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“The Essence of Spain”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Via de la Tapa

Via de la Tapa
Ranked #23 of 187 Restaurants in Merida
Price range: US$1 - US$13
Cuisines: Bar, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Pub
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cheltenham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“The Essence of Spain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013 via mobile

We were in Merida to see the magnificent Roman ruins and went into this tapas bar with a bit of trepidation as it was very near the museum and you always worry they are a bit touristy and pricey.

We couldn't have been more wrong. First of all it was hooching, packed to the gills and they were all locals. We'd stumbled on 'the' place to be in Merida, full of life, chat, kids running round etc.

The waiter was very friendly helped us with our choices and served us quickly.
The food was very good and very cheap with tapas from €1.20, wine was €1 and very drinkable.

Thoroughly recommend it!

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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

We had just left the Museum when we saw this place and recognized it from the reviews here. Decided to give it a try and we were not disappointed. Tapas are the best in this restaurant. On this day there was a promotion where for 1€ you could get a slice of bread with a delicious prosciutto and a glass of wine! Tapas are around 1,5€/2€, come in a small plate and are very good.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Raquel G
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Cambridge MA
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“Ample tapas deals but staff seems a little distant..”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

The pour of wine was nice and the tapas ample.. but the staff wasn't particularly helpful ("yes we have wifi but I don't know the password").. We moved up the street to Castuo (who also doesn't have wifi, but were otherwise more helpful!

Visited July 2012
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Thank Gremily
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Madrid
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“Great Spanish Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

We sat at a table of this bar by chance rather than because of an "informed decision". It's located in the proximity of the main archeological ensemble in the main street that leads to the city centre, almost in front of the Roman Museum. We were just passing by and we wanted to have some spanish tapas: we chose it because this bar (beware: it's not a restaurant) has got a beautiful modern look that sets it apart from its surrounding competitors.

We were expecting nothing special, given the prices and the kind of establishment. Though, we were surprised by the quality of the tapas it offers, in terms of price, variety and quality of the "raw material". We had many different kind of tapas (with meat, vegetables, spanish tortilla, iberian jam and iberian cheese) and all of them were delicious and a bit "imaginative". They were definitely not the typical tapas you can find in a regular bar.

Needless to say, we went there every time we felt like having some tapas and some refreshing drinks.

I rate it with 4 stars, although not being a restaurant, because it's simply difficult to find a place in such a location offering tapas with such good quality ingredients. I usually choose restaurants for regular meals, since I'm a proponent of good quality slow food. But in Spain you cannot miss some tapas and if you are looking for some in Mérida, this is a place to visit.

  • Visited March 2012
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