Santa Monica Spanish Tapas

Posted in Black Book, LAX, Sustenance on October 9th, 2010 by adallal

Absolutely unstoppable.

I have been to Manchego a handful of times and the experience has been consistently amazing.  The restaurant does not take reservations and does not have a liquor license (no corkage fee), so come with a bit of patience and bring your own booz (there’s a liquor store that sells wine a few doors down in case you forget).  If there is a wait to be seated, I recommend putting your name/cell number down and heading to Salute (another great restaurant/wine bar) across the street for a glass of wine – someone from Manchego will call you when your table is ready.

As for the food, they feature a number of different tapas-style dishes that are Spanish and Mediterranean based.  If the menu feels a bit overwhelming, ask the waiter to bring out a bunch of his/her favorites.  I did this the last time I was there and it introduced me to a number of dishes that I hadn’t tried before.  To be clear, there isn’t a single dish that I’ve had there that wasn’t incredible.

Finally, the service is spot-on.  They’ll do anything they can to accommodate you with seating, they control the flow of items coming out perfectly (including the sequencing), and they are extremely attentive.

It is currently high on my list of restaurants in Santa Monica, so I couldn’t recommend more.

2510 Main St # B
Santa Monica, CA 90405-3583
(310) 450-3900