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Embrujo Flamenco

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 21, 2007 / review policy

Embrujo Flamenco
Embrujo Flamenco is a Spanish tapas restaurant on the Danforth that also features live flamenco Wednesdays through Sundays.

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11 Comments

joe / August 14, 2008 at 04:43 pm
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This restaurant has the rudest service ever. My party came in for an enjoyable meal, but the waitress had an attitude problem. Will never go back again.
karen / July 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm
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I totally agree with Joe. The waiter smiled only when he brought the bill. Most of the time, we were neglected. Very bad service. Even food was not great. Their paella festival wasn't satisfactory.
Susan / August 5, 2010 at 09:28 pm
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I can't understand the previous comments. As a regular customer to this delectable eatery, we have never had bad service. The service is more relaxed as the food is prepared freshly, and Tapas is best enjoyed over a few hours, and not rushed. The live entertainment adds to the vibe and it is difficult not to imagine your sitting in a Tapas Bar in Andalucia! The food is fantastic, pasrticularly the 'sherry chicken', 'shrimp in anise sauce'and 'chorizo empenadas' but to name a few. Great selection of Spanish wines to choose from. Highly recommend it to traditional Tapas Lovers!
Raj / August 11, 2010 at 02:38 pm
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I agree with Susan, can't comprehend prior comments. I frequent EF at least 3x a month, for dining and entertaining my clients. At all times experienced friendly service with smiles and the food is spot on. They have a fantastic wine selection and it compliments the cuisine. I really enjoy the different foodie events like the Paella festival. Its very regional and authentic. I like how the chef doesn't try to fanci-fy the dishes, its straight off the clay dishes, as Spanish food should be.

I recently went to their new lower level tapas bar, Cafe Madrid. Its a great event space for small gatherings and not as formal a setting. A real local neighborhood feel. I like how I can order small plates of whatever's in front of us in the display cases, have a glass of Rioja and watch the telly. Had a blast during the World Cup there, of course it helped that Spain won!

Dining at either Embrujo Flamenco or Cafe Madrid is an experience. The moment you walk in, your greeted with true Spanish warmth. I highly recommend it.
Pablo Flamenco / March 29, 2011 at 08:59 am
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Looks like a great Spanish Tapas Bar, any one know who the regular flamenco performers are?
spark / August 12, 2011 at 01:59 pm
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I went to this place about a year ago and everything about the place was great except the waitstaff.
Service was horrible enough that despite the good food and atmosphere it made me not want to go back again.
Maybe they've changed? Most tapas dish was outstanding, though their Paella was nothing spectacular. bit of a disappointment actually. If you mind bad service, try it out.
spark / August 12, 2011 at 02:03 pm
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I meant to say "if you don't mind bad service, try it out"
Graham Hyatt / September 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm
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People who believe a place where they'll be super-overcharged for every single thing they consume, including bottled water, who believe a hole in the wall with basic furniture, uncomfortable chairs, a stage for music and dance, and pleasant enough waitresses constitutes great atmosphere and a place to rave about, may like this place, especially if they like Flamenco Music and dance: which I have to say is good.
However, if though the food might be tasty you cannot afford to be ripped off, with a litre bottle of water (still or sparkling) costing $6.00, Paella (for two?) ranging between $46 and $59 - which wouldn't satisfy the appetite of one average working man/woman - and most tapas (appetizers), little more than a than a few small mouthfuls each and representing no more than a taste of Spanish cuisine, but costing between $7 and $10, you might gag when you got the bill.
This is the most pretentious and very worst restaurant of any kind I've ever visited. I was hesitant after reading reviews but went along with five other family members after another member gave us a couple of $50 Groupons and a further $100.00 because she felt the Groupons wouldn't be enough. As it was, still feeling hungry, we left after giving an extra $25.00 to cover the tab (Regardless, I always feel the waitress/waiter should get her/his share, as they're the ones doing most of the work).
If you have a money tree, perhaps you will like the place. But be reminded that you'll seldom find smoke without fire ...
DStoronto / December 13, 2011 at 10:51 am
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Warning.
Embrujo Flamenco
Inspected on: December 8
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 8 (Minor: 3, Significant: 4, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: N/A
Tara / August 4, 2013 at 08:17 pm
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There’s been a Spanish Evolution of sorts unfolding at Embrujo Flamenco Tapas Restaurant. The once-vital hotspot of Latin culture and cuisine had cooled in recent years. But the flame’s been relit with the return of the original owner and chef, Jose Salgado after a 4 and a half year absence.

Fueled by the same passion with which his father launched this Riverdale standout in 1972,(The original was on Bathurst Street) Salgado marks his homecoming with a renewed emphasis on the special restaurant’s food quality and Spanish roots. The Tapas concept that made Embrujo’s name gets fresh attention with this renewal, and a revised pricing structure returns the idea of fairness to the table full of small dishes that defines tapas. Among the tasty offerings in the reinvented menu, guests will find such classics as, Spanish tortilla, Gambas al ajillo, duck confit, a selection of Spanish cured meats and, por supuesto, Paella.

And at Embrujo, which hits the street with the new name “Tapas at Embrujo” in late July, the dining experience is further enhanced by the lively presence of flamenco dancers. On Wednesday through Saturday, the restaurant hosts two dinner sittings in the company of these passionate entertainers. In its first week, acclaimed flamenco dancer Maria Serrano visits from Spain to perform her special magic.

It is with great pleasure that we reintroduce the new version of the old Embrujo. To those online reviewers who’ve been mystified of late to discover the restaurant doesn’t have “the same vibe” it did, we say: come back, and remember why the only authentic Spanish tapas restaurant in the city is such a treat.
Tara / August 4, 2013 at 08:18 pm
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Forgot to add that the new phone number is 416-463-TAPA (8272)

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