We hadn't been to Tapas 177 for a few years and were lured back Thursday night by our WXXI MemberCard which was about to run out for the year. Overall we really enjoyed our experience. The basement dining room has that shabby-chic vibe going with some nice music playing. On a warmer evening the courtyard would have been a perfect spot to sit. We really enjoyed the calamari salad and lamb chops, but the crab cakes were much more "cake" than "crab". All of the flavors were fresh and vibrant, and I had some delightful wine. Service was prompt and professional - an unordered drink made it onto our bill but was removed graciously when I asked about it. We found the food quite "worldly" rather than the Spanish influence that you might expect at a "tapas" place - it is more "international small plates" in concept. Also prices are higher than you would traditionally expect for true "tapas", but if you think of them as "sharable small plates" there is value and quality here.
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