Like hugs, gossip, and prison sentences, tapas are best when shared. Partake in amiable assemblages with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of tapas and traditional Spanish fare at La Luna Negra in Pasadena.
Kaleidoscopic murals sheathe La Luna Negra's convivial dining room, where taste buds traffic in a menu rife with Spanish comfort fare and time-tested tapas. Dining companions can divvy up any number of hot and cold tapas, including the brie delight, decorated in a relish of tomato, basil, and balsamic vinegar ($10.95), or the bacalao, which cooks salt-cured cod fillets in fragrant lochs of lemon, olive oil, and garlic ($11.95). The paella valenciana incites sensory fiestas by pairing saffron rice with fresh seafood, chicken, and chorizo ($24.95), and the zarzuela's school of mussels, squid, shrimp, and clams luxuriates in a spice-laden tomato broth ($26.95). Like a confused bull at curtain call, chalices of house-made sangria make spontaneous appearances beside a selection of Spanish entrees, such as beef tenderloin drizzled in a bold cranberry sauce with garlic mashed potatoes and blackberries ($25.95).
La Luna Negra's vivid walls lure retinas with local artist Romi Bagh's artful array of red and blue splashes. Dulcet crooners grace the dining room on Saturdays, and live flamenco dancers sashay amid the eatery's decorative greenery and rustic furnishings Thursday–Sunday.
La Luna Negra
At La Luna Negra, the re-creation of Spain's rich culture extends far beyond the menu of distinctive Spanish tapas. It's also found in the eatery's colorful decor, which includes lush floral murals that fade into plumes of red and purple. Inside the space, performers stamp to evening flamenco shows and weekend live music. Diners may also enjoy mountain views from the patio, or host a private party in the upstairs room, which hosts music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. The hot and cold tapas are a show in themselves, as diners often decide to share these small plates of spicy chicken and sautéed shrimp garnished with cheese and fresh fruit. To cleanse the palate of salmon fillet or saffron-laced paella, diners sip house-made sangria and wine or press and hold each taste bud until it reboots.
44 W Green St.
Pasadena, California 91105Get Directions