In the carefree Spanish tradition, this party does not close as long as the crowd is having a good time. If you stray away from your table, the dancer ... More
Casa Panza Restaurant
In the carefree Spanish tradition, this party does not close as long as the crowd is having a good time. If you stray away from your table, the dancer will add you to her performance. If you ask for a glass of water, the waiter will bring you wine. Casa Panza Restaurant is a place to just eat, drink, and enjoy the company. The ambience is festive, with flamenco entertainment and a mainly Spanish-speaking clientele. The menu offers a selection of Spanish wines and includes grilled meat and fish, as well as tempting Paella.
I lived in Spain for quite some and what I loved most was the charming people. Where did these guys come from?? Not only where they disappointed to have a 6 top walk on a quiet Sunday but were rude, condescending, and unprofessional. I am in the restaurant industry and wish to inform everyone not to take the risk of having your car jacked at Calle Ocho and spend your money at the McDonald's down the block. At least the ambience of the older Cuban men playing dominoes is pleasant.
Went there the last week of May, since the last time i was there the place expanded. Its been a while maybe a few years. The one thing about the restaurant the ambiance is very authentic, but the service is very poor. it seemed that the attitude of the wait staff was they did not care, they want to take your order right went you sit down but they dont give you enough time to read the menu. after you give them the order they seem to forget you and hardly ever come but your table.
the place seems to be over crowded, im surprised the fire department has not closed the place. you can barley walk through the dinning room without falling on other people sitting only inches from the bathroom door.
Before you dine, keep in mind they put a few things on the table like cheese, churizo and potatoes alioli, you would think like in spain its a free taps for your drink, but to my surprise i was charged over $25 for things i did not order but they put on your table, even the bread was on my bill!!!! whats with that.
When i asked to speak with the manager or owner i was treated like some stupid person, The owner asked me if i ate it and i told him yes so he then said then you must pay, I and my wife were very insulted by that. At least in other spanish restaurants when i was given a tapa to eat with my drink i was not charged for it.
anyway to ad insult to injury when i went to my car i was approached by the valet guy and he asked me for $5. i asked him to go away and he told me that i had to pay to park out front. when i got to the restaurant there was no valet present and now he wanted me to pay him, I called the police and at that moment the owner came out again and told me not to come back again. after that evening i though i was being a victim of a candid camera show but then i realized this is really happening. needless to say i wont ever come back and i am posting this review as a warning to anyone who goes there to be carefull.
Having had a pretty decent meal here before, we stopped again on a weekend for lunch. The lunch menu was reasonably priced and the food - although only 'OK' by my reckoning, was plentiful. However when the bill came we had been charged dinner menu prices (more than double) for everything, including drinks and told - at that point - that the lunch menu wasn't in effect. I chose not to leave a tip as we felt deceived, but upon reviewing my credit card statement, THEY ADDED, AFTER I HAD SIGNED MY CREDIT CARD SLIP, A 20% 'GRATUITY'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am outraged!!!!!!!!!
It was my Birthday and I choose to go to Casa Panza, I have been to this wonderful restaurant many times and I fall in love with it more and more the tapas are great and our is always wonderful with us. The place is full of fun and passion and it transmit through your body and soul and it doesn't matter where you are from you will feel it.
Overall the Casa Panza was the best experience of Spanish culture.If you're in Miami Caza Panza is a must. The food, music, dancing and ambiance. If you are a complainter don't not bother going. Viva Spanish culture!