With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of tapas and drinks at Lalola Bar de Tapas. Lalola is an authentic Spanish tapas bar where people stand, sit, run in place, or move about while they drink, chat, and nibble flavorful delicacies. The San Francisco Chronicle says Lalola "feels like something that could be in Spain, yet also is at home in San Francisco."
Lalola is a small, casual restaurant with a chalkboard menu, spacious bar, wood shelves, and warm red and yellow walls. The menu features Spanish specialties, such as Manchego cheese ($7), paella ($9), caramelized rice pudding ($7), and Serrano ham ($9). The Chronicle recommends the shrimp and paella. Mediterranean flavors complement the house red or white sangrias, Spanish beer, and wines by the glass or bottle. Service is fast and friendly, and Lalola offers "regional pairings" of tapas and wine to send you on a flavor tour of your favorite sun-drenched Spanish region.
Lalola serves authentic Spanish tapas in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:
- Lalola feels like something that could be in Spain, yet also is at home in San Francisco. While many tapas bars fudge the concept and veer to more formal seating and substantial courses, Lalola, which has room only for about 35 people, sticks with the classic concept. It's designed to offer a few bites and a drink before patrons move on to somewhere else. However, customers seem to be having such a good time that they stick around. Before long, they've had their fill and simply want to head home. – Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
- After living in Spain for over a year, I am a harsh critic when it comes to Spanish food in San Francisco. Lalola did it right! – lola2727, Citysearch
- ...high quality foods letting their natural flavors speak for themselves. The crashed eggs are a great example of how to make simple food taste extraordinary. – Michael G., Yelp
- The place is intimate (meaning small), charming (meaning friendly), and has great energy (meaning I loved it)... The food is wonderful. – Christopher W., Yelp
Tapas Frequently Asked Questions
We Americans like our food big. That’s why tapas, small plates of food designed to be shared, may be confusing to some. Here is a quick FAQ to answer all your tapas-related questions:
Q: Why is it called small plates? Are the plates smaller?
A: No, the plates are regular sized. The portions are smaller.
Q: Is the food embarrassed? Will I become insignificant from eating tapas?
A: You are confusing two of the definitions of the word small. When describing tapas, small refers to serving size, not an emotion.
Q: Have you seen Denise? Denise is my girlfriend.
A: No, I haven’t seen Denise.
Q: Is eating tapas as funny as the movie Honey, I Shrunk Our Kids?
A: No, tapas are not that funny. Also, the correct title is Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
Q: Are you the one prophesied? Will you assist our people in spiritual redemption?
A: Nope, sorry.
Q: Can I borrow some cash to go look for Denise?
A: Is $20 enough?
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