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Posted by sethgale on 12/19/2004
The food at this restaurant was excellent, and might overshadow the pretty slow wait service. On a weekend night, this restaurant is buzzing, in a lively and comfortable way, and it is not overwhelmingly busy as to turn you off. Apparently, they have live Brazilian/Cuban live music often, which would really be fabulous. We had the "mussels" for a starter and they were just delicious. I definitely reccommend them. For an entree, I had this unbelievable 'hot pot' of shrimp and snapper in a coconut broth which is supposed to be ladled over rice on your plate. I wish I remembered the name, but please look for this on their inexpensive and eclectic menu. Enjoy!
Posted by Mike & Jen on 11/14/2004
This is a very good place to go on a weeknight. If you go on a weekend, it's more of a bar crowd and it might be too busy and loud. Be forewarned that the drinks are on the small side but the free portions of bread and spiced dipping oil make up for it. We ordered the ceviche mixto, the camarones de la feria (good, but didn't notice the hearts of palm), esperanto steak (which had nice grill marks) and a mojito and a caipirinha with passion fruit juice. Recommended. Good place for a girl's night out or a birthday date.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/20/2004
I love Esperanto! It's a great place if you're not in a rush as the service tends to be a bit slow. However, the atomosphere is great for a night of low conversations and lounging. You are transformed to another country as you sip your mohitos and nibble on civiche. Great for a date you are trying to impress, as they sometimes have soft live Brazilian music playing in the background. Very romantic! If you haven't been here, you definitely have to check it out.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/07/2004
The food is terrific...try the tasting plate of the tapas if you want a good variety. Service is always slow, but take a minute to sip (or gulp!) a yummy mojito or caipirinha and enjoy the atmosphere. It's authentic and good, and for the prices, it's hard to beat. There is no attitude, just good food and a fun place.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2004
Perhaps too popular for it's own good. Nice decor, opened windows to the street. Great live music (jazzy Stan-Getz like trio) the night I was there. The mojitos taste great, although sort of small. The ceviche was fantastic, as were the potato/shrimp cakes and passionfruit mousse. But...two of our group ordered the grilled salmon. It was tasty until you reached the middle - raw! The other dishes were o.k., but nothing special. Service was slow. It was really busy and our waiter was find to hard and inattentive. He brought a few items that we hadn't ordered, and we told him so. Then, when we received the bill, we discovered that we'd been charged for those items. The manager took one item off our bill, but was incredibly rude as he insisted that we had received/eaten the other items. It left a bad taste in our mouths...especially to several in our group that are chefs/restaurant managers!