Enjoy succulent sipping with today’s side deal: for $12, you get a small pitcher of sangria at España (a $25 value), located on Maple Street.
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. A classic punch in Spain, sangria combines red wine with variations of chopped fruit, spices, honey, sugar, and spirits. Favor friends with the subtle undertones of apples and peach with a pitcher of España's sangria, big enough to be shared with six friends. At España, diners can sink into the festive, art-infused setting and indulge in classy dining that doesn’t necessitate voyaging to the Iberian Peninsula via financing from Isabella and Ferdinand.
CityVoters named España one of the top five Best Romantic Restaurant in 2008 and 2009. The Omaha World-Herald featured the restaurant for its array of tapas. Yelpers and Google Mappers give España an average rating of four stars. TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes and 76% of Urbanspooners like it:
- …this place has top notch food, fantastic service, quiet and sophisticated, and the excellent sangria and wine choices. – A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
- Still, all the dishes worked with the mouth-perking red sangria: wine infused for 10 days with bits of apple, orange, lemon and lime. And, perhaps owing in part to all that drunken fruit, I twice left España with a full stomach and the sense that I'd taken a mini-vacation… – Nichole Aksamit
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, named by Food Network as one of nine essential restaurants in Omaha, 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.