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August 11, 2006
Tapeo is located in the middle of Newbury Street. It is a very good Spanish restaurant. I love the food a lot. You can choose to sit inside or outside the restaurant.
I choose the outside seating so that I can enjoy the night. It is very relaxing. Boston tends to be cooler than other cities, so it is not so hot sitting outside. This restaurant is very crowded, which makes me think that the restaurant must be decent. I don’t have to wait long for table, since I was there on a weeknight.Let’s talk about the food there. All the dishes are small plates. It seems like an appetizer to me. I ordered two dishes, one trout with red-wine sauce and toasted hazelnuts and the other saffron-batter-fried shrimp with Mojo sauce. Both of the dishes are really great. The price is reasonable, I think. One dish is about $6 to $10. Also, there is a $15 food minimum per person at a table. I would recommend going there in a group so that you can try a few more dishes.
From journal Boston, MA
July 19, 2004
Someplace in the middle of these two extremes sits Tapeo, a Spanish restaurant/tapas bar, perfectly situated where these two groups eddy around one another--the funky folks on their way to Lush, the Beautiful folks on their way to Jasmine Sola. If it's warm out, put your name on the list for seating on the patio so that you have a front-row seat for all of this action. Note that on weekend nights--which are especially crowded--you should put your name on the list pretty early, or be prepared to wait an hour or two. Note, too, that since this is Boston, not Barcelona, Tapeo closes at the early hour of 11 on weekends, 10 on weeknights.
If you can't get an outdoor table, or if you come when the weather would make al fresco dining inadvisable, no problem--you'll sit in the cosy main dining room, with soft ochre walls and lovely terracotta tile floors. It's all very romantic, except for the fact that it buzzes with noisy excitement on weekend nights.
Once you're seated, you can peruse the menu. Tapeo, as the name indicates, specializes in Tapas--appetizer-sized portions of food that are meant for sharing around the table. The tapas themselves come in two basic varieties--hot and cold. Most cost between $5 and $8--reasonable enough if you can limit yourself to 2 or three plates per person.
Standouts among the hot tapas include Pato Bresado--roast duck with raspberry sauce, artichoke hearts baked with lemon and toasted garlic, and slices of pork loin in a creamy blue cheese sauce, served with mushrooms.
When you sit down, fine crusty bread comes to your table with a little ramekin of savory white bean dip--to whet your palate for the cold tapas, I expect, which include a good version of Patatas Ali Oli--boiled potatoes tossed in (you guessed it) garlic-infused olive oil, and white asparagus (canned, alas) with two sauces--roasted red pepper and surprisingly subtle and delicious cilantro.
Tapeo has sangria, of course, and it's a good version--but it's expensive at $7 glass/$22 litre. I tend to stick with the sherrys instead. Tapeo has a small but well chosen selection, most of which run around $5/glass.
Tapeo's coffee is well done, and especially good if you can drink it with the signature summer dessert--strawberries dipped in a sherry batter and fried, served with the Spanish version of Creme Brulee, Crema Catalan.
From journal Boston: On the Tourist Trail and Off the Beaten Path
July 3, 2002
From journal Exploring Boston