to roasted duck. I have yet to have a dish there that I have not enjoyed. The bread and humus that is provided with the meal is wonderful
In terms of décor, it has a great atmosphere, seating is certainly close, but by no means is it too close. The dining areas have low light and there is often very nice Spanish guitar music played either live or through speakers. The background music helps dim out the other conversations around you without losing the ability to hear others in your party.
For service, I have yet to have a bad experience. The waiters are always busy, but attentive and more than willing to grab you an extra pitcher of sangria or basket of bread. With the tapas style meals they can continuously bring out dishes as they are prepared allowing you to enjoy each one as they come.
All in all this is a wonderful dining experience, for a low price. You can often walk out for less than $20 even with drinks.
Awesome Night at Tasca – Tasca is a beautiful restaurant and an experience to be had. I went with my family and we enjoyed some delicious tapas and sangria. Although everything we had was great these three really stood out.
#1Grilled imported Brie with apple chutney
#2 Roasted black bean crab cakes
#3Cured Spanish ham with manchego cheese served with tomato toasted crostinis
Overall, I simply love this place. Call for reservations to make sure you don't miss out this fall!
Not as Great as one would think... – I went to Tasca for the second time in a two years last Monday, and I did not enjoy my meal either trip. I tried 5-6 different plates and I would have to say I only enjoyed one of them- the calamari. I don't really understand how some people can give raving reviews about this place... they certainly have not tried some of the finer tapas establishments Boston has to offer (particularly Taberna de Haro) which are superior in taste and quality of food. I felt like most of the food was something I could have made with meat, bread, and various Heinz products (I'm a pretty average cook). The cost was very low, which is great, but it's not low enough for me to come back to this place.
A Spanish oasis in a culinary wasteland – Immediately when you walk in you are transported to the athmosphere of one of those wonderful romantic restaurants in Granada. The food is tasty and great value, service always friendly and the sangria fruity with a little kick. Great choice of tapas but for me the filet mignon (under $20) with all the trimmings is the best value in Boston.
Great service, awful food – I went to Tasca on a recent trip to Boston for my birthday dinner and felt completely cheated. I do not know how this restaurant can have such high reviews, my only guess is that these folks have never had truly good tapas. The sangria tasted very watery and the fruit in it had poor texture. We ordered five dishes, only one was something I would order again (the goat cheese fritters). The cuban potatoes were boiled then tossed in sauce, not at all crispy. The pork loin tasted like it was in gravy from a jar. The vegetable timbale was overcooked and very bland. The pepper corn meatballs were OK, but the "sauce" tasted more like Heinz gravy with pepper (LOTS of pepper) added. Worst of all was the dessert. We ordered the ice cream crepes which had obviously been prepared DAYS in advance then frozen poorly so they tasted like freezer burn. The chocolate torte was just downright disgusting. We ended up sending both desserts back. I will say that our waiter was wonderfully attentive and very apologetic about our dissatisfaction with the food. I would NEVER eat there again and would sooner recommend McDonald's for a birthday meal. YUCK YUCK YUCK!
Ambient and yummy – Enjoying a restaurant for me is not just about the food - it has to have that certain conviviality of atmosphere that makes your evening fly by and has everyone lingering over their last drop of coffee, unwilling to end the night. Tasca has mastered this combination and to that end it is a local favorite to which I return again and again. I have always enjoyed the tapas - in particular: Queso de cabra al horno (goat cheese), Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), Caracoles (escargot) and Atun salteado (pan-seared tuna). I think the Sangria's great - yummy and cheap! :) I also really love the atmosphere - just the right dimming of the lights, Spanish music playing but not so loud you can't hear yourself, and rustic and warm walls and appointments. I would have to agree that the customer service is a bit spotty - sometimes the servers seem a bit harried, and the online reservation I made last time went into the ether, never to be seen again. The hostess looked dumbly at my confirmed reservation printout like it was written in Greek - but the manager sorted it out in the end. Overall I have enjoyed each time I dined at Tasca - it is particularly amenable to going out with friends.
Great Tapas - Terrible Service – Talk about when a poor service can ruin even the most delicious food... Starting with the hostess: no welcome, no smile...then the waitress, who's attitude was more like Paris H....at the end, she even "tried" to include 18% service, even though we were only 3 people (usually restaurants include the 18% for a party of 6 or more).
I can't understand why people that don't know how to treat people in a humble way work in this kind of environment. Get another job girls!
Hopefully, in the near future, when the owners realize this, and more professional waitresses start working here, this could become one of my favorite restaurants.
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