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“disappointing”
Review of Iberico - CLOSED

Iberico
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Southern California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“disappointing”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

The most distinguishing part of the meal was the background music. My wife and I ordered 3 tapas and a paella dish to share. Two of the tapas were a calamari or octopus based and they were overcooked and rubbery. The paella was long on rice and short on protein having just a few shrimp, tiny pieces of sausage and a few chunks of chicken. The rice seemed cooked in a rice cooker rather than cooked in a paella pan. Having just returned from Spain and eaten these types of courses many times, these were only approximations of Spanish food. The service was fine, but the kitchen was slow as we waited about 30 minutes before our first tapas was served.

You (and the restaurant) can do better.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank LJman
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  • English first
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English first
San Diego, California
2 reviews
“Perfect night”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

It's my 3rd time on this place and for my it's the best in Southern California , beautiful place , great service,wines from spain and price it's really good!!!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Angel l
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1 review
“Best new concept for spanish food and gin.”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

Was here for dinner and food was very good. The chuleton is awesome!! Artisian drinks the best (Premier GINS) prepared by a mixiologist. Good concept.
Decent prices!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Adrian P
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San Diego, California
Level Contributor
532 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
“No curse of the view”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

I will preface this with I am hugely biased. If you've been to El Quim it sets the bar impossibly high. Iberico is new and has potential even though right now it sits at about a 3 1/2 stars. It's not totally authentic but that being said it doesn't really matter if it's good. Service is excellent, food flys out of the kitchen, both indoor and outdoor dining spaces are attractive and pleasant. Outdoor seating has sufficient heaters and fur pelt
throws to buffer you from the cold chair and cool evening air, portions are appropriate and with a little tweaking easily 4 or more stars. Patatas Bravas tasty but needed more sauce and cut more uniformly-some of the smaller pieces were cooked perfectly but med-large pieces still slightly undercooked (easy fix), padron peppers excellent-some spicy some not but great simple dish, croquetas were light puffy and delish like an exploding bechamel and ham bomb, px salad pretty and tasty-a fairly predictable but good goat cheese candied walnut number, gambas-great sauce very reminiscent of Commanders Palace but overcooked. The sauce was excellent so I'd give this one a try again. Bread was average-it needs to be replaced (now). If those rolls were baked by your Nana-I'm sorry don't tell her. Epi or baguette from the local b & c guys might not be authentic but if you want something worthwhile to mop up sauce or aioli...just sayin. Drinks were excellent and I'd give it another try because it deserves another.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Challenger007
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La Jolla, California
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316 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Not memorable”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

We tried this with two other foodies and were disappointed. For one thing, it is hard to tell which dishes are "tapas," i.e., things to share and what are not. Also, the items we tried, except for the octopus which was good and unusual for this part of the world, were unmemorable. The chilis were too hot. We had only appetizers which I cannot recall right now which says something in itself. All of the wines are Spanish which is good in concept except that most of us Southern Californians are not familiar with Spanish wines so felt lost in trying to order. Better explanation of the nature of each would be very helpful.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ann D
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