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Comment Archives: Locations: Dining: Spanish/Tapas

Re: “Aspen Bartini

They are now open for lunch most days, I went for lunch last week and it was very fast and delicious! They staff was friendly and suggested the Alps Salad which was just right. I will return.

Posted by nickers4you on 09/06/2013 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Aspen Bartini

The restaurant is NOT open for lunch! I showed up last week looking to eat lunch and saw noone in the building. So I went back later that night with friends. I must say the food was delightful. I spoke with a young woman named Marian who said she was the sous chef and a bartender named Madelyn. Madelyn (sp?) seemed very happy to be there, with a great smile and a truly wonderful attitude. Chef Marian was happy and talkative and welcoming. She had a great deal of knowledge of her craft. We talked food for some time. She and the other chef, whom I only got to meet briefly touched every table in the small restaurant between popping into the kitchen to cook and deliver meals to the people waiting. It was a true pleasure to speak with Marian and Maadelyn. On the other hand, it was not a true pleasure to speak with the general manager, Hong (I think) who seemed to want to have nothing to do with his guests. After both the lovely bartender and the chef asked him to come over to me to speak to me, he finally did come from the table in the corner where he was holding court. He smiled at me and looked through me almost, as if I wasn't there. When I asked him questions, he never answered anything directly, rather he danced around the subject and offered to buy me a drink. The place will never make money in this way. When I mentioned to him that the website said they were open for lunch, but they weren't he just smiled, never answered me directly. I asked when they would be open for lunches and he said December 1st. I also asked about Sunday hours and he told me that there would be a Sunday brunch in December. So, out of curiousity, I went back on Saturday, December 1 and low and behold, noone was there... I live accross the street, so it takes no effort to walk over. I returned about 1130 on Sunday and again, noone was there... No brunch? So, I suggest you avoid dealing with Hong alltogether and ask specifically to speak to one of the Chefs. Outside of the manager, it was a very good experience. I will go back if Marian or Madelyn are there, for sure.

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Posted by atlantamom on 12/04/2012 at 9:53 PM

Re: “The Iberian Pig

For the price, the place is incredible. Great date spot, guys.

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Posted by Rob Murphy on 11/29/2011 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Lunacy Black Market

This is my favorite restaurant in the downtown area. I like EatTooMuch's comment that it has a “dinner in my parlor” feeling. I agree. It's like someone opened a small, quiet-but-informal restaurant in a wing of their house.

Everything I've had here is wonderful but a favorite is the garlicky shrimp -- we always have to order bread so we can soak up the delicious broth from the shrimp bowl.

I love the Hotel Row location. It's so cool that there's a great restaurant located in this spot that's rich in history but is otherwise, I'm sure, a fairly challenging area to operate a business like this.

Posted by Darin on 11/29/2011 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Palomilla's Cuban Grill House

The food here tastes alright. I think it was a little too pricey. The food was a little bland. If this represents Cuban, then I don't think it represents well.

Posted by Mira on 09/03/2011 at 9:56 PM

Re: “The Iberian Pig

Wonderful small plates, specializing in Spanish tapas. Great wine list , well presented and you must try their Bacon infused Old Fashion.

Posted by Juanito on 08/18/2011 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Loca Luna


This is a letter was my letter to management and still no one have contacted me back...Why are you in MIDTOWN?!!!


I’m not sure who will get this email however I hope that it gets to the appropriate management team of Loca Luna located on Amsterdam Ave in Atlanta. My name is Latania McKenzie and yesterday after having a lovely brunch at our usual place, Serpas we got invited to Loca Luna for drinks and to enjoy the live band. We were reluctant at first however decided that it has been years since we’ve been to that area; especially after the closing of The Red Chair (The Red Chair was located in your building).

When we got there, we started to enjoy the atmosphere until a couple of our friends were walking up and was stopped by a man that seemed as if he frequented your location (he was walking around to other tables, sitting drinking and chatting with whomever). He asked my friend if she liked him and she smiled and said “no” and then continued to walk away. Shortly after that and after we ordered drinks and food, the man who stopped my friend got up and headed to the back. While passing us, he slapped my partner in her head with his elbow. This seemed as if it could have been innocent so I told my partner not to worry about it and continue to enjoy our Sunday.

After a few moments the man walked back to our table, stopped grabbed my partner’s bum/ass/butt and then reached over and rubbed my breasts. I tried to speak with him, kindly asking him to go back to his table because I recognized that he was slightly drunk and that he needed to leave us alone. After going back and forth with him for a while, he went over to one of my other friends who was with us and ran his hand through her hair and continued to tell her that she wanted him. All this was occurring while the people around us watched and did nothing, including your staff members. One security person only got involved after the man and I almost got into a fight and the only thing they did was to come and ask me “what’s the problem?” as if I was the person causing the trouble. Eventually the security escorted the man out of the building but then less than 10 minutes later; he was back walking around and being a jerk once again.

The issue I had with this is that no one cared that we were being harassed and this was definitely a sexual harassment issue happening that management didn’t even seem to care about. Your patrons should be protected from cases like this one or at least feel as if we are valued. The worst was that everyone was looking at me as if I was the one who started the problem, including your staff. I understand if you all would rather not have the LGBT community patronize your establishment however this may not be the best way to go about it. It’s just as easy to put up a sign at the door that states “LGBT money is not wanted here!”. This was absolutely an unfortunate experience, one I believe no one should encounter or endure, especially in Atlanta.

PS: Let me point out that I was a frequent patron of your previous location.

Posted by mac on 05/05/2011 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Loca Luna

Overrated and overcrowded. If your into desperate pickup clubs with patrons in laughably bad outfits then this is the place for you. Parking is a nightmare.

Posted by Charlie S on 01/11/2011 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Lunacy Black Market

We had a wonderful (first) experience at Lunacy Black Market. We went with our 12 year old – whose taste buds have been enjoying the discovery of food with different tastes and textures. We arrived soon after they opened for dinner (6 pm) and were the first guests.

We enjoyed the “dinner in my parlor” feeling of the place. The food was as good as the reviews have exclaimed (deceptively simple but with personality). And the service was attentive yet unobtrusive. But it was Chef Luna who made the meal into an unforgettable experience – for our 12 year old and for us!

He came by at the beginning of the meal and told our 12 year old “to keep some place in his tummy because he was making some dessert for him”. After our meal he brought over a simple dessert – made with toast and melted chocolate shavings – and then had my son try it with combinations of olive oil and sea salt. He highlighted how olive oil and sea salt drew out the taste of chocolate – subtly but differently. He then went on to describe what his mother cooked for him as a little boy and talked about how the food that he ate as a child has formed the basis for much of his cooking.

It was a delightful evening spent in a cozy place with a warm host. And it will be an everlasting memory for our 12 year old. Thank You Chef Luna!

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Posted by EatTooMuch on 11/27/2010 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Iberian Pig

4 stars if patrick makes your drink

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Posted by M3EEKS on 10/26/2010 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Mambo's Cafe

Posted by vcmb79 on 09/10/2010 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Pura Vida

Went for Cena Latina with my lady and had a wonderful time, pleasent wait staff, very good food, and great company. We'll be back.

Posted by Jacobite47 on 08/09/2010 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Lunacy Black Market

It hardly seems, after reading the above, like I am talking about the same place. The restaurant we went to was so warm and inviting, the service so gracious, that there must be two Lunacy Black Markets. I wanna go back to our version again and again. I loved the asian spare ribs and the balsamic spare ribs, and the greens were phenom! I must be a 'porkatarian' just like Luna!

Posted by dessertb4dinner on 08/05/2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The Iberian Pig

Great drinks!

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Posted by Donovan on 06/18/2010 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Lunacy Black Market

Alix, Thanks for your posting and making the general public aware that we can not easily accommodate large groups. Indeed, our establishment seats no more than 30 people, and is allowed to accommodate no more than 50 people for a stand-up special event (which closes our space to a private event that we book on occasion).

When we called you back after your inquiry, we asked if you had been to our establishment before. At that time, I had offered to host your party of 11 at two separate tables that would be close together. You were not satisfied with this response. I followed up by offering for you to come down to the restaurant to see the space in question and potentially work a solution. You did not seem amenable, though the invitation still holds.

I explained that the restaurant had hosted parties larger than 8 to 10 people, which typically reduced the intimate experience we try to cultivate here for our other guests who would inevitably be seated close to just about any large group. (This place is just small and cozy that way.) Given that you had never been here, I'm not really sure where your opinion comes into play, as we were not able to communicate through our positions.

The reality is that there are numerous establishments in Atlanta that adjust well to large parties. Ours doesn't really fit into that category.

Again, the offer for you to come down to the restaurant, view the space, consider some of my thoughts regarding mixed seating at two separate tables, is still available. It's your decision whether you would like to continue the discussion where you left it (you hung up on us), or whether it's best for us to let sleeping dogs lie.

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Posted by Lunacy Black Market on 06/16/2010 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Lunacy Black Market

My group of girlfriends (all in our 30's, successful professionals, most of us mothers or pregnant) do a dinner club every month. We like to pick a new place we haven't been to, and we love to support local restaurants. I live in the neighborhood and was excited to try Paul Luna's new place.

I was floored when I got a phone call from them after I had made reservations and was told that they don't like to have large, rowdy groups like ours in their establishment and we should find somewhere else to go. Our reservation was for 11 people, which is a somewhat large party but not IMO prohibitively so. I have no idea where they got "rowdy" from. I explained who we are and that we simply were a group of women who like to try and support new establishments. I was told that we would be much too disruptive and it just wouldn't work.

Wow. Thanks for nothing. I'll be sure to not give your business my money or my kudos anytime in the future. Great way to do business.

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Posted by alix.nadi20c9 on 06/14/2010 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Pura Vida

The staff at this restaurant were so incredibly rude that me and my girlfriends decided to leave. But before we had reached our breaking points we actually witnessed a roach stroll across the bar. After that and plenty of rude remarks from the staff we said "let's get the hell out of this place" and we left. Don't waste your time on this restaurant. They have roaches, rude staff, shitty drinks, and not much of menu selection.

Posted by Heather on 12/12/2009 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Pura Vida

So many Atlanta restaurants are popular due to expensive and "cool" decor as opposed to really good food. Pura Vida is not one of those places. If you love and appreciate great food and unique ingredients you have to go to Pura Vida. Creative, flavorful, unique, exceptional, these are the words that come to my mind when I think of Pura Vida. If you consider yourself a foodie like so many people do these days thanks to Food Network then you have to to try the delicious tapas at Pura Vida.

Posted by Laura Wickiser on 03/10/2009 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Pura Vida

We went to Pura Vida tonight for their $3 tapas and let me tell you this is the best deal in town. We ordered 1 of everything on their happy hour $3 tapas menu and did not try 1 thing we did not like. Everything was packed with so much flavor, and you could tell that a lot of thought and love went into each dish. I do not understand why the place was not packed with the great deals they're offering. We felt like we'd discovered some special hidden gem that we got to enjoy and appreciate all by ourselves. The bartender Jacob makes a mean pisco sour and has one one hell of an infectious laugh. He alone is worth a trip to Pura Vida. Anyone who does not appreciate the tapas at Pura Vida does not appreciate good food, that's all there is to it.

Posted by Sidney on 03/10/2009 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Palomilla's Cuban Grill House

I have lived in the Caribbean and visiting Cuba various times, thus, I am a bit more critical of restaurants that attach "Cuban" or "Caribbean" to their name. Palomilla’s "Cuban" Restaurant is a OK restaurant, but it is not a "Cuban" restaurant that I would go out of my way to experience, nor one I would recommend. Service was slow, and my lunch was bland (Fish/Moro/fried plantains $10 w/no drink). The meal I was served did not represent the great food that can be found in "Cuban" or "Caribbean" eateries. What was most concerning was that Palomilla’s Arroz Moro (white rice with Cuban black beans) was flavorless! This is sad, because at the core of a Cuban meals is generally Arroz Moro. Any "Cuban" restaurant that can't ace this dish is like an Italian restaurant that can't make good spaghetti sauce. Palomilla’s Cuban Restaurant is just OK.

Posted by AllanG on 02/21/2008 at 2:48 PM

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