Sunday, October 7, 2007

Mas Tapas

Since opening in 2002/2003, Mas Tapas has been joined by a number of other restaurants in the trendy Belmont neighborhood. Only a short walk from the downtown mall and with plenty of on-street parking, Mas is certainly accessible. And it is certainly another restaurant that can be added to the list when discounting Charlottesville food naysayers.

The yellow paper menu offers an ample list of dishes, either tapas size or raciones. While the chefs cook just behind the far end of the bar, the Sangria keeps the party going. For two people four tapas are reccommended. Papas bravas, plato de jamon, chuletas de cordero (lamb chops), and an apple dessert item can get things started if nothing jumps out. There is plenty of space. The outside patio is always full. Brunch receives rave reviews. There is a long bar with tables along the opposite wall. A sunken area in the back, empty during warm months, provides another group of tables.

Dinner for 2: $60

501 Monticello Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 979-0990

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