Raleigh >Food & Dining > Red Room Tapas Restaurant Wine & Martini Bar
510 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.786975 -78.647003
Red Room seems to be good ... Fall 2010 – Closed since Fall 2011
Food Average, Service Great – I have been to Red Room a few times, but the latest visit was the first time we had ordered food. Beautiful evening, so sat outside - able to get our "people watching" on. Overall, a decent atmosphere. They had some sangria specials, but we stuck to beer and wine - which was fine. Our server was excellent - returned with the right frequency, knew the menu and specials well and just seemed on top of it.
Food - They say 2-3 tapas person is sufficient, and we ordered 4 tapas and a flatbread - figuring that would be enough. We are not large portion eaters - we would have been fine with just 3-4 tapas. The shrimp in the ceviche seemed frozen, dips were ok, eggplant roulade was good and calamari was cooked correctly. Flatbread wasn't very good at all.
Different crowd in the late night though from being here before - overflow from Hi5, which is next door (downstairs)
Overall, this is not a bad place at all - good for a drink outside. Just didn't wow us and given the $$, I expected a little more.
Great food and serive on several occasions – My husband and I have visited Red Room on a number of occasions, sometimes with a group but mostly just the two of us. Each time we've been, we've ordered exclusively from the tapas menu and been extremely pleased with the portion sizes and flavor of the food. Our waitresses have always been knowledgeable and friendly.
My bachelorette party was also held at Red Room and we were seated at the couches, where we had a wonderful time. We also ordered a seafood paella and were THRILLED with it. It's a very large pan, which is also meant to share. Unfortunately, we ordered way too much food for 2 days before a wedding!
I would suggest the papas brava and the steak churrasco, as they were hands-down favorites of everyone we have taken over the past several months. I'm a personal fan of the mushroom empanada, and my husband really likes the hummus.
If you've never experienced tapas, go on Monday when their tapas menu is half-priced.
Pretty Good – Food, and service was pretty good. After 11 pm you might want to head somewhere else. Pretty rough crowd.
Best place on Glenwood – I love this place, great atmosphere, excellent tapas, and a nice patio. The spinach and feta dip is certianly the best I've ever had....you must try it! their waitstaff is hit or miss.....weekend crowd can get in the way of a nice dinner, but this shouldn't deter a visit!
Great environment, helpful service – I recently went to the Red Room for the first time and was absolutely charmed by the place. I loved the whole idea of the tapas lounge and the ambiance that accompanied it to fit the downtown night scene. When I was having trouble picking from the list of mostly Spanish wines, our waitress spoke with us for several minutes before recommending the perfect bottle for our table. We will definitely be back soon!
Best patio in Raleigh, love the food – My friends and I recently went to the Red Room. The restaurant/bar is a very cool lounge and nightspot whose Spanish twist brings a posh, yet eclectic feel to it. It was nice out, so we sit on the side patio that is right alongside Glenwood Avenue and shared some good wine and delicious tapas. It’s the perfect place to hang out and have a light meal/snack and a couple of drinks, and be a part of a different environment than your typical college bar scene. The servers were very friendly and helpful when it comes to suggesting food and drinks, as not everyone is familiar with the concept of tapas. Oh, and the sangria is amazing!
Even better than before! – Love the atmosphere here. Great decor and music. Service is top-notch. Recently they went 100% smoke-free, even in the bar...major plus!
Food is very tasty...Spanish-inspired food but creative with various flavors from all over. Never had a bland meal here, and it seems they keep getting better.
Price-wise, it depends what you order. For a table of two, we got a shrimp ceviche appetizer, shared a big tasty goat cheese salad, and then split a half-pan of veggie paella....all for under $35 for the two of us, and we left too-full for dessert!
Drinks are pricy though...so that will definitely raise your tab. But it may just be worth it...the blueberry-lemon sangria is the best I've ever had.
Rude Staff – I have been to the Red Room before and have never had a problem. I guess that is because I have never ordered a drink before, usually being the "DD". I understand that the bartenders are busy but they can still be friendly. I ordered my first drink and everything was fine. I go to the bar to order my second drink ( the same drink as last time) and I am charged a totally different amount (a higher amount). I tell the bartender that it is different and just happen to have kept my receipt from the last drink and show her. She tells me that the other girl must have charged me the wrong price and that she was charging me the right one. I tell her that she needs to explain to me further why they are different before i pay her more for the same drink. She huffs and jerks my card out of my hand and goes just don't worry about it I will change it! Changes the amount to the same amount as before and gives me my new receipt without saying a word to me and giving me this evil look. I say whatever and let it go because I think I have the correct amount charged to my card now. I go to look at my bank statement a few days later and I have not only been charged the argued amount but also the amount she was supposed to change it to! So i got screwed basically. I cannot get in touch with management so that I can speak with someone about this so I guess I will just eat this one. Needless to say I won't be back and will not recommend to anyone.
I am very sorry about your poor experience at the Red Room. There is no excuse for this lack of guest service. Additionally we should have honored your request to correct your tab immidiately. Please contact me at 829-3771 or at firstname.lastname@example.org at your convienence so that we may make this right for you. Our integrity is of the utmost importance and we value your feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share this experience with us. We will evaluate our internal systems and speak with our team about handling this more effectively in the future.
My girlfriends and I decided to try Red Room Tapas Lounge last week. Once we got there we wondered why we had waited so long to try it. We had a great experience ? their tapas was amazing and really reasonably priced. I have to say their signature sangria was hands down the best I have ever had. The wait staff was helpful and polite. I would recommend this place for anyone who is looking to try some place new!
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