Tapas were popularized in the United States by kindergarten teachers, who used the tiny plates to teach children that sharing is fun and that olives aren't poison. Surprise your inner child with largesse with today's Groupon to Ceviche, located on West Church Street. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get $50 worth of dinner tapas.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of lunch tapas and brunch fare.
Ceviche's culinary masterminds fuse traditional recipes from northern Spain and Catalonia into a modern tapas menu with more than 100 hot and cold dishes. The dinner menu's ceviche de la casa ($9.95) submerges shrimp, scallops, squid and fish beneath a sea of mouth-puckering lime juice that is populated with fresh reefs of diced tomatoes and scallions, just like the real ocean. Practiced platers dish out delectable portions of pesto-topped, cream-sherry-coated chicken with the pollo al jerez ($7.95 for tapas), and melty cheese-and-veggie stuffing rushes into the sherry-drizzled embrace of mushrooms in the portobello relleno ($8.95). The brunch menu commingles choice tapas selections and classic breakfast egg, bread, and fruit concoctions, engineered to give eaters the energy to pole vault into their neighbors' swimming pools afterward.
Ceviche's vaulted ceilings and warm, lamp-lit atmosphere invite diners to share food in cozy corners decked out with traditional Spanish décor. Late evenings often feature music and dancing, a quick way to limber up before the second round of shared plates arrives.
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.