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Posted by Phillip & Lisa on 10/01/2011
We use to have another restaurant as our go to restaurant for authentic food from Spain & Spanish seafood - prior to us discovering this gem! We have been going to this restaurant and cocktail lounge for over a month straight of weekends!! There are several factors that make this restaurant great (and owners and other restaurants can take notes and follow this plan IF they want the same). First off food being great is an obvious given. Each time we have been there we have gotten a different dish. The menu itself is extensive; you could probably go here a year straight and still not have gone through the entire thing. The portions are family style, you can order most items (such as paella, steaks,etc...) and split them between a minimum of two people. If you want, you can go there and sit at the cocktail bar and eat or just order appetizers at the bar or sit at a table and do "tapas style". The pricing is very reasonable. The second factor that makes this restaurant excellent (other owners, please listen up and take notes...) is the manager. That is a huge key point; hiring and having a manager that cares as if they owned the restaurant personally themselves. Along with that is the third factor and that is the managers "people skills" to hire and train the correct staff (waiter, hostess, chef's, busboys, etc...) to do the job. The entire staff operates as one solid unit - family!
Posted by Trianna P on 07/23/2011
I love everything about this restaurant
Posted by Anonymous on 02/26/2011
Very happy with the service and food. Huge menu which makes it hard to decide. We had a group of five with us and everyone was very pleased with what they gotten. I personally had the surf and turf. The fillet was great. I do recommend this place!
Posted by SAG on 02/21/2011
Great Food, Romantic atmosphere, Sangria is one of the best in the city. Ask for Jaime, very attentive and great service!
Posted by tom on 12/18/2010
Way, way better than some of the overhyped restaurants like Il Mulino where you get mediocre food thrown at you by rude waiters and then more or less pushed out the door. At El Quijote, you have to push your way IN, because the value and high quality of the food are unsurpassed. I advise the paella, but my wife always gets the two enormous filet mignons and takes one home to eat the next day. Courteous, attentive service. At least a 30 on Zagat (which unfortunately loves the snob appeal of restaurants where you have to be a celeb like Tim and Nina to be treated well.)
Posted by kc on 12/09/2010
My College buddy mother were in town. I wanted to treat her to dinner. The food was wonderful, the service, and price was affordable. Unaware my buddy is a frequent customer. Nevertheless, we all agreeed on seafood paella. Of course, of the three of us. I am the only non fluent spanish speaking at that table. Our food were portoion out . I noticed with the exception of myself. My buddy and his mom were given healthy protion with their meatty lobster and i the tale of the lobster. I then said to myself perhaps i am the smalles in size and not hispanic decent. I do get the meatty part. However, i noticed on our table in the pot of food there were a lobster. I requested the remaing be packed in a doggie bag. The next day i deceided to bring it to work . I had another lobster tale, and some other seafood, and a lot of yellow rice. I am yet to see or eat lobster. I was the one whom invited the idea, but i felt quite unhappy instead afterall. To bad i do not have a dog at home which eats table foods.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/04/2010
The food is delicious! A bit pricey, but worth every bit of it... Decor is a bit tacky, can get noisy. They try to give it a romantic feel, and it may work for some, if you don't mind the noise from the bar or the loud patrons. The food is great!