“Tabernilla is the place for true tapas lovers! A little of Spain through food and drink.” Tabernilla Tapas Bar is one of Laredo’s favorite locally owned and operated restaurants, and rightly so with its outstanding menu, full-service bar, and live entertainment!

In the kitchen, you’ll find Chef Roberto Gonzalez, a native of Laredo who earned his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Promotion from DePaul University in 1997. He soon discovered his passion for the culinary arts and earned his Associates Degree from the New England Culinary Institute in 1999. He worked in notable restaurants like the Jackson House Inn, the Four Seasons Resort and Spa, and New York’s Le Bernardin before he returned home to take over the kitchen for Tabernilla.

Gonzalez has transformed the Tabernilla menu into an exquisite array of flavors to delight your palate. The menu offers over 50 different tapas that range from traditional plates like the Paella de Mariscos to more modern Spanish delights like the Salmon Serrano. Other favorites include the Pulpo a La Plancha, which is sautéed octopus and potato, as well as the Albondigas, which is lamb and beef meatballs in a tomato-red wine sauce. The chef also offers a variety of charcuterie options, flatbreads, soups, salads, and entrees. To take your dining experience to the next level, be sure to ask your server to recommend one of the many Spanish or Portuguese wines on the menu. If you’re feeling adventurous or can’t decide on just one, ask for a wine flight!

Beyond the exquisite menu, Tabernilla’s full-service bar is another main attraction. The bar is stocked with top-shelf liquor and offers a variety of cocktails as well as local favorites like the sangria de la casa and the house-made gin and tonic. Other signature cocktails include the Spanish Sidecar, Madrid Mule, Spanish Margarita, Palomita, and the Kalimotxo. The Tabernilla’s espresso cocktails are also a favorite and include the Cotcel Jerez, Café Madrileño, Café Catalan, and the Café Godiva.

Tabernilla’s tapas menu and full-service bar do not disappoint, nor does the cozy environment that makes it perfect for a business dinner, a night out with friends, or a romantic evening with that special someone. The restaurant features an open floor plan with live music as well as an intimate patio that combines contemporary and rustic décor to reflect a Moroccan ambiance that feels intimate and cozy. What are you waiting for? Try Tabernilla Tapas Bar today!