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Alcazar Tapas Bar

1812 Cliff Dr. (Carrillo St.) Send to Phone
805-962-0337 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Authenticity takes a back seat to international flavors at this small-plates restaurant with a Spanish theme.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 3 reviews

Alcazar Tapas Bar Restaurant Review

: Good things come in small packages. A cliché, perhaps, but in the case of Alcazar---a small restaurant specializing in small plates---it rings true. What isn’t quite as accurate, though, is the restaurant’s self-designation of “Spanish-style tapas bar.” Traditional Spanish dishes such as tortilla española and gambas con ajo are buried among stronger Mexican flavor combinations, which tend to come out of the kitchen looking and tasting better than their old-world counterparts. Rather than the Spanish version of tiger prawns with garlic, try a small plate of the gambas chipotle: hearty tiger prawns sautéed and served with a spicy chipotle cream sauce, a rich topping best enjoyed in small amounts. The entrée menu also leans toward international flavor fusions (think mango chutney with garlic-cilantro rice, and focaccia with filet mignon), and the bar offers everything from Brazilian caipirinhas and Chilean pisco sours to Cuban mojitos and contemporized Mexican margaritas made with ginger and ruby red grapefruit. They even have Spanish sangría.

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