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“as loud as a packed bar”

Pamplona Tapas Bar & Grill
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Ranked #8 of 572 Restaurants in Lafayette
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$40
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main
Transit: We are a short walk from the Rosa Parks Transportation Center in downtown Lafayette, which has both Rail and Bus services available.
Description: Hemingway, bullfighting, and flamenco married with superior Spanish wines and luscious small bites fashion a sophisticated culinary oasis in Downtown Lafayette. By marrying chic urban elegance with rustic Spanish simplicity, Pamplona transports flavors from traditional Spain fused with international tastes, such as those from France, Italy, and North Africa.
Reviewed 7 July 2013

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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Reviewed 3 May 2013

We tried Pamplona Tapas because it was close to our hotel. We had mac and gouda, lamb sliders, pork belly flat bread, spinach, bread, boudin with quail eggs and several glasses of sangria. We were seated immediately and had great service. Our tab for 3 was $80 and that included 6 glasses of sangria. We enjoyed being able to try different small dishes. I would have loved to have the paella, but it takes 45 min. to an hour to prepare.

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1  Thank txwoman
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Friday night we spent a delightful evening in Pamplona Tapas Bar & Grill in Lafayette, Louisiana. The food and service were exceptional! We were with a large group, but I am looking forward to returning with just my husband. Try any of the shrimp and paella. My husband's favorite item was the quail egg on blood sausage.

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Thank Kathy B
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Although the cuisine is pleasing, our favorite part is the bar. Experienced mixologists are experts in the classics yet create something new for the more adventurous. Love the Viceroy and the featured Martini. Tapas are pricey, so have them at the bar with a cocktail. Skip the tapas menu and go for the entrees if you're having dinner. Patrons love the duck fat fries!

1  Thank Janice L
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

This is my second visit to Pamplona and I sit at the bar where James holds forth. Though showy, he's very knowlegable and likes to wine and dine you according to your food and wine tastes, rather than just waiting for you to ask for something. The shrimp ceviche was good enough but the roasted oysters were delightful. I'll be back every time I"m in Lafayette.

1  Thank Andrew S
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