According to most restaurant critics, the perfect tapas meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Try some authentic Spanish cuisine the way it was meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sharable plates and drinks at Emilio's Restaurante Español. This Groupon is valid for dine-in at Emilio's location near the Fan neighborhood on Broad Street.
Emilio's extensive menu features a bevy of tapas, some of which can be upgraded to an entree-sized portion. Start off with patatas al Jerez, sautéed onion potatoes infused with dry sherry ($4.25 tapas, $6.25 entree), or the popular gambas al ajillo, where a school of plump, fresh Gulf shrimp swims languidly through seas of Emilio's special garlic sauce ($5.95 tapas, $8.95 entree), with nary a Nautilus in sight. House specialties include the paella de mariscos, a trident's worth of mussels, shrimp, clams, and calamari ($18.25), while Spanish rice dishes like the arroz ala Ivonne arrive festooned with such delectable trimmings as scallops, asparagus, and roasted red peppers ($13.95 for dinner, $10.95 during lunch).
Emilio's boasts a paella pit and copious colorfully tiled surfaces in the main dining room, fostering a bold, bustling environment. Open until 2 a.m. every day, Emilio's features a multitude of ongoing live events such as salsa night with lessons every Tuesday ($5) and live jazz every Friday night—just right for celebrating with friends, family, and childhood toys that come to life after midnight.
Emilio's Restaurante Español
Growing up, kitchens were the last place Emilio Peiro wanted to be. Over time, however, the youngest of five boys began cherishing his opportunities to cook traditional Spanish cuisine with his mother. Using her recipes, imported ingredients, and some additional skills picked up from his older brother, a fellow chef, Emilio now recreates his family’s meals at Emilio's Restaurante Español.
Said recipes include more than 45 tapas, ranging from flambéed chorizo to vegetarian- and vegan-friendly dishes, such as sherry-infused onion potatoes. For more substantial meals, Emilio and his culinary team toss garden veggies with smoked paprika and stir chunks of mussels, calamari, and shrimp into paella.
Bartenders complement Emilio’s bites with an extensive selection of handpicked Spanish wines, as well as housemade sangrias. After feasting, stick around until 2 a.m. for nightly live music, plus events such as salsa nights, where participants learn to dance while balancing bowls of salsa on their heads.
1847 W Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220Get Directions