Tapas Flavors of Spain-Mission Viejo
What: Tapas Flavors of Spain
Where: Mission Viejo
For: All Ages/21+ after 9:00pm
Last weekend, Ethan and I went with my parents to Tapas Flavors of Spain to celebrate their 32 year wedding anniversary. Located in Kaleidoscope off of the 5 freeway, I was very excited to come here since I’ve grown up in the area my entire life. Kaleidoscope has always been a quiet mall with a small amount of traffic, so the fact that there was a club that opened on the main floor made our visit very interesting. Please remember that Ethan and I also went to a similar Spanish flamenco show in Long Beach called Sevilla…and I strongly believe that Tapas was a better value with the show and food. Club wise, however, I would lean toward Sevilla.
My dad dancing with one of the flamenco dancers on stage.
The restaurant is Spanish themed and includes tables around a dance floor. A full service bar is on the left side of the restaurant, and the dance floor includes a raised stage where we watched the flamenco dancers and band. We ordered four appetizers and two entrees, which filled up four people. The restaurant accommodates around 300 people, and all of the tables were completely occupied when we came at 7:45pm for our reservation on a Saturday night. Reservations can be made on Yelp or the restaurant website, and you will receive text messages notifications on your phone reminding you of your reservation a couple days prior. We ordered all dishes tapas style (compare to family-style where each guest eats a little bit of every dish) from the restaurant, and we were not disappointed in our food or service. All of the food is authentic Spanish cuisine, and it definitely tasted better than the comparable Sevilla that we visited in Long Beach. Happy Hour is also offered on the bar and patio at specific dates and times (refer to the website).
Tapas Flavors of Spain used to be located in Newport Beach and has recently (as of January 2018) relocated to Mission Viejo. The show started promptly at 8:00pm and went until 9:00pm with no intermission. The band and dancers really felt like they transported you to Spain. Their talent was undeniable. At the end of the show, one of the female dancers invited my dad on stage. This was quite the pleasant surprise, and our entire party enjoyed the audience participation. The dancers even changed their clothes after the show and danced with the patrons on the floor when the DJ was brought up, which made the experience feel very intimate.
The club started after the flamenco show ended at 9:00pm. At this time there is also security at the door checking identification and requiring a cover charge. If you want to leave and re-enter, make sure that you get a stamp on your wrist. There is an outdoor patio area for smokers. There is also a small taco window on the patio where you can order chicken tacos and top them with a variety of foods. We ordered 4 chicken tacos and paid $7 before loading them up with toppings. It was a great way to fix our hunger pangs later in the night, and we ate our tacos while watching people dance inside the club. The club consisted of a DJ spinning Latin and top 40 music. It wasn’t as crowded as we anticipated on a Saturday night, and we thought that the club was only filled a quarter to capacity. Make sure to check the website to see any special events or DJs. The club is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00pm to 1:30am.
The crowd varied in age. Ethan, my parents and I all felt like we were blending in, as there was a distinct mix of people attending. Some families attended dinner and the flamenco show before leaving when the club opened. Multiple birthdays were being celebrated. When the club started, the younger group cleared out leaving room for the adults. My parents danced the night away on the dance floor and went home exhausted but happy.
Please refer to my post on Sevilla in Long Beach, where it cost $200 for two people to enjoy dinner and a show. Tapas Flavors of Spain only cost $94 (excluding alcohol) for four people, which included dinner, a show and entry into the club. This was the best value for our money spent, and we all left very happy with our experience at Tapas Flavors of Spain.
My dad still happily dancing on stage.
Tapas Flavors of Spain Information
27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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