Small plates aren’t just for dollhouses and leprechaun tea parties; they’re also great for separating feuding tidbits of name-calling tapas. Enjoy cordial cuisine in a cordial dining atmosphere with today’s Groupon. For $25, you get $50 worth of tapas, bigger plates, and drinks at España.
Originating from the Sherry region of Andalucia, Spain, tapas allows patrons an opportunity to munch on a variety of small plates while engaging in lively conversation instead of focusing laboriously on one entree and engaging in boring conversation about horse grooming. At España, a warm and inviting décor of vivid colors melds with soothing pastels and rustic exposed brick to provide the perfect setting for Spanish dining and sangria swilling. España’s menu offers a delectable smattering of small dishes and wine options. Start off with cold tapas selections such as pickled garlic cloves ($3.75), sweet melon wrapped in Serrano ham ($7.25), and clam meat in brine, aged sherry vinegar, and black pepper ($4.50). Warm up the taste-motor with hot tapas options such as fried, small, whole calamari with lemon ($8.75); grilled shrimp with garlic, parsley, and lemon ($8.25); and tuna empanadas ($6). Cool redlining taste buds with a glass of wine like the white Naia ’05 ($8) or the red Torres Coronas ’03 ($7). Rounding out España's menu is a selection of savory paella, such as the paella vegtal (grilled asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, garbanzo, and eggplant, $17), and scrumptious desserts.
Like late payments on your apartment’s utility bills, tapas are best shared with roommates or family. España offers a charming setting for delicious and classy dining that doesn’t necessitate voyaging to the Iberian Peninsula on a moody caravel that wishes it was a carrack. Calling ahead for reservations is highly recommended.
- Octopus, snails, anchovies, salted cod, rabbit — proteins seldom seen at other Omaha restaurants — populate the tapas and paella menus without apology. Pickled garlic, Marcona almonds and house-marinated olives are bold enough to be served solo. And, whether exposed or elaborately dressed, the ingredients all seem to flash with Spanish soul...I twice left España with a full stomach and the sense that I'd taken a mini-vacation for the comparatively modest price of a slightly indulgent meal. – Nichole Aksamit
- Although a little pricey, this place has top notch food, fantastic service, quiet and sophisticated, and the excellent sangria and wine choices. – A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
- The food is truly amazing, there are plenty of vegetarian options, and it is quality. I definitely recommend making reservations… – Nicole R., Yelp
When drinking from a traditional Spanish porrón, diners must precariously funnel a stream of wine into their open mouths through a spout. Fortunately, at Espana, gracious staffers provide the daring drinkers with a glass of soda water to clean any spills from their shirts.
Porrón wine is only one of the Spanish traditions visitors encounter at the authentic Mediterranean restaurant, where more than 40 varieties of hot and cold tapas pair with pitchers of sangria amid the strains of a guitar. In the kitchen, chefs assemble exotic spices, fine meats, seafood, and vegetables onto small plates, drawing inspiration from generations-old Spanish recipes. They also prepare paella, a family-style rice dish that typically includes veggies, saffron, and meats. In 2009, an Omaha World-Herald writer lauded their paella a la tierra for its "earthy and rich, yet light and delicate" snails and "perfectly cooked" rice.
Out in the dining room, tapas plates speckle colorful red and yellow tables beneath the vivid abstract paintings that hang from sea-green walls. Each month, the dining-room stage hosts live cultural performances, which allow guests to enjoy Spanish guitarists, Spanish dance shows, and Spanish renditions of popular scenes from Good Will Hunting.