Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Discover the elegant efficiency of tiny dining with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of dinner and drinks at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Sarasota.
Bustling within the 86-year-old Times building, Ceviche treats diners to the explosive flavor fusion of Northern Spain and Catalan cuisine, boasting more than 100 hot and cold tapas. After reading the dinner menu, guests can tour the flavors of the mixtos tapas frias, a combination plate of hummus, house-cured salmon, and fresh anchovies mingling on a crostini ($8.50). Meat mavens can order the albóndigas, where veal, chorizo, and pork meatballs are tossed in tomato sauce (starting at $6.95), while the rabo de toro—oxtail slowly braised in red wine (starting at $10.95)—dares diners to correctly pronounce its name. Herbivorous visitors can peruse 16 veggie options, including the queso de cabra, baked goat cheese with tomato, basil, and olive oil ($8.95), as well as the espinacas, where spinach is sautéed with garlic, honey, and figs ($5.95).
With its live music, old-world façade, and four floors of dining saturated in the ambiance of chandelier light, Ceviche encourages diners to savor their meals to the fullest, or relax with a libation at the rooftop bar, featuring picturesque views of the water.
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.