It’s hard to resist a table full of delectable Spanish tapas, and a new Tavares restaurant brought that temptation to the Downtown Entertainment District. Tapas restaurants have long been staples in other cities, but none has come to the Golden Triangle area until now.
Ole Spanish Tapas Restaurant, located in the heart of the Tavares Entertainment District, features a casual atmosphere and a traditional Spanish Tapas menu with a dozen cold appetizers featuring an Adulusian seafood salad ($12), a variety of Spanish cheeses and cured meats like chorizo and Iberico ham. Several warm tapas are also served, including patatas bravas ($8), croquetas de jamón, tortilla Española (traditional Spanish omelet), grilled octopus ($18) and garlic shrimp ($12)
For diners wanting bigger meals, Spanish entrees are also available and range from landlubber favorites like rack of lamb ($36), Tomahawk steak ($48), and a Ribeye with chimichurri (#32). Seafood lovers can pick from grilled seafood in garlic sauce ($44) and cod in a red paprika sauce ($18) among other choices. Couples can also choose from a variety of paellas ($44-$70) that serve two people and are made to order.
On a recent visit much of the food was good, especially the garlic shrimp and the cured meats. Imitation crab meat was used in the Adulusian seafood salad, which wasn’t noted on the menu and didn’t complement the dish. The service was very friendly and attentive. Currently, beverages are limited to soft drinks and iced tea until a liquor license is secured.
Ole Spanish Tapas Restaurant offers ample indoor and outdoor dining and is located at 134 W. Ruby Street in downtown Tavares.