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1039 Pearl St. (10th St.) Send to Phone

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Triana Restaurant Review

: Triana is a Spanish-influenced tapas bar and restaurant. It is small, very noisy and the tables are very close together. Because the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, the tiny bar area is always filled to overflowing. The food is worth the wait. Tapas are definitely the specialty here. There are more than two-dozen on the menu and each one shines. Grilled baby artichokes, spiced honey-roasted quail, baked eggplant slices served with goat cheese and roasted tomato vinaigrette, pan-seared mussels with ginger and curry sauce, crispy calamari served in a paper cone, cumin-seared ahi, spicy grilled lamb brochettes---all excellent. There’s even a period of time each day when the restaurant serves only tapas. James Mazzio, one of Food & Wine magazines top 10 chefs in 1999, makes magic in the kitchen. The main courses vary seasonally. Recently, we enjoyed roasted quail with apricot and pine nut stuffing, lamb stew with caramelized onions and potato empanadas, and delicately broiled Atlantic cod with porcini mushrooms, sage and potato dumplings. For dessert, we recommend anything chocolate as well as the crème brûlée and the homey but heavenly rice pudding. Wines of Spain make up nearly half of the extensive wine list and the waiters are very knowledgeable about the nuances of each one. Triana, located in a 100-year-old building, has incorporated the stone and brick walls, old wood floors and even the high ceiling with exposed pipes into the Mediterranean-bistro décor. Diners sit at small bistro tables or inside high-backed booths. Service is professional, knowledgeable and friendly.


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