Pasadena >La Luna Negra
great spicy food, overpriced bad food, slow service, superb infamous sangria, decent tapas, good cute place, authentic flamenco dancing
Great Sangria and Tapas!. We happened into this place by accident on a Tuesday night... sat and the bar and fell in LOVE! The waiter suggested we try the white Sangria and it was truly excellent. We have had several of the tapas over the past few months and never been dissapointed. We use Resturant dot com coupons there at least once a month which makes it a bargin! Sit at the bar! It's the best seat in the house!
Service. The food is okay but the service is very idiotic disrespectful and unpleasant!!! I had paid double tax for tip! And manager came over wanting me to give like fifty dollars tip !! Telling me what I should give for tip!! That is the most ungreatful bulshit I have ever heard I left that place with 1 penny for insulting me!! People please do not go there!!
wish I can rate this "no star". for all you dumb dumbs out there, this is NOT food from valencia. this will probably pass for glorified baja fresh menu, but it ain't anything close of being catalonia or valencia. take it from me who has been to real authentic spanish restaurants in new york city, la luna negra is a big joke. we found none of the tapas to be special. and it seems the valentine's menu was limited compared to the menu we found on their website. we ordered paella de oceano, and was asked by the waiter if we wanted "spicy or mild". THAT'S A JOKE!! Authentic paella do not have spicy. this must be a tex-mex flavor. my wife and i were so hoping to have good paella. the worst was when the paella came, it was all green and the rice was mushy and creamy cheesy wet. supposed to be no cheese in any paella from spain. it resembled some spiceless green curry from the worst thai restaurant. we questioned our waiter and he said the red color from paellas is because they were spicy. so at this point, i was already disappointed there was something lost. finally the waiter brings us a red sauce that was supposedly "spicy". it was not. it was your typical marinara sauce you would find at buca di peppo three doors down. we left all disappointed with somewhat expensive meal. on top of that, the unfriendly hostess didn't even acknowledge we struggled to open the door while we were leaving, especially when my wife is 9 months pregnant. we got so ripped!!!! (thanks EQ ...jk)
Horrible place with nasty food.. Horrible place. I agree with ALL negative reviews ! We had a medium group of people sharing almost everything from the menu - not a single decent dish or tapas ! I am just surprised what skill does it take/requires to spoil EVERY dish. I am no food expert but in my opinion what we were presented with has no Spanish "even hint in it" - just plane boring nasty horrible food. NO NO for me and my friends - to bad it really could have been a nice place with all the interior decoration and location.
This place is awful!. Like another reviewer said, I was also astounded to see this place receive so many great reviews. If you're looking for good food and authentic flamenco dancing, this place is not it. Perhaps it's a good place to hang out with friends/good company if you don't care so much about the food. We on the other hand were hoping for some decent tapas and sangria.I've never had sangria with white wine (I've had my own white wine cooler, but I think sangria was meant to be made with red wine)--it burned down my throat ..! Maybe the red wine sangria might have been better. We ordered several tapas, including the stuffed mushrooms--greasy mushrooms filled with the overpowering taste of low quality, industrial-style chorizo--nauseating! We couldn't finish ONE .Then we ordered the Camarones al Jerez--same thing! Greasy shrimp over some string potatoes served in a POOL of GREASE..We were hungry, so we had TWO..We had both come in with a craving for a nice authentic Tortilla Espanola(how hard is that to make??Honestly! It's like a french bakery with no croissants!!!) and the best they could do was their "Tortilla Paisana". WHEN have you heard of tortillas espanolas with BLUE CHEESE??? It had SO much cheese--it was dripping with cheese--if you're a passionate cheese lover, this one's for you.Another tapa that kind of saved the day for our appetite was the Salmon con espinaca--which actually sounded quite good! We thought this would be the redeemer..To our great disappointment, the pastry was droopy, undercooked--and yes, GREASY. We decided to pick out the salmon and leave that droopy coating on the side. THIS was our dinner..This place would offend a true spaniard, honestly. Our food was absolutely terrible and we couldn't eat it (except for the salmon filling). As for the show, I think we went on novice night. The two dancers were incredibly stiff with dramatic faces as they turned. First time we've ever seen an asian flamenco dancer.We will NEVER come here EVER again!
Happy Birthday to me. Birthday blues had gotten me down. Lucky for me, my friends knew just how to lift my spirits ? they surprised me with an outing to La Luna Negra. What a cute, cozy, fun place! We couldn?t stop admiring the decor, the colorful walls, the gorgeous table settings and the general atmosphere of the place. Then came the food... OMG!!! we wished it would not stop coming. Yum, yum! The hostess was very charming and humorous as well and our server was wonderful. Our mini vacation to Spain was complete once the Flamenco show began. It was one of the best birthdays I?ve had. Get in your car and check out this place tonight. Oh, don?t forget to make reservations. Parking is no problem at all.
Perfect after a long day of shopping!. After a long day of shopping in old town i began to feel the effects and my wife and I decided that we would need a good meal in a good restaurant to top off our day. After passing a number of cookie cutter restaurants we stumbled on La Luna Negra, we decided to take a chance and try this small spanish restaurant, and I am glad that we did, off the beaten path of Colorado La Luna Negra is nestled on green street. THe bright colors of the restaurant and the hyptnotic sound of flamenco guitars and flamenco dancers drew us in. I immediaetly did notice one problem with thre restaurant, a line extended all the way outside and I did not make reservations. I had to wait 30 minutes and watch as the waiters carried steaming plates of paleea and stuffed mushrooms as well as empanadas to other tables. Once seated I realized that it was well worth the wait. I inhaled the stuffed mushrooms as well as the apple goat cheese salad and 2 liters of sangria. I highly reccomend this restaurant but I would also suggest making reservations. Try the white sangria it was refreshing after a long day of shopping with my wife.
Delicious and fun. All of you out there who enjoy dining out with a group of friends know how difficult it can be to have everyone agree on a restaurant. On Friday night, my own group of buddies (seven of them) gave me the tricky task of deciding where we would go. After giving it much thought, but based mainly on a couple of good experiences, I opted for La Luna Negra in Pasadena. Well, the pressure lifted the minute we walked in. The colors, the energy, the aromas wafting from the kitchen. The food (best enjoyed when shared) was easily habit-forming. Ditto for the flamenco show, which, on this night of abandon, made us think "thank God is Friday" and mean it. Finally, I can't say enough about the service at La Luna Negra. Extremely helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable. The downside? Now I'm stuck with the role of deciding our next restaurant outing.
I am astounded that this place has received so many positive reviews. Our experience there last night was miserable. The food is the least tasty, least authentic Spanish food I have eaten anywhere. Drive into the city and go to Cobras and Matadors or Tasca if you have a tapas fix; or just make some at home with recipes you find online. Seriously, your homemade creations will be way better than Luna Negra's. They manage to absolutely butcher even a simple, classic dish like patatas bravas, by dicing the potatoes super thin, frying them, and dousing them with hot chili. There is way too much chili pepper in everything, probably to mask the fact that there are no other flavors- and I say this as someone who loves chili. The trout and ceviche were boring (though relatively inoffensive), the mussels were sub par, the stuffed pepper was terrible, the bacon wrapped shrimp was bland, the salad was ridiculous.
We thought it would be fun to make a trip out to Pasadena to see Flamenco and eat tapas, but boy were we mistaken! The flamenco was pretty laughable, but it surpassed the food without a doubt. I came home with a wicked dose of food induced stomach illness to boot! I would say that if you are forced to go to Luna Negra stay away from the mussels, but I'm not even sure that they were what made me sick- everything tasted so shady. To top it all off, the prices are what you should pay for great tapas (in LA!). Please do me a favor by making sure the cloud of my painful sickness has the silver lining of turning business away from this place.
Great food, live entertainment, lively atmosphere, cute place!.
My husband and I didn't even know this place existed until my brother and his friend showed us. What a cute place! There were live spanish dancers dancing on a stage in front of us, the food was soo good. For a small eater like me, one tapas order was enough. I can't remember the names of the dishes, but the two dishes I had were excellent - one was lamb and couscous, the other was a pork spare rib plate. I also tasted tapas from the others around me and all were impressive.
Something I found out was you had make reservations at least a week beforehand. I called up early one afternoon trying to make reservations for that evening and was told that it was best to make reservations way beforehand. All that were available were 9pm reservations.
Try this place out - you'll be happy you did! :D
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