Save to foursquare

This ritzy Spanish restaurant from former Oliveto chef Paul Canales is nothing if not ambitious: a 4,000-square-foot multi-use space that includes a high-end coffee shop, a wine and olive-oil retailer, an art gallery, and a performance venue for experimental jazz. It’s a stylish place, with food that befits the grand, vibrant setting. Canales takes traditional Spanish and Basque small plates as a jumping-off point but embellishes them with global, Californian, and modern touches: A salad of frisée and fried baby squid is crowned with a sous vide egg; a pork-trotter-and-cheek fritter is served over a French-tasting mustard sauce. The hamburguesa tartara (beef tartare reimagined as a burger and fries) is outstanding, and the arroz negro (topped — California-style — with local, seasonal seafood) is worth the splurge.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Mon., Wed.-Thu., Sun. 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat. 5:30-11 p.m.

Tags: , ,

Features: , , , , , , ,

Price: $$$-$$$$

Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards

The adjacent Duende Bodega (a cafe and wine/olive oil shop) opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays and at 9 a.m. on the weekend.

Related Stories

  • Where East Bay Chefs Canoodle

    The most romantic restaurants, according to local chefs and restaurateurs — and their better halves.
    • Feb 3, 2016
  • Tiki Makes a Comeback

    Grab hold of your tiny, paper umbrellas, folks. Tiki is back in the East Bay and it's better than ever.
    • Oct 1, 2014
  • Creating Community

    Musical visionary Todd Sickafoose on sustaining creative relationships, collaboration, and lessons learned from bass legend Charlie Haden.
    • Jul 30, 2014
  • Best Restaurant Venue

    • Jul 22, 2014
  • Crafty Robots

    Klaxon Mutant Allstars bring an experimental, punk aspect to jazz.
    • May 21, 2014
  • More...

4.6 out of 5

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a review

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a review

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.



Most Popular Stories

© 2016 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation