Hartford >Food & Dining > Costa Del Sol Restaurante
901 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford, CT | Directions 0611441.731477 -72.669928
Neighborhoods: South End
Disappointing changes – We again decided to participate in the Taste of Hartford by dining at Costa del Sol. On entering we were greeted by the owner and seated at a table for 2. The dining room was largely empty, as was the patio, at 6PM on a Thursday night though business increased as the night progressed. After ordering all 3 courses, we were presented with olive oil and a small loaf of room temperature bread. Change #1 - last year the bread was served warm.
For an appetizer, my wife chose the tortilla de patas - 2 slices of Spanish potato and onion omelet with a small amount of salad greens as garnish. Portion size was generous so my wife ate only one slice of this delicious omelet. I ordered the Chorizo y setas al vino - chorizo sausage slices with mushroom, mushrooms and shallots in a roja wine reduction and Port demi-glaze. Again, very good.
For entrees we ordered the paella de la casa.-the house paella with clams, mussels, shrimp, chorizo and chicken cooked in saffron rice. We have had this dish numerous times in the past and it has always been nothing short of excellent.
Change #2 - the 4 mussels were wild caught and had an off taste as cultivated mussels almost never do. Change #3 - the so-called saffron rice neither tasted nor looked like the chef had used any saffron. This is noticeable in a photo comparison of last year's paella with this year's. The overall flavor of this dish was not bad, but a definite disappointment in comparison to years past.
We closed out the meal with the house flan which was, as usual, very good.
Overall the meal was acceptable though not as good as in years past.
My mom's exp at Costa Del Sol – I gave my mom a gift card from Costa Del Sol she went with her boy friend .Whean she got home i asked her how was her dineing exp, she said that it was ok the food was overrated and the portions were smal.I said to her that some rest have very small portions so you can try alot of there menu or they can make more rev,in up selling more menu items, ive been server for over14years and i worked at Costa De Sol and other fine dineing rest. she said the service was nice and the chease cake was good. She was disapointed at the portions for the rice for the paella, needs to get beter. Overall it was ok.
Amazing Spanish Food – Costa Del Sol is a consistently excellent restaurant. We went once a few years ago, and this year during Hartford's restaurant week. This year, we had the empanada and sausage appetizers, which were indescribably good. Same for the paella we split. I even liked the rice pudding, which usually I don't care for. To top it off, the sangria is perfect. It's expensive, but well worth the cost. Go!
Wonderful atmosphere – On our way to a concert in Hartford, my son and I noticed Costa Del Sol and stopped. Not having reservations, I was concerned we could not be accommodated. However, we were seated promptly and found the wait staff to be friendly and helpful. The restaurant was very clean, and the atmosphere relaxed and amicable. The food itself was extraordinary! The seafood I had was not over cooked and very moist and flavorful. My son had a steak which he claimed was very well prepared and one of the best he had ever eaten. Being a chef himself, I took his word for it! This is a restaurant I would highly recommend to friends.
Great customer service – The service was prompt and pleasant. the atmosphere was clean, and intimate - definitely encouraged conversation. the wine was ok. the food was light, fresh and delicious. I really enjoyed myself, thanks to the recommendations. Make a reservation.
Nibble tapas and enjoy Spanish wine at this cozy neighborhood eatery. – The Scene
Unwind to Spanish guitar music and Old-World serenity at this neighborhood restaurant. Green pillars with fanciful capitals; tall, small-paned windows; sand-colored stucco walls; and a mural of beaches, palms and gaily painted boats transport diners to Spain.
Hot appetizers include artfully arranged piquillo peppers stuffed with chunky codfish and spinach then drizzled with smooth, salty red pepper sauce. Shrimp sauteed with olive oil and transparent garlic filets, sweet paprika and white wine arrive sizzling in shallow earthenware casseroles. Serrano ham drapes over Catalonian garlic bread topped with slices of tomato, garlic and fresh green herbs. Garlicky salsa verde glazes plump, pan-seared sea scallops nestled in al dente linguini. Diners shell clams and mussels in the bubbling tomato-broth casserole swimming with squid, shrimp, scallops and fish, accented by fragrant saffron rice. House-made desserts include dense cheesecake in a puddle of sweet orange liquor sauce and crema catalana, a loose custard with a crisp crust.
10 – Appetizers were absolutely delicious. Food incredibly clean and tasty. Don't remember what wine we had, but it was so good we couldn't resist ordering a second bottle (for 3 of us). The service as well was impeccable. My parents never like trying new restaurants, but they were floored.
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