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“Chef berated wait staff - embarrassing and unfortunate” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Candela Restaurant Wine Bar, Tapas,

Candela Restaurant Wine Bar, Tapas,
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$25
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Okland Park Blvd
Herndon, Virginia
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Chef berated wait staff - embarrassing and unfortunate”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

Had amazing tapas and wine there last Saturday night. Shrimp, Moroccan sardines, oyster mushrooms and more. However at one point the chef came out and called all the wait staff together on front of the diners. He talked about making great food and loving to cook for people, then went psycho on his staff for not keeping bread on the tables. He was shockingly rude and humiliated his staff. We won't go back but regret missing out on the great food in the future.

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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Florida
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic unique well priced food creations!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Chef Armando does a wonderful job, not only in his creation of uncommonly delicious dishes, but he is a perfect host and lastly has created an intimate and welcoming ambiance down to the decor. We were a party of 13 for a birthday celebration. The chef seated us in the new adjacent room which was beautifully decorated and comfortable.
We ordered a variety of dishes and all were superb, my favorite appetizer was the crude de res, a carpaccio that melted in your mouth, the beet salad and yuca fries were awesome.
The sangria, wine and Galician beer were all fantastic - but this is not your typical "tapas" place with microscopic dishes - the serving are generous, unique and reasonably priced. We heard about this place on "Check, Please" and have been coming back ever since. My husband and I have brought many of our friends, from the meat and potatoes type, to world traveling foodie - there is always something for everyone. The service is attentive and it will be a memorable, excellent experience for all. As a final touch at the end of the meal the Chef gifted us two bottles of Spanish bubbly to cap off a perfect evening.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

We saw this place on Check Please. It was great. I had the fried black pasta with squid. The rope veiga, the grouper and shrimp, and Moroccan chicken were good too. We will be back .. next time we will have more tapas and share the dinner.

Visited April 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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410 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Quickly becoming a regular "favorite"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Not only are the portions generous, the food is excellent and the price is right.

There are a variety of flavors on the menu, so it's nice to have a selection depending on what strikes your fancy. Recently, I enjoyed the beef carpaccio appetizer and the Moroccan chicken entree. Both were excellent.

The restaurant offers beers and wine -- not alcohol. Most likely, one of the two owners will check on you during the meal. They remain very engaged with their customers. We always have a pleasant dining experience. Even when the restaurant is more crowded, the noise level is conducive to a pleasant conversation. There are some nights that I just don't understand why there are not more people.

I definitely recommend.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Homestead, Florida, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

Who would have thought that this amazing gem was hidden in this strip mall. The owners were there and very accommodating. The food was very traditional Spaniard food.

Visited November 2013
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