Tablao Wine Bar & Restaurant is a Spanish-Mediterranean inspired dining and social destination in South Norwalk’s thriving dining district. Spearheaded by seasoned restaurateurs Juan ‘Vinny’ Gonzalez, Galo Aleman, and Jose-Luis Contreras, the team, who hail from South America, have created an intimate locale evoking the style and sensibility of a modern wine and tapas bar one would find along the café dotted streets of Seville, Spain.
Taking its culinary cues from the Mediterranean Sea and the land that embraces it, Tablao’s menu is a virtual tour throughout these culinary rich cites and coastal ports. Chef Raul Gonzalez, formerly of the popular Meson Galicia in Norwalk, CT, which was instrumental in introducing Spanish cuisine and the tapas style of dining to Fairfield County circa 1991, harkens back to his early chef days with a menu that is both spirited and traditional. With a nod to our local sustainable food culture, as well as exceptional imported ingredients from Spain, the menu at Tablao features domestic and imported charcuterie, an array of tapas, entrées featuring market fresh fish and prime beef, as well as traditional family style paellas.
Framed in exposed brick walls, the restaurant’s design aesthetic is centered around the Spanish “tabla”, wood centric accents from the wine barrel host stand and wine crate paneled walls, to the dark oak wood furnishings and bold sliding door partitions. Edison light bulbs lend a warm hue to the space while the convivial bar dazzles at night flecked by dangling light fixtures and tequila infused conversation.
Tablao’s beverage program is equally mindful as its menu offerings. A wine bar at its core, an extensive, while accessible, and always evolving, wine selection features varietals from across the globe with unabashed nepotism towards the wine regions of Spain and South America. Creative cocktails and craft beer round out the beverage program, as does Tablao’s late night menu, happy hours – upon hours, and special wine nights.
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Fabulous experience. Had many items from the tapas menu and they were all amazing. Service was warm and attentive. Live music was lovely. Highly recommend this gem! Will be returning soon!!
Went here on a late night food was great. Fresh and well prepared seafood! Great live music and good service Im dying to go back.
Highly recommend. Ordered 9 different tapas each was as good or better than the previous. The Mediterranean paella was out of this world. Service was excellent. Very hip and trendy. Oh and the specialty cocktails unique and flavorful.
86 Washington St Norwalk CT