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Posted by SR on 09/05/2009
A downscale, sister restaurant of the cramped, crowded and critically acclaimed Socarrat a few blocks north, La Nacional is every bit as good and always easy to get into. The measure of good paella is the rice -- when you'd be happy with nothing but that and all the other fish, meat and veggies mixed in become that much more lagniappe. Good tapas too and tasty sangria, make this a true find. The staff can be a bit surly, but not unbearably so. Definitely a find.
Posted by Don Thomas on 03/25/2009
These are very authentic Tapas. Don't expect interpretations of dishes, just straightforward mouth pleasing tapas. Try the paella, it is really good.
Posted by slimtasty on 11/10/2008
Greasy apps and rotten service made for a sub-par meal. The food is made with zero love. Our party of five are paella fanatics with high expectations. We were delivered a pan for "five" that was at best meagre. We were still hungry after this sad meal. At other Spanish restaurants, we always order a paella per head, somehow this is verboten at this clip-joint. To add insult to injury,as the surly and ineffective waitress dropped our check, she said the gratuity was included. Nice try loser, the menu states parties of six or more get the gratuity added, we were a five top. Of course we brought this to her attention and had it rectified. Begrudgingly, we would have given her the bare minimum 15% tip due to two diners at our table being former bartenders and servers, but her attempt at slickness left her with bupkus. We are not tourists or suckers. La Nacional is not the only game in town, thank goodness. We will take our paella-loving butts elsewhere.
Posted by VictoiseC on 07/28/2008
Had late lunch here yesterday, Sun afternoon at 4 (we were alone but it was an off hour) and although we both agreed the flavors were absolutely excellent in each dish... the potato salad, sopa de ajo, asparagus and the seafood paella... even with all the high prices out there right now these prices do seem excessive. $8 for a little potato salad, $8 for 4 asparagus. The $18 paella had a fantastic taste( the rice) but the seafood on top and one barely visible piece of chicken, was very minimal, the tiniest clams I ever saw and just not generous at all. The service is sweet and lovely but I think I'll be trying paellas elsewhere before returning.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2008
I went here based on the review on menupages and was greatly disapointed. The tapas were mediocre, the seafood in paella was not fresh and rice was dry, and everything was overpriced. I informed the waitress that the seafood was not fresh and they didnt offer to take it off the bill, offer to buy us coffee or desert, or at least give us an apology. I would stay clear of this place.
Posted by John on 01/12/2008
Their seafood casserole and sangria are MUST HAVES. Great place to dine, the inner dining area is very romantic, and the restaurant is flat out great. Highly recommend this spot to anyone.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/29/2007
La Nacional is by far my favorite Spanish restaurant in the city. After having lived in Spain for over 7 years, I can honestly say that their food is as good as that of my favorite bars and tabernas in Barcelona. The paella is tasty, the tortilla soft and smooth, and the mixed hot and cold tapas are definitely above average.