I can only give Pamplona a 3 out of 5 rating as a dining establishment. Pamplona is best enjoyed with a large, loud group, because - even when there is nobody sitting at the bar - it is as loud as a packed bar. For the same reason, it is not a good place to go with just one or two couples because it is too loud for meaningful conversation.
Expect to share tasty, unusual dishes and to endure slow, uneven service.Recommended dishes include the smoky slices of morcilla sausage covered with individual fried quail eggs; and the hearty "patatas bravas", which are sauteed and salted disks of fingerling potatoes. Less recommended are the bacon-wrapped dates, which are stuffed with bleu cheese; the brandada de bacalao, which is a boring and tasteless fish and potato croquette; and the crab cakes, which lack crab and flavor in equal proportions.
Wine selection #209 (Campo Viejo Riserva) was excellent.
TIP #1: Be aware that 20% tip is automatically added for parties of six or more.
TIP #2: Reservations are available.
TIP #3: Don't park in the lot adjacent to Pamplona because it is owned by another restaurant and your car will be towed; Pamplona's own parking lot is located another half-block down Jefferson (in the direction away from the Chase Tower). Parking is also plentiful on the street, depending on your arrival time.
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