La Tasca

Spanish, Tapas
$$$$ ($15-$24)
A festive setting for Spanish cuisine and happy hour drinks.
Mon-Thu 11:30 am-10 pm
Fri 11 am-midnight
Sat-Sun 10 am-midnight
(Rockville)
Rockville (Red Line)
301-279-7011
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Editorial Review

La Tasca, which has a large outdoor seating area, is a British-based chain that has five locations in the Washington-Baltimore area. Inside, the restaurant plays off the colors of Spain, with terra cotta tile floors and walls in deep gold, terra cotta and a fiery orange-red. The menu is primarily tapas -- small Spanish-style appetizers that can be combined for a full meal or eaten individually. There are several paella selections, all of which must be ordered for at least two people.

Although the setting is colorful and festive, the tapas I tried won't draw me back soon. The serrano ham was dried and leathery, the marinated anchovies were rubbery, and the chicken croquettes had no taste of chicken.

--Nancy Lewis (June 28, 2007)