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Toro Bravo

120 NE Russell St. Send to Phone
Tapas served in a warm and festive atmosphere.
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Toro Bravo Restaurant Review

: Even though Toro Bravo has been around several years, it remains a hot draw. Arrive when it opens, especially on weekends, or you will be in for a long wait. Of course, you can while away the time at the Secret Society bar upstairs or the Nike outlet store around the block, and you'll be called when your table is ready. The century-old storefront with tall ceilings and large windows, the planked tables, wine-colored walls and warm lighting all meld into a lovely glow. Seating options vary from chatty common tables to two-tops appropriate for an intimate date. Tapas change daily based on the availability of local ingredients and kitchen inspiration. Offerings range from standards like patatas bravas and a tortilla española to salt cod fritters, fried Spanish anchovies with fennel and lemon, grilled flatbread with black truffle cheese, and Brussels sprouts that will redefine your perception of this hearty vegetable. For larger plates, order the chicken and clams cataplana, the coppa steak, or the squid ink pasta. Paella fideos, made with noodles instead of rice, is authentic and satisfying. Add a pitcher of sangría or a bottle of wine to complete the evening.

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