Featuring an evocative menu, authentically embracing the cuisine of Spain, Solera offers an unparalleled experiance for social dining in a vibrant, ... More
Solera - Minneapolis
Featuring an evocative menu, authentically embracing the cuisine of Spain, Solera offers an unparalleled experiance for social dining in a vibrant, Spanish-influenced atmosphere. In addition to spectacular dinner, dessert and late night menus, guests enjoy an extensive Spanish wine list, organized by region, expertly crafted cocktails and signature sangrias. Solera offers several inside dining spaces including a lounge area, main and private dining rooms, and a tapas bar, along with outdoor patio dining on street level, a private veranda dining space on the second floor and a lively rooftop bar. Fresh menu selections, seafood, house-prepared charcuterie and Spanish cheeses are all served with exceptional, personalized service, right in the heart of the Hennepin Theater district. PLEASE NOTE: The bar, lounge, tapas bar, patio and roof are all seated on a first come, first serve basis.
Solera has a fun atmosphere and a great place to go with friends or on a date. Solera offers a variety of seating options. They have a long table made out of a slap of wood for anybody and everybody. Traditional seating and a rooftop is also available. Solera has many choices for tapas (which can get spendy), but if you're looking for value order the paella. You will definitely have leftovers even if you share it with another person! There are four different paella's available. My husband and I shared the paella with lamb in it, which was fine, but if I was ordering for myself I would have had the standard paella with sausage and shrimp. Solera is usually a pretty busy place (especially when there are shows at the Orphieum. I would recommend making reservations.
Like some of the other reviews I went to the NYE party and was double charged for dinner and tickets I tried to contact the management there 3 times and no one ever returned my calls. I will never go there again!
Worst NYE experience ever imaginable. Waited in line outside in the freezing cold for over an hour when we had prepaid $73 for tickets. Got to the door when the rude bouncer didn't even check out tickets or IDs and ignored us when we complained about the long wait. We got in to find more long lines for coat check. We decided to skip the coat check and go to the bar where there were even longer lines because they were understaffed. Everyone we talked to had the same experience as us and were upset that they wasted money on the tickets and their New Years standing in the freezing cold.
All in all, it was a horrible experience and I would never recommend Solera to anyone.
HORRIBLE PLANNING! I WILL NEVER GO HERE AGAIN, AND I DO NOT RECOMEND IT. AFTER PAYING $70 WE GOT TO WAIT OUTSIDE FOR OVER AN HOUR... THEN WHEN WE GOT IN THE DOOR (AFTER GETTING PAST THE RUDE BOUNCERS) WE COULDNT MOVE AND IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A DRINK. THERE WAS SO MANY PEOPLE THERE THAT DRINKS WERE BEING SPILLED EVERYWHERE INCLUDING ON PEOPLE. IT WAS VERY UNDERSTAFFED... ONLY 2 BARTENDERS ON THE FIRST FLOOR. WE HAD TO WAIT 20 MINUTES FOR 1 DRINK AND IT WAS MADE WRONG. THIS WAS THE WORST NYE EVER AND THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER. I WILL NEVER GO BACK AND I WILL MAKE SURE I LET OTHERS KNOW NOT TO GO THERE TOO! I WOULD HAVE RATHER SAT AT HOME WITH A $70 BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE AND I WOULD HAVE HAD MORE FUN...
I could not believe how disappointed I was in Solera. I ate there on 1-6-07 and the last time I had eaten there was three years prior, and that experience was excellant. New restaurants have seriously raised the bar and some of our old favorites have remodeled their space and revamped their menus. Solera is left completely in the dust.
They offered a chefs tasting menu which, for a tapas restaurant that is based on tasting, seemed a little redundant. However, having sampled absolutely amazing food from La Belle Vie's tasting menu my date and I both happily ordered the taster. Unfortunately taste seemed to be of little concern to the cooks. The food was all lukewarm, underseasoned and looked, and tasted as though it had been cooked a week earlier and then dug out of the back of the cooler just for us. The waiter, perhaps all too aware of our disappointment, failed to ask if we had enjoyed the food as she piled plate upon plate on us. At one point there were four plates of food on the table followed by 20 minutes of waiting for the next course. With only six tables in the restaurant to worry about this was unacceptable.
Bad food and bad service make for a trully unforgettable experience one which I will not chance to repeat given the amazing restaurants springing up around the city. Maybe their deserts were good... who knows, we were both unwilling to stick around to find out. And unwilling to pay more for completely sub-par food. When the check came I was embarassed to pay it. The only reason I did was because I honestly felt bad for them.
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